Finding Aid to the Hans von Baeyer Papers

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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
Creator: Hans C. von Baeyer
Title: Papers of Hans von Baeyer
Dates: 1979 - 1984
Size: 0.4 linear feet (1 Hollinger box)
Materials in collection: Correspondence and testimony
Abstract: Former director of the Virginia Associated Research Campus, Hans von Baeyer is the chancellor Professor of Physics, Emeritus of the College of William & Mary is known by his contemporaries as one who goes out of his way to make physics accessible to the everyday person.
Identification number: JLS.008
Location: Jefferson Lab Archives Room.
Language: English

Biographical Note

Born in 1938, Hans von Baeyer was a key member of the Virginia Associated Research Campus in Newport News, Virginia during the inception of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF).

In 1958, Professor von Baeyer obtained his bachelor's degree from Columbia University. From there, in 1961, he obtained his Masters of Science from the University of Miami, and in 1964, his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt.

Professor von Baeyer is the Chancellor Professor of Physics, Emeritus at the College of William & Mary, where he taught for approximately 36 years. A winner of numerous awards including the Jefferson teaching Award, one of Dr. von Baeyer's passions has been making the complicated world of higher physics understandable to the lay person.

Scope and Content

This collection consists primary of correspondence between Dr. von Baeyer and various members of Congress between 1979 - 1984 during his directorship of the Virginia Associated Research campus, arranging for visits to the VARC and discussing budgets and the possibility of bringing the Department of Energy's new accelerator to Newport News, Virginia.


Series I: Correspondence. This series includes correspondence between Dr. von Baeyer and members of Congress as well as colleagues at the College of William & Mary.

Series II: Testimony. This series has testimony before the Science Advisor to the President.


Access Restrictions

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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

Bateman, Herbert
Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF)
College of William & Mary
Holmgren, Harry (Collection # JLS.004)
Gross, Franz (Collection # JLS.001)
McCarthy, James (Collection # JLS.005)
Old Dominion University
Robb, Charles
Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA)
SURA Board of Trustees
Virginia Associated Research Center (VARC)
Whitehurst, G. William

Administration Information

Preferred Citation: 
[Identification of Item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], The Hans von Baeyer 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 the Director's Office and Library.

Processing History:
This collection was processed by Melissa Erlandson in March, 2016.

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: Herbert Bateman
  • Folder 2: Senior CEBAF Physicists
  • Folder 3: Thomas A Graves, Jr
  • Folder 4: Donald P. Hearth
  • Folder 5: Charles S. Robb
  • Folder 6: Paul Trible, House of Representatives
  • Folder 7: Senator John Warner
  • Folder 8: G. William Whitehurst
  • Folder 8: Offer to donate papers to Archives, 2006
Series II: Testimony
  • Folder 10: George Keyworth


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