Finding Aid to the Hugh Montgomery Papers

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(left) Hugh Montgomery on the Jefferson Lab dining deck following lunch with students, May, 2016
(center) Hugh Montgomery addresses staff at his welcome picnic, September 10, 2008.
(right) Hugh Montgomery's Official Jefferson Lab photo.

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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
Provenance: Hugh Montgomery
Title: Office of the Director: the Papers of Hugh Montgomery
Dates: 2008-2016
Size: Analog: 4 Hollinger drop-front telescope boxes, 2 Hollinger document boxes; 4.08 linear feet
Digital: 117 files; 161 megabytes
Materials in collection: Journals, notes, correspondence, presentations
Abstract: Dr. Hugh E. Montgomery was the third Director of Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility from 2 September 2008 - 2 April 2017.
Identification number: JL.002-3
Location: Jefferson Lab Archives
Language: English

Biographical Note

Hugh E. Montgomery was born in the early spring of 1948 in Yorkshire, England. He earned a bachelor's and doctorate in physics from Manchester University in England. Taking a post-doctoral position with Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory, Dr. Montgomery (or Mont as he is affectionately called), began working at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) and became a staff member in 1978.

In 1983, Mont left CERN to work as a scientist at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. In 1989, he became the Deputy Head of the Research Division of Fermilab; then working on the DZero Experiment, he served as Spokesman from 1993 to 1999. In 1995 DZero along with the CDF experiment discovered the top quark. In 2008, after six years as the Fermilab Associate Director for Research and twenty-five years total at FNAL, Mont joined Jefferson Lab as its Director.

Dr. Montgomery has served on many panels and committees in promotion of the sciences both in the United States and abroad; he continues to do so. He has delivered courses all over the world and helped to develop courses as well. Mont's research interests include lepton scattering, hadron collider physics and large scale experiments.

Scope and Content

This collection pertains to Dr. Hugh Montgomery's tenure as the director of Jefferson Lab with his journals recording his transition from Fermilab to Jefferson Lab. Dr. Montgomery's tenure saw the power of CEBAF doubled to 12 GeV; the Technology, Engineering and Development Facility (TEDF) constructed (which would go one to receive to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Awards); and the layout of Jefferson Lab turned more into a campus-style with better access to buildings and facilities.


This collection is arranged in chronological order as it was accessioned by the Jefferson Lab History Project. Minor sorting was done to keep like items together.

Presentations have been digitized and are available in the digital collections. Dr. Montgomery also wrote forty "Montages" to the JLab community which are digitally archived on the Jefferson Lab servers. These memos were letters to the Jefferson Lab community to apprised of events and activities that impacted its users and members. Please see the archives staff if you need access to these presentations or Montages.

Series I: Journals. These are the fifteen journals that Dr. Montgomery kept as the Director. Within are thoughts, calculations, appointments, travel itineraries, and various notations that Dr. Montgomery thought important to take note of at the time.

Series II: Director's Office. This series contains correspondence, testimony, planning for the 12 GeV upgrade, and other information that pertains to the running of Jefferson Lab during Dr. Montgomery's tenure.

  • Subseries A: Emeritus Program
  • Subseries B: Lab
  • Subseries C: Testimony
  • Subseries D: Miscellany

Series III: National Laboratory Directors' Council. "The National Laboratory Director's Council (NLDC) advances the effectiveness of the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory Complex in meeting the collective National mission and provides an interface to DOE organization on issues and concerns on common interest, both strategic and operational. The Council also functions as a forum for information exchange, consensus building, and coordination of matters that affect the NLDC members. The primary NLDC relationship with the DOE shall be through the Secretary of Energy."1

Series IV: Science Council. Dr. Montgomery sat on the board of the Jefferson Science Associates Science Council as the director of Jefferson Lab. In this capacity, he worked with the council on "on matters related to JSA's scientific mission, including, but not limited to, long range planning; JSA's performance in accomplishing its scientific mission; commissioning periodic and/or ad hoc independent scientific peer reviews or study panels; and effective relations support and promotion of leadership from the Lab user community in the larger scientific community. The Science Council provides to the Board an annual assessment of fulfillment of governance responsibilities related to the JSA Contractor Assurance System (CAS) program. Further, the Council provides input to the Compensation Committee on the annual performance of the President/Lab Director. In the event that the President/Lab Director position becomes vacant, the Science Council provides input to the Board on the selection of a new President/Lab Director."2

Series V: History. Recent years has seen an interest growing in the foundations of physics research. Dr. Montgomery has supported the efforts to preserve and document Jefferson Lab's history and unique contributions to the science community. This series documents the beginning of that effort.

1 The National Laboratory Directors' Council. "Purpose" (accessed 9 August 2017)
2Jefferson Science Associates, LLC. "Science Council." (accessed 9 August 2017)


The Director's Office records are closed for twenty-five years as a default upon accession into the Archives. Permission to access these records sooner may be granted by the Director's Office only. Some records with the Director's Office collections may be permanently closed to researchers; permission to access the collection does not grant permission to access permanently closed records. Please contact for more information. This collection was accessioned in 2017; non-restricted materials are scheduled to become available for research in the year 2042

Access Restrictions

  • Archival collections may only be used solely for noncommercial, educational, and research purposes. Records that are a part of the Director's Office are closed for a minimum of 25 years, unless otherwise noted, and require special permission from the Office of the Director to access. Some records within the Director's Office papers are permanently closed; permission to access the collections does not grant permission to access permanently closed records. Please contact if you would like to use the collection.

Use Restrictions

  • Jefferson Lab is providing access to the materials in the Archive's 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 permission 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 warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Controlled Access Terms

12 GeV Upgrade 
CEBAF History (Collection # JL.004)
Central Helium Liquifier (CHL)
Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) 
Emeritus Program
Gross, Franz (Collection # JLS.001)
JSA Science Council
National Laboratory Directors' Council (NLDC)
Ganni, Rao
Walecka, Dirk (Collection # JLS.015)
Westfall, Catherine (Collection # JLS. 009)
Whitney, R. Roy (Collection # JLS.011)

Administration Information

Preferred Citation: 
[Identification of Item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Director's Office: The Papers of Hugh Montgomery, Jefferson Lab Archives, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, 12000 Jefferson Ave., Room L203A, Newport News, VA, 23606

Acquisition Information:
This collection was acquired from the Director's Office.

Processing History:
This collection was processed by Melissa Erlandson in October, 2017.

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

Box and Container Listing 
Series I: Journals
Box 1

Sub-series A: Other Laboratories

  • Journal 0: 15 March 2008 - 29 August 2008
  • Journal 1: 2 September 2008 - 7 January 2009
  • Journal 2: 10 January 2009 - 24 August 2009
  • Journal 3: 26 August 2009 - 20 May 2010
Box 2
  • Journal 4: 24 May 2010 - 4 February 2011
  • Journal 5: 7 February 2011 - 4 November 2011
  • Journal 6: 30 October 2011 - 31 August 2012
  • Journal 7: 4 September 2012 - 21 June 2013
Box 3
  • Journal 8: 24 June 2013 - 23 January 2014
  • Journal 9: 24 January 2014 - 24 July 2014
  • Journal 10: 24 July 2014 - 25 January 2015
  • Journal 11: 26 January 2015 - 30 June 2015
Box 4
  • Journal 12: 1 July 2015 - 18 December 2015
  • Journal 13: 18 December 2015 - 11 May 2016
  • Journal 14: 11 May 2016 - 9 November 2016
Series II: Director's Office
Box 5
Sub-series A: Emeritus Program
  • Folder 1: Emeritus Program Policy
  • Folder 2: D. Walecka
  • Folder 3: G. Williams
  • Folder 4: F. Gross
  • Folder 5: R. Roy Whitney
  • Folder 6: R. Ganni

Sub-series B: Lab

  • Folder 8: 25th Anniversary
  • Folder 9: H S&T
  • Folder 10: CHL, July 2013
  • Folder 12: Claus - Retirement

Sub-series C: Testimony

  • Folder 13: House Sci/ Tech Hearing Prep
  • Folder 14: Testimony 01 October 2009
  • Folder 15: Official Congressional Transcript of 01 October 2009 Hearing
  • Folder 16: Discussion Draft: DOE Office of Science Authorization Act of 2010

Sub-series D: Miscellany

  • Folder 17: Op-Ed Article
  • Folder 18: Fee Structure
  • Folder 19: Montage Drafts and Notes
  • Folder 20: GCDP
  • Folder 21: Cogliani Visit, 19 October 2010
Series III: National Laboratory Director's Council
Box 6
  • Folder 1: August 2015
  • Folder 2: November 2015
  • Folder 3: January 2016
  • Folder 4: April 2016 Retreat
Series IV: Science Council
  • Folder 5: 02 October 2008
  • Folder 6: 10 April 2009
  • Folder 7: 4 December 2009
  • Folder 8: 11 December 2009
  • Folder 9: 25 June 2010
  • Folder 10: 7 January 2011
  • Folder 11: 2 August 2011
  • Folder 12: 23 May 2012
  • Folder 13: 29 August 2012
  • Folder 15: 12 September 2013
  • Folder 16: 14 March 2014
  • Folder 17: 18 September 2014
  • Folder 18: 7 May 2015
  • Folder 19: 15 December 2015
  • Folder 20: 28 July 2016
Series V: History
  • Folder 21: History: SURA accelerator redux
  • Folder 22: History and Archives Project
  • Folder 23: C. Westfall, Historian
  • Folder 24: FRIB History
  • Folder 25: DOE National Labs - Annotated Bibliography
  • Folder 26: Misc. JLab History


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