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Boxes 1-2

Correspondence. 1953-2010.

Scope and Content

At different periods during his career, Knopoff alternated the arrangement of his correspondence, sometimes filing it alphabetically, sometimes chronologically. All such files were consolidated into a single chronology in the "General Correspondence" subseries. In those cases where Knopoff kept files of correspondence for particular persons, those files were arranged alphabetically by the last name of the correspondent. All file contain letters to Knopoff, and his retained copies of his replies.
Boxes 1-2, Folders 1-20; 1-9

General Correspondence. 1953-2010.

Scope and Content

Files contain letters to and from Leon Knopoff. Frequent correspondents include Perry Byerly, Frank Press, Alfred Kreis, Rene Baillaud, Jean Delahaye, Fritz Gassmann, Robert P. Sharp, Mario Golzio, J. O. Cardus, Stephan Mueller, Louis Grinda, John Belshe, A.T. de Hoop, Luigi Soliani, S.K. Runcorn, John Filson, John A. Hudson, Krishna Rao, Robert Burridge, and Ralph Gilman.
Much of the correspondence for the early 1960s pertains to the placement of seismographic stations in the Mediterranean basin and the Alps. Knopoff exchanged many detailed letters about the project with scientists in France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Monaco. Later, Knopoff became involved with the placement of stations in other locations, primarily the Himalayas. This network served as a precursor the the World Wide Standard Seismographic Network (WWSSN), which was established in the 1970s. There are also in this series some passing references to Project VELA, which employed the WWSSN to monitor nuclear weapons testing. There is however, no material that offers detailed information on Project VELA. In the early 1960s, much of Knopoff’s research concerned wave propagation, the thickness of the Earth’s crust, and measuring the statistical probabilities of earthquakes. Subjects that are addressed throughout the subseries include methods and reliability of earthquake prediction, stresses and cracks in the earth's crust, the interior structures of the earth, and gravitational and magnetic variations in the earth’s crust and mantle.
Letters from 1960 and 1961 to C. L. Pekeris of the Weitzmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel pertain to advances in archaeological dating. A 1962 letter answering inquiries from Major William C. Best of the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Knopoff describes seismographic research in the USSR and Czechoslovakia, and comments on specific Soviet and Czech seismologists. In the mid-1960s, L. Maldonado-Koerdell, Julio Monges and Ismael Herrera of the Instituto de Geofisica in Mexico City discuss with Knopoff a joint project to study the geophysics of the Gulf of California. In a May 30, 1963 letter, Charles Richter discusses the psychology of concert hall audiences, and the performance and composition of classical music. He does not mention geophysics or seismology. In a, April 20, 1971 letter to Douglas H. Leedy, Knopoff describes his musical composition, (based on a composition by Gustav Mahler) "Das Lied von der Erde" (The Song of the Earth). Knopoff describes the work as "a piece of computer music." A letter from a Cal Tech classmate of Knopoff's deals with possible cycles of lunar effects on earthquakes, and theorizes about a possible corresponding cycle in fluctuations of wholesale prices.
Letters from the 1980s and 1990s sometimes have the texts of papers or addresses appended to them. Throughout the series, Knopoff and others comment on ongoing work and findings, symposia, visits of scholars, grants and funding. Occasionally, in the 1970s and 1980s, Knopoff or others make passing references to international political matters that affect colleagues, such as the 1973 Chilean coup, or the harassment of Soviet scientists who have emigrated or wish to emigrate.
Throughout the General Correspondence subseries, Knopoff receives and accepts invitations to address or attend symposia. Many of these invitations and acceptances include observations about other scientists, their research, and their other professional activities. In some cases, particularly in the latter years represented in the subseries (1989-2010) correspondents request advice of comments from Knopoff regarding attached papers, notes, or calculations. In turn, some retained copies of correspondence sent by Knopoff include papers, notes, or calculations that he has sent to others.
The files contain letters written in French, Italian or German, as well as English.
Box 2, Folder 10

Allen, Clarence. 1976-1983.

Scope and Content

Knopoff's retained copies of letters to Allen regarding papers that Knopoff and Allen coauthored.
Box 2, Folder 11

Ang, Dang Dinh. 1962-1988.

Scope and Content

Letters to and from Prof. Dang Dinh Ang a mathematician at the University of Saigon, later of Ho Chi Minh City University. Ang and Knopoff investigated problems of diffraction of and interference with waves.
Box 2, Folder 12

Ben-Menachem, Ari. 1979.

Scope and Content

File contains a letter from ben-Menachem and Knopoff's reply. Ben-Menachem attaches a proposal to continue research using seismographs to monitor nuclear explosions, and to investigate means of more accurately discriminating between nuclear explosions and natural seismic phenomena.
Box 2, Folder 13

Berry, Michael J.. 1962-1968.

Scope and Content

Letters to and from Berry, who served with the Division of Seismology, Dominion Observatory, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Most of the correspondence deals with papers that Knopoff and Berry coauthored.
Box 2, Folder 14

Chatterjee, Amiya.. 1976-1977; no date.

Scope and Content

Three detailed letters pertaining to a proposal to the National Science Foundation to investigate stress and cracks.
Box 2, Folder 15

Crackpots and Cranks. 1966-1977.

Scope and Content

Letters from persons advising Knopoff, or seeking his advice, about earthquake prediction,specific dates and locations of projected earthquakes, celestial bodies as the cause of earthquakes, the rotation of the earth as a cause of earthquakes, religious prophecies, and astrology.
Box 2, Folder 16

Gaskell Book. 1963-1965.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, including Knopoff's comments, on The Earth's Mantle, edited by T.F. Gaskell, and to which Knopoff contributed a chapter ("Convection in the mantle.")
Box 2, Folder 17

Gelchinsky, B. 1979-1980.

Scope and Content

Letters from Prof. Boris Gelchinsky. In two handwritten letter, Gelchinsky describes his emigration from the Soviet Union to Israel. In later letters, he informs Knopoff of his career in the West. All of the letters are brief.
Box 2, Folder 18

Gregersen, Soren. 1988-1995.

Scope and Content

The correspondence concerns a report of the Inter-Union Commission on the Lithosphere. Gregersen, a Danish seismologist associated with the Commission, solicited the opinions of several seismologists, including Knopoff, about the report.
Box 2, Folder 19

International Upper Mantle Committee -- Administration. 1964-1966.

Scope and Content

File contains memos and letters regarding a variety of subjects, including symposia, projects, and Soviet - American cooperation. Other UMC correspondence is filed in the Upper Mantle Committee series.
Box 2, Folders 20-21

Keilis-Borok, Vladimir I. 1971-1991.

Physical Description: Correspondence, memos, reports authored by or pertaining to Vladimir I. Keilis-Borok.

Scope and Contents note

Vladimir Keilis-Borok's specialization was earthquake prediction. The material in the file includes correspondence and academic papers. Material pertaining to or created by Vladimir Keilis-Borok also appears in other series in the collection, depending upon where Leon Knopoff originally filed such material. Among other activities, Keilis-Borok was closely associated with the Upper Mantle Committee, and participated in many symposia sponsored by the UMC and other groups.
Box 2, Folder 22

LASA Data Service. 1965-1968.

Scope and Content

Correspondence regarding obtaining data from LASA (Large Aperture Seismic Array).
Box 2, Folder 23

Lomnitz, Cinna. 1968-1986.

Scope and Content

Lomnitz was affiliated with the Instituto de Geofisica in Mexico City. Subjects include nuclear testing, earthquake prediction, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.
Box 2, Folder 24

Markushevich/Leveshenko.

Scope and Content

V. M. Markushevich and V.T. Leveshenko were Soviet scientists posted to UCLA as part of a U.S.-U.S.S.R. exchange program. Much of the material in the file is administrative.
Box 3, Folders 1-2

National Academy of Sciences. 1970-1983.

Scope and Content

File includes October 1981 "talking points" for Frank Press on earthquake prediction.
Box 2, Folder 25

Panza,Giuliano. 1976-1977;1981.

Scope and Content

Letters to and from Giuliano Panza pertaining to a wide variety of subjects relating to the upper mantle, crustal thickness, and seismic measurements.
Box 2, Folder 26

Ponce, Lautoro. 1974-1977.

Scope and Content

Includes some letters between Knopoff and other scientists regarding Ponce's 1974 detention by the Chilean military regime.
Box 2, Folders 27-30

Yamashita, Teruo. 1987-1992; no date.

Scope and Content

Letters, email printouts, and papers dealing primarily with Yamashita's research into cracks and stress.
Box 2, Folder 31

Zurn, Walter. 1981-1984; 1989-1990.

Scope and Content

Letters and calculations regarding a variety of subjects, including Antarctic research.
Boxes 3-4; 16-18

International Upper Mantle Committee (UMC). 1962-1981.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, memos, administrative records, working papers and reports produced by or referring to symposia convened under the aegis of the International Upper Mantle Committee. The Committee was formed in 1963 by the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) to foster international cooperation in the study of the earth's upper mantle. The research conducted under the aegis of the Committee included, but was not restricted to, seismology.
Conference locations and topics represented in the collection are: Berkeley, California (1963) - founding symposium; Moscow and Leningrad, USSR (1964) - Theory and Computers; Rehovoth, Israel (1965) - Theory and Computers; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (1965) - Drilling for Scientific Purposes, World Rift System, Continental Margins and Island Arcs; Trieste, Italy (September 1967) - Theory and Computers; Montevideo, Uruguay (October 1967) - Continental Drift; Mexico City (March 1968) - Pan-American Symposium on the Upper Mantle; Tokyo, Japan (August 1968) - Theory and Computers; Canberra, Australia (January 1969) - Phase Transformations in the Earth's Interior; Copenhagen Denmark (1969) - Theory and Computers; Wellington, New Zealand (February 1970) - Recent Crustal Movements and Associated Seismicity; Flagstaff, Arizona (June 1970); - Mechanical Properties and Processes of the Mantle; Stockholm, Sweden (August 1970) - Theory and Computers. During the 1960s, Mathematical Geophysics symposia were sponsored by or held in conjunction with UMC symposia. In these instances, material pertaining to Mathematical Geophysics symposia appears in this series. Material from Mathematical Geophysics symposia held after 1970 appears in the Symposia series. The Mathematical Geophysics symposia addressed mathematical problems associated with the geosciences, and investigated mathematical models and interpretations as solutions to such problems. The earliest Mathematical Geophysics symposia also addressed the use of computers in geophysical research.
Included in this series are three folders of material pertaining to an Upper Mantle Committee Monograph, probably a 1969 publication entitled The Earth's crust and upper mantle: structure, dynamic processes, and their relation to deep-seated geological phenomena. The material in the file consists of correspondence regarding deadlines and publication, referees' comments, and drafts of chapters.
Box 3;16;17;18, Folders 3-6;1-22;1-15;1-29

Correspondence. 1963-1981.

Scope and Content

Subseries contains correspondence regarding the formation, governance, and activities of the International Upper Mantle Committee. Leon Knopoff organized his correspondence files in various ways: chronologically; by national committee associated with the UMC; and by subject (usually a conference topic).
Three folders in Box 3 contain material dealing with general business of the Upper Mantle Committee, and specific correspondence of the Commission on Continental Margins and Island Arcs.
Box 16 contains of correspondence and reports pertaining to the formation of the U.S. component of the Upper Mantle Project. Specific subjects include details of organization, governance, and research subjects.
Boxes 16 and 17 contain chronological correspondence files. These consist primarily of retained copies of letters sent by Leon Knopoff to other officers of the Upper Mantle Committee, to scientists working on projects under the aegis of the committee, and to members, institutions and national committees regarding symposia and conferences. In some instances, the letter that Knopoff is answering appears with the retained copy (a blue carbon copy); in other instances, the letter answered may appear in another subseries of the collection. Included in the subseries is a handwritten chronological index of correspondence, possibly incomplete, dated from December 23, 1963 to January 25, 1966.
Also in Box 17 are files arranged by the national corresponding committees of the International Upper mantle Committee. Countries represented are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Congo (Kinshasa), Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Chile, China (Taiwan), Columbia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Africa (Comprising, in this case, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania), Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany (East), Germany (West), Ghana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Rumania, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad, Thailand, Turkey, United States, United Kingdom, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Vietnam (South) and Yugoslavia. Material from the European Seismology Commission is filed under the letter E. Contains correspondence and reports in French, German, and Russian.
Box 18 contains correspondence associated with specific projects and conferences of the UMC, and UNC correspondence with other scientific organizations.
Box 3, Folders 7-9

UMC Monographs. 1967-1969.

Boxes 3-4, Folders 3-24; 1-11

UMC Conferences. 1964-1970.

Scope and Content

For information about the specific symposia represented in the collection, see the series scope and content note.
Boxes 4-5

Conference Files. 1963-1994.

Scope and Content

This series comprises material relating to symposia not convened by the International Upper Mantle Committee, although the Committee may have shared sponsorship or had some involvement with some of the meetings.
Box 5, Folder 14

Air Force Seismic Research Symposium. May 1988.

Scope and Content

The symposium was sponsored by the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory and DARPA, and held at the Pala Mesa resort in Fallbrook, California. Material includes a participant list, agenda, and several overhead sheets with Knopoff's handwritten notes.
Box 4, Folder 16

Andesite Magma Conference. 1968.

Scope and Content

The symposium was jointly sponsored by the University of Oregon and the Upper Mantle Committee. The file consists primarily of correspondence concerning conference arrangements. Included is a copy of the Report of the Working Group on Petrology and Volcanism of the UMC.
Box 5, Folder 25

AGU Spring 1991. 1991.

Scope and Content

File contains an abstract of a paper that Knopoff coauthored with Jeen-Hwa Wang. The title of the paper was "The Simulation of Seismicity of One-Dimensional Mass-Spring Model with Fractal Breaking Strength." The paper appears to have been presented at the conference by Jeen-Hwa Wang.
Box 4, Folder 20

Boulder Conference. March 1969.

Scope and Content

The conference was sponsored by the University of Colorado and the University of Illinois. The conference title was "BUILD Conference on Geophysical Problems Related to Mechanics." Leon Knopoff is listed as speaking on the topic "Fault Model and Diffraction," but an abstract included in the file is titled "The Mechanism at the Focus of Earthquakes." The material offers no indication of what, if anything, what sentence or expression BUILD is an acronym for.
Box 4, Folder 12

Budapest Symposium. 1963-1964.

Scope and Content

File contains correspondence and circulars regarding the "European Upper Mantle" Symposium sponsored by the european Seismological Commission. Included is a draft of a paper that Knopoff presented at the symposium. Also included is material relating to the International Folk Music Festival Seventeenth Annual Conference, which Knopoff also attended. It was held in Budapest the week before the Upper Mantle Conference.
Box 4, Folder 17

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Monaco Symposium. 1968.

Scope and Content

File contains material relating to a colloquy sponsored by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The English title of the colloquy was "Seismic Reflection Methods and Submarine Geology Mapping." Material consists of correspondence, working papers, and one map. Most of the material is in French.
Box 5, Folder 26

Center for Nonlinear Studies - Modeling the Forces of Nature. May 1993.

Scope and Content

File contains the conference package, including abstracts of papers. Knopoff presented at the conference.
Box 5, Folder 15

Chapman Conference - Seismic Anisotropy. 1988.

Scope and Content

The full title of the symposium was: "Seismic Anisotropy of the Earth's Crust." the symposium was sponsored by the American Geophysical Union. Material includes correspondence, programs, agendas, and an abstract of Knopoff's paper, "Simulation of Seismicity on and Anisotropic Fault Zone."
Box 4, Folder 22

Commission for Marine Geology Tokyo Symposium. 1969-1970.

Scope and Content

The symposium was held in September 1970; the title was "Global Tectonics and Sea-Floor Spreading." Most of the correspondence has to do with the possibility of the International Upper Mantle Committee co-sponsoring the conference, and administrative issues associated with co-sponsorship.
Box 5, Folder 24

Frontiers in Fundamental Seismology. September 1991.

Box 4, Folder 19

IASPEI Meeting: Madrid. September 1969.

Scope and Content

The symposium was sponsored by IASPEI, the Upper Mantle Committee (UMC), the International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) and the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA), a division of IUGG. The topic of the symposium was "Multidisciplinary Studies of Unusual Regions of the Upper Mantle." Material in the file includes correspondence, programs, abstracts and reports.
Box 5, Folder 3

Imperial Iranian Academy. 1978-1979.

Scope and Content

Correspondence regarding a proposed symposium on earthquake research (no formal title given). The conference appears to have been scheduled for some time in 1979, but was cancelled in January 1979 due to "present circumstances." The file includes an abstract of the lecture that Knopoff intended to give.
Box 4, Folder 21

Indian Conference. January 1969.

Scope and Content

File consists of correspondence assessing the practicality of the International Upper Mantle Committee co-sponsoring symposia with national universities or institutes.
Box 4, Folder 32

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. June 1972.

Scope and Content

The symposium was held in Princeton, New Jersey. Material includes working papers on the use of computers in the sciences.
Box 4, Folder 23

IUGG Assembly Moscow 1971. 1970-1971.

Scope and Content

The symposium topic was "Lunar Variations in Geophysical Phenomena." material includes correspondence regarding arrangements, programs of the conference, and a tourist guidebook of the USSR, primarily Moscow. The guidebook was published by Soviet Ministry of Foreign Tourism (no date; ca. 1970), and is written in French. The title is "Recontre avec l'URSS."
Box 5, Folder 2

IUGG Grenoble. 1975.

Scope and Content

The subject of the symposium was "Tidal Interactions, Including Earth Tides." Material includes correspondence regarding arrangements and subjects.
Box 5, Folder 4

IUGG International Conference on Mathematical Problems of the Thermal Dynamic State of the Earth. 1979-1980.

General note

The conference was held at Lake Arrowhead, California. The material in the file consists of correspondence, mostly pertaining to arrangements, and some working papers.
Box 5, Folder 16

IUGG Mathematical Geophysics. 1988.

Scope and Content

The Mathematical Geophysics symposia addressed mathematical problems associated with the geosciences, and investigated mathematical models and interpretations as solutions to such problems.
Box 5, Folder 9

IUGG Vancouver. August 1987.

Scope and Content

File contains general administrative information about the conference. the title was "Instability Within the Earth and Core Dynamics."
Box 5, Folder 21

IUGG Vienna Workshop. August 1991.

Scope and Content

The topic of the workshop was "Major Puzzles and Paradoxes in Contemporary Geophysics." Knopoff was the organizer of the workshop, and the file contains correspondence relating to administrative matters.
Box 5, Folder 1

Lima Meeting - 1973 (IASPEI).

Scope and Content

Correspondence relating to a General Meeting of the International Association on Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI) held in Lima Peru. File also contains a handwritten abstract of a paper, possibly by Armando Cisternas.
Box 4, Folders 24-31

Mathematical Geophysics. 1971-1978.

Scope and Content

Material has to do with symposia of the IUGG Inter-Association Committee on Mathematical Geophysics, and includes correspondence, working papers, programs and agendas. Much of the material in the files deals with administrative matters, such as funding, arrangements, cooperation with other bodies, and the constitution and by-laws of the Committee. Some of the letters and memos contain comments on research presented at the symposia. There is no material for a 1977 conference. The Mathematical Geophysics symposia addressed mathematical problems associated with research in the geosciences, and investigated mathematical models and interpretations as solutions to such problems.
Box 5, Folder 29

Mathematical Geophysics. June 2000.

Scope and Content

The Mathematical Geophysics symposia addressed mathematical problems associated with research in the geosciences, and investigated mathematical models and interpretations as solutions to such problems.
Box 5, Folder 28

Mathematical Geophysics. June 1996.

Scope and Content

The Mathematical Geophysics symposia addressed mathematical problems associated with research in the geosciences, and investigated mathematical models and interpretations as solutions to such problems.
Box 5, Folder 20

Mathematical Geophysics 1990. 1990.

Scope and Content

The Mathematical Geophysics symposia addressed mathematical problems associated with research in the geosciences, and investigated mathematical models and interpretations as solutions to such problems.
Box 4, Folder 15

NATO. 1966-1967.

Scope and Content

The title of the symposium was "The Application of Modern Physics to the Earth and Planetary Interiors." Material includes correspondence regarding arrangements and suggested subjects to be addressed at the symposium.
Box 5, Folder 18

Pekeris (Chaim L.) Symposium. 1989-1990.

Scope and Content

Correspondence (mostly email printouts) from Knopoff inviting attendees to a symposium in honor of Chaim L. Pekeris, of the Department of Mathematics, Weitzmann Institute, University of Tel Aviv. The file includes an abstract of a paper by Knopoff, which he perhaps presented at the symposium.
Box 4, Folder 14

Royal Society Symposium. 1965.

Scope and Content

File contains correspondence relating to the conference. the topic was "Recent Advances in the Technique of Seismic Recording and Analysis."
Box 4, Folder 13

Rutgers University Conference. 1966.

Scope and Content

The subject of the conference was "What's New on Earth?" Material in the file consists of correspondence, and a copy of Knopoff's paper "What's New in Seismology and Georheology?" which he presumably presented at the conference. Also included are maps, graphs and figures illustrating the text.
Box 4, Folder 18

Petrology Meeting London November 1969. 1968-1969.

Scope and Content

The symposium was titled "Petrology of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks of the Ocean Floor." The impetus for the symposium was the work of the Upper Mantle Committee on sea floor spreading and continental drift. The file consists of correspondence dealing with administrative matters and the overall program of the symposium.
Box 5, Folder 27

Santa Fe Institute Workshop on Natural Hazards Reduction. January 1994.

Scope and Content

Abstracts, agenda and participants' list. Leon Knopoff presented a paper entitled "Earthquake Simulations."
Box 5, Folder 13

Scaling/Fractal Workshop. June 1988.

Scope and Content

The title of the workshop was "Scaling, Fractals, and Nonlinear Variability in Geophysics."
Box 5, Folder 5

Shakeistics Conference. 1980-1982.

Scope and Content

The conference was held in Rome, Italy in November 1981. The subtitle of the conference was "Statistical Analysis of Seismic Data and Stochastic Models for Earthquake Occurrence."
Box 5, Folder 8

Suzdal, USSR - Nonlinear Seismology. October 1986.

Scope and Content

File consists of administrative correspondence from the workshop.
Box 5, Folder 6

Tibet Plateau Symposium 1980. 1980-1982.

Scope and Content

Material includes correspondence, reports, working papers, and Knopoff's notes.
Box 5, Folder 19

Tokyo Symposium. 1990.

Scope and Content

The title of the conference was "International Symposium on earthquake Source Physics and Earthquake Precursors." The file includes an abstract of a paper Knopoff presented entitled "The Relation Between Small and Large Earthquakes."
Box 5, Folder 12

Trieste Conference 1988. 1988.

Scope and Content

The title of the conference was "Workshop on Geophysical Informatics with Applications to Research in Earthquake Predictions and Reduction of Seismic Risk." File includes copies of Knopoff's presentation entitled "The Physics of Earthquake Prediction."
Box 5, Folders 22-23

Trieste Conference 1991. November-December 1991.

Scope and Content

The title of the Conference was "Workshop on Non-Linear Dynamics and Earthquake Prediction." File includes photocopies of handwritten notes by Knopoff. The file also includes a long working paper, or perhaps set of working papers, dealing with a theory of earthquakes. Two folders
Box 5, Folder 17

UCLA/USC Seminar.

Scope and Content

The title of the seminar was "Physical Modeling for Earthquake Prediction." File contains administrative correspondence and participant lists.
Box 5, Folders 10-11

US-USSR Workshop. October 1988.

Scope and Content

The title of the workshop, which was held in Leningrad, was "Theory of Earthquakes: A Nonlinear System." Material includes administrative correspondence and reports of the conference. Knopoff was one of the U.S. co-organizers of the workshop. The file includes administrative correspondence, an abstract of the papers Knopoff presented, a large set of handwritten notes by Knopoff, and a lengthy memo describing the purpose and subject matter of the conference, specifically earthquake prediction methods. Also included is a program (in Russian) of a performance of the ballet Giselle.
Box 5, Folder 7

Workshop on Instabilities. 1982;1984.

Scope and Content

The full title of the conference was "Workshop on Instabilities in Continuous Media." Material consists of administrative correspondence.
Boxes 5-9

Research Projects. 1962-2005.

Scope and Content

The series consists of files pertaining to major projects that Knopoff directed of was closely involved in. In some cases, only the initial proposal is included in the series. Some of the proposals in this series appear to have been have been rejected, but were filed by Knopoff with active projects.
Box 5, Folders 30-36

U.S.-China Cooperation. 1974-1986.

Scope and Content

The material pertains to scientific cooperation with the People's Republic of China in the period following the thaw in U.S. - China relations in the early 1970s. Material pertaining to the 1980 Tibet plateau Symposium is filed in the Symposia series.
Knopoff was a member of the 1974 American Seismology Delegation to China, one of the first scientific exchanges between the countries after 1949. Two folders of material deal with the trip. Much of the material is administrative memos and correspondence concerning details of the trip. Also included are reports and articles circulated to members of the delegation in advance of the trip, and some draft chapters of the delegation's report. A draft by Knopoff, "Interactions with International Science," has handwritten annotations and supplementary handwritten notes. It is unclear if this draft was included in the report, was published elsewhere, or exists only in draft form. The 1974 material also includes a color, oversize tectonic map of China and Mongolia.
In 1979, Knopoff led a delegation of UCLA scientists to China. One folder includes the report he wrote following the visit, correspondence related to the visit, and handwritten notes headed "Notes on a Conversation with Prof F. C-Y." (probably Professor Fu Chengyi of the Institute of Geophysics, Academia Sinica, Beijing, China). Also included is a program for musical entertainment at an event welcoming the delegation. A related file concerns a project having to do with solar eclipses, but the material offers few details.
One folder contains general correspondence with Chinese Scientists regarding a variety of subjects.
Box 5, Folder 30-31

American Seismology Delegation to China, May - June 1974. 1974-1976.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 5, Folder 32

Delegation Report China People's Republic 1979. 1979.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 5, Folder 33

China - Solar Eclipse Project. 1979-1980.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and notes. The exact nature of the project is unclear.
Box 5, Folder 34

China Correspondence. 1980-1986.

Scope and Content

Knopoff's correspondence with Chinese scholars, usually pertaining to projects or seismological data specific to China. The file also includes correspondence about symposia an scientific exchanges. The most frequent correspondent with Knopoff is Prof. Fu Chengyi of the Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Beijing, China.
Box 5, Folder 35

Post-China. 1975.

Scope and Content

Reports and memos on the scientific exchange trip to China, mostly concerning scientific matters, but also addressing political issues within China.
Box 5, Folder 36

China Photos. c.1974.

Scope and Content

Photos of members of the Chinese delegation, as well as several westerners, not including Knopoff. Knopoff may have been the photographer. Many of the images are of computers and other laboratory equipment.
Box 6, Folders 1-6

U.S. - U.S.S.R. Cooperation. 1973-1990.

Scope and Content

Six folders of material having to do with U.S. - Soviet cooperation in the sciences, particularly seismology. Three folders contain material pertaining to earthquake prediction. Correspondence and reports from 1973 document the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Working Group on Earthquake Prediction, and a folder of material from 1974-1978 concerns a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) funding further research by Soviet and American scientists into earthquake prediction. A folder of material from 1975 to 1990 contains correspondence and reports regarding a variety of Soviet - American projects concerning geophysical and environmental issues. One folder contains administrative memoranda and report (in English and Russian) pertaining to the U.S. - U.S.S.R. Working Group on Environmental Protection. Knopoff attaches a report on the state of Soviet science to an August 5, 1975 letter to Dr. Charles Trumbull of the National Science Foundation. The report is identified as deriving from a committee perhaps headed by "Dr. Kaysen" (probably Dr. Carl Kaysen of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, New Jersey). It is unclear if Knopoff authored the report, or was a member of the Kaysen Committee.
Material having to do with international conferences held in the U.S.S.R. are in the "Symposia" series.
Box 6

US - USSR Working Group on Earthquake Prediction. 1973.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6

US - USSR Working Group on Environmental Protection. 1975.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6

US - USSR Joint Committee on Cooperation.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6

Kaysen Committee - Report on Visit to USSR. August 1975.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6, Folders 7-12

South America Research Files. 1970-1974.

Scope and Content

Six folders of material pertaining to the placement and maintenance of seismograph stations in Chile and Argentina. Most of the material is correspondence discussing technical matters of placement and upkeep, and readings of the equipment. Other files include proposals from continuation of the project or requests for funding. Also included are some printout of seismographic readings. The material appears to have been generated as a result to a project called "Investigations of the Upper Mantle Structure of the Southern Andes," which was funded by the National Science Foundation. Letters concerning the 1974 detention of Lautoro Ponce by the Chilean military junta are filed in then Correspondence series under Ponce's name.
Box 5

Chile - Argentina Research. 1970-1981.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note. See also file for Prof. Lautoro Ponce in Correspondence files. Ponce was detained by the Chilean military government in 1974, and Knopoff joined several other scientists in pressing for his release.
Box 5

NSF- Investigation of the Upper Mantle... Southern Andes.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6, Folders 13-24

Antarctica Files. 1977-1990.

Scope and Contents note

Material consists of twelve folders documenting Antarctic research that Leon Knopoff conducted or oversaw. The original title of the project was "Long Period Seismic and Gravity Observations at the South Pole, Antarctica." Knopoff was the principal investigator. William Smythe of the UCLA's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) was listed as Assistant Research Physicist. Included in the folder group is material from a 1982 research trip Knopoff made to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
One folder of correspondence from 1982-1985 deals with the procurement and upkeep of computers at UCLA's geophysical observatory at the South Pole, which was housed at the station. Most of the material in this folder is to and from Smythe, who arranged for the procurement, installation, and maintenance of the computers. Another folder contains Smythe's correspondence with ITT Antarctic Services regarding a proposal for continued computer support.
A folder of material relating to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) includes correspondence and a brief synopsis of Knopoff's work at the station. One folder contains manuals that were issued to visitors and visiting staff at the station. Two manuals address matters of everyday functioning of the station, and general regulations. One manual covers safety , rescue, and survival.
Two folders include working papers and articles by Knopoff and others about their work at the station, and correspondence with Antarctic Journal concerning publication of papers.
Four folders containing material from 1984-1988 document a project overseen by Knopoff and funded by the National Science Foundation. By now, the project appears to have been retitled, "Ultra-Long Period Seismic and Gravity Observations at the South Pole, Antarctica"
One folder is primarily accounts, and itemizes equipment sent to the station under the aegis of the project.
Other material pertains to a grant to the Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS) to maintain the seismometers at the South Pole.
Box 6

National Science Foundation - Ultra Long Period.. Observations at the South Pole. 1984-1988.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6

South Pole Correspondence. 1982-1985.

Scope and Content

Most of the letters are to and from William D. Smythe, who managed the procurement and shipping of equipment to the station.. Frequent correspondents include Price Lewis and Benson T. Fogel of the Division of Polar programs of the National Science Foundation.
Box 6

ITT Antarctic Services (ITT/ANS) South Pole Computer Support. 1987-1990.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6

Antarctic. 1981-1982.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6

Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS) Support for VLP Seismometers. 1987-1997.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6

NSF Search at South Pole... Earth's Inner Core. 1977-1980.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6

South Pole Papers. 1985.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6

Scientific Committee on Antarctic research (SCAR). 1981-1984.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 6

Antarctic Journal Correspondence. 1979-1986.

Scope and Content

See subseries scope and content note.
Box 7, Folders 1-7

Arctic Region and Siberia. 1972-1977.

Scope and Content

The project was funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research it employed data gathered from the WWSSN to site new local stations to study localized properties of surface wave propagation. Material includes the proposal, correspondence, reports, readings, and notes. Seven folders.
Box 7

Regionalization of the Arctic Region, Siberia, and the Eurasian Continental Area Using Seismic Surface Waves. 1972-1977.

Scope and Content

The formal name of the project was Regionalization of the Arctic Region, Siberia, and the Eurasian Continental Area Using Seismic Surface Waves.
Box 7, Folders 8-18

California Earthquake Files. 1972-1999.

Scope and Content

Material detailing Knopoff's involvement with earthquake prediction and seismic monitoring in California. Includes material from the Southern California Earthquake Center, and the Governor's Earthquake Council. Included is a photocopy of a January 28, 1963 memo of Charles F. Richter commenting on the Southern California seismological network program. Material specific to UC and UCLA earthquake safety and protocols in filed in the UC/UCLA series.
Box 7, Folders 8-10

Governor's Earthquake Council. 1972-1974.

Scope and Content

The council was created to address the physical, economic and social factors associated with earthquakes. It consisted of public officials from the local, state and federal levels, business leaders, and academics. Knopoff was a member of the committee. Three folders.
Box 7, Folders 11-17

Southern California Earthquake Center. 1988-1999.

Scope and Content

The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) was a consortium representing universities, government agencies and the private sector. Its principal goal was to improve the accuracy of earthquake prediction, and to secure funding for research. Seven folders.
Box 7, Folder 18

Southern California Seismological Network Program. January 28, 1963.

Scope and Content

Memo by C.F. Richter evaluating the program.
Boxes 7-8, Folders 19-24; 1-8

National Science Foundation (NSF). 1979-1986.

Scope and Content

Files contain material regarding projects funded by the National Science Foundation. Proposals that were submitted to NSF but not funded (or have no evidence of funding) are in the "Grant Proposals" series. One folder of correspondence and material concerning administrative matters.
Box 7, Folders 19-22

Routine Handling ... Anelastic Structures. 1985-1987.

Scope and Content

The full title of the project was "Routine Handling of Laterally Heterogenous, Anelastic Structures in the Computation of Theoretical Seismograms. Direct and Inverse Problems." The project was conducted jointly with the Centro de Investigacion Cientificas y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, Baja, California. The material is in four folders, one entitled "San Diego Supercomputer Proposal."
Box 7, Folders 23-24

Stochastic Modeling of Seismic Risk. 1984-1986.

Scope and Content

Two folders.
Box 8, Folder 1

National Science Foundation Correspondence. 1959-1970.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, memos, circulars, minutes, proposals and referee comments having to do with the National Science Foundation, or persons or entities seeking funds or other support from the NSF.
Box 8, Folder 2

NSF Upper Mantle Studies... Italy ... Eastern Mediterranean. 1967.

Scope and Content

Proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to install seismographic stations in Italy and other locations in the Mediterranean, especially the vicinity of Cyprus. File includes map of Italy, Central Europe, and the Balkans with locations of stations noted.
Box 8, Folders 3-4

Statistical Investigation of Engineering Seismology. 1979-1984.

Scope and Content

Two folders.
Box 8, Folder 5

Thermal Conductivity of One-Dimensional Lattices. 1986.

Box 8, Folder 6

The Dynamical Renormalization Group... and Large Scale Seismicity. 1986.

Scope and Content

Funding was denied.
Box 8, Folder 7

Ground Monitoring and Geotechnical Problems ... 1985 Mexico Earthquake. 1986.

Scope and Content

Proposal to study the 1985 Mexico earthquake, and reports concerning the quake.
Box 8, Folder 8

NSF (Davis, DDJ, LK) Proposal. 1988.

Scope and Content

The title of the project was "Waveform Tomography. "
Box 8, Folder 9

Baja California Expedition. 1962-1967.

Scope and Content

The title of the project was "Seismological Observations of the Gulf of California." The project was funded by the National Science Foundation and undertaken jointly with the Instituto de Geofisica, of the University of Mexico. File includes administrative correspondence, details of the project, and a list of equipment and spare parts employed during the project.
Box 8, Folder 10

Nature of Surface Wave Propagation. 1962-1964.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and reports that have to do with a project called "The Nature of Surface Wave Propagation in Crustal Structures of Varying Thickness." The project was funded by the Air Force and was conducted by Cal Tech. Knopoff was the lead scientist.
Box 8, Folder 11

Report on Meteorite Search. 1964.

Scope and Content

Account of a search for a meteorite that was sighted over southern California (specifically, the vicinity of Lookout Mountain) on September 3, 1964. Knopoff was a member of th party hat searched for samples. Report includes maps of search areas.
Box 8, Folder 12

Atomic Energy Commission Project. 1965-1971.

General Physical Description note: The project was funded by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. It was called "Space-Time Correlations of Seismic Events." The file includes the proposal, correspondence, and reports.
Box 8, Folder 13

Franklin Canyon Project. 1967-1969.

Scope and Content

Correspondence concerning seismic activity in Franklin Canyon, Beverly Hills, California. File includes some copies of seismograph readings.
Box 8, Folder 14

Surface Waves in Laterally Inhomogeneous Regions. 1968.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, proposal, and annotated reports on a project funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).
Box 8, Folder 15

Italy Seismographic Stations. 1970-1981.

Scope and Content

The file includes administrative correspondence about the placement and maintenance of seismographic stations throughout Italy. Correspondents include Stephan Mueller, Giuliano Panza, and Michele Caputo. All of these scientists, along with Knopoff, were involved in the establishment of the Italian seismographic network in the early 1960s. The material in this file appears to be a different project, rather than a continuation of the earlier one. Material regarding the earlier project can be found in the Correspondence series.
Box 8, Folder 16

NATO Grants. 1970-1977.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and reports concerning applications for research funding submitted to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Box 8, Folder 17

U.S. Geodynamics Project. 1971.

Scope and Content

The committee was created by the National Academy of Sciences to assess recent advances in geodynamics research by scientists in a wide variety of disciplines. Knopoff was a member of the committee.
Box 8, Folder 18

Earthquake Monitoring Station - Tunis, Tunisia. 1972-1975.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, mostly with Stephan Mueller, regarding technical details of the installation and maintenance of the station. Project was funded by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Box 8, Folders 19-20

Working Group on Mass Transport in the Lithosphere. 1972.

Scope and Content

The working group, a subcommittee of the U.S. Geodynamics Committee investigated plate tectonics and movement of the earth's surface and near surface. Much of the working group's task was administrative; it was to determine the state and progress of current research, and priorities for future research. Material is in two folders.
Box 8, Folder 21

Atomic Energy Commission. 1968-1970.

Scope and Content

The material consists primarily of correspondence with the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) relating Knopoff's role as a consultant on underground nuclear testing in Nevada. Included are two aerial photos presumably of a test site, and some sketches on graph paper of the earth's position relative to the sun and moon at the equinox and one week after the equinox.
Box 8, Folders 22-24

World Wide Standard Seismographic Network.

Scope and Content

Three folders of material. Two folders include material cataloging the location of the stations, and the dates of their installation. One folder of material includes memos and reports concerning exchange of information between stations included in the WWSSN and stations outside the network.
Box 8, Folder 25

ARPA-AFOSR Near Field Meeting. November 1974.

Scope and Content

This was not a symposium as such; it appears to have been a meeting of scientists connected to an AFOSR project called "Near field Studies of Small Earthquakes." Material includes memos, participant list, meeting agenda and report.
Box 8, Folder 26

Panel on Public Policy Implications of Earthquake Prediction. 1974-1975.

Scope and Content

Dr. Ralph H. Turner. UCLA Department of Sociology, was the chair of the panel. It posed questions about the effects of earthquake predictions, and the effect of the public dissemination of predictions.
Box 8, Folder 27

Office of Science and Technology Panel (Earthquake Prediction). 1964-1965.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and reports of a panel convened after the 1964 Alaska earthquake. Includes Knopoff's comments on the panel's findings.
Box 8, Folder 28

Report -- Earth's Crust in Selected Regions. 1962.

Box 9, Folders 1-3

Earthquake Recurrence Intervals at Nuclear Power Plants. 1980-1983.

Scope and Content

Report of a project funded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Box 9, Folder 4

JPL "Measurement of Visible and Near IR Reflectance". 1983.

Scope and Content

Proposal and budgets submitted to the Jet propulsion Laboratory (JPL)for the project. The project appears to have been accepted and funded, but there is no report included in the folder.
Box 9, Folder 5

USGS Theory of Induced Seismicity... 1984-1986.

Scope and Content

The full title of the project was "Theory of Induced Seismicity: The Nonlinear Interaction of Fluids, Fractures and Asperities."
Box 9, Folder 6

USGS Knopoff/Kagan Proposal Fracture of 3-Dimensional... 1986-1987.

Scope and Content

Proposal submitted to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The project was titled "'Fracture of 3-Dimensional Fault Systems."
Box 9, Folder 7

LLL (LK & Nakanishi) Proposal. 1986-1987.

Scope and Content

The title of the proposal was "Generation of Surface Waves from the collapse of Explosion Cavities." The purpose of the grant was to study surface waves generated by nuclear explosions.
Box 9, Folders 8-9

Short-term Earthquake Prediction Proposals. 1986-1989.

Scope and Content

Two folders of material including the proposals and supporting reports and correspondence. The project was to be undertaken in conjunction with the Institute de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonomo de Mexico.
Box 9, Folders 10-12

Wave-Forming Processes in the Non-Linear Seismic Source. 1989-1991.

Scope and Content

Three folders.
Box 9, Folder 13

Study of Complex Earthquake Sources Proposals. 1987.

Scope and Content

Detailed proposal to the National Science Foundation. Yan Kagan is listed as the principal Investigator, Knopoff as the second.
Box 9, Folder 14

Connection Machine. 1988.

Scope and Content

It is unclear if this idea was ever formally proposed for funding. the project had to do with the computational measurement of waves. Included in the file are three papers, two by Fred Schwab and one unattributed that relate to the project. One of the papers was submitted to the Geophysical Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society for publication.
Box 9, Folder 15

Computing Resources in Support of Research (Proposal). 1988.

Scope and Content

Proposal submitted to the Office of Naval Research.
Box 9, Folder 16

Seismic Wave Radiation from Complex Earthquakes Proposal. 1988-1990.

Scope and Content

Proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation. Yan Kagan is listed as the principal Investigator, Knopoff as the second.
Box 9, Folder 17

USGS Statistical Prediction. 1988.

Scope and Content

The full name of the proposed project was "Statistical Prediction Using Earthquake Superclusters."
Box 9, Folder 18

Proposal - Physics of Prediction of Strong Earthquakes. 1989.

Scope and Content

Proposal submitted to USGS.
Box 9, Folder 19

Proposals Loma Prieta et al. 1988-1990.

Scope and Content

Four proposals, two having to do with the Loma Prieta earthquake (San Francisco, October 1989). Unclear if the other two proposals are directly related to the Loma Prieta earthquake.
Box 9, Folder 20

Influence of Lateral Inhomogeneities. 1991-1993.

Scope and Content

The full name of the project was "Influence of Lateral Inhomogeneities in the Crust and Upper Mantle on Seismic Wave Propagation in the USSR." The proposal was submitted to AFOSR, with Paul Davis listed as principal investigator, Knopoff second.
Box 9, Folder 21

JPL Cost Proposal "Galileo-Near Infrared Mapping...".

Scope and Content

The full title of the grant was "Galileo-Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS) Experiment Data Processing"
Box 9, Folder 22

USGS Grants and Proposals. 1992-1993.

Scope and Content

Some of these projects appear to have been wholly or partially funded by USGS. Includes material relating to the South Pole seismic station.
Box 9, Folder 23

USGS Refinement of Pattern Recognition. 199-1996.

Scope and Content

Proposal, correspondence and report of a project funded by USGS.
Box 9, Folder 24

Schwab Proposal Pac Rim. 1993.

Scope and Content

The title of the proposal was "Mitigation of earthquake Disaster in China." It is unclear if the proposal was ever submitted.
Box 9, Folder 25

U.S. - France Cooperative Research. 1994-1997.

Scope and Content

The project was called "Models of Spatio-temporal Clustering of Earthquakes." It was done in collaboration with Dr. Didier Sornette of the Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee in Nice, France.
Box 9, Folder 26

Los Alamos Project - "The Friction on Faults". 1994-1995.

Scope and Content

The project was called "The friction on Faults and the Sliding of Irregular Surfaces," and was sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Box 9, Folder 27

Knopoff NSF (CMG). 2002-2005.

Scope and Content

The title of the project was "CMG Research: Application of Level Sets and Fast Solutions to Wave Equation Problems of Earthquakes as a Self-Organizing System."
 

Subject Files. Series 1. Bulk, 1965-1991. 1951-1991.

Scope and Content

The series consists of material that Knopoff collected but do not appear to have to do with specific projects or other undertakings.
Box 9, Folders 28-29

Earthquake Prediction. 1988-1989.

Scope and Content

Two folders of material, one concerning the National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council's assessment of a 1988 Soviet prediction of a major earthquake in California or Nevada, an second folder concerns prediction in advance of the Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989.
Box 9, Folder 30

Forsterite/Fayalite Wager. 1967-1968.

Scope and Content

Correspondence concerning a betting pool consisting of a group of scientists, including Knopoff, regarding the values of changes in the composition of forsterite and fayalite, two minerals found in the earth's upper mantle. Both minerals are magnesium iron silicates, forsterite having a preponderance of magnesium, fayalite having a preponderance of iron.
Box 9, Folder 31

IASPEI/SSA Software Library Program. 1990-1991.

Scope and Content

Review and audit, commissioned by the Seismological Society of America, of the IASPEI software library program.
Box 9, Folder 32

International Dictionary of Geophysics. 1964-1965.

Scope and Content

Correspondence having to do with Knopoff's contribution to the Dictionary.
Box 9, Folder 33

"A Contribution to the Mathematical Theory of Big Game Hunting". undated.

Scope and Content

A spoof of a scientific paper.
Box 10, Folder 1

Maximization Problems. 1966.

Scope and Content

File consists of calculations by Susan Karman, and perhaps some by Knopoff, concerning a computer program, apparently used to measure Rayleigh wave dispersion.
Box 10, Folder 2

Mount St. Helens. 1980.

General note

Material relating to the eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state, USA.
Box 10, Folder 3

Music. 1966-1970.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and grant proposals having to do with Knopoff's post as a professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. Includes Knopoff's research in computer music. Includes copies of reviews Knopoff wrote for his friend Gus Albrecht, music critic of the Independent Star-News (Pasadena, California.) Albrecht had been unable to attend the performances, and delegated Knopoff to review them.
Box 10, Folder 4

Musical instrument Hardness Ratings. 1972, undated.

Scope and Content

Tables and notes having to do with measurements of sound generated by musical instruments.
Box 10, Folder 5

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 1973-1983.

Scope and Content

Material relates to orders for microfilm copies of World Wide Standardized Seismograph Network (WWSSN) seismogram readings.
Box 10, Folder 6

Routines for Measuring Earthquakes. 1951;1956.

Scope and Content

A January 1, 1951 document details readings made from seismograms in Pasadena. A February 15, 1956 document details readings from the Tinemaha seismographic station in Los Angeles.
Box 10, Folders 7-9

Sabbaticals. 1970-1984.

Scope and Content

Three folders of material, concerning Knopoff's sabbaticals in 1970, 1976 and 1984. Knopoff pent the 1970 sabbatical in Italy. The 1976 sabbatical which Knopoff spent at Cambridge University, England, was funded by a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation. The 1984 sabbatical was spent, at least partially, at the University of Trieste, Italy.
Box 10, Folder 10

Seismological Society of America (SSA). 1964-1966; 1990.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and circulars relating to Knopoff's receipt of the SSA Medal in May 1990, and some earlier correspondence relating to Knopoff''s publications.
Box 10, Folders 11-12

Users Guide for the Programs for Estimation of Seismic Risk. c. 1975.

Scope and Content

Two folders. Includes computer printouts.
Box 10, Folder 13

U.S. Geodynamics Committee Memoranda 104-109. August 1974.

Scope and Content

Draft Memoranda to the Committee. Knopoff served as a member of the Committee during this period.
Box 10, Folder 22

American Philosophical Society (APS). 1991.

Scope and Content

Material relating to Knopoff being elected a Fellow of APS in 1991.
Boxes 10-11

Grant Proposals. 1962-2003.

Scope and Content

This series contains proposals that apparently did not result in funded projects. There are some rejected proposals in the "Projects" series. Such proposals were identified by name, and usually by the entity to which they were submitted. It is unclear why other proposals (i.e. the proposals in this series) were filed generically and with little or no attention to their titles, subjects or possible funders. Knopoff identified only one folder as "Rejected Proposals." It appears, however, that all of the proposals in this series were rejected. Some may have been revised and resubmitted, or submitted to alternate funders after an initial rejection.
Box 10, Folders 14-15

Grant Proposals and Reports. 1962-1966.

Scope and Content

Early grant proposals. Some may have been revised, resubmitted, and ultimately funded.
Box 10, Folder 16

Rejected Proposals. 1981; 1985-1986.

Scope and Content

Knopoff filed these proposals separately from other unfunded proposals.
Box 10, Folders 17-18

NSF Grant Proposals. 1989-2003.

Scope and Content

Two files that contain proposals to the National Science Foundation. Some of the proposals appear to have been rejected, but my have been revised and resubmitted.
Box 10, Folder 19

Elastic Waves in Composites. 1969.

Scope and Content

Proposal to the U.S. Army Research Office.
Box 10, Folder 20

American Chemical Society Migration of Fluids in Porous Media: Proposals. 1983-1989.

Scope and Content

File consists of correspondence and multiple iterations of the proposal.
Box 10, Folder 21

American Petroleum Institute. 1967-1969.

Scope and Content

Request for funding for a project entitled "Scattering of Seismic Waves by Cracks and Discs." Includes correspondence and details of the project.
Boxes 10-11, Folders 22-37; 1-13

Grant Proposals. 1971-2002.

Scope and Content

These proposals were filed chronologically by Knopoff, and do not seem to have been pursued after their initial rejection.
Boxes 11-12

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of California (UC) Files. Series 2. Bulk, 1959-2003. 1956-2003.

Scope and Content

The series consists primarily of material pertaining to Knopoff's activities on various committees at UCLA and within the UC system. About a third of the material in the series relates to Knopoff's activities advising the UC system on matters pertaining earthquake safety and preparation for earthquakes.
Box 11, Folders 14-26

Seismic Safety. Bulk, 1983-1992. 1971-1992.

Scope and Content

Material details Knopoff's activities on a variety of UCLA committees dealing with earthquakes.
Box 11, Folders 14-19

Earthquake Safety Committee (UCLA). 1983-1990.

General Physical Description note: Minutes, correspondence, reports, fliers, detailing UCLA's earthquake safety plan, its implementation, and dissemination of information to students, faculty and staff. Seven folders.
Box 11, Folder 20

Earthquake Research / Earthquake Hazards Reduction in California. 1986; 1989-1990.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and reports of an ad hoc group comprised of scientists from throughout the UC system and other groups that met after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. Includes Research in Earthquake Sciences at California Universities (RESCU).
Box 11, Folder 21

UC/UCLA Campus(es) Seismic Report. February 10, 1986.

Scope and Content

Memo by W. Hirsch discussing the integrity of campus buildings in the event of a major earthquake.
Box 11, Folder 22

UCLA Seismic Risk Committee. 1986.

Scope and Content

Report on the probability and risk of a major earthquake , and recommendations for a safety policy for UC campuses.
Box 11, Folder 23

Seismic Safety Program.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and report emphasizing the safety of structures.
Box 11, Folder 24

Lookout Mountain Observatory. 1971.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and memos regarding the establishment of a seismographic station at Lookout Mountain, California, and subsequent administrative matters.
Box 11, Folders 25-26

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS). 1986-1992.

Scope and Content

Reports and newsletters from a consortium of seismological research facilities, including UCLA.
Box 11, Folder 27

UCLA Correspondence and Memos. 1956-1992.

Scope and Content

Much of the material concerns Knopoff's requests for funding, his activities on university committees, departmental business, other administrative matters.
Box 11, Folder 28

Academic Senate Research Committee. 1964-1965.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, memos and minutes concerning funding for scientific projects.
Box 11, Folders 29-30

UCLA Academic Senate Council on Research Proposals. 1989-2003.

Scope and Content

Applications submitted by Knopoff to UCLA for funding or other support for research projects. Two folders.
Box 12, Folder 31

Workshop in Computer Music. 1975 Spring.

Scope and Contents note

Material consists of a code book for a computer program, and computer printouts.
Box 11, Folder 32

Geology Department. 1964.

Scope and Content

Memos regarding the status of the Geology Department with reference to the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.
Box 11, Folder 33

Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (UCLA). 1959-1990; 2006.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memos, reports, agendas of meetings concerning the administration of the institute. Includes materials on the Center for Earth and Planetary Interiors (CEPI), 1990.
Box 12, Folders 1-2

Department of Planetary and Space Science. 1964; 1966-1967.

General Physical Description note: Correspondence, memos and reports concerning a proposal to create a Department of Planetary and Space Sciences, and administrative matters subsequent to the creation.
Box 12, Folders 3-4

Institute for Nonlinear Science (INLS) proposal. 1984; 1987.

General note

Proposal on behalf of the University of California for a multicampus organized research unit. Two folders.
Box 12, Folder 5

Physics Department. 1983-1988.

Scope and Content

Memos, reports, and minutes of the department's meetings.
Box 12, Folder 6

Committee on Applied Mathematics. 1963-1965.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, memos and reports concerning the establishment of a Department of Applied Mathematics at UCLA.
Box 12, Folder 7

Center for Computational Geosciences/Geophysics. 1987-1988.

Scope and Contents note

The Center was conceived as a "center without walls," that is, a consortium of UCLA, UC San Diego, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the National Science Foundation. File consists of correspondence, memos and reports regarding the effort, and includes the proposal to NSF.
Box 12, Folder 8

Dean of College of Fine Arts Search Committee. 1967-1968.

General note

Search committee to replace William W. Melnitz. Material consists primarily of memos regarding candidates. Knopoff was a member of the committee.
Box 12, Folder 9

Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Graduate Education. 1964.

Scope and Content

Memos and reports concerning the status of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, a research institute established in the 1930s at UC San Diego. UC administrators and faculty examined the continuing relationship of the Institute with the University as university programs expanded into fields that had previously been the province of the Institute. Knopoff volunteered to serve on a committee examining the issue.
Box 12, Folder 10

All-University Conference. 1963.

Scope and Content

Memos, correspondence and a report pertaining to the UC all-university conference in 1964. Knopoff was a member of a committee examining the UC organizational structure, and collaborated on the report, which is included in the file.
Box 12, Folder 11

Westlake School Report. 1985.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and report of a group of UCLA faculty (including Knopoff) to Westlake School, Los Angeles California. The purpose of the visit was to assess the level of education that prospective college freshmen had in natural sciences.
Box 12, Folder 12

UCLA Budget Committee. 1966-1968.

Scope and Content

Material has to do primarily with faculty posts and salaries.
Box 12, Folder 13

UCLA Contracts and Grants. 1968-1972.

Scope and Content

Copies of contracts between the University and U.S. government agencies (National Science Foundation, Atomic Energy Commission) for seismological research.
Box 12, Folder 14

Research Progress. 1972-1992; undated.

Scope and Content

Knopoff's self-evaluations done for the university, detailing his research activities.
Box 12

Speeches and Lectures. 1957-2004.

Scope and Content

Series consists of presentations Knopoff gave to nonacademic audiences, or audiences comprised of lay persons.
Box 12, Folder 15

Knopoff Presentations, Writings, Speeches. 1957-1979; undated.

Scope and Content

Texts of a variety of talks, formal and informal, given by Knopoff. Most of the material has to do with seismology, but some concerns music. Includes clippings.
Box 12, Folders 16-17

China lectures. 1975-1981; undated.

Scope and Content

Lectures delivered by Knopoff in China, or regarding his research in China. The material has to do with seismology; there is no political content in any of the lectures.
Box 12, Folder 18

Clustering of Temporal Elements in Melody. 1986.

Scope and Contents note

Draft of a paper on the structure of music.
Box 12, Folder 21

Venice Lecture. undated.

Scope and Content

The title was "Collisions on Discrete Lattices; Opera in One Discreet Act." Includes overheads of graphs, tables, figures.
Box 12, Folder 22

Twin Bridges - Overhead. undated.

Scope and Content

Overhead and paper map of tectonic plates. Presumably from a lecture.
Box 12, Folder 23

Very Long-Period Rayleigh Waves... Lecture, Wielandt & Knopoff. undated.

Scope and Content

Overheads, presumably from a lecture. "Wielandt" probably refers to Erhard Wielandt of the University of Stuttgart.
Box 12, Folder 24

ULP Seismology and Tides Edmondton [Lecture]. undated.

Scope and Content

Overheads, apparently form a lecture. "ULP" may stand for "ultra long period."
Box 12, Folder 25

Beverly Hills Unified School District Lecture. February 15, 2002.

Scope and Content

Lecture given by Knopoff to the Science Art Explorers, grades 6 and 7 of the Beverly Hills Unified School District. The subject is unclear, and no title is given for the lecture, but it seems to have involved language, music, and mathematics.
Box 12, Folder 26

Faculty Research Lecture (UCLA). 1972.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and circulars regarding Knopoff's lecture, but not the text itself. The title of the lecture was, "The Continents Drift and the Earth Quakes"
Box 15

Lecture Posters et al. 1968-2004.

Scope and Content

One binder containing flyers, programs, correspondence, and letter-size reproductions of posters pertaining to lectures, speeches and presentations by Leon Knopoff. Some reproductions of posters in Chinese have accompanying translations into English. Many of the presentations were done by Knopoff before audiences of lay persons.
Box 12-13

Knopoff Publications. 1952-2012.

Physical Description: Publications authored by Knopoff.

Scope and Content

The series consist almost entirely of reprints (offprints) of Knopoff's scholarly articles. Most of Knopoff's drafts were not retained in the collection. This series includes folders that contain correspondence, and sometimes handwritten notes and calculations. There is one folder of referee comments by Knopoff, filed separately from other such notes, from the years 1990,1991, and 1992.
Box 12, Folders 19-20

Burridge - Knopoff Model. 1966-1996.

Scope and Contents note

Two folders. One folders concerns a paper coauthored by Knopoff and Robert Burridge in 1967. The subject of the 1967 paper was friction along faults. The second folder contains an article by Steve Shkoller and J.B. Minster commenting on the 1967 paper. Folders include correspondence.
Box 12, Box 27

Crack Linkages Drafts. 1970-1989; undated.

Scope and Content

Draft of a paper from ca. 1985.
Box 12, Folder 28

Solitary Waves on a Harmonic Lattice Drafts.

Scope and Content

The full title was "Solitary Waves on a Harmonic Lattice with Hard Spheres." File includes correspondence. Knopoff's co-author was Thomas G. Hill.
Box 12, Folder 29

Intermediate-Term Prediction of ...Times... Earthquakes. 1988.

Scope and Content

Drafts and correspondence relating to an article Knopoff wrote for Nature magazine in 1988.
Box 12, Folder 30

Transient Regime of Free Oscillation... 1989.

Scope and Content

Knopoff's co-authors were P.A. Rydelek and Walter Zurn. File includes correspondence.
Box 12, Folder 31

Tides Manuscript Drafts. undated.

Scope and Content

File contains several drafts, some with annotations.
Box 12, Folder 32

A Property of Long-Period Love Waves. 1970.

Scope and Content

Knopoff's co-authors were A.K. Mal of UCLA, L.E. Alsop of Columbia University, Palisades, NY, and R.A. Rhinney of Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
Box 12, Folder 33

Referee Comments. c.1990-1992.

Scope and Contents note

Knopoff's referee comments on manuscripts submitted for publication.
Box 13, Volume 1-8

Offprints (master set of Knopoff reprints). 1952-2012.

Scope and Content

Knopoff's articles and scholarly papers, as they appeared in print.
Box 14

Reprints. Bulk, 1921-1975. 1890; 1921-1983.

Scope and Contents note

Organized alphabetically by author's last name; Some authors are listed individually. The series does not include reprints authored by Knopoff. The series includes a large amount of typescript material that may never have been published, but was retained by Knopoff. In some cases, the typescripts are English translations of works that were published in other languages, but may not have been published in English translation. Other material is in Russian or German.
Box 13, Folder 1

Bateman, Harry. 1925.

Scope and Content

Bateman (1882-1946) was a mathematician at Cal Tech.
Box 13, Folder 2

Burridge, Robert. 1968-1983.

Scope and Content

Burridge was a frequent correspondent and collaborator with Knopoff.
Box 13, Folder 3

Byerly, Perry. 1890; 1921-1956.

Scope and Contents note

Byerly (1897-1978) was a geologist at UC Berkeley. File contains a photostatic copy of Byerly's reference note cards organized alphabetically.
Box 13, Folder 4

Guberman, Sh. A.

Scope and Content

Guberman was a Soviet geologist. Articles in Russian, German, and English
Box 13, Folder 6

Jeffreys, Harold. 1926-1992.

Scope and Content

Jeffreys (1891-1989) was, among other accomplishments, a geophysicist and seismologist. Included in the file is a testimonial speech, perhaps a eulogy of Jeffreys, by Sir Alan Cook.
Box 13, Folder 7

Richter, C. F. 1956-1970.

Scope and Content

Richter (1900-1985) was a seismologist and physicist at Cal Tech.
Box 14, Folders 8-26

Reprints A-W. c. 1910-1975.

Scope and Content

Articles are in English, German, and Russian. No entries for letters X,Y, or Z.
Boxes 15

Laboratory Notebooks. 1925-1970.

Scope and Content

Three notebooks that appear to have been kept by Leon Knopoff or Louis B. Slichter, or both at different times.
Box 15

Idea Notebook. undated.

Scope and Content

The "Idea Notebook" has Louis B. Slichter's name inscribed on the inside front cover, and may have originally belonged to him. The entires may have been made by Knopoff, however. The first 14 pages of the book are missing. The book is 350 pp. long, and the last entry of the book is on page 38. Some entries are only headings, with no added content. None of the entries are more than one page long.
Box 15

Lab Notebook. 1925-1950.

Scope and Content

Item is titled "Lab Note Book - Geophysics. L.B. Slichter." From dates of entires in the book, it was used by Slichter from 1925 to 1950.
Box 15

"Line Source and Receiver..."

Scope and Content

A set of handwritten notes, figures and tables, bound with a prong fastener. An outline on the first sheet of the manuscript serves as an index.