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Reynolds (Joseph M.) Papers

(Mss. 4529)

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Contents of Inventory
Summary
Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Index Terms

Summary

Size. 5.3 linear feet.

Geographic locations. Louisiana; Washington, D.C.; Huntsville, Ala.; United States.

Inclusive dates. 1924-1990.

Bulk dates. 1962-1985.

Languages. English.

Summary. Dr. Reynolds' activities as a nationally-known physicist and university administrator are documented by correspondence, meetings agendas and minutes, papers, reports, publicity materials, clippings, photographs, films, and personal papers.

Citation.Joseph M. Reynolds Papers, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph M. Reynolds (1924-1997) was born in Woodlawn, Tennessee in 1924. He earned a degree in Physics at Vanderbilt University in 1946, and received a doctorate in Physics from Yale University in 1950. Reynolds served at Louisiana State University as a professor of Physics until 1965, when he was promoted to the office of Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research (1965-1968), and then to positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his term as Vice President for Academic Affairs (1981-1985). His research interests included low temperature physics, measuring gravitational waves, and superconductors.

In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr. Reynolds was a paid consultant for both governmental and private agencies, including NASA, the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Union Carbide Corporation, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Ethyl Corporation, and the National Science Board. Furthermore, he was very active in numerous scholarly and professional societies, including the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences' Naval Studies Board and Space Science Board, the Universities Space Research Association, the National Council of University Research Administrators, and the National Science Board.

Joseph Reynolds' recognitions and honors included a Guggenheim Fellowship as a Physics professor a the University of Leiden, The Netherlands (1958-1959); membership in Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa; a post as a visiting scholar at Stanford University (1969-1970); his appointment as a Boyd Professor, LSU's highest honor for teaching faculty (1965); and two consecutive presidential appointments to the National Science Board (1968-1976).

Dr. Reynolds wed Ruth Anna Heise in 1950. They raised three children; Molly Elizabeth, John Shelby, and Wendy Lee. His personal affiliations included the Cosmos Club in Washington, D. C.; the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans; and the United States Yacht Racing Union.

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents Dr. Reynolds' personal, scholarly, and administrative activities at Louisiana State University, and his extensive involvement in groups that directly influenced national and cooperative efforts in space science. Correspondence, meeting, agendas and minutes, speeches, publicity materials, research papers, reports, photographs, films, clippings and personal papers span his entire career, but are primarily focused upon the period 1962-1985. Groups represented include the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences' Naval Studies Board and Space Science Board, the Universities Space Research Association, the National Council of University Research Administrators, the National Science Board, Gulf Universities Research Consortium, the Organization for Tropical Studies, and the Consortium for Superconducting Materials and Instrumentation. Reynolds' personal papers include items related to his membership in the Southern Yacht Club and the Cosmos Club, and to topics such as employment opportunities throughout his career, his retirement arrangements, and invitations to a variety of national and social functions.

Index Terms

College Administrators
Consortium for Superconducting Materials and Instrumentation
Cosmos Club (Washington, D.C.)
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
Gravity waves -- Measurement
Gulf Universities Research Consortium
Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College -- Administration 
Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College -- Faculty
Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College -- History
Low temperature research -- United States
Physicists
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) -- Space Science Board
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) -- Naval Studies Board
National Science Board
National Science Foundation
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Organization for Tropical Studies

Science and state -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, La.)
Space sciences -- Experiments -- Congresses
Space sciences -- Government policy -- United States
Space Station Freedom Program (U.S.) -- Appropriations and expenditures -- History
Superconductors -- Research -- United States
Universities and colleges -- Research -- United States
Universities Space Research Association