Skip to main content

William P. Allis papers

Identifier: MC-0236

  • Staff Only
  • Select item to request

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains course notes and other teaching materials from classes Allis taught in physics at MIT, including Historical Development of Physics (8.471), 1939-1940. Professional correspondence includes technical exchanges about research in plasma physics and gaseous electronics, as well as professional material about scheduling presentations, meetings, and conferences, 1929-1979. Also includes reprints of Allis's writings from 1924 to 1979 on subjects including wave theory, electron scattering, oscillation and distribution, glow discharge, and magnetic minor systems. A recording of speeches given at Allis's retirement party in 1967 includes comments from Howard Johnson and Julius Stratton. Parts of the collection are in French and German.


  • Creation: 1924 - 1989


Access note

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.


1.8 Cubic Feet (1 record carton, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



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

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of William P. Allis
Ready For Review
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

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