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COLLECTION Identifier: HUC 8937.401

Student and teaching materials of Beverly Charles Dunn


Beverly C. Dunn (1917-1984) earned his Harvard AB 1940, Harvard AM 1942, and Harvard Ph.D. 1949. He was both a Harvard University student and a teaching fellow. This collection documents physics and mathematics at Harvard during, and immediately after, World War II.


  • 1937-1948


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


3.2 cubic feet (9 boxes)
This collection reflects the academic activities of Beverly Charles Dunn. The materials relate chiefly to his own studies but also document his activities as a teaching fellow, including assignments in physics and mathematics courses from the late 1930’s through the late 1940’s.

The physical format of the material ranges from handwritten notes, illustrations and diagrams to typed and mimeographed material.

Dunn's work training military officers in the Pre-Radar School is not documented in this collection.

Biographical Note

Beverly Charles Dunn (1917-1984), earned his Harvard A.B. in 1940, A.M. in 1942, and a Ph.D. in 1949. He was both a Harvard University student and a teaching fellow. Dunn studied of electromagnetic radiation. After receiving his A.M., Dunn served for three years as a physics instructor in the Harvard Pre-radar School for Army and Navy Officers. In 1945, he became a research associate of the Antenna Group of Central Communications Research, a project of the United States Office of Scientific Research Development at Harvard. In 1946, he became a research assistant and student in Harvard's Electronics Research Laboratory, working on microwave electromagnetic radiation. Dunn left Harvard in 1954 to work in private industry.


This collection is organized in two series:
  1. Student Materials
  2. Teaching Materials

Obsolete Call Numbers

Reorganization of the Dunn material means that the following call numbers have been superceded. Below are listed the former call numbers and a reference to the folder in which the material is now housed.
  1. HUC 8937.370.1.20 Physics 1
  2. HUC 8937.370.2.20 Physics 2a
  3. HUC 8938.370.3a.20 Physics 3a
  4. HUC 9938.370.3b.20 Physics 3b
  5. HUC 8938.370.6.20 Physics 6
  6. HUC 8937.370.12.20 Physics 12
  7. HUC 8940.372.21a.20 Physics 21a
  8. HUC 8941.372.23a.20 Physics 23a
  9. HUC 8940.372.24a.20 Physics 24a
  10. HUC 8940.372.24b.20 Physics 24b
  11. HUC 8941.372.26.20 Physics 26a and 26b
  12. HUC 8940.372.34.20 Physivs 29 and Physics 40
  13. HUC 8938.370.30.20 Physics 30
  14. HUC 8940.372.31.20 Physics 31
  15. HUC 8940.372.32.20 Physics 32a and 32b
  16. HUC 8940.372.33.20 Physics 33
  17. HUC 8946.372.40.20 Physics 40a and 40b
  18. HUC 8946.372.40c.20 Physics 40c
  19. HUC 8941.372.61a.20 Physics 61a
  20. HUC 8937.353.2.20 Mathematics 1
  21. HUC 8937.352.2.20 Mathematics 2
  22. HUC 8939.353.3.20 Mathematics 3
  23. HUC 8938.353.4.20 Mathematics 5a and 5b
  24. HUC 8939.353.13.20 Mathematics 13
  25. HUC 8944.272.21b Physics 21b Teaching Materials
  26. HUC 8945.272.21a Physics 21a Teaching Materials
  27. HUC 8947.224.22b.20 Applied Science 22b Teaching Materials
  28. HUC 8946.204.33.20 Applied Science 33
  29. HUC 8943.270.25b.20 Physics 25b

Acquisition Information

  1. Accession number: 10469.Gift of William W. Dunn, 1985 June 28

Related material held in the Harvard University Archives

  1. Dunn, Beverly Charles. The theory of Bessel functions and their application to classical physics. 1940 A.B. Honors thesis (HU 92.40.343)
  2. Dunn, Beverly Charles. Microwave filed-measurements: I. Measurement of surface-current and charge distributions on metal surfaces at microwave frequencies. II. Cavity resonator for continuous axial and rotary movement of modes. III. On the response of loops to the electromagnetic field. 1949 Ph.D. thesis (HU 90.5539)

Inventory update

This document last updated 2020 May 04.

Processing Information

Material was reorganized in 2006-2007 by Claudia Holguin. Processing included re-integrating all of Dunn's material that had been dispersed among other curriculum holdings, re-housing the material in archival containers, and creation of this inventory.
Link to catalog
Dunn, Beverly Charles, 1917-1984. Student and teaching materials, 1937-1948 : an inventory
Harvard University Archives

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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