Henry A. Erikson Papers,
Henry A. Erikson
Erikson, Henry A. (Henry Anton), b.
1 box (0.33 cubic
Language: Collection materials in
Collection contains the
papers of Henry A. Erikson, professor emeritus and head of the department of
physics at the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives
Access and Use
The collection was deposited in University Archives by Dr. Erikson's
daughter, Mrs. Cushman K.D. Minar in April and July 1958.
Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house
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.
Henry A. Erikson papers, University Archives, University of Minnesota,
Biographical Note of Henry A. Erikson (1869-1955)
Henry A. Erikson, B.E.E. (1896), Ph.D. (1908) University of Minnesota.
Professor and chair of the department of physics at the University of Minnesota
(1915-1938). Known for his research on the ionization of gases.
Henry Anton Erikson was born on July 30, 1869 in Mount Morris,
Wisconsin. He attended the University of Minnesota, earning his bachelors
degree in electrical engineering in 1896 and doctorate degree in physics in
1908. From 1908-1909, Erikson continued his education at Cambridge University
with J. J. Thompson. He joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as an
instructor in 1898; he was promoted to assistant professor, associate professor
in 1914 and professor in 1915. Erikson served as chair of the department of
physics from 1915 until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1938. He was
known for his research on the ionization of gases, and in the 1930s he
discovered the initial positive air ion. Henry A. Erikson died on June 22,
Collection Scope and Content Note
The collection contains correspondence regarding the department of
physics, the construction and dedication of the physics building and
miscellaneous subject files. Other correspondence with and regarding noted
physicists, J. Frenkel, Edward U. Condon and W.F.G. Swann is also included in
There is one folder concerning Professor Erikson's tenure as chairman
of the first Distinguished Alumni Committee (1927-1928) with lists of
distinguished physics alumni. There is a small amount of material regarding
Erikson's involvement with the removal of the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks
from the University's campus in the 1920s. A 68-page handwritten history of the
physics department by Henry A. Erikson entitled, "Retrospect," is also included
in the papers.
Department of Physics records
School of Chemistry records
- 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
Edward Uhler, 1902-1974.
Henry A. (Henry Anton), b. 1869 -- Archives.
- Swann, W.
F. G. (William Francis Gray), 1884-1962.
- University of
Minnesota. Dept. of Physics.
Distinguished Alumni Committee, 1927-1928. Box 1
Physics Building, Construction of, 1916-1921. Box 1
Note Includes correspondence regarding moving of the Northern Pacific
Railroad tracks from campus.
Physics Building, Dedication of, 1928. Box 1
"Retrospect" - History of the Department of Physics,
undated. Box 1
J. Frenkel, correspondence with and regarding,
1930-1931. Box 1
Edward U. Condon, correspondence, 1928-1929. Box 1
W.F.G. Swann, correspondence, 1922, 1936, 1944, 1947, Box 1
Ph.D. Thesis, 1908. Box 1
Miscellaneous correspondence and newspaper clippings,
1896-1951. Box 1