Guide to the Frederick Slate Papers, 1862-1937

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Guide to the Frederick Slate Papers, 1862-1937

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 1051

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Frederick Slate Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1862-1937
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 1051
Creator: Slate, Frederick, 1852-1930
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box, 7 v., 1 oversize folder and 1 oversize volume
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Letters, diaries, drafts of speeches and articles (including a biography of Hilgard), diplomas and photographs, relating mainly to his career at the University. Some papers pertaining to property in Berkeley and to his estaste, and a small group of family papers,1847?-1879, also included.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frederick Slate papers, BANC MSS C-B 1051, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Material Cataloged Separately

  • Photographs were removed to the Pictorial Collections in 1978.

Biographical Sketch

Frederick Slate, physicist, the University of California at Berkeley, was born in London, England, on January 21, 1852. He obtained his degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1871, was instructor of chemistry from 1874 to 1877, and studied at Berlin and Strasbourg from 1877 to 1879. He came to the University of California where he taught physics from 1891 to 1918, and was the author of several books on physics.

Scope and Content

These papers, given to The Bancroft Library from the Slate estate, via the Gift Division of the Main Library, in May, June and July 1966, contain letters, diaries, drafts of articles and speeches, diplomas and photographs. Some papers pertaining to property in Berkeley and to the settlement of his estate are included, as are some family papers from 1847 to 1879.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Outgoing letter, June 10, 1862


Incoming letters.

Additional Note

Single letters placed in A-Z Miscellany. Two or more letters arranged alphabetically, then chronologically within each folder.

Drafts of articles and talks


Personal papers, 1866-1901, including official copy of birth certificate, naturalization papers, marriage certificate, etc.


Biographical information


Papers relating to property in Berkeley, 1888-1930


Papers relating to the estate of Frederick Slate, 1930-1937


Miscellaneous family papers, 1847-1879, mainly letters to Slate's mother from various members of her family.


Miscellaneous miscellany


Papers relating to the estate of Ella (Hurd) De Wolfe Slate, 1926


Diaries and notebooks

volume v. 1

Diary, entitled University matters, 1881-1896

volume v. 2

Personal diary, Jan. 1915-Aug. 1919

volume v. 3

Diary, Sept. 1919-Sept. 1925

volume v. 4

Notes, some in German, 1879-1891

volume v. 5

Misc. notes

volume v. 6

Misc. notes on laboratories, etc., at various universities, with lists of books in the libraries and types of apparatus, n.d.

volume v. 7

Misc. notes, 1884-1886, many relating to education

oversize Oversize vol.

Mechanical Drawing plates by F. Slate

oversize Oversize folder 1 B


Partial List of Correspondents


A-Z Miscellany


Brasch, Frederick Edwards, 1875-


Letter, Nov. 29, 1921


California. University, Berkeley. President


Letter, Feb. 12, 1918, by Benjamin Ide Wheeler, containing copy of letter from the Carnegie Foundation.


Hall, Edwin, Herbert, 1855-1938


Letter, Aug. 9, 1918


Heaviside, Oliver, 1850-1935


Letter, Aug. 7, 1921


Lovejoy Arthur Oncken, 1873-1962


Letter, Jan. 2, 1923


Shewhart, Walter Andrew, 1891-


Letter, Oct. 13, 1918


Van Valkenburgh, Arba Seymour, 1862-1944


Letter, Aug. 30, 1909


Webster, Arthur Gordon, 1863-1923


Letter, Oct. 22, 1920


Wilczynski, Ernest Julius, 1876-1932


Letter, Oct. 21, 1920


Campbell, William Wallace, 1862-1938


2 letters, 1919-1920


Crew, Henry, 1859-


3 letters, 1918-1921


Leuschner, Armin Otto, 1868-1953


3 letters, 1918-1921


Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953


2 letters, 1919-1920


Quimby, Shirley Leon, 1893


4 letters, 1920-1921


Snow, Benjamin Warner, 1860


2 letters, 1918-1920


Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927

See California. University, Berkeley. President