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Creator:
Mahaffey, James A.  Search this
Collector:
Medicine and Science, Division of, (NMAH, SI)  Search this
Donor:
Georgia Tech Research Institute  Search this
Names:
Georgia Institute of Technology  Search this
Fleischmann, Martin  Search this
Pons, Stanley  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Patents
Reports
Audio cassettes
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Letters (correspondence)
Laboratory notes
Abstracts
Videocassettes
Articles
Date:
1989 - 1992
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains archival materials relating to the subject of cold fusion, and experiments conducted to corroborate the supposed discovery of the phenomenon. The collection includes Mahaffey's heavily illustrated laboratory notebook, dating from the beginning of the experiment on April 8, 1989 through April 20, 1989, documenting the experiment's research plan, budget, ingredients and instruments used, the time line and Mahaffey's and his fellow scientists' observations; and a report, April 30, 1989, on the results of Georgia Tech Research Institute's experiments. These two items were donated by GTRI. Additional items, donated by Mahaffey include: letters and emails to Mahaffey, photographs and slides used in a lecture, copies of papers given and bibliographies on the subject, abstracts of accounts of cold fusion research presented at a Santa Fe workshop, audio recordings of the same conference, a patent, articles, and video recordings of press coverage.
Arrangement:
Collection is unarranged.
Biographical / Historical:
Physicist at Georgia Tech Research Institute. He, and others at GTRI made efforts to replicate results reported by two scientists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann, in which they asserted they'd discovered a way to achieve nuclear fusion at room temperature (so-called "cold fusion.") Despite their high hopes at the beginning of the project, Mahaffey and his team soon concluded that they were unable to achieve cold fusion.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by the Georgia Institute of Technology and James A. Mahaffey, 2016.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Science -- History  Search this
Nuclear reactions  Search this
Research  Search this
Chemistry  Search this
Low-energy nuclear reactions  Search this
Electrochemistry  Search this
Cold fusion  Search this
Genre/Form:
Patents -- 20th century
Reports -- 20th century
Audio cassettes -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Slides (photographs) -- 20th century
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
Laboratory notes -- 20th century
Abstracts -- 20th century
Videocassettes -- 20th century
Articles -- 20th century
Citation:
James Mahaffey Cold Fusion Collection, 1989-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1393
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1393