Finding Aid for the

Francis J. Norton Papers,

1930-1986

 

3.6 Linear Ft.

 

Finding Aid Compiled by

Joshua Hauck-Whealton

December 2010

 

Schenectady Museum Archives

15 Nott Terrace Heights

Schenectady, NY 12308

(518) 382-7890, ext. 241

archives@schenectadymuseum.org

 

Creation of this finding aid was supported by a grant from the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics

 



 

Biographical Note

 

Francis Norton was a researcher at GE R&D during World War II who helped develop the mass spectrometer. After retiring form GE, Norton continued his research at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the University of Albany.

 

Scope and Content Note

 

25 notebooks kept by Francis Norton documenting his research at the General Electric Research Laboratory, 5 notebooks of research from the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, and 17 additional notebooks maintained by Norton, most of which are likely associated with his work at GE.

 

Box and Folder List

 

Box #1

Notebook:

 

GE Research Laboratory Notebooks

 

  1. #2120, 05/16/30-11/21/30, index in back.
  2. #2199, 11/25/30-06/03/31
  3. #2257, 06/09/31-03/08/32.
  4. #2309, 03/15/32-03/15/33, index in front.
  5. #2351, 03/16/33-02/27/34
  6. #2423,03/22/34-11/28/34
  7. #2482, 12/03/34-09/05/35
  8. #2577, 08/28/35-09/17/36
  9. #2683, 09/18/36-08/12/37
  10. #2793, 08/13/37-02/02/38
  11. #2854, 01/19/38-11/07/38
  12. #2598, 11/12/35-05/05/36
  13. # 2648 05/06/36-06/26/36
  14. #4964, 03/16/50-02/15/51
  15. #5111, 02/16/51-08/02/51
  16. #5176, 08/02/51-05/19/52
  17. #5380, 05/19/52-11/10/53
  18. #5818, 11/11/53-09/20/54
  19. #6892, 01/23/58-09/19/58
  20. #7015, 09/03/58-04/09/59
  21. #7124, 04/09/59-02/05/60

 

Box #2

Notebook:

 

  1. #7261, 02/17/60-12/21/60.
  2. #7472, 12/21/60-08/21/61
  3. #7612, 08/21/61-09/14/61
  4. #7779, 07/08/62-03/18/63
  5. #7903, 03/19/63-12/11/63
  6. #8111, 12/11/63-12/14/64
  7. Notebook # I at Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), Albany,NY.  12/15/64-09/09/65
  8. Notebook # II (ASRC), 09/10/65-03/14/66
  9. Notebook # III (ASRC), 05/10/66-02/10/67
  10. Notebook # IV (ASRC), 03/21/67 - 05/09/68
  11. Notebook # V (ASRC), 05/09/68 - 08/06/71

 

 

Box #3

Binder:

 

Binders

 

  1. Diffusion Reprints.  1954 - 1960, 193 p
  2. Film and Foam - Polystyrene, Polyurethane, Thermal conductivity data and charts, Dow Chemical consulting.  1979, 107 p
  3. “FJ Norton Papers” Scrapbook, correspondence, clippings, reports, 1939 – 1986, ~ 675 p
  4. Foam Reports ,GE Research Lab Memo and Liaison Reports, 1959-1960, 138 p
  5. Foam - Thermal Conductivity and Life.  1960 data and curves, 244 p
  6. Gas Permeation - Gas in Glass. Reprints, 1955 - 1961,360 p
  7. Gas Polymer Permeation I - Calco.  3/83 - 5/83,  125 p.

8.      Gas Polymer Permeation II - Polyurethane Film and Foams, Silicones, Composite bag.  4/83 - 5/83,  graphs, 50 p.

 

Box #4

Binder:

 

  1. Gas Permeation III - Rare Gases in Metals. 6/79-7/79, 124 p.

2.      Gas Permeability Reports by FJ Norton. 1947-1958, 430 p.

3.      Hydrogen from Steel in High Pressure Steam Service, by Norton,FJ., 10/29/40, Data Folder #55887, 229 p.

4.      Mass Spectrometer, Carbon Vapor Pressure.  Reports, Reprints, Specifications, 1924 - 1960, 418 p.  

5.      Mass Spectrometer, Leak Detector, High Vacuum Systems Reports, Reprints, Specifications, 1946 - 1952, 328 p

6.      Mass Spectrometer.  Reports, Reprints, news items, specifications, data, etc. ,1946 - 1952, 561p.

7.      Langmuir Talks - 1934.  notes, diagrams, calculations, 169p.

8.      SiO2 Permeation. papers, reports, data, graphs, 133 p in 10” x 11.5” x 1.5” 3-ring binder; 121 p  inserted in binder, loose, 1959-1976

9.      Thermal Conductivity Foam Model 1982 calculations. 127 p.

 

 

Box #5

Folder:

 

  1. “The Desorption of Gases from Graphite,” Reports, 1931
  2. GE Research Laboratory Reports, 1952-1953, 1958, 1965
  3. Joint Conference on Mass Spectrometry, Correspondence, Reports, 1953
  4. Mass Spectrometer Reports, 1947, 1952-1954
  5. Mass Spectrometer Reports, 1957-1958, 1965
  6. SUNY Albany Notebooks, 1966-1967