MIT Institute Archives & Special Collections

Harold Edgerton and his laboratory notebooks
In 1981 Doc gave the bulk of his laboratory
notes to the MIT Archives.
Photograph by Calvin Campbell,
MIT News Office.
Courtesy of the MIT Museum

Harold Eugene Edgerton, 1903-1990.

Papers, 1889-1990.

Manuscript Collection - MC 25

Harold "Doc" Eugene Edgerton, 1903-1990, B.S. 1926, University of Nebraska; S.M. 1927 and Sc.D. 1931 in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was professor of electrical engineering at MIT, 1928-1966; Institute Professor, 1966-1968; and Institute Professor emeritus, 1968-1990.

The Harold Edgerton papers were given to the Institute Archives and Special Collections by Professor Edgerton between 1978 and 1989 and by his estate between 1990 and 1993. Additional material was received in 2001, 2007, 2008. The processing and preservation of the collection was funded by a gift from Esther Edgerton. A finding aid to the collection is available online.

Harold Edgerton's laboratory notebooks have been digitized as part of the Edgerton Digital Collections (EDC) Project. The notebooks document his research from 1930 to 1990 as well as many other personal and professional activities.

Exhibits from the Edgerton Collection

Nighttime Aerial Reconnaissance Photograph, World War II, March 15, 1944
Sonar Chart, 1964
Vannevar Bush Letter about the Physics of Baseball, 1965

Oral History

In 1975 Marc Miller of the MIT Oral History Office interviewed Harold Edgerton. The interview material was transferred to the Institute Archives in 1977 by Charles Weiner, director of the MIT oral history office, Professor of the History of Science and Technology. The collection (MC 132) contains supporting documents, a transcript of the interview, and synopses of 18 of Edgerton's laboratory notebooks prepared by Miller for the interview.


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