Finding Aid for the Gordon J. Stanley Papers 1942-1994

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Gordon J. Stanley Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1942-1994
Collection number: 10266-MS
Creator: Stanley, Gordon J. (Gordon James) 1921-2001
Extent: 7 boxes; 3 linear feet.
Repository: California Institute of Technology. Caltech Archives
Pasadena, California 91125
Abstract: Gordon J. Stanley (1921-2001), radio astronomer and receiver expert, came to Caltech From Australia's CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) in 1955. He succeeded John Bolton as, first, acting director (1961) and then director (1965-1975) of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO). His papers include working files, correspondence and other documents from the period of his association with OVRO, as well as papers concerning the work done by Stanley and Bolton in Australia prior to their association with Caltech.
Physical location: Archives, California Institute of Technology.
Languages represented in the collection: EnglishRussian

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gordon J. Stanley Papers, 10266-MS, Caltech Archives, California Institute of Technology.

Acquisition Information

The Stanley Family Trust donated Gordon J. Stanley's papers to the Caltech Archives in February 2012.

Scope and Content

The small, yet unique, collection of Gordon J. Stanley Papers comprises seven document boxes. This collection has been organized into four series, and some series into subseries. The series organization is as follows: SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE SERIES 2: RESEARCH AND TECHNICAL FILES SERIES 3: WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONS SERIES 4: BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL MATERIAL SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE. This series is one of the most interesting and richest portions of the Stanley Papers. It includes correspondence to and from individuals and organizations arranged alphabetically and then chronologically within folders, with incoming and outgoing letters filed together. Stanley was a key contributor along with John Bolton, Joe Pawsey, Bruce Slee and others to radio astronomy at Dover Heights, Australia. In 1955 Stanley left Australia and joined Bolton at Caltech. Their particularly close working relationship is well reflected in the correspondence. SERIES 2: RESEARCH AND TECHNICAL FILES. This series is divided into three subseries, covering Stanley's research involvement in radio astronomy, both in Australia and the United States. The bulk of the material in this series is from the period when Stanley served as acting director (1961) and later director (1965-1975) of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO). SERIES 3: WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONS. Series 3 is subdivided into two subseries. The first contains Stanley's published papers, mostly in the form of article reprints, arranged chronologically by publication date. Subseries 2 contain reprints and preprints of others, from 1949 to 1982, in radio astronomy, organized chronologically by publication date as well. SERIES 4: BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL MATERIAL. This series contains a small amount of biographical material, especially concerning Stanley's early years at Dover Heights and later at Caltech.
The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Series 1. Correspondence
  • Series 2. Research and technical files
  • Series 3. Writings and Publications
  • Series 4. Biographical and Personal Material

Container List

 

Series 1. Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

Anderson, Carl D. 1962-1970

 

Associates for Radio Astronomy (ARA) See: Series 2, Sub.3, OVRO Research work and proposals

Box 1, Folder 2

Australian Journal of Physics 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 3

Babcock, Horace W. 1961, 1966-1967

Box 1, Folder 4

Bacher, Robert F. ( See also: Bolton, John G.) 1955-1956, 1960-1963, 1965-1967, 1969-1970

 

Bell Telephone Laboratories See: Series 2, Sub.3, OVRO Technical research data

Box 1, Folder 5

Bertram, Sidney 1974

Box 1, Folder 6

Bolton, John G. ( See also: Australian Journal of Physics) 1955-1960, 1969

Box 1, Folder 7

Booker, Henry G. 1966-1967

 

Boyce, Peter See: Series 2, Sub.3, OVRO Advisory Committee

Box 1, Folder 8

Christiansen, W.N. 1957, 1971

Box 1, Folder 9

Cohen, Marshall M. 1965, 1970, 1974-1975, 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 10

Cook, William (Bill) 1969

Box 1, Folder 11

Denisse, J.F. 1964

Box 1, Folder 12

Deutsch, Armin J. 1955

Box 1, Folder 13

DuBridge, L. A. ( See also: Series 4, Biographical and personal material) 1966

Box 1, Folder 14

Erickson, W.C. 1960-1961

Box 1, Folder 15

Fleischer, Robert 1968, 1970, 1973

Box 1, Folder 16

Gayer, George (Geo) F. 1972

Box 1, Folder 17

General Radio Experimenter 1950

Box 1, Folder 18

Goldberg, Leo 1957, 1968

Box 1, Folder 19

Greenstein, Jesse L. 1962, 1965-1966, 1968, 1970, 1972

Box 1, Folder 20

Haddock, Fred T. 1956-1957, 1964-1966

 

Hayens, Raymond See: Australian Journal of Physics

Box 1, Folder 21

Heeschen, David S. 1961, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1975

Box 1, Folder 22

Higgs, Arthur 1962

 

Hofman Laboratories, Inc. See: Series 2, Sub.3, OVRO Technical research data

Box 1, Folder 23

Hurlburt, Everett H. ( See also: Series 2, sub. Series 3, OVRO Research work and proposals) 1961, 1964-1970

Box 1, Folder 24

Institute of Radio Engineers, Inc. 1955

Box 1, Folder 25

International Astronomical Union 1958, 1961, 1970, 1973

Box 1, Folder 26

Irvine, William M. 1966

Box 1, Folder 27

Keller, Geoffrey 1962

Box 1, Folder 28

Kellermann, K.I. 1962, 1964-1965, 1974

Box 1, Folder 29

Leighton, Robert B. 1962, 1970-1973

Box 2, Folder 1

Maltby, Per 1961-1962, 1964

Box 2, Folder 2

Mathewson, Don 1962

Box 2, Folder 3

Mayer, Cornell H. 1962-1963, 1972

Box 2, Folder 4

Moffet, Alan T. 1961-1964, 1966-1967, 1981

Box 2, Folder 5

Morris, David 1967, 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 6

Mulders, Gerard F.W. 1967

 

National Academy of Sciences See: Series 4, Biographical and personal material

 

National Radio Astronomy Observatory See: Series 2, sub. Series 3, OVRO research work and proposals

Box 2, Folder 7

Oort, Jan H. 1965-1966, 1968

Box 2, Folder 8

Orchiston, Wayne 1991, 1994

Box 2, Folder 9

Palmer, H.P. 1961

Box 2, Folder 10

Pawsey, Joe L. 1956-1958, 1961-1962

Box 2, Folder 11

Price, Robert 1955-1958, 1974, 1976

Box 2, Folder 12

Radhakrishnan, ("Rad") V. ( See also: Series 2, sub. Series 3, OVRO Technical research data) 1959, 1961-1964

Box 2, Folder 13

Reber, Grote 1950, 1967

Box 2, Folder 14

Roberts, Jim A. 1960

 

Robertson, Peter See: Australian Journal of Physics

Box 2, Folder 15

Ross, Hugh 1969-1970

Box 2, Folder 16

Rule, Bruce H. 1961-1962, 1964, 1977

Note

Includes photo of Rule in hard hat from 1977.
Box 2, Folder 17

Ryle, M. 1962

Box 2, Folder 18

Sammet, L. L. 1972

Box 2, Folder 19

Sandage, Allan 1965

Box 2, Folder 20

Seielstad, George A. 1964, 1966-1970, 1997, 1983, 1997

Box 2, Folder 21

Shakesshaft, John R. 1962

Box 2, Folder 22

Shostak, Arnold 1961, 1972-1973

 

Sullivan, Woodruff T. See: Series 4, Biographical and personal material

Box 2, Folder 23

Thomas, Bruce MacAulay 1973

Box 2, Folder 24

Thompson, A.R. 1955-1956, 1958

Box 2, Folder 25

Warwick, James W. 1965

Box 2, Folder 26

Weaver, Harold F. 1965-1966

 

Westerhout, Gart See: Series 2, sub. Series 3, OVRO research work and proposals

Box 2, Folder 27

Whipple, Fred L. 1968-1969

Box 2, Folder 28

Whiteoak, John 1960-1961, 1966, 1973

Box 2, Folder 29

Wright, James P. 1971-1973

Box 2, Folder 30

Wyndham, John D. 1965-1966, 1968

Box 2, Folder 31

A-L miscellaneous 1956-1974

Box 2, Folder 32

M-Z miscellaneous 1956-1984

 

Series 2. Research and technical files

 

Subseries 1. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Radiophysics Laboratory, Australia

Box 3, Folder 1

CSIRO radiophysycs abstracts and radio astronomy bibliography booklet 1952-1954

Note

"N.S.L. 762"
Box 3, Folder 2

Hydrogen Line Planning Committee report 1953 November

Box 3, Folder 3

Robert Price log book: "Deuterium Line Project" 1953 December 17 - 1954 April 21

Box 3, Folder 4

Noise calculation graphs 1954

Note

"D XI Mar 29, 1954" and "D XVI Apr 22, 1954"
Box 3, Folder 5

CSIRO Log book undated

Note

With calculations and drawings regarding 100 foot dish.
 

Subseries 2. Caltech, 1955-1961

Box 3, Folder 6

Contract for laboratory building for Caltech at the Owens valley Observatory 1956

Note

Contractor's name is R.L. McGraw.
Box 3, Folder 7

Equipment test notes 1955

Box 3, Folder 8

Aluminum and steel flagpoles catalogues 1961

 

Subseries 3. Owens Valley Radio Observatory, (OVRO)

 

130 Foot Radio Telescope

Box 3, Folder 9

Report: Preliminary specifications design and proposal for a 130 foot diameter radio telescope." 1962 December 6

Note

Written by B.H. Rule.
Box 3, Folder 10

Converse Foundation Engineers' report: "Foundation investigation proposed extensions, Owens Valley Radio Observatory, Inyo County, California." 1964 April 13

Box 3, Folder 11

Philco Corporation proposal: "C.I.T. 130-foot diameter radio telescope," 1964 October 5

Note

"Philco WDL Technical proposal 1746"
Box 3, Folder 12

Allison Steel Manufacturing Company proposal: "C.I.T. 130-foot diameter radio telescope," 1964 October 6

Box 3, Folder 13

American Bridge Company proposal: " 130-foot diameter mobile type ? radio telescope for C.I.T. Owens Valley Observatory," 1964 October 6

Box 4, Folder 1

Keystone Engineering Company [proposal for 130 foot radio telescope mechanical calculations] 1964 October 6

Note

Includes blueprints.
Box 4, Folder 2

Rohr Corporation [proposal for 130 foot mobile type ? radio telescope for C.I.T. Owens valley Observatory] 1964 December 8

Note

Includes blueprints.
Box 4, Folder 3

Westinghouse Electric Corporation [proposal supplement]: C.I.T. 130 foot radio telescope 1964 December 9

Box 4, Folder 4

Bjerke-Nicholson Construction Company [proposal]: "Foundations, rails and central pad for the 130-foot diameter mobile type ? radio telescope for the C.I.T. Owens Valley Radio Observatory" 1965 March 5

Box 4, Folder 5

William J. Moran Company [proposal]: "Site work, concrete, and steel work for 130-foot antenna foundations, rail tracks, and assembly pad for C.I.T. Owens valley observatory" 1965 March 5

Box 4, Folder 6

"Report on focus deflection on 130 foot radio telescope," by H. R. Hoggan 1965 March

Box 4, Folder 7

Timetable: "Foundation rails and central pad for the 130- foot diameter radio telescope" 1965

Box 4, Folder 8

Schedule and cost estimate of completion of fabrication and field erection liaison for the 130 foot radio telescope 1967 February-May

Box 4, Folder 9

Westinghouse Electric Corporation: 130 foot radio telescope wiring 1967 April-May

Note

Includes blueprints.
Box 4, Folder 10

Dedication of the 130 foot telescope 1968

Note

Includes 5-inch reel magnetic tape.
Box 4, Folder 11

Office of naval research (ONR) proposal 1968-1970

Box 4, Folder 12

Memorandum: "Proposal to NSF for the 130-foot radio telescope," by Lee A. DuBridge 1968

Box 4, Folder 13

National Science Foundation grant: "Operating expenses for the 130-foot telescope at the Owens valley radio observatory" 1969

Note

"NSF grant no. GP-15271"
Box 4, Folder 14

Report: "High reflecting surface accuracy panels ? for OVO 130 foot diameter radio telescope." 1969 April 1

Note

Written by B.H. Rule.
Box 4, Folder 15

Report: "The Owens valley Observatory 130-Ft radio telescope" 1970

Box 4, Folder 16

Two 130 foot telescope OVI proposal 1971

 

OVRO technical research data

Box 5, Folder 1

Pulse width modulator tests undated

Note

G.J.Stanley's logbook.
Box 5, Folder 2

Magnets assemblies and superconducting 1961-1964

Note

Includes photos and blueprints.
Box 5, Folder 3

Dewar flasks testing (Hofman laboratories, Inc.) 1961-1964

Note

Includes photos and blueprints.
Box 5, Folder 4

Liquid nitrogen Dewar proposal (Linde Company) 1962-1963

Box 5, Folder 5

Operation of single-dish double-maser receiver 1962

Box 5, Folder 6

Foundation tie-down station for 90 foot telescope 1964

Box 5, Folder 7

Scalar feed for microwave antennas 1964

Box 5, Folder 8

9600Mc waveguide transformer drawings 1965

Box 5, Folder 9

Calibrations and source observations: 21 cm aperture synthesis north/south 1966

Box 5, Folder 10

Source reduction programs: small diameter east/west calibrations 1966

Box 5, Folder 11

Alti-Azimuth conversion for the 90' radio telescope 1971

Note

Includes blueprints from Charles W. Jones Engineering.
 

OVRO research work and proposals

Box 5, Folder 12

Proposal: "Proposed 1420 program for 1961" 1960

Box 5, Folder 13

Report: "Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories and Astronomy, Radio Astronomy at California Institute of Technology." 1962 March

Box 5, Folder 14

Proposal: "Digital control system for use with the radio interferometer at the C.I.T. Owens Valley Radio observatory" 1965 May

Box 5, Folder 15

Reduction of amplitude data, planetary nebula OBS of August 1965 1965 November

Box 5, Folder 16

"Proposal to construct a 100-meter radio telescope at the Owens Valley Observatory" 1966-1967

Note

By the Associates for Radio Astronomy (ARA)
Box 5, Folder 17

Rohr Corporation proposal: "Unsolicited proposal for 300-foot diameter radio telescope" 1966

Note

"Rohr Proposal No. AE1033"
Box 5, Folder 18

National Science Board (NSB) memorandum: "Summary of proposals for large radio astronomy facilities" 1967

Note

"NSB-67-59"
Box 5, Folder 19

Proposal for possible collaboration between Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) 1968

Note

Includes correspondence, photos, and blueprints.
Box 5, Folder 20

Notes on Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Haystack Observatory 1969

Note

By G.J. Stanley.
Box 5, Folder 21

Notes on Owens Valley array 1970

Note

By G.J. Stanley.
Box 5, Folder 22

Thin film cascadable amplifiers 1974

Note

A Watkins-Johnson Company catalogue.
Box 5, Folder 23

OVRO development projects 1974

 

OVRO administrative matters

Box 6, Folder 1

OVRO staff members schedule 1960

Box 6, Folder 2

OVRO architectural plan: living room decorating 1972

Box 6, Folder 3

CIT radio astronomy staff meetings minutes 1970-1975

Box 6, Folder 4

OVRO Advisory committee 1974

Box 6, Folder 5

Articles about OVRO in "On Campus" newsletter 1985

Box 6, Folder 6

Negatives 1956-1965

Note

Mostly dish construction negatives.
Box 6, Folder 7

Photos 1957-1965

Note

Aerial view of OVRO site, control panels, and others.
 

Series 3. Writings and Publications

 

Subseries 1. Reprints by Gordon J. Stanley

Box 6, Folder 8

"Observations on the variable source of cosmic radio frequency radiations in the constellation of Cygnus" 1948

Note

2 copies.
Box 6, Folder 9

"Positions of three discrete sources of galactic radio-frequency radiation" 1949

Note

2 copies.
Box 6, Folder 10

"The position and probable identification of the source of galactic radio-frequency radiation Taurus-A" 1949

Box 6, Folder 11

"Measurements of the flux densities, positions and angular width of planetary nebulae at 10- and 21-cm wavelengths" 1967

Note

2 copies.
Box 6, Folder 12

"Owens Valley Radio Observatory, California Institute of Technology, Big Pine, California" 1973

 

Subseries 2. Reprints and preprints by others

 

Reprints and preprints 1949-1959

Box 6, Folder 13

"Practical design calculations with the impedance circle chart," by J.I. Marcum and E.U. Condon 1942 December 4

Note

Westinghouse research Laboratories research reprt (SR-159)
Box 6, Folder 14

"Solar radiation at radio frequencies and its relation to sunspots," by J.L. Pawsey, R. Payne Scott and L.L. McCready 1946 June 16

Note

"RPR 24, copy no. 39"
Box 6, Folder 15

"Eclipse observations of solar radiation at a wavelength of 50 cm," by W.N. Christiansen 1949

Box 6, Folder 16

"Transient response of cathode followers in video circuits," by B.Y. Mills 1949

Box 7, Folder 1

"Equivalent path and absorption for electromagnetic radiation in the solar corona" by J.C. Jaeger and K.C. westfold 1950

Box 7, Folder 2

"Solar radiation at a wavelength of 3-18 centimeters," by H.C. Minnett and N.R. Labrum 1950

Box 7, Folder 3

"Solar radio-frequency radiation" by J.L. Pawsey 1950

Box 7, Folder 4

"The D-Layer of the ionosphere," by A.P. Mitra 1951

Box 7, Folder 5

"Moon echoes and transmission through the Ionosphere" by F.J. Kerr and C.A. Shain 1951

Box 7, Folder 6

"Solar tides in the ionosphere over Calcutta," by A.P. Mitra 1951

Box 7, Folder 7

"The Beginning of radio astronomy in Australia," by J.P. Wild 1952

Box 7, Folder 8

"The Position and movement on the solar disk of sources of radiation at a frequency of 97 Mc/s.," by R. Paine-Scott and A.G. Little 1952

Box 7, Folder 9

"On the possibility of obtaining radar echoes from the sun and planets," by F.J. Kerr 1952

Box 7, Folder 10

"Study of the ionosphere by extra-terrestrial radio waves" by A.P. Mitra 1952

Box 7, Folder 11

"A High-resolution aerial for radio astronomy," by W.N. Christiansen 1953

Box 7, Folder 12

"Eruptive prominence of February 26, 1953 and associated radio noise-burst," by A.K. Das and K. Sethumadhavan 1953

Box 7, Folder 13

"An Analysis of bursts of solar radio emission and their association with solar and terrestrial phenomena," by R.D. Davies 1954

Box 7, Folder 14

"Effects of solar flares on the absorption of 18-3 Mc/s. cosmic noise" by C.A. Shain and A.P. Mitra 1954

Box 7, Folder 15

"Radio astronomy conference," by John P. Hagen 1954

Box 7, Folder 16

"Radio emission from the Orion Nebula and other sources" by F.T. Haddock, C.H. Mayer and R.M Sloanaker 1954

Box 7, Folder 17

Washington Conference on Radio Astronomy 1954

Box 7, Folder 18

"Occultation of a radio source by the solar corona," by O.B. Slee 1956

Box 7, Folder 19

"The Distribution of atomic hydrogen in the inner parts of the galaxy," by M. Schmidt 1957

Box 7, Folder 20

"The Design of logical computer," by R. Wielebinski 1959

 

Reprints and preprints 1960-1969

Box 7, Folder 21

"Digital radiometer," by Sander Weinrab 1960

Box 7, Folder 22

"Solar radio emission on centimeter waves and ionization of the E layer of the ionosphere," by M.R. Kundu 1960

Box 7, Folder 23

"Interferometry and the spectral sensitivity island diagram," by R.N. Bracewll 1961

Box 7, Folder 24

"Phase adjustment of large antennas," by G. Swarup and K.S. Yang 1961

Box 7, Folder 25

"The Role of spectroscopy in astrophysics," by J.L. Greenstein 1961

Box 7, Folder 26

"Tolerance theory of large antennas," by R.N. Bracewell 1961

Box 7, Folder 27

"High stability receiver for radio astronomical use," by A. Braccesi and G. Sinigaglia 1962

Box 7, Folder 28

"The Askania control system for the Australian 210-feet radio telescope," by C. kalweit 1962

Box 7, Folder 29

"Radio astronomy," by J.L. Pawsey (editor) 1963

Box 7, Folder 30

"The Design of large steerable antennas," by Sebastian von Hoerner 1965

Box 7, Folder 31

"A Review of microwave problems in the design of large steerable aerials," by G. L. Hutchinson 1966

Box 7, Folder 32

"performance of the Parkes 210-foot paraboloid of the wavelength from 6 to 75 cm," by H.C. Minnett and D.E. Yabsley 1966

Box 7, Folder 33

"The Training of an astronomer," by J.B. Irwin 1966

Box 7, Folder 34

"Radio emission from planetary nebula," by Yervant Terzian 1966

Box 7, Folder 35

"With wind tunnels, design is a breeze," by S. H. Brisker 1967

Box 7, Folder 36

"Radio sources and elliptical galaxies," by D.H. Rogstad and R.D. Ekers 1968

Box 7, Folder 37

"Royal radar establishment," by J.S. hey 1968

Box 7, Folder 38

"Myopia of national policy in science and technology," by B. Lax 1968

 

Reprints and preprints 1970-1982

Box 7, Folder 39

"A Neutral-Hydrogen study of the compact galaxy II Zw 40," by S.T. Gottesman and L. Weliachew 1972

Box 7, Folder 40

"Propagation and radiation bahaviour of corrugated feeds," by H.C. Minnett and B. Thomas 1972

Box 7, Folder 41

"Quantization noise of correlation spectrometers," by F.K. Bowers and R.J. Klingler 1972

Box 7, Folder 42

"Unified non-field theory," M.G. Barnard 1975

Box 7, Folder 43

"The Effect of monomolecular surface films on the microwave brightness temperature of the sea surface," by W. Alpers, H-J. C. Blum, W.D. Garrett and H. Hunerfuss 1982

 

Series 4. Biographical and Personal Material

Box 7, Folder 44

Hand drawn hiking maps, New South Wales, Australia undated

Box 7, Folder 45

Autograph page: G.J.Stanley's colleagues at C.S.I.R.O. Radiophysics Laboratory, Australia 1955

Box 7, Folder 46

Appointment letters, Caltech 1955-1974

Box 7, Folder 47

Appointment letters, National Academy of Sciences 1959, 1966

Box 7, Folder 48

G.J. Stanley's testimony before the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) 1956

Note

"Docket No. 15022 RM-180"
Box 7, Folder 49

J.G. Stanley's Immigrating questionnaire 1958

Box 7, Folder 50

J.G.Stanley's recollections on his early years at Dover Heights 1986, 1993

Note

Includes correspondence with Woodruff T. Sullivan.
 

Talks and Conferences

Box 7, Folder 51

"Flux measurements in radio astronomy," Astrophysics Research Conference, Caltech 1957 February 13

Box 7, Folder 52

Symposium on very long baseline Interferometry, Charlottesville, Virginia 1970 April 13-15

Box 7, Folder 53

Uppsala Symposium on Radio Astronomy 1970 August 10-14

Note

International Astronomical Union. Symposium (44th : 1970 : Uppsala)