Preliminary Guide to the Lawrence Badash Papers

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Lawrence Badash Papers, ca. 1921-1987

Collection number: UArch FacP 33

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    D. Tambo
    Date Completed:
    01 October 2002
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2002 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lawrence Badash Papers
Dates: ca. 1921-1987
Collection Number: UArch FacP 33
Creator: Badash, Lawrence
Extent: 3 linear feet (2 records cartons)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: Primarily auction, company, dealer, and exhibit catalogs relating to scientific instruments, publications, and the history of science, from a UCSB history faculty member.
Physical Location: Annex 2.
Language: English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is stored off-site; advance notice is required for retrieval.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Lawrence Badash Papers. UArch FacP 33. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lawrence Badash, 2002.

Biography

Lawrence Badash (1934-2010) was a UCSB Professor of History and author of several works on the history of science in the nuclear age, including Rutherford and Boltwood: Letters on Radioactivity (1969), The Rutherford Correspondence Catalog (1974), Radioactivity in America: Growth and Decayof a Science (1979), Reminiscences of Los Alamos, 1943-1945 (1980), Kapitza, Rutherford, and the Kremlin (1985), Nuclear Fission: Reaction to the Discovery in 1939 (1985), and Scientists and the Development of Nuclear Weapons: From Fission to the Limited Test Ban Treaty, 1939-1963 (1995).

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection primarily contains auction, company, dealer, and exhibit catalogs relating to scientific instruments, publications, and the history of science. These generally are arranged by name of company or repository. There also are some items pertaining to Badash's interest in astrolabes, clocks, scientific instruments, Sumerian clay tablets, sundials, and telescopes.
Some monographs and other published materials have been cataloged separately and can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Badash, Lawrence


Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Catalogs

Box 1: 1

Adam Hilger Limited (book and instrument advertisements and catalogs), ca. 1920s

Box 1: 2

Adler Planetarium (2 general brochures), 1970, 1973

Box 1: 3 - 4

Alain Brieux (dealer catalogs), ca. 1971-1978

Box 1: 5

Arthur D. Little, Inc. (calendars), 1958, 1960-1962

Box 1: 6

Braun Corporation (Los Angeles) - Laboratory Supplies..., 1929

Box 1: 7

Burndy Library (Norwalk, CT)

Box 1: 7

Early Electrical Machines, 1957

Box 1: 7

Leonard da Vinci: Machines and Weaponry, , 1974

Box 1: 8

Central Scientific - Instruments for the Laboratory Sciences, 1961

Box 1: 9

Dickinson College - Apparatus of Joseph Priestley, the Discoverer of Oxygen, Preserved in the Collections of Dickinson College, n.d.

Box 1: 10 - 11

Fisher Scientific Company - Modern Laboratory Appliances, ca. 1960, 1962

Box 2: 1

Harriet Wynter Ltd. (dealer catalog), 1981

Box 2: 2

Harvard University - Some Early Scientific Instruments at Harvard University, 1949

Box 2: 3

Learning Things, Inc. (catalog), 1986-1987

Box 2: 4

Libert & Castor (French auction catalogs), 1979, 1982

Box 2: 5

National Museum of the History of Science at Leyden - Descriptive Catalogue of the Physical Instruments of the 18th Century, 1951

Box 2: 6

Norman F. Sprague Memorial Library (Claremont, CA) - The Early History of the Telescope, 1973

Box 2: 7

PHYWE (dealer catalog), ca. 1962

Box 2: 8

San Diego State College Library

Box 2: 8

Astronomical Literature in the Ernst Zinner Collection, 1969

Box 2: 8

Literature of Time in the Ernst Zinner Collection, 1970

Box 2: 8

The Zinner Collection as a Tool of Research in the History of Science, 1967

Box 2: 9

Science Museum (London)

Box 2: 9

50 Things to See, 1965

Box 2: 9

Atomic Physics: Descriptive Catalogue, 1963

Box 2: 10

Sol Moskowitz Instrument Engineering (dealer catalogs), 1970-1971

Box 2: 11

Sotheby's (auction catalog) - Fine Instruments of Science and Technology, 1550-1950, 1987

Box 2: 12

Transylvania College - Early Philosophical Apparatus at Transylvania College (and Relics of the Medical Department), 1959

Box 2: 13

Welch Scientific Company - Welch Apparatus for College Physics, 1967

Box 2: 14

Yale College - A Catalogue of Surviving Early Scientific Instruments of Yale College, 1947

 

Series 2.  Miscellany

Box 2: 15

Astrolabes (information and models), ca. early 1960s

Box 2: 16

Clocks (article), 1956

Box 2: 17

Scientific Instruments (notes), ca. 1961

Box 2: 18

Sumerian Clay Tablet (replica of original from ca. 1500 to 1000 BC)

Box 2: 19

Sundials (notes and model), ca. 1961

Box 2: 20

Telescopes (list of important dates), n.d.