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Frank J. Kerr papers

 Collection 0291-UA

Frank J. Kerr (1918-2000) was a University of Maryland Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy. He was among the first radio astronomers in the years following World War II and the first ot systematically study the echo of radio waves bounced off of the moon. He came to the University of Maryland as a researcher in 1966, and stayed on to become the Director of the Astronomy Program in the mid-1970s and was Provost of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering Division from 1978-1985. The papers consist of working notes, correspondence, research, diagrams, technical reports, and reprints collected by Dr. Kerr both as a scientist, and as a University of Maryland faculty member. This collection is unprocessed.


  • 1945-2000

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


39.50 Linear Feet

Guide to the Frank J. Kerr papers
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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