Thomas Darlington Cope papers, ca. 1909-1964

Mss.B.C794

Date: Circa 1909-1964 | Size: 7 Linear feet

Abstract

This is a collection of Cope's articles, papers, notes, lectures, notebooks, and some correspondence. There is much on his research pertaining to Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, and other topics in the history of science on which he wrote. The collection includes lecture notes and three bound notebook volumes on mechanics from his study at the University of Berlin under Max Planck from 1912 to 1913. There are 11 additional bound volumes, all relating to physics, including: Minutes of meetings of the Department of Physics, University of Pennsylvania (1910-1919), two volumes on the history of physics, and a volume of data on the radiometer as a measurer of electric current. The collection also contains notes on electric circuit theory lectures (1924-1925) by J.R. Carson, notes on lectures on relativity (1921) by Albert Einstein, lectures by W.F.G. Swann (1928), and information about the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, and on radiation (1909). There is significant correspondence from Lionel G. Dixon and Victor Englehardt.

Background note

Physicist and historian of science Thomas Darlington Cope received his A.B. (1903) and Ph.D. (1915) from the University of Pennsylvania; he became an instructor and later professor there from 1906-1952. He also studied at the University of Berlin (1912-1913) under Max Planck.

Digital objects note

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Collection Information

Physical description

7 linear ft.

Provenance

Gift from Cope estate and accessioned, 1969 (1969 2136ms).

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania Academy of Science
  • University of Pennsylvania. Dept. of Physics

Genre(s)

  • Articles.
  • Lecture notes.
  • Lectures.
  • Minutes.
  • Notebooks.
  • Notes.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Mason-Dixon Line.

Subject(s)

  • Electric circuits.
  • Electric currents.
  • Mechanics
  • Physics -- History.
  • Radiation.
  • Radiometers.
  • Relativity (Physics)
  • Science -- History.


Detailed Inventory

Graphics
  

Abstract: A sample of graphics available from Thomas Darlington Cope papers, ca. 1909-1964.

Dr. Thomas D. Cope family portrait
ca. 19171 photograph(s)

Abstract: Group portrait of Cope family.

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/graphics:3472

Mss.B.C794 Correspondence
  
Alternating Currents
  
American Association for the Advancement of Science
  
American Institute of Physics
  
Ames and Murnaghan
  
Apprentice Years of Mason and Dixon
  

Acknowledgments

The Astronomical Manuscripts
  

Other Descriptive Information: Charles Mason gave to....John Ewing

Astronomical Observations
  
Book on Physics
  
Boundary Surveys
1760s 

Local natural philosophers who counselled surveys

Brandywine Valley Association, Inc.
  
Dr. Bradley
  

Greenwich observations. Tables of the Moon. Records from the Nautical Almanac

Dr. Bradley Memoirs
  
Carson, J. R.
  

Lectures

Central forces. Orbits.
  
Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon
  
Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon
  

English men of science

Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon
  

The Royal Society

College Physics Teachers
  
Cope, Deborah
  
Correspondence
  
Correspondence. Mason and Dixon
  
Condolence letters
  
Cummings, Hubertis M
  
Dixon, Lionel G
  
Dynamics
  
Early Pennsylvania Meridians
  

George M. Fisman notes

Edwards
  

Problems

Einstein, Albert
1921 

Lectures on relativity.

Electrodynamics
  

Other Descriptive Information: Dr. W. F. G. Swann

Emmett, Thomas Addis
  
Engelhardt, Viktor
  
Fiedler, Anna
  
Fiedler, Ed
  
Field notes, Provincial surveyors.
  
George M. Fisman
  
Franklin Institute
  
Graeff, Arthur D
  
Gyroscope
  
Hassler, Ferdinand R
  
Hildebrand, Joel H
  
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1951 October 30 
Instruments
  
Italy's Contribution to Physics
  
Jeans. Problems
  
Laboratory reports
  
Lecture notes
  
Mahoney, William T.
  

"The Post marked West on the Mason-Dixon Line."

Mason and Dixon
1947 July 
Mason and Dixon and Franklin
  
Mason and Dixon at St. Helena.
  
Mason and Dixon at St. Helena with Nevil Maskelyne
  
Mason and Dixon at St. Helena with Nevil Maskelyne
  

Carl H. Roeder's notes.

Mason and Dixon.
  

Governor Sharpe's correspondence

Mason and Dixon
1951-10-30 

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Mason and Dixon in America
  
Mason and Dixon line: literature University of Pennsylvania library
  
Mason and Dixon literature
  

American Philosophical Society and Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Mason and Dixon
1943--06-23 

Norristown Rotary Club

Mason and Dixon
  

Notes from standard sources.

Mason and Dixon talk: Pennsylvania Academy of Science.
1939-09-23 
Mason and Dixon: Philosophical Transactions.
  
Mason and Dixon: Spring
1950 
Mason and Dixon survey: A scientific enterprise
  
Mason and Dixon: Watch and clock collection
1949-05-00 

National Convention

Mechanics - Current
  
Meridian of Philadelphia
  

Correspondence with Joseph Hyde Pratt and Homer Rosenberger

Miscellaneous notes from published works.
  
Moment of inertia.
  
Noise
  
Notes from Burchard and Matthew's bibliography
  
Notes from various sources.
1953-1954 
Obituary
  
Our ethical problems.
  
Pendleton's notes.
1941 Autumn 

Mason and Dixon

Penn Letter books
  
Penn manuscripts Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  
Pennsylvania Academy of Science
  
Pennsylvania Boundaries
  

Notes. Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Conference of College Physics Teachers
  
Pennsylvania History
  
Philadelphia Trail Club
  
Photographs
  
Physics Club of Philadelphia
  
Physics - Dr. W.F.G.Swann
  
Physical Society of Philadelphia papers
  

Ends E.Witmer and J.Rhodes et al

Planck, Max
  
Problems
  
Provincial surveyors. Field notes
  
Radiation
  
Recordak Corporation
  
Rittenhouse Astronomical Society
  
Rumford, Count
  

Benjamin Thomson

Rutschky, Charles William, Jr.
  

Thomas Barton

Science Counselor
  
Seddon, R E
  
Some incidents in the story of magnetism.
  
Some local scholars
1760s 

Counselled the Proprietors of Pennsylvania and their com¬ missioners during the boundary surveys.

Some questions about Mgson and Dixon
  
Sound
  
Spherical Harmonics
  
The Stargazer's Stone
  
The Stargazer's Stone.
  

Manuscript and galley

Dr. Stradling
  

Principle of relativity

Summer work
1931-1935 
Swann, W.F.G.
  

Electrodynamics

Swann, W.F.G.
1928 

Lectures

Swann, W.F.G.
  

Relativity

Theory of potential
  
Wayne, Pennsylvania property
  
Webster - notes
  
Werckshager, Karl
  
When the stars interrupted the running of a meridian line northward up the Delmarva peninsula
  
Notebooks
  

There are also 14 miscellaneous notebooks. One volume of Elizabeth Darlington: Algebra note book 1838.