Varian, Russell Harrison and Varian, Sigurd Fergus
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
24.5 linear feet
The Varian papers span almost a hundred years of creative and independent thinking, from early manuscripts of poetry by John O. Varian, to the creation and growth of Varian Associates. In addition to original research notebooks and correspondence regarding the klystron, the papers of Russell and Sigurd Varian include materials on numerous other inventions and ideas from Russell's work for Philo Farnsworth and Humble Oil as well as the brothers' years at Stanford and at Varian Associates. Unpublished short stories by Sigurd reveal his sense of humor as well as the adventure and danger of his career as a pilot in Mexico and Central America. The Varian Papers also contain correspondence, diaries, and writings of other family members including Dorothy Varian, Agnes Dickson Varian, Aileen Dickson Harrison, and Eric Varian. The letters and diaries of Agnes Dickson Varian pertain to family and community life in Palo Alto and Halcyon, California; Dorothy Varian's papers include her research files used to prepare her biography of Russell and Sigurd Varian as well as correspondence, talks, and other papers pertaining to environmental issues. Russell H. Varian Papers, 1915-1966 Professional and personal correspondence, research notebooks, scientific writings and publications, speeches, patent records, personal writings, and biographical materials. Sigurd F. Varian Papers, 1904-1972 Professional and personal correspondence, research notes and subject files, scientific writings, patent records, autobiographical writings and short stories, and biographical materials.