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Joseph Sweetman Ames became Director of the Physical Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in 1901. He taught until becoming provost of the University in 1926 and president from 1929 to 1935. This collection largely consists of speeches and lectures given at Johns Hopkins, but also includes correspondence, photographs, reprints, and biographical information.
William Julian Albert Bliss was born in Washington, DC in 1867 and was both a student and a professor at Johns Hopkins University. The collection consists of notebooks lecture notes, writings, and correspondence. The material spans 1892-1927, with the bulk spanning 1892-1894 and 1925-1927, and cover two periods of Bliss's career at Hopkins.