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Wallis S. Hamilton (1911-2001) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 22/4/9
The Wallis S. Hamilton papers fill eleven boxes and span the period 1935-1984. They are into five principal categories: education files, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files and publications. Also included are five folders of biographical materials.

The education files include lecture and reading notes and some sutdent papers from Hamilton's undergraduate and graduate courses. A copy of his doctoral dissertation is filed in Folder 8, Box 11.

The correspondence files contain material related to Hamilton's teaching, research, and writing. There are few personal letters.

The teaching files, occupying almost seven boxes, consist of lecture notes, problems and exams, grade books, and syllabi.

The research and consulting files include correspondence, notes, and reports. Hamilton frequently served as a consultant for a variety of firms on a broad range of subjects.

The publications files also contain correspondence, notes, and reports.

Dates

  • 1935-1984

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

11.00 Boxes

Abstract

Wallis S. Hamilton Hamilton came to Northwestern University in 1943 as a lecturer in civil engineering, eventually becoming a full professor in 1953. Hamilton's research interests included velocity patterns around ship models, resistance of barges and spray characteristics and directional stability of taxiing flying boats. He also studied the effects of waves, damage from cavitation and the body forces and properties of the crust and mantle of the earth. His papers fill eleven boxes and span the period 1935-1984. They are organized into five principal categories: education files, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files and publications. Also included are five folders of biographical materials.

Arrangement

The Wallis S. Hamilton papers are organized into: biographical materials (arranged alphabetically by folder caption); education files (in chronological order); correspondence (general correspondence, arranged by date; subject correspondence, alphabetically by topic); teaching files (arranged by course number and date); graduate students (in alphabetical order); research and consulting files (in alphabetical order); publications (in alphabetical order).

Method of Acquisition

The Wallis S. Hamilton Papers were donated to the University Archives by Professor Hamilton on January 13, 1986 (Accession #89-7).

Separated Materials

Sixteen black and white photographs were transferred to the Archivesphotograph collection. A small amount of material was transferred to the Archives general reference files. Approximately twenty-nine linear inches of duplicate and nine inches of extraneous materials were discarded.

Processing Information

William K. Beatty; August, 1990.
Title
Guide to the Wallis S. Hamilton (1911-2001) Papers
Author
William K. Beatty
Date
01/08/1990
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635