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Guide to the Fred Allison Papers, RG 433

Listing Date: May 5, 2000


Date Span: 1840-1977

Collection Size: 10.5 cu. ft.

Biographical Sketch: [Photo Here] Virginia native, received Ph. D. from the University of Virginia in 1922. Served as physics professor at Emory and Henry College (Virginia), 1908-1920, as Physics Dept. chairman, 1922-1949, and graduate school dean, 1949-1953, at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, later Auburn University. Conducted research in magneto-optics. After retiring from A.P.I., served as chairman of the science division at Emory and Henry College, 1953-1955, and physics professor at Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Alabama), 1956-1968

Scope / Content: Papers from Allison's academic career and research, including professional correspondence (1916-1977); education and administration subject files (1903-1958); research notes (1921-1969); correspondence with professional organizations (1922-1974); publications (1922-1960); scrapbooks; pamphlets (1945-1975); photographs and postcards; clippings; speeches and speech notes; certificates and awards (1925-1971); school essays (1900-1905); and notebook (ca. 1840) of math problems from Robert Allison

See Also: "Interview with Dr. Fred Allison, September 1969," Reminiscence (REM) #6, Sound Recording Collection, RG 755, Auburn University Archives.


SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE (Folders 1-162)

Box 1
    1. Miscellaneous A – 1924-1967
    2. Aastoviana, G.A. – 1930-1931
    3. Allen, Albert B. – 1934-1961
    4. Allison, Fred Jr. – 1953
    5. Anderson, J.A. – 1916
    6. Arm, Edgar L. – 1942-1943
    7. Arnquist, Warren – 1934-1939, 1977
    8. Miscellaneous B
    9. Miscellaneous B
    10. Miscellaneous B
    11. Miscellaneous B
    12. Baisden, Louis – 1937-1938
    13. Ball, Theodore R. – 1934-1945
    14. Barr, E. Scott – 1939-1942
    15. Bausch & Lomb Co. 1935-1939
    16. Beams, Jesse – 1926-1972
    17. Besley, Charles Co. – 1934-1939
    18. Brown, Frederick L. 1936-1942
    19. Miscellaneous C
    20. Miscellaneous C
    21. Miscellaneous C
    22. Camp, William – 1942-1946
    23. Carmichael, Emmett B. – 1937-1943
    24. Carr, Howard – 1936-1974
    25. Central Scientific Co. 1932-1956
    26. Chang, John – 1957-1960
    27. Cohn, Willie – 1935-1938
    28. Collins, Lattie – 1960-1966
    29. Colson, Thomas – 1934-1942
    30. Compton, Arthur H. 1934-1942
    31. Congratulatory Letters – 1948-1949
    32. Congratulatory Letters – 1963-1964
    33. Cooper, Johnny Jr. – 1940-1965
    34. Copenhaver, James E. – 1966-1975
    35. Corning Glass Works – 1934-1936
    36. Cranford, John – 1937-1945
    37. Crawford, Leonidas – 1935-1952
    38. Culberson, Connie – 1954-1964
    39. Culp, Delos – 1964-1969
    40. Cunningham, S.B. – 1935-1970
    41. Miscellaneous D
    42. Dandl, Ray – 1955-1973
    43. Davis, Posey Oliver – 1936-1972
    44. Dowell, Spright – 1922-1945
    45. Draughon, Ralph B. – 1937-1965
    46. Duncan, Luther N. – 1929-1952
    47. Miscellaneous E

    Box 2

    1. Edward Brothers Publishers – 1934-1961
    2. Elliot, Daniel – 1936-1945
    3. Edwards, Charles – 1935
    4. Emory & Henry Alumni Association – 1947-1968
    5. Miscellaneous E
    6. Miscellaneous F
    7. Finch, William C. – 1955-1967
    8. French, J.S. – 1922
    9. Miscellaneous G
    10. Miscellaneous G
    11. Miscellaneous G
    12. Gardner, Louis – 1935-1939
    13. General Electric Co. – 1935-1964
    14. Gibson, Foye C. – 1946-1961
    15. Grosecloge, Clark – 1955-1963
    16. Goslin, Roy – 1934-1974
    17. Miscellaneous H
    18. Miscellaneous H
    19. Haley, Paul – 1935-1967
    20. Herty Medal – 1930-1955
    21. Heyn, Anton – 1962-1963
    22. Hill, Lister –1941-1958
    23. Hillman, James – 1924-1938
    24. Holmes, Arthur – 1932-1935
    25. Holmes, Arthur – 1936-1956
    26. Holmes, Arthur – 1932-1933
    27. Hopkins, B.S. – 1931-1934
    28. Hoxton, Llewellyn – 1935-1964
    29. Hughes, Gordon – 1935-1970
    30. Hunt, Earl – 1952-1964
    31. Huntington College Business – 1956-1968
    32. Miscellaneous I
    33. Ingram, W.T. – 1934-1972
    34. Miscellaneous J
    35. Jones, Herman – 1934-1972
    36. Judd, Zebulon – 1934-1939
    37. Miscellaneous K
    38. Kendall, James – 1933
    39. Lettering, Charles – 1952-1953
    40. Knapp, Bradford – 1928-1935
    41. Miscellaneous L
    42. Lamb, Arthur – 1930
    43. Miscellaneous Mc
    44. Miscellaneous Mc

    Box 3

    1. McDaniel, Paul – 1941-1955
    2. McGhee, Joseph L. – 1922-1936
    3. McGhee, Joseph L. – 1936-1939
    4. McGhee, Joseph L. – 1939-1969
    5. Miscellaneous M
    6. Mildrum, Herbert F. – 1970
    7. Miller, James S. – 1925-1972
    8. Millikan, R.A. – 1940
    9. Millsaps, Knox – 1940-1969
    100A Moore-Handley – 1936-1938
    1. Morningstar, Otto – 1934-1941
    2. Murphy, Edgar – 1930-1954
    3. Miscellaneous N
    4. Miscellaneous O
    5. Olin Foundation – 1957
    6. Otto, Edna Bishop – 1934-1935
    7. Otto, Edna Bishop – 1933-1970
    8. Miscellaneous P
    9. Papish, Jacob – 1930
    10. Pegram Medal – 1972
    11. Pepinsky, Raymond – 1941-1944
    12. Pepinsky, Raymond – 1944-1952
    13. Philpott, harry – 1967-1974
    14. Pick, Lewis A. – 1956
    15. Piggot, Charles – 1933-1971
    16. Pinkerton, Carl – 1964-1972
    17. Poor, Russell – 1941-1953
    18. Publishing Co. – 1931-1957
    19. Miscellaneous Q
    20. Miscellaneous R
    21. Miscellaneous R
    22. Recommendation Letters – 1940
    23. Retirement Letters – 1953
    24. Retirement Letters – 1953
    25. Rhodes, Peyton – 1936-1974
    26. Roquemore, Melvyn – 1963-1972
    27. Roquemore, Melvyn – 1966
    28. Ruark, Arthur – 1934-1942
    29. Miscellaneous S

    Box 4

    1. Miscellaneous S
    2. Scott, J.W. – 1934-1947
    3. Searcy, Hubert – 1956-1971
    4. Slack, Francis – 1933-1941
    5. Skeen, John R. – 1933-1934
    6. Somanabandhu, Peng – 1959-1969
    7. Sommers, Anna – 1935-1936
    8. Stone, Paul – 1956-1971
    9. Strong, Howard – 1951-1956
    10. Miscellaneous T
    11. Texas, University of – 1955-1957
    12. Thailand – 1952-1963
    13. Thomas, Arthur H. Co. – 1934-1937
    14. Thordarson, Electric Co. – 1935-1937
    15. Trimmer, John D. – 1953-1959
    16. Miscellaneous U
    17. Miscellaneous V
    18. Miscellaneous W
    19. Miscellaneous W
    20. Miscellaneous W
    21. Waterhouse Family – 1934-1959
    22. Waterhouse, Richard – 1965-1974
    23. Weisz, Paul – 1934-1961
    24. Western Electric Co. – 1935-1937
    25. Wilcox, William – 1957-1958
    26. Wilson, Robert G. 1939-1948
    27. Wingard, R.E. – 1934-1935
    28. Wingard, R.E. – 1936-1945
    29. Wholesale Radio Service – 1937-1938
    30. Wooten, B.A. – 1935-1946
    31. Miscellaneous XYZ
    32. Yates, Black – 1958-1969
    33. Yoe, John – 1930-1971

SERIES 2: EDUCATION, TEACHING, AND ADMINISTRATION (Folders 163-199)

    Subseries: Emory and Henry College, Virginia
    Box 4
    1. Building Fund – 1917
    2. Diploma – Doctor of Laws – 1932
    3. Graduation Program – 1904
    4. Self Study Program – 1953
    5. Student Notebooks – 1903
    6. Teaching Notes – 1926-1929
    Box 5
    168A Notes on Lecture of J.J. Thomson – 1923

    Subseries: University of Virginia
    Box 5

    1. Graduation Program – 1922

    Subseries: Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama
    Box 5

    1. Doctoral Program – Physics – 1952
    2. Exams ca. – 1938-1939
    3. Faculty Forum ca. – 1940
    4. Laboratory Class Rolls – 1936-1937
    5. Memo Books, Personal ca. 1950-1960
    6. Miscellaneous Memos ca. 1940
    7. Physics Budgets – 1935 & 1942
    8. Physics Department ca. – 1940-1950
    9. Physics Symposium – 1970
    10. Quizzes, Physics – 1930-1940
    11. Quizzes, Physics – 1936-1938
    12. Report on Reorganization of Grad – Faculty –1953
    13. Requisitions/Vouchers – 1934-1935
    14. Requisitions/Vouchers – 1936
    15. Requisitions/Vouchers – 1937
    16. Requisitions/Vouchers – 1938-1952
    17. Retirement – 1953
    18. Summer School Catalog Material – 1938
    19. Telegrams ca. – 1930-1940
    Box 9: Lantern Slides: for teaching and research presentations

    Subseries: Huntingdon College
    Box 5

    1. Notes Unidentified – n.d.
    2. Physics Exams 202 – 1960-1968
    3. Physics Exams 201 – 1958-1963
    4. Physics Exams 203 & 204 – 1958-1962
    5. Physics Exams 300 Level & 401 – 1960-1968
    6. Physics Exams Miscellaneous ca. – 1960
    7. Physics Exams Miscellaneous ca. – 1960
    8. Physics Self-Study Program – 1965
    9. Teaching Notes – n.d.
    10. Miscellaneous Education, Teaching, and Administration
    11. AU Professor Emeritus of Physics – Certificate

SERIES 3: SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (Folders 200-235)

    Box 5
    1. Air Force Research – Hollomon AFB, NM – 1957-1961
    2. Air Force Research – Hollomon AFB, NM – Cloudcraft n.d.
    3. Air Force Research – Hollomon AFB, NM – n.d.
    4. Atomic Energy Program, API – 1952-1956
    5. Atomic Industrial Forum, Washington, DC – 1955
    6. Elements 85 & 87, Notes – 1955
    7. Henry Fund Grant – 1932-1933
    8. Holmes Analyses – Books 1-4 – 1932-1933
    9. Holmes Analyses – Books 5-7 and Index – 1933-1936

    Subseries: Magneto – Optic Papers Folders 209-227
    Box 5

    1. Dayton University M-O Program – 1965

    Box 6

    1. Dayton University M-O Photographs – 1965
    2. Explanation M-O Photographs – 1965
    3. Miscellaneous Material ca. – 1932-1934
    4. Research Notes – 1928
    5. Research Notes – 1929-1935
    6. Research Notes – 1962-1963, 1967-1969
    7. Research Proposal – API n.d.
    8. Research Report – Southern Research Inst. – 1955
    9. Scale Readings of Compounds API – n.d.
    10. Scale Readings of Compounds – n.d.
    11. Scale Readings Minima of Chloride – n.d.
    12. Minima from 21.67 – 59.05 n.d.
    13. Nuclear Energy Project, South Regional Educ. Bd. – 1956
    14. Nuclear Energy Study Comm., St. of A.a. – 1956-1959
    15. Ordnance Research Lab., Univ. of VA – 1956
    16. Physics Research Fund – 1931-1934
    17. Quantitative Notes – 1930
    18. Research Notes, Univ. of VA – 1921-1925
    19. Research Notes – Stenopads 1926-1930
    20. Research Notes – Stenopads – 1931-1933
    21. Research Notes – Stenopads – 1928-1935
    22. Research Notes – 1929-1930
    23. Research Notes ca. – 1930
    24. Research Photographs, Miscellaneous – n.d.
    25. Southwest Research Institute – TX – 1966
    26. Miscellaneous Research
    Accession 85-37, Box 1
    1. Card File: "Magneto Optic Minima: Numerical Index"
    2. Laboratory Manual of Experiments, Department of Physics, Chulalonkorn University, 1955

SERIES 4: ORGANIZATIONS (Folders 236-252)

Box 6
    1. Alabama Academy of Science – 1926-1966
    2. American Association for the Advancement of Science – 1966
    3. American Institute of Physics – 1939-1966
    4. American Physical Society – 1931
    5. American Physical Society – 1935-1939
    6. American Physical Society – 1940-1941
    7. American Physical Society – 1942
    8. American Physical Society – 1943-1945
    9. American Physical Society – 1954-1974
    10. American Physical Society Resolutions – 1947-1957

    Box 7

    1. Auburn Research Foundations – 1949-1954
    2. Auburn United Methodist Church – 1954
    3. Holston Conference Methodist Church – 1954
    4. National Science Foundation
    5. Retired Teachers Association – 1970-1974
    6. Sigma Xi Emeritus – 1974-1975
    7. Southern Association for Advancement of Science

SERIES 5: PUBLICATIONS (Folders 253-298)

    Subseries: Publications by Allison
    Box 7
    1. Dissertation – Original Copy – 1922 Univ. of Va. – Part A
    2. Dissertation – Original Copy – 1922 Univ. of VA – Part B
    3. Dissertation – Original Copy – 1922 Univ. of VA – Part C
    4. Dissertation – Original Copy – 1922 Univ. of VA – Part D
    5. Copies of Dissertation
    6. Publications List of Fred Allison
    7. "Effect of Wave Length in the Differences in Lags of the Farady Effect Behind the Magnetic Field of Liquids," - 1927 Physical Review
    8. "A Magneto – Optic Method of Chemical Analysis," - 1930 Journal of the American Chemical Society
    9. "A Magneto Optic Method of Chemical Analysis," - 1930 Journal of Chemical Education
    10. "The Probable Number of Isotopes of Eight Metals as Determined by a New Method" -1930 Physical Review
    11. "Evidence of the Presence of Element 87 in Samples of Pollucite and Lepidolite Ores" -1930 Physical Review
    12. "Evidence of the Detection of Element 85 in Certain Substances" - 1931 Physical Review
    13. "A Preliminary Report of the Application of the Photoelectric Cell to the Reading of Minima in a Magneto-Optic Method of Analysis" - 1931 Physical Review
    14. "The Magneto-Optic Method of Analysis with Particular Reference to the Detection of Elements 85 (Alabamine) and 87 (Virginium) and the Heavy Isotope of Hydrogen" - 1932 American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers
    15. "The Magneto-Optic Method of Analysis of a New Research Tool" - 1932 Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
    16. "An Experiment in Support of the Hypothesis of a Time Lag in the Faraday Effect" - 1932 Physical Review
    17. "Further Research on Element 87" - 1932 Journal of the American Chemical Society
    18. "Concentration, Acids, and Lithium Salts of Element 85" - 1932, Journal of the American Chemical Society
    19. "The Transformation Product of Potassium" - 1932 Physical Review
    20. "Bismuth Isotopes" - 1933 Physical Review
    21. "Radioactivity and Radioisotopes" - 1947 Proceedings Auburn Conference on the Use of Radioactive Isotopes in Agricultural Research
    22. Cloudcroft Research – 1957
    23. Cloudcroft Research – 1957
    24. Cloudcroft Research – 1959
    25. Cloudcroft Research – 1959
    26. Cloudcroft Research – 1959
    27. Cloudcroft Research – 1960
    28. Letter to the Editor

    Subseries: Publications by other physicists
    Box 7

    1. Ball, T.R.
    2. Beams, J.W.
    3. Bishop, Edna
    4. Cooper, Stancil
    5. Ferrell, Thomas
    6. Gardner, D.H.
    7. Hoxton, L.G.
    8. Hughes, Gordon
    9. Mildrum, Herbert
    10. Mildrum, Herbert
    11. Piggot, Charles
    12. Ramsay, B.P.
    13. Rose, John
    14. Ruark, Arthur
    15. Slack, Francis
    16. Sommer, Anna
    17. Warburton, F.W.
    Box 9: Roquemore, Melvin, "Storage Effect in Cadmium Sodium Doped Crystals."
Subseries: Publications with multiple authors
    Box 7
    1. Miscellaneous Authors – Listed in folder alphabetically
  • Allison, Fred Jr.
  • Chang, William
  • Cohn, Willi
  • DeLoach, Bernard
  • Deming, W. Edwards
  • Dollins, C.B.
  • Farwell, H.W.
  • Gardner, L.W.
  • Goslin, Roy
  • Grosse, A.V.
  • Jeppesen, Myron
  • Jones, Herman
  • Klopsteg, Paul
  • Langsdorf, Alexander
  • Otto, Irene
  • Sturkey, L.
  • Wissink, G.M.
  • Yoe, John
  • McGhee, J.L.

SERIES 6: SCRAPBOOKS, 1923-1975

Box 9
Scrapbooks and newspaper clippings are in AU Microforms Department, Microfilm # 4928

SERIES 7: BOOKLETS AND PAMPHLETS (Folders 300-319)

Box 7
    1. API Bulletin – 1949 and 1952
    2. API Faculty Publications – 1947-1953
    3. An Old Man’s Memories – Malilon Robinson
    4. Auburn University Building Dedication Programs for Haley Center and Leach Nuclear Science Center
    5. Auburn’s First One Hundred Years
    6. Auburn Forum – 1940
    7. Auburn University Annual Report of the President – 1963-1964
    8. Chulalongkorn University Handbook – 1955
    9. Cloudcroft, New Mexico Guidebook
    10. Emory and Henry College Alumni Directory – 1961
    11. Emory and Henry College Catalogue – 1955 & 1965-1966

    Box 8

    1. Emory and Henry College The Era – 1915
    2. Emory and Henry College The Forum and The Alumnus
    3. Huntingdon College Bulletin – 1960
    4. Huntingdon College Bulletin – 1968
    5. Journal of Optical Society of America – August 1929
    6. Peabody College – Reflector – 1941
    7. Physics Today – January 1975
    8. University of Virginia – Alumni News – 1974
    9. University of Virginia – History of the University of Virginia Physics (2 copies)

SERIES 8: PHOTOGRAPHS AND POSTCARDS (Folder 320)
Separated and placed into Numbered Photograph Collection (RG) and Postcard Collection (RG). Inventory follows:

Photographs
IV-A-2258: World War II – Japanese Surrender (6 images)
IV-A-2259: World War II – Atomic Bomb
IV-A-2260: World War II – B-29 Airplanes (7 images)
IV-A-2261: World War II – Island Natives (20 images)
IV-A-2262: World War II Misc. Island Photos (12 images)
IV-A-2263: Covington, Virginia Train Station
IV-A-2264: California Sea Basin at Calexico
IV-A-2265: Dr. & Mrs. Allison in Thailand
IV-A-2266: Presidents – Alabama Academy of Science
IV-A-2405: Physics Building in Thailand
IV-B-1420: Auburn University Graduate Council
IV-B-1421: Dr. Fred Allison and Dr. Howard Carr
Postcards
PC 341 a-c: Thailand
PC 342 a-c: Hong Kong
PC 343: Trimont Inn, Franklin, NC
PC 344 a-e: New Mexico
PC 345: Blueridge Parkway
PC 346 a-d: Abingdon, VA
PC 347: Emory & Henry College, VA
PC 348: Tokyo
PC 349: Old Absinthe House (interior view), New Orleans

SERIES 9: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

Box 9
Newspaper clippings available in AU Microforms Department, Microfilm #4928



SERIES 10: SPEECHES (Folders 322-337)

Box 8
    1. Alabama College Speeches
    2. Alabama Education Association Speech
    3. American Association of University Women Speech
    4. Atomic Energy Speeches
    5. Auburn University Speeches
    6. Church Speeches
    7. Civic Group Speeches – Misc.
    8. Civic Group Speeches – Virginia – Tennessee
    9. East Tennessee State University Speech
    10. Emory and Henry Speeches
    11. History of Auburn University Physics Speech
    12. History of Auburn University Physics Speech
    13. Huntingdon College Speeches
    14. James Folsom Speech
    15. Speech to Joint Committee of Univ. of Alabama & Auburn University
    16. Unidentified Speeches and Notes

SERIES 11: AWARDS AND HONORS (Folders 338-348)

    Box 8
    1. Allison Laboratory Dedication Auburn University – 1964
    2. Allison, Fred Award – Auburn University
    3. Allison Physics Award – Huntingdon College
    4. Blue Key Certificate – Emory and Henry College – 1955
    5. Herty Medal – 1933
    6. Frazier, John W. Award – Huntingdon College – 1961
    7. Open File
    8. Omicron Delta Kappa – Alabama Polytechnic Institute – 1950
    9. Pegram, George B. Medal – American Physical Society
    10. President and Visitors Prize – Phi Beta Kappa, Univ. of Virginia – 1925
    11. Outstanding Teacher Award – American Physical Society – 1971

SERIES 12: MISCELLANEOUS (Folders 349-362)

    Box 8
    1. Atomic Energy Conference – Raleigh, NC
    2. Auburn University – Development Program
    3. Philpott Inauguration Steering Committee (Auburn University)
    4. Philpott Inauguration (Auburn University)
    5. Physics Building Blueprint (Auburn University)
    6. Research Chair of Physics
    7. Resolution – Funchess Death (Auburn University)
    8. Tribute to Bradford Knapp (Auburn University)
    9. Book Lists
    10. Emory & Henry – Inauguration Program
    11. Emory & Henry – Banquet for Class of 1913
    12. Good Luck Piece
    13. Who’s Who in Science
    14. Who’s Who in the World


    Oversize Box

      Blueprint of Auburn University Physics Building
      Emory and Henry Essays, 1900-1904
      Resolution from City of Auburn – re: Allison death
      AU Physics Department Administrative Data
      Research Data Chart
      Notebook: Robert Allison Math Problems ca. 1840
      Newspaper Clippings

Material separated from Allison Papers, not listed above

    In AU Pamphlet Collection
      "Allison Method of Chemical Analysis," by Herbert F. Mildrum
      "Faculty Publications, 1947-1953, Alabama Polytechnic Institute"
      "General James Henry Lane, 1883-1907" by: George Petrie – AU Pamphlet Collection


    In General Pamphlet Collection

      "Can Rocks be Raised from the Dead" by: J.L. McGhee – General Pamphlet Collection
      "Founder’s Day Address" by: Leonidas W. Crawford – General Pamphlet Collection
      "Improving Graduate Education a Guide to Institutional Self Evaluation"
      "Minimum Standards for Graduate Degrees
      "Robertson Prize and Selection Speeches"


    In Artifact Collection

    Chemical bottles and test tubes of the late physics professor, Dr. Fred Allison, professor at API, 1922-53

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