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Michael Idvorsky Pupin papers, 1800-1995 

Pupin, Michael, 1858-1935
Phys. Desc: 
5 linear feet (5 linear feet 10 boxes; 2 oversize boxes; l oversize roll)
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Biographical Note

Columbia College, A.B., 1883; Columbia University, Doctor of Science, 1904; Professor of Electro-mechanics, 1901-1927.

Scope and Contents

Personal and professional correspondence, including 25 long letters from Professor Henry F. Herbig; manuscripts (mainly speeches); specifications for patents in electrical fields; technical and personal photographs; and memorabilia. Included is a copy of the famous "shot in hand" x-ray photograph, ca. 1896, one of the first ever to be taken. This collection also contains the correspondence, manuscripts, documents, and memorabilia of Professor Pupin's daughter, Varvara Smith, and his son-in-law, Louis Graham Smith. His daughter's letters and documents deal with her financial difficulties, her administration of Pupin's estate and her claims against Columbia University. Louis G. Smith's letters deal with his anti-Communist sentiments and his manuscripts are mainly ideas for popular songs and plays. There are three letters (photostatic copies) to Smith from Dwight D. Eisenhower. 1986 Addition: Awards and diplomas presented to Pupin by American and European universities and charitable organizations; drawings and prints by Yugoslav artists; and miscellaneous correspondence, manuscripts, blue prints, architectural drawings and maps.