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Michelson Hall Dedication Collection, 1948-1972 (bulk 1967-1969): Finding Aid

Published in 1989

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
  • Call number: MS 242
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Michelson Hall Dedication Collection
  • Dates: 1948-1972
  • Bulk Dates: 1967-1969
  • Size: 0.42 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 1 manuscript box
  • Creator: Michelson Hall Dedication Committee
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Michelson Hall, named in honor of physicist and Naval Academy graduate Albert Abraham Michelson, was dedicated on May 10, 1969. The Michelson Hall Dedication Collection consists of official memoranda, notices, orders, correspondence, publications, and guest lists relating to the preparation and execution of the dedication of Michelson Hall.

History of Michelson Hall

Michelson Hall, home to the United States Naval Academy's Mathematics and Science Division, was dedicated on May 10, 1969. The building is named in honor of Albert Abraham Michelson (1852-1931), member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1873, and the first American to win a Nobel Prize in the physical sciences in 1907. Designed by the firm of John Carl Warnecke & Associates, Michelson Hall is located on the site where Michelson, then an officer-instructor at the Academy, conducted some of his earliest experiments to measure the velocity of light.

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Description of Contents

The Michelson Hall Dedication Collection, comprising 3.25 linear inches of documentation, spans from 1948 to 1972 (bulk 1967-1969). Largely the product of the Michelson Hall Dedication Committee and the Michelson Hall Dedication Planning Committee, the collection consists of official memoranda, notices, orders, correspondence, publications, and guest lists relating to the preparation and execution of the dedication of Michelson Hall.

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The Michelson Hall Dedication Collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Access and Use


Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Michelson Hall Dedication Collection is the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition


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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional material pertaining to the construction and operation of Michelson Hall can be found in RG-405 Records of the United States Naval Academy, the Naval Academy Archives Reference Files, and the U.S. Naval Academy Archives Picture Collection in Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Michelson Hall Dedication Collection, MS 242

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1989. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1989 and revised by David D'Onofrio in February 2014.

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Subject Headings

These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Name and Subject Terms

  • Michelson Hall Dedication Committee
  • Michelson Hall Dedication Planning Committee
  • Michelson, Albert A. (Albert Abraham), 1852-1931
  • United States Naval Academy -- Buildings and Grounds

Genre Terms

  • Attendance lists
  • Brochures
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts
  • Programs (documents)
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Coins and Medallions, 1968-1969

Box 1 Folder 2

Committee - Establishment and Composition, 1967-1968

Box 1 Folder 3

Entertainment - Music, 1969

Box 1 Folder 4

Faculty and Midshipmen Participation, 1969

Box 1 Folder 5

Funding and Costs, 1969, undated

Box 1 Folder 6

Guest Lists and Correspondence, 1948, 1969, undated

Includes a copy of an invitation to the dedication of the Michelson Laboratory at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station.

Box 1 Folder 7

Medical Services, 1969

Box 1 Folder 8

Operation Order, 1969

Box 1 Folder 9

Preliminary Considerations, 1967-1969

Box 1 Folder 10

Progress Reports, 1969

Box 1 Folder 11

Publications, 1969, undated

Dedication brochures, dedication program, and invitations. Includes program and invitation for "A Tribute to Albert A. Michelson."

Box 1 Folder 12

Publications - Planning, 1969, 1972

Includes a dedication program for Dudley Knox Library at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Box 1 Folder 13

Refreshments, 1969

Box 1 Folder 14

Schedule of Events (Proposed), 1968-1969

Box 1 Folder 15

Seating Charts, undated

Box 1 Folder 16

Speakers, 1969

Box 1 Folder 17

Tours, 1969

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