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Robert B. Pond, Sr. papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0640
Robert B. Pond, Sr. (1917-2007) helped found Johns Hopkins University's Department of Material Science, where he served as chair for eight years. The collection includes papers relating to Professor Pond's involvement with companies such as Marvalaud Inc. and Inland Steel Company, and materials from his various roles at Johns Hopkins University, including advising, administrative, and teaching materials. His papers span from 1946 to approximately 1987.

Dates

  • 1946-approximately 1987

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

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

7.9 Cubic Feet (6 record center boxes and 1 letter size document box)

Biographical / Historical

Robert B. Pond was born in Virginia in 1917. While serving in the Navy and stationed in San Francisco he was able to witness the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. He also worked for Bethlehem Steel Company before coming to Johns Hopkins University in 1947 for his graduate studies. In the post-GI Bill era after World War II, there were not enough teachers for the newly increased number of students, so Pond postponed his graduate studies in order to become a lecturer. While at Hopkins, Pond developed or taught nearly every material science course on offer, which were initially taught in the Mechanics Department. Pond helped found the Department of Material Science, where he served as chair for eight years.

By the end of his career, Pond had accumulated more than thirty patents. On the strength of his experience with patent law, he became a patent consultant after retiring from Hopkins.

Scope and Contents

The Robert B. Pond, Sr. papers include papers relating to Professor Pond's involvement with companies such as Marvalaud Inc. and Inland Steel Company, as well as materials from his various roles at Johns Hopkins University, including advising, administrative, and teaching materials. The collection specifically includes papers from his work in private industry and academic life: grant applications and reports, professional and personal correspondence, annotated research papers and proposals, copies of speeches, personal papers, consultation records, and general office files. His papers span from 1946 to approximately 1987.

Arrangement

The physical arrangement of this collection reflects the way in which the papers were donated, likely organized this way by the creator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were donated by their creator, Professor Robert Pond, in October 1998.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in September 2017 by Kelsey Diemand.

This collection is kept in the original order of the creator, Robert B. Pond Sr. Most of the folder names are exact copies or derived from Pond's original file labels. The rest of the folder labels were left at the discretion of the archivist.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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