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Tandem Laboratory of Physics records

Identifier: uarc 1084

Scope and Content

Collection contains lab, maintenance and guest books, grant proposals, memos, reports and correspondence.


  • 1953, 1961-2007


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

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.

Historical Note

The School of Physics and Astronomy's John H. Williams Laboratory of Nuclear Physics, more widely known as the Tandem Lab, was built in 1965 by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of Minnesota to at first enhance and later replace the 68 Merv linear accelator that had been in use since the 1950s. The particle accelator was decommissioned in 1978 and the lab became used for applied science research.

All use of the Tandem Lab was suspended after the collapse of the 35-W bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 because of the Lab's location of being less than 100 feet from the collapse site.


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Collection contains the records of the John H. Williams Laboratory of Nuclear Physics, also known as the Tandem Lab. Materials include lab books, correspondence, reports and memos.

Source of acquisition

Materials were transferred to University Archives in November 2007.

Related Materials in University Archives

Department of Physics records

Processing Information

40 volumes of duplicate reports and budget requests were removed. Lab/maintenance notebooks were sampled.

Tandem Laboratory of Physics Records, 1953, 1961-2007
Karen Spilman
June 2008
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

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