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Finding Aid for the Glenn Theodore Seaborg Diaries, 1927-1946
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Glenn Theodore Seaborg Diaries,
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1946
    Collection number: 1498
    Creator: Seaborg, Glenn Theodore, 1912-
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Glenn Theodore Seaborg (1912-1999) was a Nobel prize winner in chemistry credited with the discovery of plutonium and nine other new elements. He published books and over 250 articles and papers throughout his career. The collection consists of Seaborg's diaries and journals, and a history of the Met Lab section C-I.
    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 Glenn T. Seaborg, 1986.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Glenn Theodore Seaborg Diaries (Collection 1498). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233752 


    Seaborg was born on April 19, 1912 in Ishpeming, Michigan; AB, UCLA, 1934; Ph.D, University of California at Berkeley, 1937; research associate (1937-39), instructor (1939-41), assistant professor (1941-45), professor of chemistry (1945-71), university professor beginning in 1971, University of California at Berkeley; director of plutonium work for Manhattan Project at University of Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory (1942-46); head of Nuclear Chemistry Division (1946-58 and 1971-75), and associate director of laboratory, 1954-61 and again beginning in 1971, Lawrence Berkeley Lab; member of first general advisory committee, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (1946-50), member of historical advisory committee (1958-61), and commission chairman (1961-71); chancellor, University of California at Berkeley, 1958-61; won Nobel Prize in chemistry (shared with Edwin M. McMillan), 1951; credited with the discovery of plutonium and nine other new elements (atomic numbers 94-102 and 106), the last of which was named seaborgium; published books and over 250 articles and papers; he died February 1999.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of 7 volumes of the diaries of Glenn T. Seaborg. Includes the Journal of Glenn T. Seaborg (January 1, 1927- April 17, 1942) and History of the Met Lab section C-I (April 1942-May 1946).

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Journal of Glenn T. Seaborg (Box 1).
    2. History of Met Lab section C-I (Boxes 2-3).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Seaborg, Glenn Theodore, 1912--Archives.
    University of California, Berkeley--Dept. of Chemistry--Faculty--Archival resources.
    University of California, Berkeley--Officials and employees.
    Chemists--California--Berkeley--Archival resources.