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COLLECTION Identifier: UAV 257

Records of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator, 1952-1974


These records provide detailed and comprehensive account of the activities of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator. In so doing, they document research in experimental high-energy physics from 1962-1974.


  • 1952-1974


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Access to Collection

Records of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator are restricted for 50 years after the date of creation of the record.  Records that may contain personnel or student information are restricted for 80 years.  Contact the Reference Staff of the Harvard University Archives for details.

Restrictions on Use of Collection

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50 cubic feet (148 boxes, 3 reels of film, 6 videocassettes, and 1 portfolio folder)

The Records of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator provide detailed and comprehensive documentation of the founding, activities, and closing of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator.  The records contain proposals for the accelerator and document construction of the facility.  Records reveal details of daily administrative tasks, including staffing, experiments, apparatus, the relationship of the facility to other accelerators, to educational institutions, and to the federal government.  The records also document the closing of the facility, including efforts to relocate personnel and materials.  Information is in the form of correspondence and memoranda, reports, manuals, logbooks, minutes of staff meetings, records on individual scientists, drawings, blueprints, photographs, motion picture film and videocassettes.

History of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator

The Cambridge Electron Accelerator was constructed and operated jointly by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and supported by the Atomic Energy Commission .  It existed as a research facility from 1962 to ca. 1974.  Pioneering research in the physics of high energy interactions of electrons and photons was carried out by teams composed of staff members and graduate students from the sponsoring institutions and other research centers.  M. Stanley Livingston was director of the facility.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Most material transferred from director's office to Archives.  Unnumbered accessions and accession numbers: 7921 and 12645.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2018 November 7.

Cambridge Electron Accelerator (Cambridge, Mass.)  Records of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator : an inventory
Harvard University Archives
Published in 2000
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This finding aid has been encoded by the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics as part of a collaborative project supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, an independent federal agency. Collaboration members in 1999 consisted of: American Institute of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Alaska, University of Illinois, and University of Texas.

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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