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Smith, Lincoln Gilmore, 1912-
Lincoln Gilmore Smith Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of miscellaneous material of Lincoln Gilmore Smith, a physicist and professor of physics at Princeton University, relating to his construction and use of mass spectrometers.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of miscellaneous material of Smith regarding his mass spectrometry work at Princeton University. Included are annual progress reports on "High Resolution Mass Spectrometer" presented by Smith and Walker Bleakney, dated from 1962 to 1966; patents for mass spectrometers (1954-1965); a copy of Smith's 1950 article titled "Magnetic Electron Multipliers for Detection of Positive Ions"; and related correspondence. Accompanying the patents, reports, and correspondence are several illustrations and diagrams, photographs, and printed material.


Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and then by date.

Collection Creator Biography:

Smith, Lincoln Gilmore, 1912-

Lincoln Gilmore Smith earned a graduate degree from Princeton University in 1937 before joining the staff of the University where he served as a professor of physics until 1946. In 1946, Smith became an associate professor at the University of Michigan; and, in 1948, he joined the staff of the Brookhaven National Laboratory. While holding these various positions, Smith researched topics such as electron impact phenomena, infrared spectroscopy, and shock waves. Lincoln Smith returned to Princeton in 1957 to work on improving the mass spectrometer, and continued with this work until his death in 1972.

Collection History


Transferred from Mudd Library on March 1, 1993 (AM1993-123).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 13, 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax on August 14, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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:

Lincoln Gilmore Smith Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1