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Jack S. Goldstein collection on Jerrold R. Zacharias

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Identifier: MC-0646

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection is composed of materials pertaining to Jerrold Zacharias that were collected by Jack S. Goldstein in preparation for his book, A Different Sort of Time: The Life of Jerrold R. Zacharias, Scientist, Engineer, Educator (MIT Press, 1992). The bulk of the collection includes photographs of Jerrold R. Zacharias, his wife, Leona, his family members, and his professional and personal acquaintances. The photographs span Zacharias’s life, including early family photographs, career photographs, and photographs of Zacharias in his later years. The majority of the photographs are black and white. The photographs are arranged chronologically, although the dates are approximations. The collection includes a few non-photographic items in box 1). Box 2 contains oversized photographs, and box 3 contains negatives of many of the photographs in boxes 1 and 2.


  • Creation: circa 1900-1986


Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

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Jack S. Goldstein, 1925-2001, was an astrophysicist at Brandeis University. He began his teaching career at Brandeis in 1956, became a full professor of astrophysics in 1966, and continued to teach as a visiting professor until 1999, although he retired in 1992. He also served as dean of the graduate school from 1972 to 1974 and dean of faculty from 1974 until 1981.

Goldstein was a fan of MIT physicist Jerrold Zacharias, and in the 1990s wrote a biography of Zacharias titled A Different Sort of Time: The Life of Jerrold R. Zacharias, Scientist, Engineer, Educator (MIT Press, 1992). The materials that Goldstein collected for the book are the subject of this collection. Goldstein’s interest in Jerrold Zacharias stemmed from both his work as a physicist and his interest in curriculum reform, which Zacharias championed.

Jerrold R. Zacharias, 1905-1986, joined the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1940 as head of the Division on Radar Transmitter Components of the Radiation Laboratory. Although he left in 1945 to direct the engineering division of the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, he returned to MIT in 1946 as professor of physics and director of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science, which he headed for ten years.


1 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box, 1 flat box)

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Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Related Materials

For more information about Jerrold Zacharias, see MC 31, Jerrold Reinach Zacharias Papers, 1912-1986. Also of interest may be MC 521, Leona Zacharias Papers, 1938-1986; MC 626, Physical Science Study Committee Records; and MC 602, the Physical Science Study Committee Oral History Collection. The Physical Science Study Committee was the curriculum study committee that Zacharias organized and chaired.


  • Goldstein, Jack S. A Different Sort of Time: The Life of Jerrold R. Zacharias, Scientist, Engineer, Educator. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1992. MIT Libraries

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Preliminary Inventory to the Jack S. Goldstein Collection on Jerrold R. Zacharias
Ready For Review
Erin Edwards
November 2006
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