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Finding Aid for the Joseph Kaplan Papers, ca. 1940-1978
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph Kaplan Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1940-1978
    Collection number: 156
    Creator: Kaplan, Joseph, 1902-
    Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Joseph Kaplan (1902- ) was a professof of physics at UCLA, chairman of the department and the director of the Institute of Geophysics. He was also a member of the National Academy of Science, and served as chairman of the U.S. National Committee for the International Geophysical Year (1957-58). The collection consists of framed photographs, files containing clippings, vitae, printed items, manuscripts, and memorabilia.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Frances Kaplan, 1992.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph Kaplan Papers (Collection 156). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1972957 


    Kaplan was born in Tapolcza, Hungary on September 8, 1902; arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1910; BS in chemistry (1924) and MA (1926) and Ph.D (1927) in physics, Johns Hopkins University; National Research Council fellow at Princeton University (1927-28); assistant professor (1928-35), associate professor (1935-40), then professor, UCLA; chairman, Department of Physics (1938-44); director, Institute of Geophysics (1946-47); research centered on diatomic molecule spectra; nitrogen, oxygen, and mixture afterglows; upper atmosphere chemical processes; member, National Academy of Science; served as chairman of the U.S. National Committee for the International Geophysical Year, 1957-58; wrote Methods and Results of Upper Atmosphere Research (1954).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials relating to UCLA physics Professor Joseph Kaplan, including framed photographs, and files containing clippings, vitae, printed items, manuscripts, and memorabilia. Includes report of operations analysis in World War II, The Aeronomy Story, oral history transcript, statement to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Independent Offices, Early days in Baltimore, and report on International Cooperation in Geographical Research and the Air Force Role in Geophysics.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kaplan, Joseph, 1902- --Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles--Dept. of Physics--Faculty--Archives.
    Geophysicists--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Manuscripts for publication.