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Guide to the Judith Bregman Collection RG.013

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Collection processed by Sophia Dahab and Lindsay Anderberg

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 29, 2016
English (eng) using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Additional box of materials found and added to collection  , 9/12/2013

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Bregman, Judith
Title: Guide to the Judith Bregman Collection, 1966-1993
Dates [inclusive]: 1966-1993
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1966-1970
Abstract: Judith Bregman was a professor of Physics at Polytechnic Institute of New York from 1957 until her death in 1978. During her time at Poly, she developed an interest in the preparation of instructional films, and is perhaps most well-known for her film 'Symmetry', which was created in 1966 in cooperation with Alan Holden, Richard Davisson, and Philip Stapp. This collection is comprised of 16 mm films Bregman helped to create and mass-produced educational films she used for classroom instruction. Some personal information about Bregman and her work is also included in the collection.
Quantity: 4.5 Cubic feet collection contains 35 16mm films.
Location note: Box 1: Shelf 41/2F Box 2: Shelf 41/2F Box 3: Shelf 41/3F Box 4: Shelf 41/3F Poly Archives & Special Collections Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology 5 MetroTech Center Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: (718) 260-3943 Fax: (718) 260-3756 archives@library.poly.edu
Call Phrase: RG.013

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Biographical/Historical note

Judith Bregman was a professor of Physics at Polytechnic Institute of New York from 1957 until her death in 1978. A graduate of Bryn Mawr and Cornell University, Bregman specialized in the areas of physical chemistry, x-ray crystallography, electron diffraction, and light scattering. During her time at Poly, she developed an interest in the preparation of instructional films, and is perhaps most well-known for her film 'Symmetry', which was created in 1966 in cooperation with Alan Holden, Richard Davisson, and Philip Stapp. The film received much attention, and was even shown at the Museum of Modern Art. She also participated in the making of other films, such as 'Aspects of Symmetry'. She died of cancer on October 2, 1978 at the age of 57.

Source: The above information is from Bregman's obituary in Physics Today, which can be found at Phillips, M. (1978). Judith Bregman. Physics Today. 31(12), 71. doi: 10.1063/1.2994888

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists largely of the 16mm films which comprised Bregman's personal "film library" in the Physics Department at NYU-Poly. Included are 35 films of varying length and content; the some in color and some with audio. A number of the films, the ones to be found in Subseries A, were created by or for Polytechnic with the help of Bregman herself; the most notable of these is Symmetry. The remainder are films used by Bregman for class instruction and cover topics such as crystallography, quantum mechanics, and light scattering.

The collection also contains five film reel shipping containers in which the films were originally stored. The films are also accompanied by correspondence, grant proposals and contracts, reviews and articles of the films, film stills from Symmetry, documents from the Bergman Film Library account, and biographical materials about Bregman.

Arrangement note

Series I - Series VII contain the personal papers of Judith Bregman, arranged by subject. Some of the correspondence, film distribution, and Bregman Film Account documents were maintained by physics professor Hellmut Juretschke after Bregman's death in 1978.

Series VIII contains 35 16mm films, arranged in their original order, as determined by Bregman, with miscellaneous audio/visual materials at the end.

Series IX contains 5 shipping containers in which some of the film reels were originally stored.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Davisson, Richard
  • Holden, Alan
  • Juretschke, Hellmut J.
  • Stapp, Philip

Document Type

  • Brochures
  • Filmstrips
  • Grant proposals
  • Photographs
  • Photography negatives
  • Safety Film

Subject Organizations

  • Center for History of Physics (American Institute of Physics).
  • Education Development Center.
  • National Science Foundation (U.S.).
  • Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University -- Department of Physics.

Subject Topics

  • Audio-visual aids
  • Audio-visual materials
  • Crystallography
  • Double pendulums
  • Educational films
  • Light Scattering
  • Physics
  • Quantum theory

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from:

Poly Archives & Special Collections Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology 5 MetroTech Center Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (718) 260-3943 Fax: (718) 260-3756 E-mail: archives@library.poly.edu

Preferred Citation note

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; RG-013: Judith Bregman Collection; box number, folder number; Poly Archives & Special Collections at Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The film reels and containers were transferred to Bern Dibner Library of Technology & Science from the Physics Department in 1995 and stored in a glass and metal cabinet in the archives. Preliminary lists and finding aids were found in the cabinet when assessed in 2013.

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Container List

Series I: Biographical materials

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Biographical Materials
1968-1978

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Series II: Correspondence, 1966-1991

Scope and Contents note

Hellmut Juretschke (then head of the physics department) received and responded to some correspondence after Judith Bregman's death, therefore some correspondence addressed to Bregman appears in Juretschke's folders of correspondence. Some death notices and Juretschke's speech at Bregman's memorial are also included in folder 2.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bregman, Judith
1967-1976
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Juretschke, Hellmut -- Bregman memorial and condolences
1978
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Juretschke, Hellmut -- Inter-Office correspondence
1978-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Juretschke, Hellmut -- Bregman memorial film library
Bulk, 19781978-1991
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Juretschke, Hellmut -- Bregman film distribution
1978

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Series III: Symmetry and Aspects of Symmetry

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Proposal and grant -- National Science Foundation (NSF)
1965-1968
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Production and distribution contracts
Bulk, 1966-19701966-1982
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Articles and reviews
1967-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Newspaper and magazine clippings
1967-1969
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Awards
1968-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Screening announcements
1969-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Symmetry accompanying booklet and brochures
1967
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Responses from educators
1971-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Responses from students
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Film stills -- Negatives
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Film stills -- Negatives and 5"x7" test prints
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Flim stills -- Color photographs (2.75" x 3.5")
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Film stills -- Color photographs (8" x 10")
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Film stills -- Taped together
undated

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Series IV: Other films

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Bregman films: "A Computer Animated Film on the Quantum Mechanical Harmonic Oscillator," "The Packet of an Uncertain Gaussian," and "Swinging Quanta"
1972-1984
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Moire patterns
1963-1967
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Physics teaching films -- Information and brochures
1965-1986

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Series V: Bregman film distribution, Bulk, 1980-1984 1972-1991

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Correspondence -- 1981-1991
1981-1991
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Correspondence -- 1978-1980
1978-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Correspondence -- 1971-1976
1971-1976
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Inter-Office correspondence and receipts
1970-1984
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Advertising
circa 1982

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Series VI: Judith Bregman Film Account, 1977-1993

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Bregman Film Account -- 1992-1993
1992-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Bregman Film Account -- 1990-1991
1990-1991
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Bregman Film Account -- 1987-1989
1987-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Bregman Film Account -- 1984-1986
1984-1986
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Bregman Film Account -- 1980-1983
1980-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Bregman Film Account -- 1977-1979
1977-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Schwartz Memorial Library Fund
1986-1991

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Series VII: Original film library lists

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Film lists found in Bregman film cabinet
undated

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Series VIII: Audio/Visual Materials, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains 35 16mm films. The first subseries contains films produced by Bregman through grant-funded projects while at Polytechnic, including "Symmetry." Additional subseries are comprised of films used by Bregman for class instruction, or which were otherwise part of her film library. All films are organized according to their original groupings as determined by Bregman.

Subseries A: Polytechnic Films, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Reel : 1 Symmetry, Copy A
undated
Box: 2 Reel : 2 Symmetry, Copy B
undated
Box: 2 Reel : 3 Symmetry, Copy 3
1973
Box: 2 Reel : 4 Symmetry, Copy 4
undated
Box: 2 Reel : 5 Aspects of Symmetry

Conditions Governing Access note

To view the digitized video, contact the Poly Archives.

1970
Box: 2 Reel : 6 Aspects of Symmetry, from A & B rolls
1970
Box: 2 Reel : 7 Swinging Quanta, Copy 1

Conditions Governing Access note

To view the digitized video, contact the Poly Archives.

1976
Box: 2 Reel : 8 Swinging Quanta, Copy 2
1976
Box: 2 Reel : 9 The Packet of an Uncertain Gaussian, Copy 1
1968
Box: 2 Reel : 10 The Packet of an Uncertain Gaussian, Copy 2

Conditions Governing Access note

To view the digitized video, contact the Poly Archives.

1968

Subseries B: General, 1968-1978

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Reel : 11 Frames of Reference
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 12 Powers of Ten
1978
Box: 3 Reel : 13 Million to One
undated

Subseries C: One-Dimensional Scattering, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Reel : 14 QP1: Barriers: Scattering in One Dimension
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 15 QP2: Wells: Scattering in One Dimension
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 16 QP3: Edge Effects: Scattering in One Dimension
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 17 QP4: Momentum Space: Scattering in One Dimension
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 18 QP5: Free Wave Packets
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 19 QP6: Packet in a Perfect Crystal Wave Packets in Periodic Potentials
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 20 QP7: Packet Incident on Crystal
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 21 QP8: Scattering From Impurities: Wave Packets in Periodic Potentials
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 22 QP10: Individual Events in One-Dimensional Scattering
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 23 QP15: Particle in a Box
undated

Subseries D: Coupled Pendulums, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Reel : 24 OS-5, OS-6, OS-7: Sand Pendulum I: Point Suspension, II: Saddle Suspension, III: Short Saddle Suspension
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 25 OS-8, OS-9: Forad Damped Harmonic Oscillators
undated
Box: 3 Reel : 26 OS-10: Ring of Coupled Pendulums: Normal Modes
undated

Subseries E: Quantum Mechanics, 1965-1978

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Reel : 27 Scattering of Quantum Mechanical Wave Packets from Potential Well and Barrier
undated
Box: 4 Reel : 28 Q. M. Scattering
1965
Box: 4 Reel : 29 Quantum Mechanical Harmonic Oscillators Seq 4
undated

Subseries F: Solid State, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Reel : 30 Experiments with the Bubble Model of a Metal Structure
undated

Subseries G: Crystallography, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Reel : 31 Analyse et Synthese De Frourier
undated
Box: 4 Reel : 32 HMX Alpha-Beta Stereo
undated

Subseries H: Miscellaneous Films, 1968-1978

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Reel : 33 Hurricane Watch 1968
1968
Box: 4 Reel : 34 Volta and Electricity
undated
Box: 4 Reel : 35 Weather in Motion #20 (From ATS-I Synchronous Satellite)
undated
Box: 4 Reel : 36 "50"
Box: 4 Cassette : 1 Slide Presentation with Audio Cassette

Scope and Contents note

Consists of one "Moments of Discovery" book including Teacher's Guides and Scripts for units on the discovery of fission, and pulsars. Also included are two audio cassette tapes and 20 black and white slides, some exhibiting damage.

1984

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Series IX: Original shipping containers, 1974-1986

Scope and Contents note

Five film reel shipping containers constructed of carboard with reinforced metal corners, label slots, and cotton buckles.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Object : 1 Small Shipping Container 1
undated
Box: 5 Object : 2 Small Shipping Container 2
undated
Box: 5 Object : 3 Small Shipping Container 3
undated
Box: 5 Object : 4 Large Shipping Container 1
undated
Box: 5 Object : 5 Large Shipping Container 2
undated

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