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Joseph Weber papers

 Collection 0293-UA

Joseph Weber (1919-2000) was a University of Maryland physicist credited with conducting early research into the fields of laser theory and gravitational wave detection. Dr. Weber's wave detection experiments began in 1958 and while he reported positive results, these could not be duplicated. Weber's work would inspire other scientists in these fields, and he is considered one of the pioneers in these areas due to his creative thinking. The papers consist of working notes, correspondence, research, diagrams, technical reports and other documents collected by Dr. Weber both as a scientist, and as a University of Maryland faculty member. This collection is unprocessed but a preliminary inventory is available under the additional information section.


  • 1930-2000

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.

Materials of a sensitive nature, such as those containing personally identifiable information, are restricted for 75 years or the life of the individual and may by screened and removed by special collections staff. Please speak with a staff member if you believe that materials have been unnecessarily removed.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


123.25 Linear Feet

Guide to the Joseph Weber papers
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
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College Park Maryland 20742