Correspondence, handwritten notes and sketches, memorandum reports, catalogs, printed material, patent documents, drawings, blueprints (original and diazo copies), and photographs document Hawes's work in the field of immunnassay, spectrophotometry, scientific apparatus and instruments industry, and administrative duties at Applied Physics Corporation/Cary Instruments.
The bulk of the papers consist of materials found in Series 2: Research files A-Z, 1913 (1927-1990) (4.5 cubic feet). Series 5: Cary Instruments 1937-1992 (4 cubic feet) and Series 6: Consulting, 1908-(1939-1992) (3.5 cubic feet).
Divided into 7 series: 1) Personal files, 1938-1997; 2) Research files, A-Z, 1913 (1927-1990); 3) Piness Laboratories, 1920-1979; 4) Beckman Instruments, Inc., 1939-1974; 5) Cary Instruments, 1937-1992; 6) Consulting work, 1908-(1939-1992); 7) Professional activities, 1949-1996. By series topical, chronological and alphabetical.
The career of Roland C. Hawes, born Oct. 4, 1908, Riverside, California, began in chemical analysis and led him into the scientific apparatus and instruments industry, where he worked in the field of spectrophotometry. B.S., chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 1930. He died in 1999.
Related Archival Materials:
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Beckman Arnold Orville: oral history, 1978 and papers 1954-1989, California Institute of Technology Archives.
Collection donated by Roland C. Hawes,1997, September 8.
Collection is open for research.
All rights tranferred to Museum in Deed of Gift.
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"The bulk of this collection was first sold by the United States Government in 1926 to Sir Henry Wellcome, who planned to install the 150,000 models in a patent model museum. That plan was shelved when the British pharmaceutical producer lost his wealth in the 1930's Depression. Since then the collection has changed hands several times and shrunk to one-fifth its original size, primarily through the auctions of a former owner, O. Rundle Gilbert. In 1979 Mr. Petersen, who had been collecting patent models since 1973, and owned by then about 1,800, purchased for $500,000 the remaining 800 crates containing an estimated 30,000 models." (from Rita Reif, "Antiques; Some Patently Ingenious Devices", New York Times, July 26, 1981 - http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C00EFD9163BF935A15754C0A967948260) Search this
Instrument Div. ; Analytical Instrument Div. ; Analytichem International (Harbor City, CA) ; Eimac (San Carlos, CA) ; Eitel-McCullough, Inc. (San Bruno, CA) ; Varian Aerograph (Walnut Creek, CA) ; United States Analytical Instruments (San Carlos, CA) Search this
Radiation equipment for cancer therapy ; analytical instruments for science and industry ; water fabrication equipment for semiconductor industry ; electron tubes for communications, radar, electronic countermeasures, science, medicine, and industrial uses ; vacuum equipment and leak detectors for industrial and scientific processes ; liquid chromatography equipment. Annual Reports (1990-92). ; Polychron ; spectrometry ; phosphorus detector ; potentiometer recorders ; electromagnets ; power supplies for electromagnets ; magnetic field regulators; magnet systems ; wiring diagrams ; traveling wave tubes ; diodes ; rectifiers ; pulse modulators ; triodes ; tetrodes ; pentodes ; tubes ; power grid tubes ; Annual Report 1978)
Trade catalog, price lists, manual and photographs