Finding Aid to the Perry Byerly papers, circa 1936-1975

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Finding Aid to the Perry Byerly papers, circa 1936-1975

Collection Number: BANC MSS 85/69 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Lara Michels
Date Completed:
October 2012
© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Perry Byerly papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1936-1975
Collection Number: BANC MSS 85/69 c
Creators : Byerly, Perry, 1897-1978
Extent: Number of containers: 7 cartons, 1 oversize folder (Linear feet: 8.75)
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: Papers of Perry Byerly, a professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of California, Berkeley and a central figure in the development of the field of seismology in the United States.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

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Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Perry Byerly papers, BANC MSS 85/69 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Byerly, Perry, 1897-1978--Archives
University of California, Berkeley.--Dept. of Geology and Geophysics.
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Seismologists--California--Berkeley
Seismology
Seismology--Charts, diagrams, etc.
Nuclear power plants--Planning
Nuclear weapons--Nevada--Testing
Project Gnome
Faculty papers

Administrative Information

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Processing Information

Processed by Lara Michels in 2012.

Biographical Information

Perry Byerly, a professor in the department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of California, Berkeley, played a seminal role in the development of the field of seismology in the United States. Born in Clarinda, Iowa in 1897, Byerly moved to California with his family in 1905. He obtained his A.B. (1921), M.A. (1922) and Ph.D. (1924) in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1925, Byerly took charge of of UC Berkeley's seismographic stations, which had been built at Berkeley and Mount Hamilton in 1887. Byerly remained on the faculty until 1965. His first paper, published in 1924, investigated the dispersion of seismic wave trains from distant eathquakes. Two years later, he published a seminal paper on the travel times of P waves from the Montana earthquake of June 28, 1925. Byerly also devoted professional attention to seismological instruments. He grew the number of seismological stations at UC Berkeley from the original two to sixteen.
Byerly was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and held two Guggenheim fellowships, one of which took him to Cambridge University, where he established a lifelong friendship with Sir Harold Jeffreys, renowned mathemetician, geophysicist and astronomer. Byerly was Secretary of the Seismological Society of American from 1931 until 1956. He was a Condon lecturer in Oregon in 1952. A significant amount of his work as a seismologist involved consultations on geophysics and seismology for particular government and private sector projects. For the Atomic Energy Commission Byerly studied seismic safety relating to underground nuclear testing in Nevada and the Aleutians. He also consulted on the siting of nuclear reactors and other structures.

Scope and Content of Collection

Mostly files from Perry Byerly's consulting work on private and public sector projects relating to the siting of dams, nuclear power plants, and buildings. Among these consulting files are also materials on Byerly's work with the Atomic Energy Commission and the United States Air Force during the 1950s and 1960s on the seismic effects of nuclear testing. Also included is correspondence from 1965 through 1974, assorted publications and reprints, and some miscellaneous notes and papers.

Container List

 

Series 1  Consulting Files, circa 1955-1972

Physical Description: Carton 1-5
Carton 1, Folder 1-4

Dam at Mechra Klila (Morocco), circa 1952-1960

Carton 1, Folder 5

National Reactor Testing System (Idaho), circa 1971

Carton 1, Folder 6-9

Malibu nuclear power plant site, circa 1965

Carton 1, Folder 10

Eugene (Oregon), circa 1971

Carton 1, Folder 11-17, Oversize Folder 1

Pacific Gas and Electric, Humboldt Bay plant, circa 1951-1973

Carton 1, Folder 18-20, Oversize Folder 1

Rancho Seco, circa 1966-1971

Carton 1, Folder 21

Vallecitos Atomic Laboratory, 1955-1957

Carton 2, Folder 1-2

Don Pedro Dam, 1967-1969

Carton 2, Folder 3

New York, Consolidated Edison, 1970

Carton 2, Folder 4

San Bernadino Conduit, 1970-1971

Carton 2, Folder 5-6, Oversize Folder 1

Baxley, Georgia nuclear power plant site, 1967-1970

Carton 2, Folder 7, Oversize Folder 1

Greenville, Mississippi site, 1968-1971

Carton 2, Folder 8-9

Bougainville, New Guinea, 1965-1970

Carton 2, Folder 10

Palisades, Michigan, 1971

Carton 2, Folder 11-16

Savannah River, Barnwell, South Carolina 1958-1970

Carton 2, Folder 17-19

Formosa (Taiwan), 1968-1971

Carton 2, Folder 20-21, Oversize Folder 1

Russelville, Arkansas, 1969-1970

Carton 2, Folder 22

Rocky Hill, Connecticut 1971

Carton 2, Folder 23-24

Farley, Alabama, 1969-1970

Carton 2, Folder 25

Texas Towers seismographic installation, 1955

Carton 2, Folder 26

Camp Parks report, 1964

Carton 3, Folder 1, Oversize Folder 1

Sierra foothills site, 1964-1966

Carton 3, Folder 2

Hercules Powder Company, 1953-1954

Carton 3, Folder 3-4

San Francisco-Oakland Tunnel (Bay Tube) 1955-1956

Carton 3, Folder 5

Alma College, 1959

Carton 3, Folder 6

Humble Oil Company, 1958

Carton 3, Folder 7, Oversize Folder 1

Alabama Powder Company, 1972

Carton 3, Folder 8-10

Texas versus Sun, 1936-1937

Carton 3, Folder 11

Public Health Building site, UC Berkeley, 1952

Carton 3, Folder 12

Briones Dam, 1964

Carton 3, Folder 13-14

Westinghouse, Hartsville, South Carolina, 1961-1969

Carton 3, Folder 15

Cherry Point, 1967-1969

Carton 3, Folder 16-18, Oversize Folder 1

Trojan, Washington, 1967-1970

Carton 4, Folder 1-2

San Onofre 1970-1972

Carton 4, Folder 3

Dresden, 1965

Carton , Folder , Oversize Folder 1

Pilgrim site (Boston), 4-5

Carton 4, Folder 6-8

Golden Gate Bridge, 1958

Carton 4, Folder 9

General Atomic (San Diego), 1959

Carton 4, Folder 10-11, Oversize Folder 1

Mendocino power plant, 1971

Carton 4, Folder 12

Georgia Power and Light, Burke County, 1971

Carton 4, Folder 13

General Dynamics, 1965

Carton 4, Folder 14

General Electric, 1964-1965

Carton 4, Folder 15

Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (Berkeley), 1965-1966

Carton 4, Folder 17

Chungju hydroelectric project (Korea), 1968

Carton 4, Folder 18

Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Michigan), 1968-1971

Carton 4, Folder 19

Morris Dam, 1968

Carton 4, Folder 20

Peach Bottom site 1966-1967

Carton 4, Folder 21

Locust Point, Ohio, 1969

Carton 4, Folder 22, Oversize Folder 1

Mehoopany, Pennsylvania, 1968-1969

Carton 4, Folder 23

United States Air Force, 1955-1966

Carton 5, Folder 1-11

Atomic Energy Commission, 1958-1972

 

Series 2  Correspondence and Other Papers, circa 1936-1975

Physical Description: Carton 6-7
Carton 6, Folder 1-14

Correspondence, 1965-1974 undated

Carton 6, Folder 15

Recommendation letters, 1936-1972

Carton 6, Folder 16

Writings, undated

Carton 6, Folder 17

Condon Lectures, 1951-1952

Carton 6, Folder 18

General Conference of Experts, Report to Regents, 1958

Carton 6, Folder 19

Assorted project reports, 1965-1969

Carton 6, Folder 20-23, Carton 7, Folder 1-4

Assorted reprints, publications, and bulletins, circa 1955-1971

Carton 7, Folder 5

Record book, 1941-1952

Carton 7, Folder 6

Duration of shaking, 1968-1969

Carton 7, Folder 7

Amchitka, Alabama clippings, 1969

Carton 7, Folder 8

Leonard Murphy, 1968-1971

Carton 7, Folder 9

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 1968-1972

Carton 7, Folder 10

Earthquakes of 1812, 1818, and 1822, undated

Carton 7, Folder 11

Pacific Gas and Electric lawsuit, circa 1955-1957

Carton 7, Folder 12-14

Notes and miscellany, circa 1950-1970