Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Henry G. Houghton
MC.0242

Summary Information

Repository
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
Creator
Houghton, Henry G.
Title
Henry G. Houghton papers
ID
MC.0242
Date [inclusive]
1929-1984
Extent
4.3 cubic feet (4 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 2 blueprints )
Location
Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Language
English

Citation

Henry G. Houghton Papers, MC 242, box X. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Biography

Henry Garrett Houghton, 1905-1987, BS 1926, Drexel Institute of Technology; SM in electrical engineering, 1927, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was a member of the research staff at MIT's Round Hill Research Station from 1928 to 1938, where his work on the physical properties of fog led to the development of one of the first practical methods of dissipating fog. He became a faculty member at MIT in 1939, associate professor and executive officer of the Department of Meteorology in 1942, and professor and head of the department in 1945, serving until his retirement in 1970. The Henry G. Houghton Lecture program of the MIT Department of Earth, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences is named in his honor.

During World War II Houghton trained weather personnel for the Army and Navy and was a member of several committees working on infrared and heat radiation and meteorological and de-icing problems. He also was active in the American Meteorology Society and served as the first chairman of the University Committee on Atmospheric Research, UCAR (now University Corporation on Atmospheric Research).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections

MIT Libraries
Building 14N-118
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-4307
617.253.5690
mithistory@mit.edu

Access note

The collection is open for research; however, access to MIT records is governed by Institute record policy.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Meteorology records, AC 177. Institute Archives and Special Collections.

Henry G. Houghton papers, NCAR/UCAR Archives, Boulder, CO.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Meteorological Society
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Committee on the Appointment Structure of the Non-teaching Staff
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Meteorology -- General subdivision--Study and teaching; Chronological subdivision--1945-1973.;
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Personal Name(s)

  • Houghton, Henry G.

Subject(s)

  • Fog--Research.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology--Faculty.
  • Meteorology--Research.

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Bibliography

Houghton, Henry G. Physical Meteorology. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1985.

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Collection Inventory

Box

Biographical materials 

1

Acid Rain 

1

American Meteorological Society (AMS) 1965 

1

AMS Ad Hoc Broadening Committee 1957-1958 

1

AMS Ad Hoc Long Range Development Committee 1958-1959 

1

AMS Admissions Committee 1946-1951 

1

AMS Committee on Meteorological Education 1947-1952 

1

AMS Bulletin and Journal 1955-1960 

1

AMS Cloud Seeding Committee 1951 

1

AMS Cloud Seeding Committee 1951-1953 

1

AMS Commission on Scientific and Technological Activities 1962-1965 

1

AMS Committee on the Compendium of Meteorology 1949-1952 

1

AMS Contract Committee 1949-1954 

1

AMS correspondence 1946 

1

AMS correspondence 1947-1948 

1

AMS correspondence 1954-1955 

1

AMS correspondence 1962-1968 

1

AMS correspondence 1966-1968 

1

AMS Council 1949-1952 

1

AMS Council correspondence 1958-1960 

1

AMS Executive Secretary 1953 

1

AMS Planning Commission 1963-1964 

1

AMS Toronto Symposium on Cloud Physics 1953 

1

AMS Visiting Lecturer Program in Meteorology 1958-1961 

1

AMS Weather Modification Committee 1954-1957 

1

American Optical Corporation 1973 

1

CO 2 1980 

1

Committee on the Appointment Structure of the Non-Teaching Staff 1971 

Conditions Governing Access note

Restricted for 75 years.

5

Correspondence [2 folders] 1941-1977 

1

Course Notes, Atmospheric Electricity, 14.72 

1

Course Notes, Atmospheric Electricity, 16.93 1945-1946 

1

Course Notes, Oceanography Quizzes 1942-1962 

1

Course Notes, Ozone, 16.932 

1

Course Notes, Physical Meteorology, 19.72 1951 

1

Course Notes, Physical Meteorology, 19.72, Quizzes and Exams [2 folders] 1953-1973 

2

Course Notes, Physical Meteorology, 19.72, Supplementary Materials 1959-1969 

2

Course Notes, Physical Oceanography, 19.83 1960 

2

Course Notes, Physical Oceanography, 19.83 [2 folders] 1969 

2
Map-case Drawer

Earth Sciences Building, Radar Towers, Blueprint 1965 

3 5
Box

Findeisen, W., 1938 

2

General Public Utilities [2 folders] 1971-1973 

2

General Public Utilities 1973 

2

General Public Utilities, Breakdown of Precipitation by Rain Rate 1972 

2

General Public Utilities, Calculation Procedures 1972 

2

General Public Utilities, Drift Drop Size Spectrum 1972 

2

General Public Utilities, Evaporation of Saline Drops 

2

General Public Utilities, Report, "The Growth and Evaporation of Salt Water Drift Drops from a Salt Water Cooling Tower" 1971 

2

General Public Utilities, Rework of Drop Size Distribution 

2

General Public Utilities, Salt Deposition from 450mm Drop Group 

2

General Public Utilities, Salt Ratios 

2

General Public Utilities, Washout Report 1972 

2

Graphs, unidentified 

2

Journal of Meteorology 1944-1949 

2

Journal of Meteorology 1950-1954 

2

Laboratory Space Requirements 1944 

2

Likens, Gene E. 1974 

2

MIT Press 1984 

2

Northwestern University 1958-1961 

2

Notes on Patents Relating to Separators and Eliminators with Respect to the New Houghton-Radford Streamlined Eliminator 

2

Precipitation Processes 

2

Radiation Research Curves 

2

Reading Notes 1937-1938 

2

Research Notes - Aerosols: Complex Indices and Absorption 

2

Research Notes - Aerosols: Composition 

2

Research Notes - Aerosols: Concentration 

2

Research Notes - Aerosols: Size of Particles 

2

Research Notes - Aerosols: Stratospheric Properties 

2

Research Notes - Aerosols: Transmissivity and Scattering 

2

Research Notes - Blower Sprays: Aircraft Engine Blower 1936 

2

Research Notes - Blower Sprays: C aCl  2 Powder 

2

Research Notes - Blower Sprays: Collecting Screens 

2

Research Notes - Blower Sprays: Dry Salt Data 

2

Research Notes - Blower Sprays: Eliminators 1937 

2

Research Notes - Blower Sprays: Separators for Blower Collector Log Dissipator 1937 

2

Research Notes - Blower Sprays: Test of Blower Spray Unit 

2

Research Notes - Cloud Physics: Accretion vs. Disposition 

2

Research Notes - Cloud Physics: Condensation Rate in Saturated Air 

2

Research Notes - Cloud Physics: Fall Speeds of Snow Crystals 

2

Research Notes - Cloud Physics: Growth of Hygroscopic Particles 

2

Research Notes - Cloud Physics: Growth of Stellar Crystals 1971 

2

Research Notes - Cloud Physics: Hail 

2

Research Notes - Cloud Physics: Mass Transport 

2

Research Notes - Cloud Physics: Raindrop Size Data for Convective Storms 1967 

3

Research Notes - Drop Growth: C aCl  2 Substitute 

3

Research Notes - Drop Growth: Data for Various Solutions 

3

Research Notes - Drop Growth: Hygroscopic Substances 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Computations of Size of Cleared Space 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Data on Calcium Chloride 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Drop Size Measurements on Mt. Washington [2 folders] 1939 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Drop Size Scales 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Notebook on Corona Measurements 1930 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Notebook on Design of a Fog Calorimeter 1934-1936 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Notebook on Fog Separator Tests 1936 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Notebook on Fog Water Conductivity 1931-1937 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Notebook on Fog Water Tests 1932-1933 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Notebook on Tests 1929-1930 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Notebook on Tests 1933-1934 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Notebook on Tests 1935-1937 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Observations on Mt. Washington 1937-1940 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Test Data 1936 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Ultrasonic Corporation 1946 

3

Research Notes - Fog Dissipation: Vertical Wave Method of Fog Dissipation 1934 

3

Research Notes - Ice Crystal Growth: Computations of Precipitation Mechanisms 

3

Research Notes - Ice Crystal Growth: Density of Ice Spheres 1972 

3

Research Notes - Ice Crystal Growth: Diffusion Coefficients 

3

Research Notes - Ice Crystal Growth: Growth Rate of Dendrites 1971 

3

Research Notes - Ice Crystal Growth: Growth Rate of Ice Needles 1971 

3

Research Notes - Ice Crystal Growth: Hexagonal Columns 1971 

3

Research Notes - Ice Crystal Growth: Hexagonal Plates 1970 

3

Research Notes - Ice Crystal Growth: Size, Distribution, Crystal Form, and Falling Velocity of Snow Flakes 

3

Research Notes - Ice Crystal Growth: Water Subsaturation 

3

Research Notes - Physical Meteorology 

3

Research Notes - Physical Meteorology: Atmospheric Electricity 

3

Research Notes - Physical Meteorology: Atmospheric Optics 1971 

3

Research Notes - Physical Meteorology: Cloud Physics 

3

Research Notes - Radiation 

3

Research Notes - Radiation 1958 

3

Research Notes - Radiation, Solar Effects 

3

Research Notes - Radiation, Summary of Results of Northern Hemisphere Annual Mean Radiation Balance 

3

Research Notes - Radiative Transfer: Asymmetry of Mie Scattering 1967 

4

Research Notes - Radiative Transfer: Longwave Radiation 

4

Research Notes - Radiative Transfer: Surface Cover of the Northern Hemisphere 

4

Research Notes - Spray Nozzles: Abstracts of Papers 

4

Research Notes - Spray Nozzles: Drop Size 

4

Research Notes - Spray Nozzles: Proposed Jet Nozzles 

4

Research Notes - Spray Nozzles: Slide Sampling Data 1939 

4

Research Notes - Spray Nozzles: Trajectories of Sprayed Drops 

4
Map-case Drawer

Round Hill Farm, Blueprint 

3 3
Box

Round Hill Fog Research Laboratory Reports to the American Philosophical Society [2 folders] 

4

US Court of Appeals, Houghton vs. Ooms 1944-1946 

4

US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1971 

4

US Department of the Army 1962 

4

US Department of the Navy, Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics 1936 

4

US Scientific Advisory Board, Panel for Weather and Upper Air Research 1947-1960 

4

US Weather Bureau 1960-1963 

4

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research 1973-1974 

4

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Balloon Committee 1971 

4

Writings: General 

4

Writings: Transmission of Visible Light Through Fog, and Theoretical Investigation of the Transmission of Visible Light Through Fog 1931 

4

Writings: Research on Fog at the Round Hill Research Station of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

4

Writings: A Study of the Evaporation of Small Water Drops 1934 

4

Writings: A Method for the Local Dissipation of Natural Fog 1935 

4

Writings: Problems Connected with the Condensation and Precipitation Processes in the Atmosphere 1938, 1972 

4

Writings: Cloud Particle Studies on Mt. Washington 1938 

4

Writings: On the Local Dissipation of Natural Fog 1938 

4

Writings: Measurements on Eliminators and the Development of a New Type for Use at High Gas Velocities 1939 

4

Writings: Microscopic Measurement of the Size of Natural Fog Particles 1939 

4

Writings: On the Possibilities of Fog Dissipation; A Method for the Local Dissipation of Fog by Means of a Sprayed Calcium Chloride Solution; The Design and Operations of a Fog Dissipator Utilizing Sprayed Calcium Chloride Solution; A New Type of Apparatus for the Dissipation of Fog by Means of Fine Hygroscopic Particles 1939 

4

Writings: On the Relation Between Visibility and the Constitution of Clouds and Fog 1939 

4

Writings: The Transmission of Light in the Atmosphere with Applications to Aviation 1942 

4

Writings: Some Personal Opinions on the Present State of the Science and Practice of Meteorology 1946 

4

Writings: A Study of Non-Geostrophic Flow with Applications to the Mechanism of Pressure Changes 1946 

4

Writings: The Scattering Cross Section of Water Drops in Air for Visible Light 1949 

4

Writings: A Preliminary Quantitative Analysis of Precipitation Mechanisms 1950 

4

Writings: Solar Constant 1950 

4

Writings: An Appraisal of Cloud Seeding as a Means of Increasing Precipitation 1951 

4

Writings: On the Physics of Clouds and Precipitation 1951 

4

Writings: A Theory of Entrainment in Convective Currents 1951 

4

Writings: On the Annual Heat Balance of the Northern Hemisphere 1954 

4

Writings: On the Chemical Composition of Fog and Cloud Water 1955 

4

Writings: Present Position and Future Possibilities of Weather Control 1957 

4

Writings: Cloud Physics 

4

Writings: A National Program for Atmospheric Research 1959 

4

Writings: Industrial Liaison Symposium on the Earth's Atmosphere 1961 

4

Writings: International Conference on Earth Science 1965 

4

Writings: On the Precipitation Mechanisms and their Artificial Modification 1968 

4

Writings: Retrospect and Prospect 1970 

4

Writings: How May Expanding Energy Use Affect Weather and Climate 1971 

4

Writings: Computations of Snow Crystal Growth Rates by Vapor Deposition 1972 

4

Writings: Physical Meteorology (1985), Atmospheric Aerosol 

4

Writings: Physical Meteorology, Early Drafts 

4

Writings: Physical Meteorology, Cloud Physics 

4

Writings: Physical Meteorology, Data for Figures 

5

Writings: Physical Meteorology, Longwave Radiation 

5

Writings: Physical Meteorology, Original Figures, Chapters 1-3 

5

Writings: Physical Meteorology, Original Figures, Chapters 4-10 

5

Writings: Physical Meteorology, Principles of Atmospheric Thermal Radiation 

5

Writings: Physical Meteorology, Problems Used in the Book 

5

Writings: Physical Meteorology, Scattering of Electromagnetic Radiation 

5

Writings: On the Possibility of Dissipating Fog by Evaporation undated 

5

Writings: On the Release of Kinetic Energy in the Atmosphere undated 

5

Writings: Thermal Veolcity of Fall, Graupel Pellets undated 

5

Writings: Visibity undated 

5