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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal activities

Professional activities - administration

Professional activities - professional affiliations

Professional activities - teaching

Scientific activities - administration of research

Scientific activities - Research I

Scientific activities - Research II

Scientific activities - Research III - incomplete research

Scientific activities - dissemination of findings

Miscellaneous

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Frank Norman Edmonds, Jr. Papers, 1950-1986



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Edmonds, Frank Norman, Jr., 1919-1986
Title: Edmonds, Frank Norman, Jr., Papers
Dates: 1950-1986
Abstract: Frank Norman Edmonds, Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1919. He attended Princeton University and served in World War II. After receiving his doctorate (University of Chicago, 1950), and spending two years at the University of Missouri, Edmonds joined the University of Texas faculty and remained there until his retirement in 1984. He died in 1986. The papers document Edmonds' career as observational astronomer and astronomy professor at the University of Texas at Austin. The bulk of the papers consists of teaching materials, including notes, transparencies, readings, syllabi, and other materials arranged by course number; lecture notes and other materials by topic; and research materials including notes, calculations, manuscripts, correspondence, and proofs for his published works.
Accession No.: 88-086
OCLC No.: 70582068
Extent: 12 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Frank Norman Edmonds, Jr., was born on September 2, 1919. His mother, Irene (Radcliffe) Edmonds, was the first female physics major to graduate from the University of Minnesota, and she encouraged him to explore physics and astronomy. Edmonds graduated with a BS degree in physics from Princeton University in 1941. The onset of World War II prevented his acceptance of a scholarship to attend graduate school in Toronto. He served as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps of the Army Air Force for four years, working as a Ground Radar Equipment Maintenance Officer in both the European and Pacific theatres, and emerging with decorations as Captain at the end of the war.

Frank Edmonds resumed his academic studies as a graduate student at the University of Chicago under two of the most renowned astrophysicists of the twentieth century, Otto Struve, who was the first director of McDonald Observatory, and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, who later won a Nobel Prize. He completed his PhD dissertation, "Two Problems in Radiative Transfer Theory", in 1950. The dissertation led to a series of papers published in the Astrophysical Journal in the 1950s.

Edmonds began his academic career as Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Missouri, Columbia (1950-1952). With Otto Struve's high recommendation, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin as Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy (1952-1958). He joined the newly formed, separate Astronomy Department of UT as Associate Professor in 1958. He also served as Associate Chairman of the Astronomy Department, 1959 to 1961. The department was initially formed as a joint astronomy department with the University of Chicago, for UT astronomers to share in the running of McDonald Observatory. UT had received a bequest from West Texas banker W. J. McDonald in 1926 for the observatory, and partnered with the University of Chicago in 1932, but that deal had allowed for the University of Chicago to operate the observatory for 30 years. Edmonds was the only observational astronomer from UT to use McDonald Observatory for most of the 1950s, and served as its Associate Director from 1960 to 1962. During that time he played a major role in getting UT to continue the operation of the observatory after the expiration of the agreement with Chicago in 1963. Harlan J. Smith became Chairman of the Astronomy Department and Director of the Observatory at that time.

From 1962 to 1963, Dr. Edmonds spent a year in France as a Guggenheim fellow at the Section d'Astrophysique of the Observatoire de Paris, Meundon. Back in Austin, he was promoted to full professor in 1965. He made significant contributions to the development of the Astronomy Department during his 32 years of service. He created the position of Graduate Advisor and Chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee in 1960, and he served in that position for over 20 years, guiding several generations of graduate students who are now internationally recognized. He created and taught numerous courses, concentrating on undergraduate and graduate courses in astronomical physics and in the astrophysics of stellar atmospheres. In addition to his teaching, he contributed a substantial body of scientific research to high-dispersion stellar spectroscopy, stellar atmospheres, solar photospheric inhomogeneities, radiative transfer theory, and astronomical physics. His work on solar granulation and his exhaustive analysis of the spectrum of Procyon are regarded as major contributions to astronomical research.

Throughout his career, Edmonds took an active role in professional associations, including the International Astronomical Union, the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the Royal Astronomical Society. He was a member (1958-1961) of the Committee on Astronomy of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, serving as advisory to the Office of Naval Research, Vice Chairman, and Chairman. He served as President (1960-1961) and Vice President (1971-1972) of the UT Chapter of Sigma Xi, the physics honor society. Edmonds also promoted astronomy locally, speaking to young students and amateur astronomy clubs.

Dr. Edmonds extended his service and vision beyond the walls of the Astronomy Department, and participated in the administration of the University of Texas as a member of numerous committees, including the College of Arts and Sciences Council for Science and Mathematics (1959-1962); the University Research Council (1960-1962); the Faculty Committee for Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy Building (1965-1972); the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Undergraduate Advising Policy Committee (1965-1969); the Graduate Assembly (1965-1967 and 1974-1977); the College of Arts and Sciences Ad Hoc Committee for Library Problems (1968-1969); the University Calendar Committee (1971-1973); the College of Natural Sciences Course and Curriculum Committee (1973-1974) and Promotion and Tenure Committe (1977-1980); the University Advisory Committee on Classified Research (1977-1978); and the College of Natural Sciences Committee for Centennial Plans (1980-1981).

Frank N. Edmonds, Jr. married Joan Mary McKinney in 1945 and the couple had two children, Cynthia Ann Torkelsen and Christopher Norman Edmonds. He held his professorship until his deteriorating health compelled him to take an early retirement in 1984. Upon his retirement, the Regents of the University of Texas created the Frank N. Edmonds, Jr. Regents Professorship in Astronomy in recognition of his achievements and services to the Astronomy Department and the University. He died in Austin on September 3, 1986. The Frank Edmonds Faculty Lounge was dedicated on February 17, 1987, and is located in the Robert Lee Moore building, which houses the UT Department of Astronomy.

External sources:

In Memoriam: Frank N. Edmonds, Jr., UT Office of the General Faculty & Faculty Council

Milestones, McDonald Observatory, The University of Texas at Austin

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Scope and Contents

The Frank Norman Edmonds, Jr. Papers, 1950-1986, document Edmonds' career as observational astronomer and astronomy professor at the University of Texas at Austin. The bulk of the papers consists of teaching materials, including notes, transparencies, readings, syllabi, and other materials arranged by course number; lecture notes and other materials by topic; and research materials including notes, calculations, manuscripts, correspondence, and proofs for his published works. The research materials also relate to unpublished papers and incomplete research. Research topics include solar surface inhomogeneities, model stellar atmospheres, high-dispersion stellar spectroscopy, line broadening theory, hydromagnetic stability, and radiative transfer. Also included are reports, correspondence, memoranda, and administrative records that document Edmonds' career at UT and his affiliation with professional astronomy organizations. The Computation Center at the University of Texas at Austin is also documented in the papers, which contain newsletters, bulletins, manuals, reports, routines, programs, and printouts from the Center during the 1960s and 1970s. Additionally, the collection contains photographic prints, negatives, and glass and plastic slides of astronomical observations.

Archivist's Note:

Where found, multiple folders pertaining to one topic were left as originally arranged, and papers within folders were left in their original order.

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Arrangement

  • I. Personal activities
  • II. Professional activities
    • A. Administration
    • B. Professional affiliations
    • C. Teaching
      • 1. Course materials and lecture notes
      • 2. Other teaching materials
      • 3. General lecture notes and lecture notes by topic
  • III. Scientific activities
    • A. Administration of Research
    • B. Research and Development
      • 1. Research I
      • 2. Research II
      • 3. Research III - Incomplete research
    • C. Dissemination of findings
      • 1. Computer programs, write-ups, and bulletins
      • 2. Prints, negatives, slides, and plates
  • IV. Miscellaneous

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Use of photographic slides by appointment only; please contact photo archivist for more information.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Edmonds, Frank Norman, Jr., 1919-1986
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Astronomy
McDonald Observatory
Subjects
Astronomy.
Physics.
Mathematics.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also the Harlan J. Smith Papers, 1953-1991 and the UT McDonald Observatory Records, 1971-1999.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank Norman Edmonds, Jr. Papers, 1950-1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

The first box of this collection was processed by Susan Elizabeth Hill, Librarian at the Peridier Astronomy Library, Astronomy Department, University of Texas at Austin, in April 1987. The remainder of the collection was processed by Jessi Fishman, June 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Personal activities

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88-086/1 Annual reports - autobiographical, 1953-1983
Vitae, undated
Appointments and salary, 1953-1984
Correspondence - general
Received, 1950-1981, undated
Sent, 1950-1981
Correspondence - letters of recommendation
Received, 1955-1977
Sent, 1955-1984
Princeton recruiting, 1972-1974
Printed material, 1984-1987

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Professional activities - administration

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88-086/1 Astronomy Department
Correspondence - general
Received, 1967-1980, undated
Sent, 1962-1979, undated
Literary productions, 1951-1978, undated
Memoranda
Received, 1965-1983, undated
Sent, 1956-1984, undated
General records, 1967-1984, undated
Budget Council, 1975-1984, undated
Colloquia and seminars, 1973-1984, undated
Graduate program
Courses, 1973-1984, undated
Master's Degree candidates, 1965-1970
Ph.D. candidates, 1966-1972
Financial aid, 1966-1984, undated
General, 1966-1984, undated
Graduate Studies Committee, 1974-1984, undated
Preliminary examinations, 1972-1979, undated
Student evaluations of program, 1974-1979
McDonald Observatory, 1962-1984, undated
Peridier Library and McDonald Library, 1973-1984, undated
Postdoctoral fellowships, 1966-1982
Undergraduate program
Courses, 1966-1979, undated
Education services for faculty, 1979-1984, undated
General, 1966-1982, undated
Undergraduate Studies Committee, 1968-1982, undated
University of Texas
Advisory Committee on Classified Research, 1977-1978
Correspondence and memoranda
Received, 1966-1975
Sent, 1959-1976
Graduate Assembly
Correspondence and memoranda received, 1972-1975
Correspondence and memoranda sent, 1972-1976, undated
Literary productions, 1969-1984, undated
Library Committee of the College of Arts and Science, 1969
Literary productions, 1973-1976, undated
Promotion and Tenure Committee
Correspondence and memoranda received, 1977-1979
Correspondence and memoranda sent, 1977-1978

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Professional activities - professional affiliations

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88-086/1 American Astronomical Society, 1966-1976, undated
International Astronomical Union
Fifteenth General Assembly, 1973
Commission 12, 1969, undated
Commission 29, 1966-1984, undated
Commission 36, 1964-1969, undated
Commission 43, 1966
New York Academy of Science, 1972-1978
Royal Astronomical Society, 1951, 1980, undated
Southwest Regional Conference for Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1977-1984, undated
Texas and Southwestern Astronomers Neighborhood, 1964-1966

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Professional activities - teaching

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88-086/2 Astronomy 1, 1950-1952
Astronomy 2 - Introduction to Astronomy, undated
Astronomy 308 [5 folders], 1969-1975, undated
Astronomy 309 [14 folders], 1969-1981, undated
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88-086/3 Astronomy 309 [3 folders of readings], 1969-1981, undated
Astronomy 310 - Celestial Mechanics [3 folders], 1953-1958, undated
Astronomy 311 - Introduction to Astrophysics, 1969-1970, undated
Astronomy 312 - Astrophysics, undated
Astronomy 322 - The Solar System [2 folders], 1953-1955, ca. 1958, undated
Astronomy 352K - HR Diagram, undated
Astronomy 355 - Astrophysics [3 folders], 1951-1953, undated
AST 362L and AST 383 - mounted prints, undated
Astronomy 365K - Stellar Astrophysics [2 folders], 1977, undated
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88-086/4 Astronomy 380A - Atmospheres and Radiative Transfer, 1973, undated
Astronomy 380K - Interaction Between Radiation and Matter, undated
Astronomy 380 [4 folders], 1967-1975, undated
AST 380-381 - Problems, quizzes, 1963-1970, undated
Astronomy 381 - Stellar Structure [2 folders], 1968, undated
Astronomy 381 - Stellar Interiors, 1961-1968, undated
Astronomy 381 - Stellar Atmosphere [2 folders], 1956-1967, undated
Astronomy 383 - ATMS [2 folders], undated
Astronomy 390 - Hydrodynamics, undated
Astronomy 392, undated
Physics 314 - Mechanics, 1951
Physics 462 - Electromagnetic Theory and Light, 1951
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88-086/5 M 204E - Trigonometry, 1957
M 309Q - M 301E - College Algebra, 1953-1957
M 326 - Diff. Equations, 1957-1959
M 613Ea - Diff. Calculus, 1955-1957
>M 613Eb - Integral Calculus, 1958
Seminars, 1979, undated
Turbulence Seminar, 1955, undated
Slides/visuals on stellar chromospheres, undated
Mantissa Sheets, undated
Bulletin board displays, ca. 1950s, undated
Grant - fiscal, 1977-1982
General lecture notes
Undergraduate course offerings, Spring 1982
Earth as a Planet, undated
Solar Photospheric Inhomogenieties, 1968, undated
Notes for "The Universe", undated
General notes, 1957-1966, undated

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Scientific activities - administration of research

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88-086/5 College Teachers of Physics, 1967, 1971, undated
Grants and contracts [2 folders], 1962-1981, undated
Research proposals pending, 1962-1963, 1967-1969
NSF Grant GP-9399/5953 1968-1972
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88-086/6 University Research Institute Research Grants, 1970-1983
Research proposals rejected [2 folders], 1966-1975
Stellar model calculations, 1970
Computer, 1973-1984
Solar Physics journal, 1966, 1972
Publishers, 1981
Speaking engagements [empty folder]
Abstracts, undated

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Scientific activities - Research I

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88-086/6 "Two Problems in Radiative Transfer Theory" (dissertation) - draft, notes [2 folders], 1950, undated
[Equation] Analysis, 1962, undated
Temperature fluctuations [from binder], 1962, 1964, undated
Numerical Integration of Spectral Line Profiles, ca. 1959
Numerical Integration of Line Profiles, ca. 1963
Fraunhofer Fine Structure Analysis, 1956-1962, undated
Coherence Analysis of Fraunhofer Fine Structure and Continuum, 1962, undated
"Source Function and Temperature Fluctuations in the Solar Photosphere: I. The Isotropic Approximation", 1963, undated
Cosmic Energies, 1961, undated
"A Statistical Photometric Analysis of Granulation Across the Solar Disk", 1960, undated
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88-086/7 Solar Granulation Analysis I, 1959-1961, undated
Solar Granulation Analysis II, 1959-1961, undated
"On Solar Granulation", 1959
Princeton University Observatory Flying Telescope Project, undated
Refractometer Data Analysis (Electrical Engineering Research Laboratory, UT Austin), 1955-1958, undated
Stability for Counter-Rotating Cylinders and Circular Magnetic Field, 1957, undated
Viscosity, etc. - Computations, 1956-1957, undated
Debye-Hückel Effect and Statistical Broadening, 1955, undated
Noncoherent Scattering due to Collisions, 1954, undated
Diffusion of Improvised Radiation computations, undated
Electron Scattering computations, undated
Compton Scattering, 1951-1952, 1968-1970, undated
Compton Scattering by Electron Atmospheres, 1953, undated

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Scientific activities - Research II

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88-086/8 Microturbulence Dependence, 1970, undated
Arcturus Radial Velocity, 1969-1970, undated
Radiative Transfer Within a Stellar Absorption Line, 1969, undated
Modified Hjerting Function, 1956, 1968-1969, undated
The Infrared Spectrum of Arcturus, 1967-1969, undated
Montgomery's Thesis ["The Spectrum of Arcturus, 11403 Ȧ to 25131 Ȧ" by Earl Franklin Montgomery], 1968-1969
Study Week on the Quiet Photospere, 1967, undated
Inhomogeneity Analysis, 1964-1967, undated
Skewness, 1964-1966, undated
Stark Broadening Functions, 1965-1967, undated
Brightness Oscillatory Component, 1965, undated
"Sun 5 Min", April 1965
82-inch Coudé Scanner Testing, 1967, undated
Contribution Curves, 1968, undated
"A Coherence Analysis of Fraunhofer-Line Structure and Continuum Brightness Fluctuations Near the Center of the Solar Disk. II", 1965-1966, undated
Carbon Line Analysis, 1964-1965, undated
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88-086/9 Solar Contribution Curves, undated
Balmer line Analysis, 1965, undated
Balmer - Continuum Adjustment Calculations, undated
[Unlabeled folder of calculations/observations?], undated
[Illegible label, folder of calculations/observations?], undated
[Loose calculations, foldered], undated
Adjacency Effects, 1959-1960, undated
Procyon - Equivalent Width, 1964-1966, undated
Scattered Light (Coudé - Procyon), 1962, undated
Procyon - Model Atmosphere, 1964, undated
Procyon - Model Atmosphere Calculations, undated

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Scientific activities - Research III - incomplete research

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88-086/10 Noncoherent Scattering of Line Profiles, undated
Non-Radial Oscillations of Incompressible Fluid Sphere, 1955, undated
Statistics of Force Field, undated
Procyon Model Atmospheres Data, 1965-1967, undated
HAO+ Minnaert & Schizo Solar Model Atmospheres & Strom Unblanketed, undated
Bilderberg Solar Atmosphere, 1967, undated
Non LTE, 1963, undated
Carl-Heinz Michelis Dissertation Outline, 1966-1968, undated
Partition Function, 1966-1967, undated
Procyon Analysis - General, 1957-1965, undated
Solar Convection Zone - General, 1966, undated
Magnesium b line fluctuation - Peter Schaar, 1964-1970, undated
Microdensitometer, 1968-1970, undated
[Unlabeled folder of calculations/observations], undated
Arcturus Data - 3600A -4900A, 8919A - 11146A, 1978, undated
Arcturus Data -5000A - 8800A, undated
Arcturus, 1968, 1972, undated
[Loose, unlabeled prints (two folders)], undated
Stratoscope 1959 B&D Ratings and Info, 1959
Arcturus (mostly Modali), 1966-1969, undated
Prints - "D-1" and "D-2", undated
Peter R. Jordahl Dissertation, 1963, 1965-1966, undated
Procyon - Fine Analysis, 1965-1966, 1968-1969, undated
Procyon - Cowley, 1966-1967, undated
Low-Contrast Regions in Solar Granulation, 1962-1964
Coudé Calibration - "A Feasibility Study of Calibrating Stellar Photographic Equivalent Widths Against Solar Photoelectric Equivalent Widths", 1969-1978, undated
Convective Flux, 1971-1976, undated
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88-086/11 Low Contrast Regions Survey, 1957, undated
"A Statistical Analysis of Na1D1 Profile Fluctuations at the Center of the Solar Disk", 1981-1983, undated
Convective Transfer, 1959, undated
Prints - "B1551" and "B3241", undated
Spectral Analyses I, 1970-1971, undated
Spectral Analyses II, 1964, 1970-1971, undated
Spectral Analyses III, 1965, 1971-1972, undated
Spectral Analyses IV, 1974-1976, undatec
Spectral Analyses V, 1976, 1978, undated
Granulation V, 1969-1976, undated
Granulation background V, 1971, undated
2D Coherence, 1965-1969, undated
[Loose stats/plots], 1975, undated

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Scientific activities - dissemination of findings

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88-086/11 Computer programs and writeups
Subroutines, 1964-1967
Procyon Weights, 1967-1968, undated
SINT, 1967
FACTORL, 1967
SUB1, 1967
PRENTS 3, 1967
FDELLAM, 1967
RESP I-IV, undated
RESP I, 1967
RESP II, 1967
RESP 5M, 1967
RESP VI, 1967
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88-086/12 AAVF - Ann Arbor Voigt Function, 1965, undated
2-D, written by Don Wells, 1966, undated
POLROOT, undated
One Dimensional Harmonic Analysis (HARMAL) Programs, 1969
New treatment of Hjerting function, 1968, undated
Computer Programs for Reduction of Microphotometer Data, October 1968
UT Austin Computation Center bulletins and newsletters
Newsletter, October 1967 - December 1972
Newsletter, January 1973 - February 1977
Information Bulletin (TIB) No. 18 - 24, October 1966 - October 1971
Programming Information Bulletin (TPB) No. 72 - 124, March 1967 - June 1971
Printouts, manuals, programs, administrative memoranda, routines, reports, June 1964 - November 1975
Film on solar oscillations, undated
Instrumendatal profiles numbers, undated
Prints, undated
Negatives, 1961-1962, undated
Stratoscope I negatives, 1974-1975
Prints, undated
Slides, undated
35mm slides, undated
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3S111a Glass slides RESTRICTED
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3S111b Glass slides RESTRICTED

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Miscellaneous

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88-086/12 Memoranda, appointments, exam, 1969, 1971, 1975, undated

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