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Guide to the Frank Oppenheimer Papers, 1902-1985
BANC MSS 98/136 c  
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Description
Consists of correspondence, writings, along with professional and personal papers reflecting his career in scientific research and his role as a pioneer in science education. Also included are materials regarding his investigation by the U.S. Congress House Committee on Un-American Activities, and correspondence, writings and biographical materials about his brother J. Robert Oppenheimer, theoretical physicist and director of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government's program to develop the atomic bomb. The bulk of this collection relates to Frank Oppenheimer's professional and academic research in the fields of education and physics in the years prior to his founding of the Exploratorium, the highly innovative, hands-on science museum in San Francisco, Calif., in 1969.
Background
Frank Friedman Oppenheimer was born on August 14, 1912 in New York City. After graduation from Johns Hopkins University in 1933, he spent a year and a half at Ernest Rutherford's Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge researching natural radioactivity. For a period in 1935, he worked on the development of nuclear particle counters at the Institute di Arcetri, Florence, Italy.
Extent
Number of containers: 4 cartons Linear feet: 5.0
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research, with the following exception: