Department of Special Collections
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
32 linear ft.
The Bloch papers document Felix Bloch's role in twentieth century physics as a scientist, teacher and administrator. The collection includes correspondence, grant proposals, lecture notes, minutes and accompanying documentation regarding departmental, university and national committees, research notebooks, grants, patents, and designs; files regarding organizations in which Bloch played an active role; publications (predominantly reprints) by Bloch; and photographs. While the collection includes some correspondence from the 1930's, the bulk of the collection dates from the period of his research in nuclear induction (1946-52) to 1983. Of special note is extensive correspondence with Stanford colleagues during his tenure as Director of CERN regarding the growth of Big Science and his reservations about the influence of large federally funded projects at the University, particularly the creation of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Also well documented is the growth of the physics Department during the 1950s through 1980s and Bloch's presidency of the American Physical Society. Series III contains research notes and notebooks, grant proposals and reports, contracts, patents, and apparatus designs. All the material contained in these boxes relates to Bloch's role as a research scientist. The patents on Bloch's inventions included here come from the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, and Great Britain. Primarily for gyromagnetic devices, these patents contain some detailed design specifications.