Finding Aid to the Lawrence S. Cardman Papers

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(left) During a January 1998 Congressional visit tour of Jefferson Lab, Lawrence S. Cardman leads a portion of tour.
(center) Lawrence S. Cardman's official Jefferson Lab photo.
(right) Hermann A. Grunder (left) and Lawrence S. Cardman celebrate the official groundbreaking for the 12 GeV CEBAF Upgrade Project, April 14, 2009. (credit: Jefferson Lab)

Table of Contents

Repository: Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
  Jefferson Lab Archives
  12000 Jefferson Ave., Room L203A
  Newport News, VA 23606
  Phone: (757) 269-7805
  Fax: (757) 269-5427
Creator: Lawrence S. Cardman
Title: The Lawrence S. Cardman Papers
Dates: 1980-1986
Size: Analog: 1 Hollinger box, 1 half-Hollinger box; 0.63 linear feet
Digital: 85 files; 377 megabytes
Materials in collection: Correspondence, drafts, printed material, oral histories
Abstract: This collection is comprised of correspondence and responses especially pertaining to the competition between the Southeastern Universities Research Association and Argonne National Laboratory to build a new accelerator.
Identification number: JLS.002
Location: Jefferson Lab Archives
Language: English

Biographical Note

Born in 1944, Dr. Lawrence S. Cardman was born and completed high school in Pelham, New York. He continued his studies at Yale University, where he received his B.S. in physics in 1966 and a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics in 1972. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in Gaithersurg, MD, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1973 as a professor of physics. Over the next two decades he carried out research studying nuclei with the electromagnetic interaction and building electron accelerators at the Nuclear Physics Laboratory at Illinois. He also collaborated in experiments at NBS, C.E.N. Saclay (France), NIKHEF (Holland), and MIT.

Dr. Cardman was an early user involved in CEBAF (the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, now known as the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility), serving as User Co-Manager for Hall C during its construction, and delivering elements of the HMS spectrometer detector and the first polarized electron source for the laboratory. He joined the staff at CEBAF in 1993, and served as Associate Director for Physics from 1997 to 2011. He was also on the faculty of the University of Virginia as a Governor's Distinguished Professor. During his career Dr. Cardman has published over 100 papers, mainly on electromagnetic interaction studies of nuclei, instrumentation, and accelerator physics. He is married to Helen-Andrea Cardman, with whom he has two sons and a daughter.


Scope and Content

This collection contains material related to the discourse within the National Laboratory system regarding the best site for the National Electron Accelerator Laboratory (NEAL). Included is correspondence, site reports, recommendations and comments.



This collection is arranged chronologically into three series:

Series I: Correspondences. This series contains the correspondences from Larry Cardman and other communications he was a part of for the development of the plan for NEAL.

Series II: Reports, Comments, Responses. This series pertains to all manner of reports, responses and commentary from various national laboratories as well as federal offices regarding the petitions from Argonne and SURA. These are arranged chronologically.

Series III: Miscellany. This series includes editorials, bulletins, and other administrative information.



This is not a restricted collection and is available to all researchers.

Access Restrictions

  • The collection may be used solely for noncommercial, educational, and research purposes. Please contact if you would like to use the collection.

Use Restrictions

  • Jefferson Lab is providing access to the materials in the Archives collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Jefferson Lab, is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist. In addition to consent from Jefferson Lab, permission of the copyright owner (if not Jefferson Lab) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Jefferson Lab makes no warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.


Controlled Access Terms

Argonne National Laboratory
CEBAF, History (Collection # JL.004)
Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay
Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF)
Department of Energy (Collection # JL.013, DOE Site Office)
Holmgren, Harry (Collection # JLS.04)
Jefferson Lab (U.S.)
National Electron Accelerator Laboratory (NEAL)
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (U.S.)
Southeastern University Research Association (SURA)
University of Illinois at Champaign


Administration Information

Preferred Citation: 
[Identification of Item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], The Lawrence S. Cardman Papers, Jefferson Lab Archives, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, 12000 Jefferson Ave., Room L203A, Newport News, VA, 23606

Acquisition Information:
This collection was acquired from various sources including Larry Cardman, Director's Office, and Library.

Processing History:
This collection was processed by Melissa Erlandson 2016-2017. A second accession was accepted in 2021 and is pending processing. 

This collection was supported in part by a grant from the History Programs, American Institute of Physics.


Box and Container Listing 
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1
  • Folder 1: MIT, 2 July 1980
  • Folder 2: University of Illinois, 26 January 1983
  • Folder 3: To A. Bromley from MIT, 3 March 1983
  • Folder 4: To A. Bromley from GEM Director, 28 March 1983
  • Folder 5: To A. Bromley from H. Holmgren, 28 March 1983

Series II: Reports, Comments, Recommendations

  • Folder 6: NEAL Status Report, 14 November 1981
  • Folder 7: Recommendations for FY 1984 Facility Construction, April 1982
  • Folder 8: Comments on 1983 NSAC Evaluation of GEM
  • Folder 9: Comment on Argonne Proposal from MIT/BATES, 26 January 1983
  • Folder 10: Comments Regarding Accelerator Proposal, 1 February 1983
  • Folder 11: SURA's NEAL Proposal Update, 15 February 1983
  • Folder 12: Report of the Panel on Electron Accelerator Facilities, 22 February 1983
  • Folder 13: Report: 4 GeV CW Electron Accelerator, 27 September 1984
  • Folder 14: Review of the 1893 Long-Range Plan, November 1984
  • Folder 15: Report: SURA Review Committee, 12/1985
  • Folder 16: TRIUMF - Report of NSAC Subcommittee on Facility Construction, 4 August 1986
  • Folder 17: Argonne Comments on SURA Proposal - 4 GeV Linac
  • Folder 18: Argonne Response to NSAC Panel
  • Folder 19: Argonne Scientific Justification

Series III: Miscellany

  • Folder 20: Study of a National 2 GeV Continuous Beam Electron Accelerator, Argonne, 1979
  • Folder 21: Feasibility Study of a 0.4-4 GeV Linac Pulse Stretcher Electron Accelerator - UVA; June, 1981
  • Folder 22: Meeting Notice for "Trial Run" of Presentation to NSAC, 14 February 1983
  • Folder 23: Argonne Bulletin, 28 March 1983
  • Folder 24: Memo to NPPL Senior Staff, 28 March 1983
  • Folder 25: SURA: Research, Development, and Advanced Engineering Studies
  • Folder 26: Editorial - "Build it at Argonne", Chicago Sun-Times, 19 March 1984

Box 2

  • Folder 1: CEBAF: Pre-Construction Technology Review, 13-15 August 1985
  • Folder 2: CEBAF Tutorial, 23 October 1985
  • Folder 3: DOE/NSF NSAC Meeting Minutes, 16-17 June 1986
  • Folder 4: CEBAF Pre-briefing for National Advisory Board, September 1986


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