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Preliminary Guide to the Walter Gordy Papers, 1935 - 1986

Abstract

Walter Gordy (1909-1985) was a James B. Duke Professor of Physics at Duke University. In his over thirty year career at Duke, he founded and directed the Duke Microwave Laboratory, and researched and published extensively. The Walter Gordy Papers include correspondence, bibliographies, vita, articles, speeches, notebooks, teaching materials, illustrations, photographs, and graphs of experimental results. Major subjects include microwave spectroscopy, microwave radar, the Duke Microwave Laboratory, Army research Office , Durham (ARO-D), and the Duke Department of Physics.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Walter Gordy papers, 1935 - 1986
Creator
Gordy, Walter, 1909-
Extent
37.5 Linear Feet , 29,000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The collection includes correspondence, bibliographies, vita, articles, speeches, notebooks, teaching materials, illustrations, photographs, and graphs of experimental results. The materials date from approximately 1935 to 1986. Gordy's professional career, particularly his work at Duke, is well represented. Much of the material stems from his research in the Duke Microwave Laboratory. The correspondence in the collection is mainly professional. A few materials, such as trip souvenirs, represent Gordy's personal life.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

The Gordy papers are only preliminarily processed. The lists of materials within each box represent major subjects, but they are not folder lists.

Reprints on Microwaves
Box 1
Clippings on Gordy
Box 1
Memorial Service Materials
Box 1
Correspondence - Professional
Box 1
Correspondence - Congratulatory
Box 1
Campus Club Materials (Mrs. Gordy)
Box 1
Gordy's c.v.
Box 1
Photographs - Physics Department faculty, Gordys in USSR
Box 1
List of Microwave Laboratory Ph.D.s
Box 1
Student Ph.D. Thesis
Box 1
Reprints and Journals
Box 1
Correspondence - A-W
Box 1
Correspondence - W-Z
Box 2
Exchange Visit (Correspondence), 1974
Box 2
Correspondence - 1970s-1980s
Box 2
Correspondence - A-W
Box 2
Correspondence - W
Box 3
High School Validictory speech
Box 3
Misc. Professional Correspondence
Box 3
Reprints
Box 3
List of Students
Box 3
Microwave Directory
Box 3
Correspondence - Professional and University
Box 3
Speech notes
Box 3
Conference Materials
Box 3
Correspondence - re: prizes won by Gordy
Box 3
Notebook on experiments
Box 3
Correspondence - Conferences
Box 3
Conference Materials
Box 3
Gordy's Ph.D. Thesis and Abstract
Box 3
List of Published Papers by the Duke Microwave Laboratory
Box 3
Biographical Material
Box 3
Evaluation of Physics Department
Box 3
Information on Duke Microwavers, 1979
Box 3
Correspondence - University of Florida and University of Texas
Box 3
Notecards listing Gordy publications
Box 4
Research - Charts and Graphs
Box 4
Conference materials
Box 4
Reprints
Box 4
Duke University Distinguished Professor Award program and photographs
Box 4
UNC Distinguished Alumni photograph
Box 4
Popular Lectures and Articles
Box 4
Report on Exchange Visit to Yugoslavia
Box 4
Papers by Gordy
Box 4
Notes for Acceptance Speech for N.C. Award for Science
Box 4
Speeches by Gordy (including notes)
Box 4
Millimeter and Submillimeter Wave Developments at Duke University
Box 5
Information on Awards Received by Gordy
Box 5
Nomination of Walter Gordy for the North Carolina Award in Science
Box 5
Duke Microwavers Information
Box 5
Notebooks from courses and research
[Approx. 20]
Box 5
Notebook
Box 6
Research notes and charts
Box 6
Correspondence - re: submissions for publication
Box 6
Duke Microwave Laboratory personnel information - RESTRICTED
Box 6
Sketches
Box 6
Reprints
Box 6
Photographs of physicists and equipment
Box 6
Clippings
Box 6
Information on conference held in honor of Gordy
Box 6
Conference materials
Box 6
Roster of Physics Ph.D.s from Duke
Box 6
Unbound copy of Microwave Spectroscopy
Box 6
Correspondence - re: submissions for publication
Box 6
Biographical Information
Box 6
Student Papers - RESTRICTED
Box 7
Clippings
Box 7
Maps and information about Harvard and MIT
Box 7
Touraide (driving map)
Box 7
Trip Souvenirs (placemats, guide books, etc.)
Box 7
Photographs of research results
Box 7
Negatives of research results
Box 7
Glass and plastic slides
Box 7
Technical illustrations
Box 7
Papers relating to the nomination of Dr. Gordy for the North Carolina Award in Science, 1979
Box 7
Microwave Spectroscopy of Biological Substances, Pts. I and II [paper written by Gordy and others]
Box 7
Duke Microwave Laboratory - Published Papers, 1946-1978
Box 7
Duke Microwave Laboratory - Personnel Rosters, 1946-1978
Box 7
Correspondence, 1967
Box 7
Certificates of Life Membership in the UNC General Alumni Association for the Gordys
Box 8
Posters and announcements on talks by Gordy
Box 8
Research charts and graphs
Box 8
Correspondence I (1961-1980), A-H
Box 9
Correspondence I (1961-1980), H-N
Box 10
Correspondence I (1961-1980), O-S
Box 11
Correspondence I (1961-1980), S-Z
Box 12
Correspondence II (1953-1960), A-F
Box 13
Correspondence II (1953-1960), G-P
Box 14
Correspondence II (1953-1960), P-Z
Box 15
1947-1952
Box 16
1952-1960
Box 16
1960-1967
Box 16
Files associated with the Air Force contract 1946-1953 (reports, etc, not checked for identity with published papers.)
Box 16
Meeting correspondence, associated manuscripts
Box 17
Correspondence associated with other manuscripts
Box 17
APS, NAS, IUPAC correspondence
Box 17
Correspondence associated with Army Research Office, Durham (AROD)
Box 18
Correspondence with M. Katayama
Box 18
Correspondence with Duke University Planning Commission
Box 18
"Recent Correspondence" 1963-1966
Box 18
Mixed correspondence and papers, 1954-1974
Box 18
Mixed paper
Box 19
Teaching materials
Box 19
Duke development, 1958
Box 19
Mixed papers (note letter to Tribble)
Box 19
AROD contract accounting, 1969-1972
Box 19
Air Force contract, 1955-1971
Box 19
Correspondence
Box 20
Proposals
Box 20
Reports
Box 20
Office of Ordinance Research (OOR) contract
Box 20
"Miscellaneous" correspondence, 1953-1960
Box 20
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1952-1966
Box 21
Air Force, payroll 1953-1960
Box 21
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1946-1951
Box 21
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1946-1951, continued
Box 22
Previously classified technical reports
Box 22
Binder and documents concerning Gordy's employment (1935-1941): Baylor College, Cal Tech, Linus Pauling etc.
Box 23
ESR spectra
Box 23
Correspondence, 1950s
Box 23
Christmas and private correspondence with former student, post-docs, and colleagues
Box 24
Addressbook
Box 24
Notes for talks at several 'Microwave dinner(s)' at APS meetings, Washington, D.C., circa 1964-1968
Box 24
Correspondence, A-M, 1951-1961
Box 24
AROD grant-related correspondence, 1951; 1962-1970
Box 25
Binders with grant accounting, 1962-1970
Box 25
Items retained from invoice files, 1946-1961
Box 25

Historical Note

Walter Gordy was born on April 20, 1909 in Newton County Mississippi. After receiving a B.A. from Mississippi College in 1932, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1932 and 1935, respectively. From 1935 to 1941, Gordy served as a professor of physics at Mary Hardin-Baylor College in Texas. He then worked at Cal Tech with Linus Pauling and later in the Radiation Kabiratirt at MIT.

In 1946, Gordy joined the faculty of the Duke University Department of Physics. During his tenure, he contributed to the development of microwave radar and microwave spectroscopy through his work in the Duke Microwave Laboratory, which he founded and headed. He published many articles and four books, and was a member of numerous professional organizations. In 1958, Gordy was named a James B. Duke Professor. Gordy died in Durham on October 6, 1985. He was survived by his wife of fifty years, Vida.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Department of Physics records (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter Gordy Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Walter Gordy Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1989 (A89-0062, A89-99) and a transfer in 1993 (A93-36, A93-40) and 2007 (UA2007-0023).

Processing Information

Processed by Valerie Gillispie

Completed July 29, 2003

This collection is partially processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, July 30, 2003

Updated by Sherrie Bowser, June 2007

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.