(left) Harry Holmgren (r) and Hermann A. Grunder, October 15, 1987.
(right) Harry Holmgren's official CEBAF photo, 1987.
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|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|
|Title:||The Harry Holmgren Papers|
|Dates:||1981 - 1994|
|Size:||Physical: 7 Hollinger boxes; 3.0 linear feet
Digital: 9 files; 20 megabytes
|Materials in collection:||Correspondence, drafts, printed material, oral histories|
|Abstract:||This collection is comprised of Harry Holmgren's involvement in the development of both CEBAF and SURA in Newport News, Virginia.|
|Location:||Jefferson Lab Archives|
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 21 April 1928, Dr. Harry Holmgren grew up on a dairy farm in the American Midwest. As a teenager, Harry's interest in physics piqued when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.
Dr. Holmgren served in the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) for four years while studying for his Bachelor's degree (1949) in Physics at the University of Minnesota. He would then go on to receive a Master of Arts degree (1950) and a PhD in physics (1954); Dr. Holmgren worked with an accelerator for his thesis work, with a special interest in nuclear reactions.
Dr. Holmgren's first post-academic work was with the Naval Research Laboratory doing basic research, focusing in the van de Graff accelerator, and weapons testing. His work with the Naval Research Laboratory led to an appointment with the University of Maryland to help increase funding and the prestige of the work he performed led to his rise as director of that lab.
Dr. Holmgren's experience working with the Atomic Energy Commission led to his recruitment into the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA). At one of the early meetings of this new consortium, Dr. Holmgren was elected as the founding president.
One of Dr. Holmgren's most important jobs was to locate a director for the budding CEBAF. He recruited Dr. Hermann Grunder for this position, and after obtaining sufficient funding, Dr. Holmgren left SURA to continue teaching and research in nuclear and high energy physics at the University of Maryland.
In 1998, Dr. Holmgren retired for medical reasons. He died on 29 September 2016 at the age of 88.
**Special thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Holmgren for biographical information
This collection contains material related to the time just before Dr. Harry Holmgren became the president of SURA (1980) and through 1991. The collection includes Congressional testimony, correspondence between member universities as well as Dr. Holmgren's efforts to recruit more universities into the consortium, and the administration records of the Southeastern Universities Research Association.
This collection is arranged chronologically into four series:
- Series I: 1980-1981
- Subseries A: 1981-1983
- Series II: 1982-1983
- Series III: 1984-1985
- Series IV: 1986-1991 (comprised mostly of communication between SURA member institutions).
Sections of this collection are restricted. Permission to access some information is not a blanket consent to access all information. For access to this collection and its restricted content, as well as questions pertaining to this collection, please contact the Jefferson Lab Librarian/Archivist for access information. Non-restricted records are available to researchers without prior approval requirements.
- The collection may be used solely for noncommercial, educational, and research purposes by researchers and historians. Please contact the Jefferson Lab Records Management Office if you would like to use the collection.
- 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.
CEBAF, History (Collection # JL.004)
Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF)
Department of Energy (Collection #JL.013, DOE Site Office)
Grunder, Hermann A. (Collection #JL.002-1)
Jefferson Lab (U.S.)
National Electron Accelerator Facility (NEAL)
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (U.S.)
Southeastern University Research Association (SURA)
[Identification of Item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], The Papers of Harry Holmgren, Jefferson Lab Archives, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, 12000 Jefferson Ave., Ste. L203A, Newport News, VA, 23606
This collection was acquired from various sources including the Director's Office and Library.
This collection was processed by Melissa Erlandson in April-May, 2016.
This collection was supported in part by a grant from the History Programs, American Institute of Physics.