Physics Department records
Collection Scope and Content
Materials in this collection include office files, memos, curriculum lists, staff files, recommendations, correspondence, course materials, budget summaries, staff papers, university committee on research, student/faculty files, progress reports, contracts, administration materials, graduate applicants, speaker invitation letters, conferences/workshops, summaries of fiscal year, course syllabi. The collection covers the years 1930 to 2005. Note: Not all series are processed. Ask staff for assistance.
- George Washington University. Dept. of Physics (Organization)
Restrictions on Access
Series 1, 4, and 5 are closed for 75 years from date of record creation. Series 8 contains confidential employee and faculty informaiton and must be reviewed by an archivist prior to use by researchers.
Series 3 is closed for 100 years from date of record creation. Access to student records is governed by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of student education records.
Restrictions on Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Historical or Biographical Note
The Physics Department is a part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Physics, although not always called physics, was taught at Columbian College during the 1820s.
During the freshman and sophomore years, studies included English, Latin, and Greek; geography; arithmetic and algebra; history and antiquities; exercises in reading, speaking and composition; elements of chronology; rhetoric and logic; logarithms, geometry, trigonometry and mensuration; surveying, navigation, conic sections and Euclid's Elements. In his junior and senior years, the student took natural philosophy, astronomy, chemistry, fluxions, natural history, history of civil society, natural religion, Revelation, natural and political law, metaphysics, moral philosophy and analogy of religion to nature.
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Language of Materials
Collection includes office files, memos, correspondence, course materials, staff papers, administration materials, conferences/workshops, and course syllabi.
This collection is organized into nine series. Seven are office/departmental files differentiated only by their date of transfer to the archives; one is a series of facilities plan; one is a series of faculty records.
Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Materials acquired through transfers from the Physics Department. A small addition was added in February 2018 (Accession 2018.007).
- Budget Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Committees Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Conferences Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Contracts Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Faculty Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- George Washington University
- Students Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Theoretical physics Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Washington (D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Physics Department records, 1930-2005
- Folder Inventory
- University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English