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J. William Buchta papers

Identifier: uarc 367

Scope and Content

The collection contains the personal papers of J. William Buchta. Materials include correspondences, papers related to the various organizations he was involved with, biographical information, published and unpublished works, news clippings, speeches, and class related materials.


  • 1923-1966


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of J. William Buchta (1894-1966)

J. William Buchta was born near Osceola, Nebraska in 1894. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1920, received a masters degree in electrical engineering the following year, and a Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1925. He was a professor of physics a the University from 1925 through 1962, serving as chairman of the Department of Physics from 1938-1953 and Assistant Dean of the Senior College of Science, Literature and the Arts from 1941-1962. Buchta was editor of the journalsThe Physical Reviewand Review of Modern Physicsfrom 1931-1957 and in 1963 established the journalThe American Physics Teacher. He wrote numerous articles for these and other journals on the topics of modern physics and physics education in secondary schools and colleges. He was a member of the Minnesota Academy of Science, serving as president from 1940-1941. He was also a member of the American Association of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma XI. He was recognized by the Physics Teacher's Association of America for Notable Contributions to the Teaching of Physics. in 1962. He died in 1966.


3.9 Linear Feet (3)


Collection contains the papers of J. William Buchta, professor of physics at the University of Minnesota from 1925-1966.

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J. William Buchta Papers, 1923-1966
Maxine Clapp; revised by Guy Peterson
March 2006
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