Guide to the William Hillman Shockley Papers

Jenny Johnson and Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford, California
May 2012
Copyright © 2012 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.


Overview

Call Number: SC1108
Creator: Shockley, William Hillman, 1855-1925.
Title: William Hillman Shockley papers
Dates: circa 1860-1971
Bulk Dates: 1890-1920
Physical Description: 2.25 Linear feet (5 boxes)
Summary: The materials consist of photographs, lecture notes, letters, books, and manuscripts documenting Shockley’s career as a mining engineer and professor at Stanford, including documentation of geology expeditions to Alaska, China and Russia.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Information about Access

The materials are open for research use.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

[identification of item], William Hillman Shockley Papers (SC1108). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Associated Materials

William Hillman Shockley Collection (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Special Collections)
William Hillman Shockley Photographs (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Biograhpical/Historical note

William Hillman Shockley (1855-1925) was an American mining engineer and amateur photographer. He worked and traveled in Russia, Korea, Australia, and China, and was active in the Chinese mining regions during the same approximate period when another American, Herbert Hoover, also worked as a young mining engineer. Shockley was the father of William B. Shockley, inventor of the transistor and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1956). He married May Bradford, who had been a federal deputy surveyor of the mineral lands. The Shockley's son William B. was born in England in 1910; they returned to the U.S. in 1913.

Scope and Contents

The materials consist of photographs, lecture notes, letters, books, and manuscripts documenting Shockley’s career as a mining engineer and professor at Stanford, including documentation of geology expeditions to Alaska, China and Russia.

Access Terms

Shockley, William Hillman, 1855-1925.
China--Pictorial works.
Coal mines and mining--China.
Coal mines and mining--Russia.
Documentary photography--China.
Documentary photography--Russia.
Mining engineering--Pictorial works.
Mining geology.
Photoprints.
Russia--Pictorial works


Collection Contents

 

Papers

Box 2, Folder 1

Biographical/Genealogical

Box 2, Folder 2

Birth certificate - William Bradford Shockley

Box 2, Folder 3

Bookplates - William H. Shockley

Box 2, Folder 4

Chinese booklet

Box 2, Folder 5

Clipping from The Nevadan 1971 Jul 11

Box 2, Folder 6

Clipping re William I. Shockley 1936

Box 2, Folder 7

Correspondence - evelopes

Box 2, Folder 8

Correspondence and photos 1888-1915

Box 2, Folder 9

Correspondence 1918

Box 2, Folder 10

Correspondence 1924 Nov 18-Dec 1

Box 2, Folder 11

Correspondence - laid in In Search of a Siberian Klondike

Box 2, Folder 12

Reprints and notes - laid in Russian Notes journal

Box 2, Folder 13

Colorado Meeting of the American Institute of Mining Engineers 1918 Sep 1-6

Box 2, Folder 14

Mining Engineers related

Box 2, Folder 15

Bank book circa 1890s

Box 2, Folder 16

Book cover

Box 2, Folder 17

The Whale Ship Charles W. Morgan

 

Photographs

Box 1, Folder 1

New Bedford and Cape Cod

Box 1, Folder 2

New Bedford - houses circa 1890s

Box 1, Folder 3

New Bedford - buildings (exteriors and interiors)

Box 1, Folder 4

New Bedford - buildings (exteriors and interiors)

Box 1, Folder 5

Ships and harbor

Box 1, Folder 6

On ship

Box 1, Folder 7

Texas trip: Marfa mines, Terlingua/Jaurez

Box 1, Folder 8

China, Russia

Box 1, Folder 9

"Eskimos"

Box 1, Folder 10

William H. Shockley

Box 1, Folder 11

Walter A., William H., and George Shockley

Box 1, Folder 12

"Grandma Rapp and Emmy"

Box 1, Folder 13

Unknown woman

Box 4

Framed photographs (various portraits) and watch

Box 5

Album - William B. Shockley, Los Angeles area and mountain trip circa 1930s

 

Books/Notebooks

Box 3

Russian Notes, by William H. Shockley

Scope and Content Note

Several bound articles, including, "Gold Dredging in the Urals, with Notes on Dredging in Siberia;" "The Bogoslovsk Mining Estate;" and "The People and Scenery of the Urals." Also includes handwritten notes.
Box 3

The "Brownies" in "Yurep" or Cycling Beyond the Sea, by Charles R. Cutter and F. R. Goodrich.

Box 3

In search of a Siberian Klondike, by Washington Baker Vanderlip and Homer Bezaleel Hulbert