Franklin S. Harris Jr. papers, 1920s-1997

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Harris, Franklin S. (Franklin Stewart), 1912-
Title
Franklin S. Harris Jr. papers
Dates
1920s-1997 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.25 linear feet
Collection Number
Accn1384
Summary
The Franklin S. Harris Jr. papers (1920s-1997) contain the personal, teaching, and research files of this noted Utah-born scientist. The collection contains much of his research on diffraction and the subject of optics in general. Also present are materials relating to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the relationship between science and religion.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 8015818863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Franklin S. Harris Jr. (1912-1999) was born in Logan, Utah, received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University in 1931 and 1936, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1941. His principal areas of research were "connected with light in photographic and electrical recording and measurements of the diffraction of light."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Franklin S. Harris Jr. papers (1920s-1997) contain the personal, teaching, and research files of this noted Utah-born scientist. The collection contains much of his research on diffraction and the subject of optics in general. Also present are materials relating to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the relationship between science and religion.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Franklin S. Harris Jr. papers, Accn 1384, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Accn 1384.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of Franklin S. Harris.

Harris's previous donation in July 1993 was integrated with the October 2005 donation consisting of boxes 1-7 (3.25 linear feet).

Processing Note

Processed by Lisa DeMille in 2005.

Separated Materials

Photographs were transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections (P1227).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Correspondence and Personal MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-5
Correspondence
1935-1987
1 6
Personal Materials
Resumes, employment papers, biographical information, and certificates are included.
1937-1997

TeachingReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1-2
Physics 142, Notes
1951-1959
2 3-4
Physics Class Notebooks
1940s-1950s
3 1
Physics Class Notebook
1950s
3 2
Physics Class Notes
1950s-1960s
3 3
Geometrical Optics Notebook
1938
3 4-5
Notes and Notecards
1940s-1950s

Subject FilesReturn to Top

Boxes 4-7 of subject files contain mainly news articles, article reprints, essays, correspondence, and notes.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Aerosols
1970-1978
4 2
Apertures
This folder holds metal and cardboard aperture cutouts.
4 3
California Institute of Technology, Newsletters
1938-1941
4 4
Diffraction and Polarization
1950s-1970s
4 5
Early Man
1953-1969
4 6
Etched Metal Recticles
4 7
Evolution
1938-1983
4 8-9
Exploring the Universe
1945-1967
5 1
Exploring the Universe
1950s-1960s
5 2
Augustin Fresnel
1928-1988
5 3
Lasers
1967-1973
5 4
Light
1961-1970
5 5
Metal Plates
Referencing ancient writing techniques.
1957-1978
5 6
Physics and the Gospel
1940s-1960s
5 7
Physics Literature
1940s-1960s
5 8
Pictures of Scientists
6 1
Pre-existence
1934-1981
6 2-3
Science and Religion
1920s-1960s
6 4
Science Articles and Reprints
General science articles unrelated to subjects already listed.
1960s-1990s
6 5
Sperry Utah Engineering Laboratory
1959-1962
6 6
Testimonies
1938
6 7
University of Michigan
1952-1959
7 1-2
John A. Widtsoe
1931-1960s
7 3
Miscellaneous

MicrofilmReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel
1
Apertures and Optical Patterns
This and following microfilm reels are located in the Manuscripts Division's microfilm cabinet.
2
Articles
Some of these are in French and German.
3
Design of Fire Control Optics
4
Paul B. Epstein, Spenielle Beugungsprobleme
5
Muller-Pouilett, Lehrbuch der Physik und Meteorolgie
6
"On Undecidable Propositions of Formal Mathematical Systems"
1954
7
Optics Writings
8
Pre-existence Articles
9
Rainwater Notes in Optics
10
John Shellman Jr., Theory of the Dielectric Properties of Ice

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Evolution--Religious aspects
  • Light--Measurement
  • Religion and science

Form or Genre Terms

  • Articles
  • Correspondence
  • Outlines