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Hamilton, Donald Ross, 1914-1972
Donald Ross Hamilton Papers
Manuscripts Division
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13 boxes
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-13


Conists of selected papers of Princeton physicist Donald Ross Hamilton.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of notebooks, design calculations, and computer printouts of Hamilton (Princeton Class of 1935) and several graduate students of Princeton's Atomic Beam Group.


The arrangement of the records at the time of their transfer has been retained.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hamilton, Donald Ross, 1914-1972

Donald Ross Hamilton, a nuclear physicist, was a member of the Princeton faculty for twenty-five years. He graduated with highest honors in physics from Princeton in 1935 and earned his doctorate from Columbia University in 1939. From 1942 to 1946, he was associated with high-priority World War II research projects at M.I.T.'s Radiation Laboratory and with the Sperry Gyroscope Company. Joining Princeton in 1946 as an assitant professor, he advanced to an associate professorship in 1948 and to the rank of full professor in 1955. His research activities at Princeton in nuclear physics included the theory and observation of beta decay and of angular correlations of successive nuclear radiations. In later years, he was largely concerned with atomic-beam investigations of the spins and moments of radioactive nuclei. Dr. Hamilton headed the University's Graduate School from 1958 to 1965.

Collection History


Gift of the Princeton University Physics Department. Additions purchased in 1986.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Donald Ross Hamilton Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-13