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George W. Clark personal archives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0752

Scope and Contents

The personal archives of George W. Clark, Breene M. Kerr Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) consists of research papers, conference materials, and personal correspondences. A majority of the collection contains published papers, notes, and photographs related to high-energy astrophysics and cosmic x-ray research throughout his career at MIT, dating from 1950 to 2003. Most of the materials are notes and correspondences for satellite testing and development projects that he directed under National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) government contracts.


  • 1930 - 2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Biographical note

George W. Clark, 1928-present, is Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received a BA from Harvard College in 1949, and a PhD in 1952 from MIT. His various positions at MIT included being an instructor, 1952-1954, an assistant professor, 1952-1960, an associate professor, 1960-1966, and the first Breene Kerr Professor of Physics, 1990-1996. Clark left MIT for half a year in 1962 to do research and study at the University of Milan as a Guggenheim Fellow and went on leave from 1986-1994 to perform research at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) in Tokyo, Japan. He is a member of the American Physical Society, American Astronomical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 1966), and the National Academy of Sciences (elected 1980). He was involved with many other professional organizations such as the American Science and Engineering Inc. Board of Directors, the Study Committee for Institutional Arrangements for the Space Telescope (NAS), and Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Board of Directors, to name a few.


12 Cubic Feet (In 8 record cartons, 4 manuscript boxes, 3 custom flat boxes, and 1 oversize folder in flat box)

Language of Materials



The George W. Clark personal archives contains records from George Clark documenting his career and research. Clark was a member of the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1954 to 1996 in the Department of Physics. He was a leader in high energy astrophysics and cosmic x-ray research and served as the principle investigator for several satellite projects. Clark was a member of several professional science organizations and committees within MIT, as documented in the records of this collection. Other material includes biographical information, correspondences, professional visits with other researchers, and detailed research information including much on his mentor Bruno Rossi.


Organized into six series: 1. Biographical materials, 2. Lab notebooks 3. Research and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) materials 4. General correspondence and professional visits, 5. Professional organizations and confereneces, 6. Bruno Rossi

Physical Location

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


Non-MIT professional society nomination and application material (nominations and applications that were not about Clark), photocopies of articles by others (not Rossi or Clark) that had no markings on them, and duplicates of publications were removed and recycled or shredded.

Processing Information

During processing archivists and student assistants foldered unfoldered material, removed Pendeflex, added dates to folders, and created titles for folders if ones were not provided.

Materials were for the most part kept in original order physically and were intellectually arranged in the resource record.

3 reel to reels, 1 oversize photographic print, and 1 scrapbook are currently at Wunsch Lab for custom housing.

George W. Clark personal archives
Greta Kuriger Suiter, Carissa Gadson
2019 May
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Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
Building 14N-118
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Cambridge MA 02139-4307 US