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Guide to the Larry Spruch Papers MC 209

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2641

New York University Archives

Collection processed by Alex Starace and revised by Norma Chaires. Inventory prepared by Catriona Schlosser and Celeste Brewer. Additional description by Celeste Brewer.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 05, 2015 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content

The Larry Spruch Papers contain diverse materials generated throughout Spruch's career. The materials date from between 1943, when Spruch enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania as a Ph.D. candidate in physics, and 2004, two years before Spruch’s death. They document Spruch’s activities as a Professor of Physics at New York University; as a prominent researcher into aspects of theoretical nuclear and particle physics and astrophysics; as a frequent presenter and attendee of physics conferences; and as a writer of published academic papers, nonfiction works for a general audience, and of mathematical and logic puzzles with science and sports as their subject matter. Some personal materials, largely documenting Spruch’s travels and interests in progressive politics and theatre, are also included in the collection. Formats of materials in the collection include lecture notes, examination forms, unpublished dissertations and theses, correspondence and memoranda, conference programs, reprints and preprints of academic papers, research proposals, handwritten notes and manuscripts, and news clippings. A small number of photographs are also present in Series VII.

The materials in the collection are arranged into series and subseries according to the functions by which they were created and used. The contents of each series and subseries are described in more detail in the series-level scope and content notes.


The current order of the Larry Spruch Papers is not original. The materials are arranged into series and subseries in the collection according to the functions by which they were created and used.

The folders within most series are arranged in chronological order, with one exception. Series IV, Subseries B: Works by Other Physicists, is arranged in alphabetical order by author’s last name or—where multiple authors’ works were included in the same folder—by publication or subject matter.

The collection is arranged into eight series, three of which have been further divided into subseries:

  1. New York University
  2. Correspondence
  3. China-U.S. Physics Examination and Application (CUSPEA) Program
  4. Professional Materials
  5. Research
  6. University of Pennsylvania Coursework
  7. Personal Materials
  8. Sports Quizzes