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Carlyle Barton Laboratory technical reports

 Collection
Identifier: RG-06-140
The Carlyle Barton Laboratory was a semi-autonomous engineering laboratory (early 1950s to 1970), operating under contract for the United States Air Force, in collaboration with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. The records include technical reports with unique identifiers in the form of report numbers given by the Laboratory. The reports were produced from 1954 to 1968.

Dates

  • 1954-1968

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record center box)

Biographical / Historical

The Carlyle Barton Laboratory was a semi-autonomous engineering laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, which existed from the early 1950s to 1970. This research agency operated under contract with the United States Air Force, in collaboration with the university's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Notable Hopkins engineers who have worked in the Laboratory include Ferdinand Hamburger, Jr., Jan Michael Minkowski, and Donald D. King.

In its earliest inception, this research arm was known as the Radiation Laboratory and was located on nearby 1315 St. Paul Street until 1962, when it moved to the Homewood Campus in the newly minted building of Barton Hall. The agency was renamed the Carlyle Barton Laboratory in honor of the former chairman of the university's Board of Trustees and its new location. The early research of the unit evolved from World War II research and development, including for example, proximity fuzes for surface based anti-aircraft artillery. The Laboratory focused on four major areas of research for the Air Force: electronic countermeasures, millimeter wave techniques, signal analysis, and physical research. The agency employed 80 to 90 staff members at one time and conducted classified and unclassified research. The Laboratory closed in 1970 and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the very academic unit which provided research scientists for the agency, took over the space.

Source:

M. Cohn, abstract to "The Radiation Lab of Johns Hopkins University and Memories of Don King" (presentation presented at the International Microwave Symposium, June 7, 2011) accessed on June 29, 2017, https://www.library.caltech.edu/eds/detail?db=edseee&an=edseee.5973332&isbn=edseee.IEEEConferenc

Johns Hopkins University, Office of Public Relations, "Cornerstone To Be Laid for New Hopkins Laboratory", Press release (November 1, 1961).

Fred Radmussen, "Ferdinand Hamburger Jr., professor" The Baltimore Sun, February 10, 1994, accessed June 30, 2017, http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994-02-10/news/1994041015_1_johns-hopkins-university-engineering-at-johns-hamburger.

Phil Sneiderman, "Renovated 'Radiation Lab' Lobby Will HonorJulian Sinclair Smith", Headlines@Hopkins News Release, (May 1, 1996). Accessed June 29, 2017, http://pages.jh.edu/news_info/news/home96/may96/lobby.html.

Content Description

These records include technical reports created by staff at the Johns Hopkins University Carlyle Barton Laboratory, also known as the Radiation Laboratory, for the United States Air Force. The reports include unique identifiers in the form of report numbers given by the agency. The reports were produced from 1954 to 1968.

Arrangement

The reports are ordered by earliest to most recent date of publication, with report numbers taking precedent sequentially if multiple reports have the same date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Originally collected by John Kopper, and later donated by his daughter Lula B. Kopper in July 2013 after his death.

Related Materials

RG.06.030: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science records

MS.0319: Jan Michael Minkowski papers

MS.0738: Ferdinand Hamburger, Jr. papers

Separated Materials

These reports were separated from the papers of John M. Kopper, Accession 2013-14.MS.038.

Processing Information

Processed by Annie Tang in July 2017.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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