Arthur Holly Compton notebooks, 1919-1941


Date: 1919-1941 | Size: 3 microfilm_reel(s)


These 32 research lab notebooks are filled with diverse types of documentation on his x-ray and cosmic ray research.

Background note

Physicist Arthur Holly Compton worked as a research engineer at Westinghouse Lamp Co. (1917-1919) and studied with Rutherford at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England (1919). He taught physics at Washington University (1920-1923) and at University of Chicago (1923-1945) and served as Chancellor of Washington University from 1945-1953.

Collection Information

Physical description

3 microfilm reels. Reproduced at Central Microfilm Service Corp., St. Louis, Mo., [n.d.].


Purchased from Washington University and accessioned, 04/26/1966 (1966 627mf).

Location of originals:

Originals in Rare Books Dept., Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

Indexing Terms


  • Cosmic rays.
  • Physics.
  • Radiation.
  • X-rays.