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William A. Wallenmeyer papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20170202

Content Description

Collection contains the professional papers of Purdue graduate and later director for High-Energy Physics of the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. William A. Wallenmeyer. Dr. Wallenmeyer worked as a student in the Cosmic-ray physics department at Purdue.  This department was established in the early 1950's (1949-55), by (Visiting) Professor Wen Yu Chang who oversaw the construction of a triggered cloud chamber designed for the study of the then newly discovered "V" particles, known now as the λ-hyperon and K-meson. Wallenmeyer, who carried out his thesis research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, was the first Purdue person to carry out high-energy physics research at a national laboratory. Wallenmeyer eventually became director for High-Energy Physics of the U.S. Department of Energy and in 1989, after retirement from this position, received an honorary doctor's degree from Purdue. Source:  A History of Physics at Purdue: The Post-War Years (1945-1958) by Ralph Bray, Solomon Gartenhaus, Arnold Tubis, and David Cassidy. (

Acquisition Type



Donated Diane Wallenmeyer, spouse.

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

Collection is unprocessed and some items have been restricted. Unprocessed collections may not be available for immediate use and require advance notification prior to viewing.


  • circa 1950 - 1993
  • Majority of material found in 1989 - 1989


69.364 Cubic Feet (66 cubic foot boxes, one letter-size full-width manuscript box, one half-width legal-size manuscript box, and one flat folder)


Box 1: reports (1961-1984); Box 2: chronological files (circa 1962-1969); Box 3: memorandums, budgets, reports (circa 1990-1993); Box 4: SURA related records (circa 1990-1992); Box 5: meeting notes (circa 1989-1994), proposals (circa 1993), vitas and committee materials (circa 1988-1989); Box 6: SURA related records (circa 1990), budgets (circa 1984-1987), and reports (circa 19986-1990); Box 7: budgets (circa 1979-1986); Box 8: publications (circa 1964-1992); Box 9: reports, correspondence, memorandums, meeting notes, and agreements (circa 1961-1994); Box 10: correspondence, reports, pamphlet, conference notes, and papers (circa 1972-1987); Box 11: reports (circa 1980s); Box 12: news documents (circa 1987-1992); Box 13: reports, meeting minutes, budgets, and papers (circa 1964-1987); Box 14: conference notes and papers (circa 1964-1986); Box 15: SURA meeting notes, reports, computer networking files, and papers (circa 1979-1992); Box 16: reviews, proposals, conference notes, and papers (circa 1988-1991); Box 17: budgets, congressional hearings, Board of Trustees papers, meeting notes, physics articles, and papers (circa 1987-1988); Box 18: notes on steno pads (circa 1980-1981); Box 19: notes on steno pads (circa 1981-1993); Box 20: SURA records (circa 1991); Box 21: reviews, budgets, and papers (circa 1986-1987); Boxes 22-25: notes on steno pads (circa 1978-1991); Box 26: DOE miscellaneous files (circa 1980s); Box 27: reports, correspondence, financial documents, notes, newsclippings (mostly copies) and papers (circa 1966-1987); Box 28: correspondence, newsletter, reports, and papers (circa 1975-1987); Box 29: proposal, budgets, newspaper clippings, and other papers (circa 1965-1992); Box 30: budgets, memorandums, newspaper clippings, papers, and DOE notices (circa 1985-1991); Box 31: meeting notes and papers (circa 1987-1991); Box 32: DOE miscellaneous files, reports, and booklets (circa 1961-1995); Box 33: proceedings, hearings, and papers (circa 1959-1987); Box 34: proceedings, reports, presentation, DOE miscellaneous files, and books (circa 1979-1993); Box 35: DOE miscellaneous files, newsclippings (copies?), and papers (circa 1983-1995); Box 36: DOE miscellaneous files and chronological files (circa 1980-1987); Box 37: chronological files (circa 1965-1987); Box 38: SSC files (circa 1950-1993); Boxes 39-40: DOE miscellaneous files (circa 1950-1993); Box 41: SSC files and DOE miscellaneous files (circa 1978-1988); Box 42: DOE miscellaneous files (circa 1967-1992); Box 43: SURA records (circa 1989-1991); Box 44: SURA records, reports, and conferences (circa 1963-1989); Box 45: DOE miscellaneous files (circa 1980-1993); Box 46: SURA records (circa 1980-1990); Box 47: SURA records, files, and papers (circa 1982-1987); Box 48: SURA records, files, and papers (circa 1984-1989); Box 49: SURA records, reports, conferences, and notes on steno pads (circa 1974-1987); Box 50: notes on steno pads (circa 1973-1976); Box 51: reports and conferences (circa 1964-1978); Box 52: DOE budget files (circa 1976-1988); Boxes 53-54: reports and conferences (circa 1966-1990); Box 55: DOE miscellaneous files (circa 1960s); Box 56: papers (circa 1990-1994); Box 57: plans, memorandums, financial documents, and papers (circa 1993-1994); Boxes 58-64: books; Box 65-68: restricted materials