Finding Aid for the W.D. Hershberger Papers, 1931-1984

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1997
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the W.D. Hershberger Papers, 1931-1984

Collection number: 386

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Russell A. Johnson, 1997
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, July 2002
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: W.D. Hershberger Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1931-1984
Collection number: 386
Creator: Hershberger, W.D. (William Delmar), 1903-
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: William Delmar Hershberger (1903-1987) received his Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (1937). He worked on submarine detection using underwater sound, applied pulsed microwaves to target detection, laid out the first complete radar equipment used in the successful 1937 Signal Corps tests, and worked on airborne radar and microwave radar techniques. He was also an engineering professor at UCLA from 1949 until his death. The collection consists of Hershberger's laboratory notebooks pertaining to his predoctoral research at the U.S. Signal Corps Laboratories from 1931-37 and miscellaneous correspondence and manuscripts.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], W.D. Hershberger Papers (Collection 386). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

William Delmar Hershberger was born on May 10, 1903 in Wellman, Iowa; AB in Mathematics, Goshen College, 1927; AM in Physics, George Washington University, 1930; Ph.D in electrical engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1937; as a junior physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, 1927-31, Hershberger worked on submarine detection using underwater sound; worked at U.S. Signal Corps Laboratories in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, 1931-37, where he applied pulsed microwaves to target detection; in 1936 he laid out the first complete radar equipment used in the successful 1937 Signal Corps tests; engineer, RCA, 1937-49, where he worked on airborne radar and microwave radar techniques; was an engineering professor at UCLA from 1949 until his death on February 8, 1987.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of W.D. Hershberger's laboratory notebooks pertaining to his predoctoral research at the U.S. Signal Corps Laboratories, 1931-37. Also includes his resume, David Kite Allison's History of the Origin of Radar at the Naval Research Laboratories, and miscellaneous correspondence and manuscripts.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Hershberger, W.D. (William Delmar), 1903- --Archives.
University of California, Los Angeles--Dept. of Engineering--Faculty --Archival resources.
Radar--Research.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Resumé. ca. 1973.

Box 1, Folder 2

Manuscripts and correspondence. 1979, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 3

Sound: Kinetic Theory, Thermodynamics (laboratory notebook). Not before 1931.

Box 1, Folder 4

Theoretical mechanics (laboratory notebook). Not before 1932.

Box 1, Folder 5

Analysis (laboratory notebook). Not before 1933.

Box 1, Folder 6

Electronicity. vol.2 / Circuit Theory (laboratory notebook). Not before 1934.

Box 1, Folder 7

Optics (laboratory notebook). 1930s(?).

Box 1, Folder 8

Engineering 4173F / Research Notes / Phosphors (laboratory notebook). 1951-1955.

Box 1, Folder 9

Tech Hochschule München -- Notes on InSb -- Microwave effects (laboratory notebook). Not before 1966(?).

Box 2, Folder 1

Untitled laboratory notebook, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 2

Allison, David Kite. New eye for the Navy: The origin radar at the Naval Research Laboratory. Washington, D.C.: Naval Research Laboratory, September 29, 1981 (monograph).

Note

NRL Report 8466, includes description of Hershberger's contribution to the Signal Corps in 1936-1937.
Box 2, Folder 3

IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Mechanics, MTT, vol.32 no.9. September 1984.