Sous-fonds UA 53 (A2012-71) - University of Manitoba Cyclotron Laboratory

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University of Manitoba Cyclotron Laboratory

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CA UMASC UA 53 (A2012-71)

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0.03 m of textual records.-- 1,261 technical drawings.-- 5 artifacts. -- 5 photographs.

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One of the original departments created along with the Faculty of Science when it was established in 1904 was the Department of Physics and Mineralogy. However, it was only in 1911, that the Department of Physics was officially established. The department's faculty was composed of Prof. Frank Allen, Asst. Professor McClung, and a demonstrator named Mr. T.A. Neelin. The first graduate degree was awarded by the department in 1922 and the first doctorate in 1930. In 1950, the Department of Mathematical Physics was established and by 1956, the Physics department became the leading centre for nuclear spectroscopy and its application in the whole of Canada. The department acquired its own building, the Allen Physics Building, when it was completed in 1960. In 1965, the Departments of Physics and Mathematical Physics were amalgamated due to their overlapping mandates.

Concurrently, by 1910, the first two courses in astronomy were offered. The expansion gained by the astronomers led to an amalgamation with the Mathematics department due to its close research relations, and the two departments formed the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy in 1911. From 1920 until the mid-1940s, four undergraduate courses, along with one graduate course, were being taught by astronomy. In 1964, the astronomers moved into the newly constructed University College, complete with a small observation deck. With the finanical assistance of the Charles E. Merrill Trust of New York in April 1965, the University built a planetarium that became the first modern planetarium in Winnipeg and was opened in November of 1965. By the 1990s, the ties of cosmology to nuclear and particle physics played a part in the astronomers leaving the Mathematics department. The astronomers joined the Physics department in 1997, amalgamating into the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Custodial history

After the project came to an end in 1989, the records of the Cyclotron Laboratory remained abandoned in storage within the Physics Department at the University of Manitoba. In 2012, the records were rediscovered and placed in the custody of Jasper McKee who donated them to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections to avoid destruction.

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The Cyclotron Laboratory sous-fonds documents the research and construction of the cyclotron as well as additional changes over the project’s lifetime. The sous-fonds contains four series: Cyclotron Technical Drawings, Research Materials, a cyclotron drawing index and Photographs.

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Some of the technical drawings are faded and are in brittle condition, thus, these would require careful handling.

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Donated by Dr. Jasper McKee in 2012.


This collection is arranged into 4 series: Photograph Collection, Textual Records, Technical Drawings and Objects.

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Due to the physical condition of some of the items, special care is required in their handling.

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An index to the technical drawings accompanied the collection.

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Other records relating to the cyclotron project can be found in the Jovan Jovanovich fonds, Jasper McKee fonds and Kenneth Standing fonds.

82 sheets of technical drawings were separated on February 3rd 2014, along with 3 steel and one plastic template on February 19th, 2014, per the advice of Dr. Jim Birchall, a retired physics professor at the University of Manitoba, who has previously worked on the cyclotron.

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Preferred citation: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections - Department of Physics and Astronomy fonds - The University of Manitoba Cyclotron Laboratory sous-fonds (UA 53 A.12-71)

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Created February 18, 2014 by Mary Grace Golfo and Nicole Courrier; Edited by Dr. Jim Birchall on August 26,2014.

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