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Roger G. Newton papers, 1955-2003, bulk 1970-1990

A Guide to the Papers at the Indiana University Archives


Electronic finding aid encoded by Donald C. Force

Summary Information

Repository
Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Phone: 812-855-1127
Email: archives@indiana.edu
http://www.libraries.iub.edu/archives

Creator
Newton, Roger G.

Title
Roger G. Newton papers,1955-2003,  bulk 1970-1990

Collection No.
C320

Extent
9 cubic feet
(9 boxes)

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
Roger G. Newton is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics at Indiana University. His primary research interests include field theory, scattering theories, nuclear and high energy physics, elementary particles, quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. The collection consists of Newton's papers created and collected during his tenure at IU, including correspondence, files on committees and conferences, review board records and materials relating to his books. No teaching files are included in this collection.

Access Restrictions

Select files and the Reviews & evaluations series is closed to researchers at this time.

Advance notice is required for access.

Biographical Note

Roger Gerhard Newton was born in Landsberg on the Warthe, Germany, on November 30, 1924. His father, Arthur Newton, was a dentist and his mother was Margaret (Blume) Newton. He attended two engineering schools in Germany before attending the University of Berlin in 1946.

He married Ruth Gordon on June 18, 1953, while working as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, New Jersey. The couple had their only child, a son by the name of Paul Kenneth, six years later in June of 1959.

In 1955, he came to Indiana University as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1958, and reached the status of full Professor in 1960. While teaching at IU he also held visiting appointments at several universities and laboratories including Ohio State, University of Rome, International School of Physics, University of Montpellier in France, and the University of Geneva. He was also named director of IU’s Institute of Advanced Study. Institutes of its kind are designed to foster pure cutting-edge research by scientists and scholars in a variety of fields without the complications of teaching or funding, or the agendas of sponsorship. The Institute was the first of its kind in the U.S. to be associated with an academic institution.

Newton’s primary research interests are field theory, scattering theories, nuclear and high energy physics, elementary particles, quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. In addition to authoring many articles and books including From Clockwork to Crapshoot: A History of Physics , Thinking about Physics , and What Makes Nature Tick?, Dr. Newton has also served as the editor of the Journal of Mathematical Physics (1992-2005), and was associate editor of the American Journal of Physics and Inverse Problems.

Currently he still writes and resides in Bloomington, Indiana.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into seven series: Correspondence; Committees and organizations; ARO (Army Research Office) files; NSF (National Science Foundation) files; Writings; Conferences; and Reviews and evaluations. The Correspondence series is further organized into External correspondence, Internal correspondence, and General correspondence.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is arranged into seven series: Correspondence; Committees and organizations; ARO (Army Research Office) files; NSF (National Science Foundation) files; Writings; Conferences; and Reviews and evaluations. The Correspondence series is further organized into External mail, Internal mail and General mail.

The Correspondence series contains records from the years 1955-2000. Following Dr. Newton’s original arrangement, the series is further organized into three subseries. The first subseries is Internal correspondence, 1969-2000. This subseries consists of Prof. Newton’s with Indiana University administrators and colleagues, such as IU President Herman B Wells and Newton’s colleagues in the physics department. The next subseries, External correspondence, 1969-1999, consists of correspondence with persons outside IU. Many of the letters are from former students and colleagues who are writing either for letters of recommendation or to ask questions about methods or theories relating to physics. The last subseries within the Correspondence series is General correspondence, 1955-1979. The letters found in this series are more personal in nature or are of a general nature, such as departmental memos. This series is arranged chronologically and closely follows Newton’s original organization. He had all of the files organized by fiscal year, but as some were quite large, they were broken down by month in order to make the files more manageable for researchers.

The next series in the collection is entitled Committees and organizations, 1975-2003, and is arranged alphabetically by folder title. The committee folders contain correspondence between committee members, memos, and minutes of some of the meetings. The folders for the organizations contain much of the same materials, although some also contain pamphlets or business cards. Newton’s records pertaining to the Indiana University Institute of Advanced Study are a prominent part of this series. Two folders in this series, "Committee to review dean of music school (Charles Webb)" and "Tenure committee," are restricted and not available for use by researchers at this time.

The third series in the Newton collection spans 1965-1975 and is the ARO (Army Research Office) files. This series includes paperwork for grants that Newton received from the Army Research Office on projects focusing on inverse scattering problems, phase transitions and critical points, lattice non-uniformities and localized magnetic moments in solids, and irreversible phenomena. Also found in the files are reports from Newton to the Army Research Office explaining his progress or any problems that he may have encountered while implementing these projects.

Records for Newton’s NSF (National Science Foundation) projects make up the next series. Spanning 1968-1992, these projects focus projects related to elementary particle interactions, particle collisions, and the complex Regge Trajectory. The series includes correspondence between Newton, his colleagues, and the NSF, as well as project proposals and outlines. Detailed account statements were pulled and shredded.

The fifth series is entitled Writings, 1960-1992. The writings include works by Newton as well as articles written by his colleagues. This series also includes proofs of two of Newton’s books, The Truth of Science and What Makes Nature Tick, complete with illustrations, notes, and corrections.

The next series is Conferences and consists of schedules, flyers, and pamphlets that Newton received from the various conferences that he attended during his career. Several folders in this series are labeled according to the name of the conference, but the bulk of the folders are simply labeled by year. It spans the years 1975-1987.

The last series in the collection is Reviews and evaluations. It is organized alphabetically by folder title and contains reviews of individuals, departments and programs both within and outside of Indiana University. At this time, this series is restricted and cannot be used by researchers.

Administrative Information

Usage Restrictions
Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, contact the Indiana University Archivist.
Preferred Citation
[Item], Roger G. Newton papers, Collection C320, Office of University Archives and Records Management, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Acquisition Information
Accessions 97/026 and 2006/042
Appraisal
Detailed financial statements were pulled from the NSF files and shredded.
Processing Information
Processed by Rebecca Smith.

Completed in 2007.


Series: Correspondence, 1955-2000 

Subseries: Internal correspondence, 1969-2000 

Box 1 1969-1970 

1970-1971 

1972-1973 

Jan.-June, 1973 

July-Dec., 1973 

Jan.-June, 1974 

July-Dec., 1974 

Undated (1973-1974) 

July-Oct., 1974 

Nov.-Dec., 1974 

Jan.-March, 1975 

April-Dec., 1975 

Undated (1974-1975) 

July-Sept., 1975 

Oct.-Dec., 1975 

Jan.-March, 1976 

April-June, 1976 

March-Sept., 1976 

Oct.-Dec., 1976 

Jan.-March, 1977 

April-July, 1977 

Undated (1976-1977) 

July-Oct., 1977 

Nov.-Dec., 1977 

Jan.-March, 1978 

April-June, 1978 

Undated (1977-1978) 

*No 1978-1979 correspondence*


April-Oct., 1979 

Nov.-Dec., 1979 

Jan.-March, 1980 

April-June, 1980 

Undated (1979-1980) 

1980 

1981 

Undated (1980-1981) 

1981-1982 

1982-1983 

1983-1984 

1984-1985 

1985-1986 

1986-1987 

1987-1988 

Box 2 1988-1989 

1989-1990 

1990-1991 

1991-1992 

1992-1993 

1993-1994 

1994-1995 

1996 

1997 

1998 

2000 

Subseries: External correspondence, 1969-1999 

Box 2 1969 

1970 

Undated (1969-1970) 

Jan.-June, 1970 

July-Dec., 1970 

Jan.-June, 1971 

July-Dec., 1971 

1972 

1973 

Undated (1972-1973) 

Jan.-Sept., 1973 

Oct.-Dec., 1973 

Jan.-June, 1974 

July-Dec., 1974 

Undated (1973-1974) 

Jan.-June, 1975 

July-Dec., 1975 

Undated (1974-1975) 

1974 

Jan.-June, 1975 

July-Dec., 1975 

Jan.-June, 1976 

July-Dec., 1976 

Jan.-May, 1977 

Undated (1976-1977) 

March-Oct., 1977 

March-Oct., 1977 

Jan.-March, 1978 

Box 3 April-July, 1978 

Undated (1977-1978) 

Sept.-Oct., 1978 

Nov.-Dec., 1978 

Jan.-May, 1979 

June-Sept., 1979 

Oct.-Dec., 1979 

Jan.-March, 1980 

Undated (1979-1980) 

1980 

1981 

Undated (1980-1981) 

1981-1982 

1982-1983 

1983-1984 

1984-1985 

1985-1986 

1986-1987 

1987 

1988 

Undated (1987-1988) 

1988-1989 

1989-1990 

1990-1991 

1991-1992 

1992-1993 

1993-1994 

1994-1995 

1996 

1997 

1998 

1999 

Subseries: General correspondence, 1955-1979 

Box 3 Dec. 1960- June 1961 

July-Dec., 1961 

1962 

Undated (1960-1962) 

Box 4 1963 

Jan.-May, 1964 

Undated (1963-1964) 

June-Dec., 1964 

Jan.-April, 1965 

May-Dec., 1965 

Undated (1964-1965) 

1965-1966 

Jan.-Oct., 1966 

Nov.-Dec., 1966 

Jan.-March, 1967 

April-June, 1967 

July-Dec., 1967 

Undated (1966-1967) 

Jan.-Oct., 1967 

Nov.-Dec., 1967 

Jan.-March, 1968 

April-June, 1968 

Undated (1967-1968) 

Jan.-June, 1968 

July-Dec., 1968 

Jan.-June, 1969 

July-Dec., 1969 

Undated (1968-1969) 

Jan.-June, 1970 

July-Dec., 1970 

Jan.-June, 1971 

"Old Mail,"

1955-1956 

1957 

1958 

1959 

1960 

Undated (1955-1960) 

Mail to Rome,

1962 

1963 

Undated (1962-1963) 

Departmental Memos, etc.,

July-Dec., 1971 

Jan.-June, 1972 

July-Dec., 1972 

Jan.-March, 1973 

April-June, 1973 

Correspondence,

1978 

Jan.-March, 1979 

April-June, 1979 

Undated (1979) 

Series: Box 5 Committees and organizations, 1975-2003 

AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) committee, 1981-1985 

Bloomington library committee, 1991-1992 

Capital campaign committee, 1978-1982 

Committee to review dean of music school (Charles Webb), 1983-1985 

RESTRICTED


Concerned Titled Professors, 1978-1982 

Core curriculum, 1991 

Curriculum committee and exam, 1965-1973 

Dean of Research, 1976 

Distribution committee,

1978-1979 

1980 

undated 

Educational Policies committee, 1991-1993 

Executive committee,

1979-1983 

1984-1986 

undated 

Graduate advising, 1988-1992 

Graduate curriculum committee, 1986-1991 

Gafs committee, undated 

Gulf Research and Development Co., 1978-1980 

Halls Professorship committee, 1993-1994 

Heineman Prize Committee, 1991 

Improvement of teaching, 1988-1989 

Initiatives committee, 1989 

Invitations, 1978-1980 

IUIAS (Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study),

1981-1985 

1986 

1987 

Box 6 1989 

1990-1995 

1996-2003 

undated 

Patten committee,

1981-1982 

1982 

1983 

1984 

undated 

Phi Beta Kappa, 1989-1993 

Physics Library committee,

Monthly reports, 1984-1991 

Correspondence, 1984-1991 

Proposals, 1961-1971 

Science Advisory committee, 1975-1980 

Subcommittee of Policy Committee (grade inflation), 1974-1979 

Subcommittee questionnaire (budget allocations), 1977 

Task Force on priorities, 1991-1992 

Tenure committee,

FILES RESTRICTED


1988-1989 

1989-1990 

1990-1991 

Undergraduate education committee,

Formal reports, 1995 

Box 7 Correspondence, 1997-1998 

undated 

Series: ARO (Army Research Office) files, 1965-1975 

Box 7 Army contract, 1965-1970 

ARO application, undated 

Correspondence,

1969-1971 

1972-1973 

1974-1975 

Series: NSF (National Science Foundation) files, 1968-1992 

Correspondence,

Box 7 1968-1969 

1970-1971 

1972-1975 

1976-1982 

1983-1991 

undated 

NSF proposals,

1970-1972 

1973-1976 

1977-1984 

1985-1992 

undated 

Series: Writings, 1960-2002 

Box 7 A. Ramm (letters and proofs of writings by Ramm), 1985-1992 

Benjamin Book Company, 1963-1986 

Encyclopedia of Mathematical Physics, 2001-2002 

Box 8 Impurities in R, 1989-1993 

Rohrlich/Fulton paper, 1960 

Correspondence concerning problems with their paper


Somersalo, Erkki ( Inverse Scattering for Standing Wave Solutions and the Schrodinger Equation ), undated 

Tenth book book-notes ( The Malignant Descendents of Conventionalism ), undated 

Tenth book ms, undated 

The Truth of Science, 8/6/96 ,

additional notes, corrections, and correspondence, 1996 

figures, 1996-1997 

manuscript, 1996 

proof, Jan. 17, 1997 

proof, March 30, 1997 

What Makes Nature Tick,

book illustrations, undated 

proofs, 1993 

Series: Conferences, 1975-1987 

Box 8 Bay area inverse scattering conference, 1986 

Conferences,

1975-1976 

1976-1978 

1980-1981 

1981-1983 

1982-1987 

Gordon conference, 1976-1981 

Tulsa conference, 1981-1984 

Series: Reviews & evaluations, 1969-1997 

ALL FILES IN THIS SERIES ARE CLOSED TO RESEARCHERS AT THIS TIME.


Evaluation of President,

Box 8 Formal reports, 1978 

1977-1979 

undated 

Faculty Board of Review-Scrimgeour case, 1969 

Malik, Bary,

1971-1984 

1977-1978 

Malik’s case, 1971-1979 

Box 9 Political science review,

annual reports, 1991-1997 

1996-1997 

Presidential Search,

1986 

1987 

undated 

Psychology Department review, 1993-1994 

Re Classified Research, 1968-1970 

Review Board, 1969-1970 

Review committee, Colorado, 1986-1987 

Review of Richard P. Gousha (Dean of budget),

1979-1981 

undated 

Review of English Department,

1979-1980 

Program Review Jan., 1980 

undated 

Review of Physics Program in Louisiana,

Committee materials, circa 1976 

Report from University of New Orleans, circa 1976 

Report from Tulane University, circa 1976 

Report from Louisiana State University, circa 1976 

Budget background,

1973-1975 

1975 

1976 

1977 

1978 

1980