Catalogue description The Papers of William Henry Bragg

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Details of W.H. Bragg
Reference: W.H. Bragg
Title: The Papers of William Henry Bragg
Description:

This collection of some 5000 items includes scientific and personal correspondence, papers, scripts for broadcasts, lecture and research notes. There are thirty seven boxes of papers and the items have been catalogued individually. There is little material relating to Bragg's childhood and student days but there is a variety of papers relating to the Adelaide period, 1886-1908, and this has been augmented by photocopies of the Rutherford/Bragg correspondence held by Cambridge University. The main part of the collection relates to W.H. Bragg's time at the Royal Institution, 1923-1942. Correspondence between W.H. Bragg and W.L. Bragg is to be found in both this collection and in the William Lawrence Bragg collection, which is also at the Royal Institution.

 

Box 1. Pocket diaries, 1924-1942.

 

Box 2. Miscellaneous correspondence, A-D.

 

Box 3. Miscellaneous correspondence, E-K.

 

Box 4. Miscellaneous correspondence, L-O.

 

Box 5. Miscellaneous correspondence, P-R.

 

Box 6. Miscellaneous correspondence, S-T.

 

Box 7. Miscellaneous correspondence, U-Z.

 

Box 8. Miscellaneous correspondence.

 

File a: British Association, 27 Aug.-18 Sept. 1928.

 

b: Bragg-Paul Pulsator, 15 March-15 Aug. 1938.

 

c: Miscellaneous notes, reprints, press cuttings, 1904-1938.

 

Box 9. Miscellaneous correspondence and notes.

 

File a: Royal Institution lectures on the vacuum flask, 1894-1939.

 

b: Focal conics: undated calculations.

 

c: Powder method experiments, 1921.

 

d: R.I. Conversazione, April 1932.

 

e: Correspondence and notes about publications, 1913-1936.

 

f: Correspondence about crystal collection, 1920-1923.

 

g: Drafts of articles.

 

Box 10. Career and congratulations.

 

File a: Early career, 1902-1939, 1962.

 

b: Letters of congratulation on award of Nobel Prize, 14 Nov. 1915-16 Jan. 1916.

 

c: Letters of congratulation on award of O.M., 3 June-7 July 1931.

 

d: Letters of congratulation on election as P.R.S., 5 Nov.-10 Dec. 1935. With two letters from W.L.Bragg about the Presidency, 14 May 1935.

 

Box 11. Correspondence about honours and appointments.

 

File a: 6 June 1907-7 Jan. 1936.

 

b: 17 Jan. 1936-22 April 1942.

 

Box 12. Research notebooks, ca. 1900-1930.

 

Box 13. General files on scientific work.

 

File a: Lecture on sound and light, 1938.

 

b: Anthracene, ca. 1929.

 

c: Paper about the Royal Society.

 

d: Clay, 1937.

 

e: Kelvin Lecture, 1935-1936.

 

Box 14. General files on crystallography.

 

File a: Quartz.

 

b: Anthracene and naphthalene, ca. 1923.

 

c: Crystal structure of ice, 1922-1928.

 

d: The story of electromagnetism, 1941.

 

e: Autobiography.

 

f: Biography of W.H.Bragg: drafts by W.L.Bragg and G.M.Caroe.

 

g: Crystal symmetry: draft of section for The Crystalline State, 1933.

 

Box 15. General files on crystallography.

 

File a: International Conference on Physics, London, October 1934.

 

b: Proteins.

 

c: Solid state of matter, 1934.

 

d: Liquid crystals, ca. 1934.

 

e: The universe of light, 1933.

 

Box 16. General files on crystallography.

 

File a: The intensity of X-ray reflection by diamond, 1921.

 

b: Thin films, 26 Nov. 1923-23 Jan. 1924.

 

c: Baddeleyite, 1924-1925.

 

d: Mechanisation of double Fourier synthesis, 1937.

 

e: Cultured pearls and artificial ruby, 1921-1927.

 

f: Calcium carbide, 1921-1922.

 

g: Patents: hydrophone, 1920-1927; isoprene, hydrocarbons, 1940-1941.

 

h: War effort: correspondence, 1914-1919 & 1935.

 

Box 17. General files on research.

 

File a: Studies in radioactivity: draft, 1912.

 

b: Tables: velocity of the [ALPHA] particle.

 

c: Notes on literature.

 

d: Correspondence: X-rays and temperature, alloys, 1922-1925.

 

e: Correspondence about publications, 1931-36.

 

Box 18. Miscellaneous scientific notes and correspondence.

 

File a: Infra-red experimental technique, by W.H.J.Childs.

 

b: Lecture on the vacuum flask, 1940.

 

c: Plans for Crystallography, 1929-1931.

 

d: Notes for X-Rays and crystal structure, 1915-1923.

 

e: Notes on dipoles and Debye's argument, ca. 1935.

 

f: Notes on intensity of X-ray reflection, ca. 1922-1928.

 

Box 19. Press cuttings and draft lectures.

 

File a: Press cuttings, 1937.

 

b: Bibliography and correspondence with Kathleen Lonsdale, 1943.

 

c: Radium controversy, 1906.

 

d: Press cuttings, 1941-1944, 1962.

 

e: Draft papers, 1939-1941.

 

f: Draft script for film on Faraday, 1942.

 

Box 20. Reprints, 1891-1928.

 

Box 21. Reprints, 1929-1942.

 

Box 22. Reprints: duplicates, 1904-1947.

 

Box 23. Reprints, 1940-1944.

 

Box 24. Synopses and reprints of lectures, 1931-1942.

 

Box 25. Medals.

 

Box 26. Bragg-Rutherford correspondence.

 

File a: 23 Oct. 1904-15 Oct. 1935.

 

b: 31 Aug. 1904-ca.1933 (chiefly photocopies of letters held by Cambridge University).

 

Box 27. Royal Institution administrative files.

 

File a: Correspondence, 23 June 1923-24 Dec. 1925.

 

b: Correspondence, 4 Feb. 1926-27 Jan. 1928.

 

c: Bye-law alterations, 1928.

 

d: Fullerian Professor of Physiology, 1941.

 

e: Bragg-Paul Pulsator, 18 Sept. 1933-2 Jan. 1939.

 

Box 28. Father/Son correspondence; Autobiography.

 

File a: Correspondence between W.H.Bragg and W.L.Bragg, 19 June 1914-19 Oct. 1935.

 

b: Correspondence about papers and lectures, 1908-1926.

 

c: Faraday and Maxwell Memorials in Westminster Abbey, 1931.

 

d: Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, 1932.

 

e: William Nicholson's portrait of W.H.Bragg, 1933.

 

f: Letters about the Whewell-Faraday correspondence, 1932.

 

g: W.H.Bragg Memorial Service, 19 March 1942.

 

h: Salute to the X-ray pioneers, ca. 1945.

 

i: Autobiographical notes, 1927-1937.

 

j: Miscellaneous correspondence, notes and photographs.

 

Box 29. Lectures: MSS and proofs, 1938-1941.

 

Box 30. Lectures and articles.

 

File a: MSS of lectures and articles; undated.

 

b: Lectures on Rumford, 1930-1939.

 

Box 31. Lecture notes.

 

File a: Lecture notes, Adelaide, 1886-1888.

 

b: University College London: undated lecture notes.

 

c: Undated notes.

 

Box 32. Lectures and articles, 1920-1932: MSS & proofs.

 

Box 33. Lectures and articles, 1933-1936: MSS.

 

Box 34. Lectures and articles, 1937-1940: MSS.

 

Box 35. Broadcast scripts.

 

File a: Scripts, 1928-1933.

 

b: Scripts for talks on Light, 1934.

 

c: Scripts, 1934-1939.

 

d: Scripts, 1940-1942.

 

e: Scripts for Science lifts the veil, 1942.

 

f: Undated script on uses of science in war.

 

Box 36. Letters of condolence to W.L.Bragg on the death of W.H.Bragg, 12 March-22 June 1942.

 

Box 37. A.B.Wood correspondence.

 

File a: 17 Aug. 1917-5 Feb. 1940; 12 Feb. 1962.

 

b: 25 Jan. 1962-8 May 1969.

 

- Notebooks 1904-1913

 

Radioactivity

 

X-ray crystallography

 

- Newspaper Cuttings

 

6 volumes 1913 - 1940

 

- Some uncatologued material

 

Box 1. Pocket diaries: 1924-1942; 15 items.

 

Box 2. Miscellaneous correspondence A-D

 

File a: 26 January 1911 to 19 April 1940; 48 items. Correspondence with E.G.Acheson Ltd (3), N.K.Adam (8), Agnes A.Adams (1), Aeronautical Research Committee (3), Jerome Alexander (3), Frank Allen (1), H.Stanley Allen (2), Samuel J.M.Allen (2), G.Antonoff (2), Archives of the Rontgen Rav (1), H.E.Armstrong (4), J.O.Arnold (2), Cyril Asquith (1), W.T.Astbury (16), Oxford University Press (1).

 

File b: 20 February 1913 to 24 April 1941; 52 items. Correspondence with T.Thorne Baker (4), A.J.Balfour (1), E.C.C.Baly (5), K.Benerjee (3), William Barlowe (1), E.W.Barnes (1), Howard T.Barnes (3), J.O.W. Barratt (2), N.W.Barritt (4), J.A.Barth (1), C.H.Barton (1), E.H. Barton (1), Frederick Bates (2), George Beilby (2), N.Belaieu (1), J.D.Bernal (3), P.G.H.Boswell (2), Oscar L.Brady (1), A.Bramley (2), L.J.G.Brogan (2), M.de Broglie (6), F.Balfour Browne (1), H.M.Buller (1), Harold G.Burley (1).

 

File c: 23 July 1909 to 14 November 1931; 40 items. Correspondence with Norman Campbell (1), H.C.H.Carpenter (1), L.B.Carslake (6), A.Morris Cassie (1), R.W.Chapman (1), George Chandron (1), F.Cheshire (1), George L.Clark (2), J.B.Cohen (6), Miss V.C.C.Collum (5), J.W.Cook (2), D.Coster (2), E.G.Cox (8).

 

File d: 30 January 1913 to 3 March 1935; 21 items. Correspondence with W.E.Dalby (2), Charles G.Darwin (6), W.C.Dawson (1), P.Debye (3), Bonamy Dobree (1), F.C.Donnan (2), W.Duane (1), P.Dunsheath (3), Frank W.Dyson (1).

 

Box 3. Miscellaneous correspondence E-K

 

File a: 14 February 1914 to 9 December 1940; 15 items. Correspondence with A.C.Egerton (2), C.D.Ellis (1), P.P.Ewald (7), J.A.Ewing (5).

 

File b: 19 December 1914 to 5 December 1934; 51 items. Correspondence with Allan Ferguson (2), H.T.Ferrar (1), J.B.Firth (4), A.P.M.Fleming (4) J.A.Fleming (6), Ronald Fraser (1), G.Friedel (9), General Electric Co. (1), William H.George (4), Herbert Gibson (1), A.C.Goolden (2), W.T.Gordon (5), Arthur G.Green (1), T.F.Green (1), Richard Gregory (1), C.E.Guillaume (1), W.G.Plummer (1), Nobel Committees (2), Bernard Robinson (1).

 

File c: 29 December 1898 to 24 October 1937; 58 items. Correspondence with F.Haber (1), R.A.Hadfield (6), Otto Hahn (2), Frank W.Hallwell (1), W.B.Hardy (8), W.Harrison (4), W.N.Haworth (3), E.B.Hazleton (3), H.Frank Heath (1), Oliver Heaviside (4), H.H.Henson (1), Elizabeth Hertz (1), Kurt Hess (1), Adam Hilger Ltd (2), A.V.Hill (5), Harold Hilton (3), G.Holst (1), F.L.Hopwood (1), William Huggins (2), A.Hutchinson (5).

 

File d: 20 November 1898 to 14 February 1937; 47 items. Correspondence with A.Abrahams (1), Imperial Mineral Resources Bureau (3), C.K.Ingold (2), Herbert Jackson (1), F.M.Jaeger (7), R.W.James (2), J.R.Katz (2), G.W.C.Kaye (9), W.H.Keesom (2), Arthur Keith (2), William Thomson - 1st Baron Kelvin (1), C.Norman Kemp (2), D.Kerr (1), D.T.Keymer (2), Richard D.Kleeman (4), I.Ellie Knaggs (1), W.Larkham (1)

 

Box 4. Miscellaneous correspondence L-O

 

File a: 1891 to 1940; 59 items. Correspondence with Thomas H.Laby (1), P.Langevin (1), Horace Lamb (5), M.v.Laue (3), A.P.Laurie (4), A.S.C.Lawrence (7), Frank R.Lillie (1), Geoffrey Lloyd (1), Oliver Lodge (10), Kathleen Lonsdale (1), H.A.Lorentz (3), E.F.J.Love (3), F.S.A.Lowndes (1), Richard Lorenz (1), T.M.Lowry (8), E.B.Ludlam (2) Thomas R.Lyle (6), H.G.Lyons (1).

 

File b: 1922-1930; 43 items. Correspondence with G.T.Morgan.

 

File c: 1906-1931; 59 items. Correspondence with Henry D.McCardle (1), J.R.McPhie (2), J.R.Madsen (1), Manchester University (1), G.Marconi (1), H.Mark (3), Frank S.Marsh (6), C.J.Martin (2), O.Masson (2), M.Mathieu (1), C.Mauron (1), J.W.Mellor (3), F.D.Miles (8), R.Millican (1), Stotherd Mitchell (1), H.Moseley (2), A.Muller (1), C.H.F.Muller (1), Carleton C.Murdock (2), A.J.W.Murray (2), J.W. Nicholson (1), A.Geoffrey Norman (1), A.Ogg (7), Kamerlingh Onnee (2), E.A.Owen (1), Arthur E.Oxley (2).

 

Box 5. Miscellaneous correspondence P-R

 

File a: 1906-1932; 68 items. Correspondence with W.Cassie (1), Richard Paget (6), Charles A.Parsons (3), A.L.Patterson (6), Harold Pealing (8), Eustace Percy (1), W.M.Flinders Petrie (2), C.E.S.Phillips (2), G.Phragmen (1), Adrianus Pijper (2), S.H.Piper (1), Philosophical Magazine (1), S.J.Plimpton (2), J.A.Pollock (2), W.J.Pope (15), Mata Prasad (6), W.H.Preece (1), J.H.Priestley (4), G.Prior (1), O.S.Puckle (2).

 

File b: 1889-1940; 51 items. Correspondence with 3rd Baron Rayleigh (2), 4th Baron Rayleigh (2), E.K.Rideal (3), P.J.Risden (2), J.M.Robertson (8), Robert Robertson (5), R.Robinson (5), P.Ross (1), Ronald Ross (2), Ross Ltd Optical Works (2), Godfrey Rotter (3), Royal Institution (1), A.Maude Royden (1), Heinrich Rubens (1), Sidney Russ (8), Henry N.Russell (3), E.Rutherford (1), John Simon (1)

 

Box 6. Miscellaneous correspondence S-T

 

File a: 1904-1940; 47 items. Correspondence with E.G.Cox (1), W.Rhys Roberts (2), Willy Schmidt (2), Hans Schwerdtseger (1), William Seifriz (2), A.C.Seward (1), G.Shearer (3), G.C.Simpson (2), E.& A.Smith & Co Ltd (2), Arthur Smithells (3), A.Smits (1), Société francaise de Physique (2), Frederick Soddy (25).

 

File b: 1904-1931; 31 items. Correspondence with B.W.Robinson (1), Solvay Institute for Physics (1), J.W.Sommerfeld (3), O.L.Sponsler (3), J.Stark (1), C.C.Starling (2), W.Staszewski (3), Sulman & Picard (4) William Sutherland (6), T.Carleton Sutton (7).

 

File c: 1888-1931; 43 items. Correspondence with W.T.Gordon (1), F.W.Prestor (1), Taylor, Taylor & Hobson Ltd (3), P.Terpstra (1), Thermal Syndicate Ltd (1), D'Arcy W.Thompson (1), F.C.Thompson (1), J.J. Thomson (3), Richard Threlfall (7), Jean Timmermans (2), Marcel Tolkowsky (4), F.Traube (2), S.V.Tucker (1), Thomas Turner (2), A.E.H.Tutton (11).

 

Box 7. Miscellaneous correspondence U-Z

 

File a: 1912-1924; 5 items. Correspondence with F.Ulrich (2), L.Vegard (1), W.Voigt (1), D.Vorländer (1).

 

File b: 1911-1939; 44 items. Correspondence with George Wailes & Co. (1), D.M.S.Watson (1), Arne Westgren (2), Richard Whiddington (3), F.J.W. Whipple (4), H.Whitaker (4), Willis R.Whitney (1), W.H.Wilkinson (1) J.P.Willmott (2), C.T.R.Wilson (1), A.B.Wood (3), Katherine Woolley (1), W.G.Woolnough (2), A.M.Worthington (1), Almroth E.Wright (1), C.S.Wright (1), Nevill L.Wright (8), Georges Wulff (3), Morgan E. Yeatman (3), Hans Zocher (1).

 

Box 8. a: British Association, 27 August 1928 to 18 September 1928; 26 items. Correspondence about 1928 meeting at Glasgow, with papers, programmes and regulations. Correspondence with Adelaide University (1), S.G.Barker (1), Samuel Bickerstath (1), G.M.Cammaerts (1), Viscount Dunedin (1), W.Harrison (1), K.D.Keay (1), Arthur Keith (1), C.E.C.Lefroy (1), U.W.Reith (1), H.Squires (1), W.S.Tucker (1).

 

File b: Bragg-Paul Pulsator, 5 March 1938 to 15 August 1938; 51 items. Correspondence, notes, newspaper cuttings, reprints and photographs. Correspondence with F.Johnston Abraham (1), W.L.Bragg (2), George R.Everleigh (1), H.B.Fawcus (1), F.W.Goodbody (1), J.R.Hutchinson (1), C.J.McSweeney (3), Robert W.Paul (13), A.Gardner Robb (1).

 

File c: Miscellaneous notes, reprints and press cuttings, 1904-38; 12 items.

 

Box 9.

 

File a: Royal Institution lectures on the vacuum flask. Correspondence, notes and reprints of lectures by Dewar, 1894-1906, 1939; 24 items. Correspondence with George H.Gabb (3), L.J.Green (1), Alexander Scott (2); copy of letter from James Dewar to Gimingham, 1892.

 

File b: Focal conics: undated calculations.

 

File c: Powder method experiments, 1 March 1921 to 8 December 1921; 30 items. Correspondence with H.C.H.Carpenter (9), J.B.Cohen (2), Comptroller of Munitions Inventions (1), Constance F.Elam (2), Arthur Green (2), Robert A.Hadfield (5), J.A.Harker (1), Alex Muller (1), W.Pope (1), A.M.Tyndall (2), Ernest Wilson (1).

 

File d: R.I. Conversazione, April 1932: notes, reprints and correspondence; 31 items. Correspondence with W.T.Astbury (2), C.H.Awcock (1), J.D. Bernal (1), E.G.Cox (2), W.Hume-Rothery (1), Kathleen Lonsdale (1), E.A.Owen (3), C.C.Paterson (2), S.H.Piper (1), H.R.Priston (1), V.E.Pullin (1), G.Shearer (3), W.A.Wooster (2).

 

File e: Correspondence and notes about publications, including The Crystallin State, 14 October 1913 to 3 September 1936; 24 items.

 

Correspondence with: W.T.Astbury (6), G.Bell & Sons Ltd (10), W.L.Bragg (3), Mair Jones (1), Kathleen Lonsdale (1).

 

File f: Correspondence about crystal collection, 24 March 1920 to 1 May 1923; 90 items. Correspondence with G.L.Addenbrooke (2), A.R.Baeree (2), Einar Beilmann (2), JohnBell & Croyden Ltd (2), G.M.Bennett (2), J.W.Blagden (2), H.V.A.Briscoe (1), British Drug Houses Ltd (2), Burroughs Wellcome & Co (1), H.T.Clarke (4), J.B.Cohen (1), P.Friedman (2), B.L.Glew (1), Graesser-Monsanto Chemical Works Ltd (4), Arthur G.Green (1), J.J.Criffin & Sons (5), W.Harrison (2), N.H.Hunt (3), Johnson & Sons (3), J.Kenner (2), F.W.S.Krolm (2), Lever Bros Ltd (4), J.U.Lewin (8), S.Gordon Liveredge (1), Irvine Masson (4), H.L.Maxfield (2), C.E.K.Mees (2), A.G.Milligan (2), James P.Ogilvie (2), Allan Pollard (2), W.J.Pone (1), W.Rintoul (2), J.Monteath Robertson (1), P.Rosbaud (1), Peter Spence & Sons Ltd (2) L.J.Spencer (1), Harold Toms (2).

 

File g: Drafts for articles about X-ray crystallography and the work of the Davy Faraday Laboratory: MS & typescript: 8 items.

 

Box 10.

 

File a: Early Career, 1902-1939, 1962; 46 items. Correspondence, newspaper cuttings and related papers. Correspondence with Gilbert Barling (1), James Crichton Browne (2), Ronald Burrows (1), W.Cassie (1), A.E.G. Chorlton (3), E.P.Culverwell (1), R.S.Glazebrook (1), A.Keith (2), Horace Lamb (1), Leeds University (2), Oliver Lodge (3), W.Peterson (1), J.A.Pollock (1), Royal Institution (1), Ernest Rutherford (1), Arthur Schuster (1), A.Smithells (3), Frederick Soddy (2), J.J. Thomson (1), R.Threlfall (3).

 

File b: Letters of congratulation on award of Nobel Prize, 14 November 1915 to 16 January 1916; 26 items. Correspondence with City of Adelaide (1), Svante Arrhenius (2), T.V.Barker (1), C.G.Barkla (1), E.Phyllis Biddoe (1), Eliza Bodington (1), F.Montague Butler (1), M.Callaert (1), J.B.Cohen (1), W.C.Hedley (1), B.Hopkinson (1), F.Horton (1), T.E.Morris (1), J.E.van de Lingen (1), H.A.Lorentz (1), A.G.Lupton (1), Olga Mannaberg (1), H.A.Miers (1), Royal Society of South Australia (1), Arthur Smith (1), R.J.Strube (1), J.J.Thomson (1), Frank Thornton (1).

 

File c: Letters of congratulation on O.M., 3 June to 7 July, 1931; 143 items

 

File d: Letters of congratulation on P.R.S., 15 November to 10 December 1935, and two letters from W.L.Bragg about the office, 14 May 1935; 44 items.

 

Box 11. Correspondence about honours and appointments

 

File a: 6 June 1907 to 7 January 1936; 192 items. Correspondence with Academia de Ciencias, Madrid (3), Adelaide University (1), Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien (1), Anglo-Frech Luncheon Club (2), Association Argentina de Cultura Inglesa (2), Association of Scientific Workers (2), Athenaeum (1), Stanley Baldwin (1), C.G. Barkla (1), Bristol University Alumni Association (1), British Electrical & Allied Manufacturers' Assoc.(2), British Empire Shakespeare Society (2), British Museum Trustees (2), British Optical Assoc.(2), British Science Guild (2), B.Cabrera (2), Carnegie Trust (4), Central Chancery of Orders of Knighthood (4), Chelsea Arts Club (7), Chemical Society (2), Chiddingfold Amateur Athletic Club (2), Chiddingfold Football Club (2), The Club (3), Columbia University (1), Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (2), Durham University (2), R.Edgcumbe (1), French Academy of Sciences (1), Imperial College: Governing Body (2), Incorporated Society of Musicians (3), Indian Academy of Science (2), Institute of Physics (3), Institute of Radiology & the Rontgen Society (1), Institution of Electrical Engineers (1), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2) 2nd International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (1), Isle of Man Natural History & Antiquarian Society (2), Italian Society of Science (2), Martin Knudsen (1), Leeds University (2), Lund University (2), G.Marconi (1), Marie Curie Hospital (2), Marie Curie Memorial Fund (2), Mark Twain Society (2), Helen Maurin (1), Medical Nobel Committee (1), National Institute of Industrial Psychology (2), Nature (1), New York Academy of Sciences (2), New Zealand Institute (2), Nobel Committee for Physics (1), Nobel Foundation (8), Norwegian Academy of Science (1), Oxford University (2), Eustace Percy (1), Charles E.S.Phillips (2), Physical Society (2) Prussian Academy of Science (3), Ronald Ross (1), Royal Academy of Science of Turin (2), Royal College of Surgeons, Hunterian Collection Trustees (2), Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society (3), Royal Danish Academy of Science (2), Royal Institution (1), Royal Observatory Greenwich, Board of Visitors (2), Royal Societies Club (2), Royal Society (5), Royal Society of Edinburgh (2), Royal Society of Medicine (5), Royal Swedish Academy of Science (3), E.Rutherford (1), Science Masters Association (7), Arthur Smithells (1), Sociedad Cientifica Argentina (2), Société des Amis d'André-Marie Ampère (4), Société hollandaise des Sciences (2), Society of Czech mathematicians & physicists (3), Society of Engineers (3), J.F.Thorpe (1), Trinity College, Dublin (2).

 

File b: 17 January 1936 to 22 April 1942; 178 items. Correspondence with Advisory Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (3), Air Raid Defence League (4), American Philosophical Society (2), Anglo-Batavian Society (5), Arts Club (2), Australia Club (5), J.A.Barlow (2), Barrovian Society (2), Belgian Royal Academy (3), Board of Trade (3), British Council Executive Committee (2), British Museum Trustees (4), Central Chancery of Orders of Knighthood (2), Chelsea Arts Club (9), Chemists Club (2), Church Emigration Society (2), Committee of Austrians in England (1), Committee on .. substitution of imported fuels (2), Croydon High School for Girls Scholarship Trust (3), D.S.I.R.: Committee on the Application of X-ray methods to industrial research (1), English-Speaking Union (2), Finnish Society of Sciences (2), French Academy of Sciences (3), Gemmological Assoc. (3), Gemmological Institute of America (2), Geological Society of London (2), Lord Hankey (1), Institute of Metals (2), Institute of Ray Therapy (4), Institution of Civil Engineers (5), Institution of Electrical Engineers (1), Institution of Petroleum Technologists (2), Junior Institution of Engineers (Inc.)(2), Junior Road Fellowship (3) London University (4), William Murdoch Memorial Committee (1), National Radium Trust (1), Nutrition Society (1), People's National Theatre (3), Physical Society Club (2), Research Defence Society (5), Royal Institute of British Architects (6), Royal Scottish Society of Arts (4), Royal Societies Club (3), Royal Society: Scientific Relief Committee (1), Savage Club (2), Save the Children Fund (4), Scientific Advisory Committee (3), Second Wednesday Lunch Club (4), Société d'Encouragement pour l'Industrie nationale, Paris (3), United States National Academy of Sciences (3), Bernard Wimperis (2).

 

Box 12. Notebooks, ca.1900-1930; 5 books. Notes by W.H.Bragg and W.L.Bragg, including lecture notes and abstracts from literature.

 

Box 13. General Files on Crystallography and other scientific work.

 

File a: Calculations and notes for lecture, Combination tones in sound & light, 1938. With letters from G.W.C.Kaye, 1938 (2), and reprints of papers by A.H.Davis, 1928, and James Dewar, 1920.

 

File b: Notes on anthracene, ca.1929. With letter from J.M.Robertson 1 June 1965, about the notes and work on anthracene.

 

File c: The Royal Society: MS draft, ca.1937.

 

File d: Notes and bibliographical notes on clay, 1937. With MS of paper and proof, 1937. With letter, 1 July 1937 from Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Lt

 

File e: Kelvin Lecture: The molecular structure of dielectrics, 1935; lecture on the electric properties of crystals, 1936. Includes notes by Kathleen Lonsdale. With letters from Kathleen Lonsdale, 1936 (1) and E.N.da C.Andrade, 1936 (1).

 

Box 14. General files on crystallography

 

File a: Quartz: typescript & MS notes.

 

File b: Anthracene and naphthalene: calculations and notes: ca. 1923.

 

File c: The crystal structure of ice; reprint 1922, notes 1922-8. Includes press release about Bragg's lecture (1928) on Faraday's work on ice and extract from Dr Clarke's paper on The crystallisation of water (Phil.Trans. I). With letters from F.J.W.Whipple, 1924 (1), and C.S.Wright, 1928 (2).

 

File d: The story of electromagnetism, 1941; notes and proof, with letters from G.Bell & Sons Ltd, 1941 (3), R.T.Glazebrook (1), J.F.Wolfenden, 1941 (1); with two reprints.

 

File e: MS of W.H.Bragg's autobiography (from his earliest recollection to his coming to Australia in 1885); written ca. 1927, with additional notes, 1937. With Royal Society obituary and typescript draft.

 

File f: W.H.Bragg's Biography: written by W.L.Bragg and G.M.Caroe, 1962 - drafts of sections.

 

File g: Crystal symmetry for The crystalline state, 1933; MS draft.

 

Box 15. General files on crystallography.

 

File a: International Conference on Physics, London, October 1934: papers, printed. MS notes on crystal structure, for lectures.

 

File b: MS notes on proteins, including draft paper and notes on literature.

 

File c: Solid state of matter, 1934; draft paper and notes on literature; with a few reprints and letter from G.Shearer.

 

File d: Liquid crystals: calculations and notes, ca. 1934.

 

File e: The universe of light: MS draft, 1933.

 

Box 16. General files on crystallography.

 

File a: The intensity of x-ray reflection by diamond: Proc. Phys. Soc., 1921; MS draft.

 

File b: Correspondence about thin films, 26 November 1923 to 23 January 1924; 6 letters. Correspondence with Thomas Turner (4) and L.C.Ashton (2).

 

File c: Baddeleyite. Letter from George T.Prior, 1924; letter to Hevesy, 1925. Typescript of paper on structure of Baddeleyite by K.Yardley (Lonsdale), 1924.

 

File d: Mechanisation of double Fourier synthesis, 1937. Letters from W.L. Bragg (1) and L.J.Comrie (1); with paper by Comrie on the mechanisation of double Fourier synthesis.

 

File e: Cultured pearls and artificial ruby; correspondence 18 May 1921 to 3 March 1927; 17 letters. Correspondence with E.Hopkins (9), T.G. Hull (1), K.Mikimoto (1), X-Rays Ltd (5).

 

File f: Calcium carbide: correspondence and 3 typescript statements by V.M. Goldschmidt about nature of calcium carbide. Correspondence, 9 December 1921 to 25 January 1922; 13 itens, Correspondence with Arthur Blackman & Co. (6), V.M.Goldschmidt (4).

 

File g: Patents: hydrophone, 1 September 1920 to 20 December 1927; isoprene, hydrocarbons, 25 July 1940 to 4 March 1941: 42 items. Correspondence with Admiralty (2), E.V.Appleton (4), Edward Bridges (1), Carpmaels, Ransford & Newton (3), C.J.B.Clews (2), Dept. of Scientific & Industrial Research (1), Felix E.Hackett (1), Nathan Hayward (1), Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries (1), Nature (3), A.O.Rankine (2), Harry R.Ricardo (2), Robert Robertson (3), Ernest Rutherford (2), C.P.Ryan (2), F.E.Smith (2), Submarine Signal Co. (3) Treasury Solicitor (1), Michel Wibault (1), Kingsley Wood (1).

 

File h: War effort: correspondence, 22 December 1914 to 1 January 1919 and 11 May 1935; 16 items. Correspondence with Admiralty (1), Admiralty Board of Invention & Research (1), J.W.S.Fisher (4), Eric Geddes (1) Roger Keyes (3).

 

Box 17. General files on research.

 

File a: Draft of Studies in Radioactivity, 1912, including more extensive discussion of the nature of X-rays than included in book.

 

File b: Tables relating to the influence of the velocity of the [ALPHA] particle on the stopping power of the substance through which it passes.

 

File c: Notes on literature: focal conics, nematic liquids, birefringence.

 

File d: Correspondence on X-rays and temperature, alloys, 2 August 1922 to 2 October 1925; 14 items. Correspondence with Ivor Buckhurst (2), H.C.H.Carpenter (1), Irvine Masson (1), G.T.Prior(2), Taylor & Francis (2), H.Weiss (3).

 

File e: Correspondence about publications, 12 November 1931 to 2 March 1936; 34 items. Correspondence with G.Bell & Sons (2), W.L.Bragg (1), D.R.Hartree (4), N.Japolsky (5), Lowe & Brydone Ltd (6), Mario Milon (2), D.O.Sproule (4), Taylor & Francis (5), Z.fur Kristallographie (1)

 

Box 18. Miscellaneous scientific notes and correspondence.

 

File a: Infra-red experimental technique, by W.H.J.Childs; with cover note from Childs, ca. 1934.

 

File b: MS of lecture on the vacuum flask, 1940.

 

File c: Plans for Crystallography, 1929-31.

 

File d: Notes for X-rays and Crystal Structure, 1915-23.

 

File e: Notes on dipoles and Debye's argument, ca. 1935.

 

File f: Notes on the intensity of X-ray reflection, ca. 1922-28.

 

Box 19. Press cuttings; draft lectures.

 

File a: Press cuttings, 1937: visit to King William College, Isle of Man; with letter from Ann Butler, 31 July 1937.

 

File b: Bibliography 1943 and correspondence with Kathleen Lonsdale, 1943 (4 letters).

 

File c: Radium controversy, 1906: press cuttings.

 

File d: Press cuttings, 1941-4, and a few, 1962, re. W.H.Bragg centenary.

 

File e: Draft papers, 1939-41, concerning retirement of Sir Richard Gregory, liquid films, Paul Langevin, science education, and for "Solidarity"

 

File f: Draft script for British Council film on Faraday and electricity, 1942.

 

Box 20. Reprints, 1891-1928; 68 items.

 

Box 21. Reprints, 1929-1942; 56 items.

 

Box 22. Reprints: duplicates, 1904-1947.

 

Box 23. Reprints, 1940-1944; 4 items.

 

Box 24. Synopses and reprints of lectures, 1931-42; 9 items, printed, including Science Lifts the Veil.

 

Box 25. Medals

 

Box 26.

 

File a: Correspondence between W.H.Bragg and Ernest Rutherford: 23 October 1904 to 15 October 1935; MS with 1 photocopy; 30 letters.

 

File b: Correspondence between W.H.Bragg and Ernest Rutherford - photocopies of letters from W.H.B. held by Cambridge University Library; 31 August 1904 to ca. 1933: 69 letters. Also MS letters from Bragg to Rutherford, 3 December 1910 to 3 April 1913; 13 letters, and MS letters from Rutherford to Bragg, 8 February 1911 to 10 January 1913; 6 letters. With correspondence between Royal Institution and University of Cambridge about photocopying the correspondence, 1963; 8 letters.

 

Box 27. Royal Institution Administrative Files.

 

File a: 23 June 1923 to 24 December 1925; 135 items. Correspondence with Natalie C.B.Allen (1), T.V.Barker (4), J.D.Bernal (1), W.G.Burgers (3) W.A.Caspari (4), Ernest Cohen (2), A.S.Eve (4), George Forbes (2), Foreign Office (2), W.H.George (1), Frances M.Hamer (2), Home Office (3), F.L.Hopwood (1), A.Hutchinson (2), C.K. Ingold (1), International Education Board, New York (21), L.C.Jackson (2), F.M.Jaeger (4), T. Laby (2), Ernest Merritt (1), Carleton C.Murdock (4), B.Orelkin (12), Passport Control Office (2), A.L.Patterson (2), P.Pavlovsky (1), W.G. Plummer (4), Ramsay Memorial Fellowship Trust (7), S.W.Richardson (2) Maurice Ponte (2), F.K.Richtmyer (2), Robert Robertson (3), M.Siegbahn (2), Otto Stelling (3), University College London (1), G.Urbain (4), U.S.S.R. Charge d'Affaires, London (2), G.Wulff (6).

 

File b: 4 February 1926 to 27 January 1928; 86 items. Correspondence with Natalie Allen (3), Joseph S.Ames (1), W.H.Barnes (3), Distillers Co. Ltd (2), Foreign Office (1), Helen S.Gilchrist (1), W.J.de Haas (3), Arthur J.Hale (2), W.B.Hardy (1), Home Office (1), International Education Board, New York (13), L.C.Jackson (1), W.P.Jesse (2), Alois F.Kovarik (1), London University (1), O.Maass (1), Thora C.Marwick (1) Moscow Textile Institute (1), Carleton C.Murdock (3), A.R.Normand (1), B.Orelkin (3), A.Ponte (5), Mata Prasad (2), Ramsay Memorial Fellowship Trust (4), A.O.Rankine (1), S.W.Richardson (2), J.Monteath Robertson (2), Robert Robertson (1), R.F.Ruttan (1), G.Shearer (1), Taylor & Francis (1), A.M.Tyndall (2), G.Urbain (2), I.Vassilieff (7).

 

File c: Bye-law alterations, 1928; 13 items. Correspondence with Lord Blanesburgh (5), James Crichton-Browne (3), J.S.Highfield (1), Duke of Northumberland (3), R.de Villamil (1).

 

File d: Fullerian Professor of Physiology, 1941; correspondence with J.C. Drummond; 10 items.

 

File e: Bragg-Paul Pulsator; correspondence, papers and press cuttings, 18 September 1933 to 2 January 1939; 67 items. Correspondence with British Medical Journal (4), Ritchie Calder (1), Daily Telegraph (1), Harry Day (1), S.C.Dyke (2), F.W.Goodedge (1), Somerville Hastings (1) Leonard Hill (6), Phyllis M.Tookey Kerridge (5), Kenneth N.Knapp (1), C.J.McSweeney (4), Robert W.Paul (13), E.P.Poulton (3), A.Gardner Robb (1), Siebe, Gorman & Co.Ltd (2), E.T.Whittaker (1).

 

Box 28. Father/Son correspondence; papers concerning autobiography.

 

File a: Correspondence between W.H.Bragg and W.L.Bragg, 19 June 1914 to 19 October 1935, with one letter from W.L.B. to Charles Bosanquet, 28 October 1920; 28 letters.

 

File b: Miscellaneous correspondence about papers and lectures, 1908-1926; 21 items. Correspondence with H.B.Baker (1), W.J.Green (1), F.Horton (1), C.H.Lees (1), Kathleen Lonsdale (4), A.W.Porter (2), Royal Institution (8), L.Salomons (1), Samuel Smiles (1), William Sutherland (1).

 

File c: Faraday and Maxwell Memorials in Westminster Abbey, 1931; 21 items. Correspondence with Cambridge University (1), J.D.Cockcroft (4), Edward Knapp Fisher (4), J.J.Thomson (7), Dean of Westminster (1). Also letter from J.Clerk Maxwell (?to R.I.), 4 Feb. 1873.

 

File d: Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society: award of James Watt Medal to R.I and of Honorary Membership to Lord Eustace Percy and Sir William Bragg, 1932; 5 items. Correspondence with Lady Percy (2), and Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society (3).

 

File e: Presentation of William Nicholson's portrait of Sir William Bragg to the R.I., 1933; 3 items.

 

File f: Correspondence with J.W.Capstick, 1932; 4 letters about the Whewell-Faraday correspondence.

 

File g: W.H.Bragg Memorial Service, 19 March 1942: form of service, seating plan, list of those attending.

 

File h: Salute to the X-ray pioneers, ca. 1945, typescript: article about Australian X-ray work, especially medical work.

 

File i: Photocopy of autobiographical notes, written by W.L.B. ca. 1927, additions, 1937.

 

File j: Miscellaneous correspondence, notes and photographs; 10 items. Correspondence with W.J.Green (2) 1962 and P.P.Ewald (1), 1962 (all with W.L.B.); with David Heron, 1935 (2). Also remininscences about R.I. by W.J.Green and by Thomas Martin.

 

Box 29. MSS and proofs of lectures, 1938-41.

 

Box 30.

 

File a: MSS of lectures and articles; undated.

 

File b: 5 lectures on Rumford, 1930, 1935, 1939.

 

Box 31.

 

File a: MS lecture notes: Adelaide 1886-1888.

 

File b: University College London: undated notes for lectures.

 

File c: undated notes.

 

Box 32. MSS of lectures and articles, some proofs: 1920-1932.

 

Box 33. MSS of lectures and articles, 1933-1936, including R.I. Discourses, 1936.

 

Box 34. MSS of lectures and articles, 1937-1940, including R.I.Discourses.

 

Box 35. Broadcast scripts.

 

File a: Scripts, 1928-1933. 7 items

 

File b: Broadcast scripts for "light", 1934: 6 talks.

 

File c: Scripts, 1934-1939: 9 items.

 

File d: Scripts, 1940-1942: 12 items.

 

File e: Scripts for Science lifts the veil: 1942; 15 items.

 

File f: Undated script on uses of science in war.

 

Box 36. Letters of condolence to W.L.Bragg on the death of W.H.Bragg, 12 March 1942; 12 March to 22 June 1942; 315 items.

 

Notebooks

 

1. July-October 1904: radioactivity.

 

2. October 1904-March 1905: radioactivity.

 

3. March-July 1905: radioactivity.

 

4. July-October 1905: radioactivity.

 

5. October-December 1905: radioactivity.

 

6. January-May 1906: radioactivity.

 

7. May-August 1906: radioactivity.

 

8. August 1906 to March 1907: radioactivity.

 

9. May - October 1907: radioactivity.

 

10. October 1907: secondary [ALPHA] radiation

 

11. July-October 1908: radioactivity and X-rays.

 

12. Notes of lectures while at Trinity College, Cambridge.

 

Newpaper cuttings: 6 volumes

 

1. 1913-24

 

2. 1923-27

 

3. 1927-33

 

4. 1931-36

 

5. 1934-40

 

6. 1931/2: articles about Faraday.

Date: 1889-1960s
Held by: Royal Institution of Great Britain, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Creator:

Bragg, Sir, William Henry, knight, scientist and physicist

Physical description: 37 boxes
Access conditions:

Application to view the papers should be made in writing to The Librarian, The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London WlX 4BS.

Subjects:
  • Physics
Administrative / biographical background:

2 July 1862 born, Westward, Cumbria

 

1875-1881 King William College

 

1881-1885 Trinity College, Cambridge

 

1886-1906 Professor of Physics, Adelaide

 

1889 married Gwendoline Todd

 

1907 Fellow of the Royal Society

 

1909-1915 Cavendish Professor, University of Leeds

 

1915 Nobel Prize for Physics (with W.L.Bragg)

 

1915-1923 Quain Professor of Physics, University College London

 

1920 K.B.E.

 

1923-1942 Fullerian Professor of Chemistry and Director, Royal Institution

 

1931 O.M.

 

1935-1941 President of the Royal Society

 

12 March 1942 died

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