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William Fuller Brown Papers, 1955-1973

Summary Information
Title: William Fuller Brown papers
Dates: 1955-1973
Creator: Brown, William Fuller, 1904-
Extent: 4 boxes (5.2 linear feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: uarc 366
This collection contains the papers of William Fuller Brown, physicist and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota from 1957-1973.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was deposited by William Brown in 1973.

Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Preferred Citation:

William Fuller Brown papers, University Archives, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Biographical Sketch of William Fuller Brown (1904-1983)

William Fuller Brown (1904-1983) received his BA in English from Cornell University in 1925, after which he continued to teach at that school and also Princeton. He went on to get a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia in 1937. After completing his Ph.D., Brown worked on degausing at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory, then on geophysical and production problems for Sun Oil, and on magnetic problems for 3M, which lead him to Minnesota. Brown was concerned with the teaching of electromagnetic theory, and in addition to his laboratory research, he authored several books and articles such as Magnetoelastic Interactions , 1966. In 1967, he receive the A. Cressy Morrison Award in Natural Sciences for a paper titled "The Fundamental Theorem of the Theory of Fine Ferromagnetic Particles." His most notable achievement was his help in developing the magnetic recording tape for 3M. Brown taught electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota until his retirement in 1973.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes William Fuller Brown's University of Minnesota administrative records and records from committee meetings, his electrical engineering teaching and advising records (including records of M.S. and Ph. D. exams), research plans and proposals, course notes for development, and records of external committee activities.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Brown, William Fuller, 1904- -- Archives.
  • University of Minnesota -- Administration.
  • Electric engineering -- Study and teaching, higher -- Minnesota.
Detailed Contents of Collection
 Location  Title
Box 1
Administrative, 1970-1971. Box 1
Advising and Teaching, 1960-1963, 1970. Box 1
Curriculum, 1971-1972. Box 1
A.A.P.T. (American Association for Physics Teachers), 1959-1961. Box 1
A.S.I.S. (American Society for Information Science), 1970-1973. Box 1
A.U.J.C.-C.J.C. (All University Judiciary Council - Campus Judiciary Council), 1968-1970. Box 1
. (Scholastic Standards Committee) [Electrical Engineering], 1960-1971. Box 1
Box 2
Grading Practices, 1960-1963, 1971. Box 2
Institute of Technology Faculty, 1967-1973. Box 2
I.T.S.S. (Scholastic Standards) Committee, 1969-1971. Box 2
Miscellaneous  Box 2
Carleton Conference, 1956. 
Fulbright, Application for, 1962. 
Graduate School Grants, 1958-1964. 
Grants, etc., misc., information, 1955, 1957. 
I.E.E.E. (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), Inc.,  
Education Committee. Magnetism at University of Minnesota, 1970-1971. 
Miscellaneous, 1958-1963, 1968-1969. 
N.A.S. (National Academy of Science) Panel on Magnetism, 1959. 
National Science Foundation (N.S.F) miscellaneous, grants, 1955, 1957-1963. 
Research Open Houses, 1965-1970. 
[Sabbatical] Plans and Reports for, 1963-1964. 
Sabbatical Year, miscellaneous records, 1963-1964. 
Search for Department Head, 1969-1970 
Shtrikman proposed visit, 1959-1960. 
Single quarter leave, 1962. 
Teaching scheduled, 1970. 
University Computer Center, 1965-1968. 
UNITE (University-Industry Televison for Education), 1972. 
Foreign Visitors, 1967. 
Box 3
Electrical Engineering Course notes, 1958-1970 Box 3
Box 4
Electrical Engineering Course notes, 1971-1973. Box 4
M.S. and Ph.D. exams, 1957-1972. Box 4