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John R. Meriwether Papers

Collection 448

Meriwether, John R. (1937-    ). Papers, 1952-2009, n.d.

4 feet, 3 inches

Dr. John Robert Meriwether was born on May 22, 1937 in Beaumont, Texas. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1958 and 1959 respectively. Receiving his doctorate in nuclear science from Florida State University in 1962, he also served as a postdoctoral research associate at University of California, Berkeley from 1962-1963.

Dr. Meriwether taught in the Physics Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana) from 1967 to 2012. His research interests and fields of specialization include nuclear science, applied physics, environmental radioactivity, radioactive dating, experimental equipment design, art and science, and microscopy.

The collection includes materials pertaining to Dr. Meriwether’s study of nuclear physics, environmental science, and the Microspace: Science and Hidden Art collaborative exhibit. Also included are copies of Dr. Meriwether’s research, lantern slides and X-rays, class tour photographs, and correspondence regarding speaking bureaus and race relations. The bulk of the materials in this collection were created and gathered for the Culture of Man honors course, taught by Dr. Meriwether, between 1980 and 2009.

This collection was donated in 2012.

Note: Series D, Box 6 is RESTRICTED

Series:

A. Research Files 1-01 through 1-27
B. Culture of Man Honors Course 1-28 through 3-20
C. Lantern Slides Boxes 4 through 5
D. Student Work and Records 6-01 through 6-15

Inventory:

Box 1
  A. Research Files
    1-01 Academic Costume, undated
    1-02 Acadiana Research Lab (now Louisiana Accelerator Center), Construction Photos, 1980
    1-03 Bibliographic Searches, 1995
    1-04 Cardinal Lecture Series, 1962-1969
    1-05 Chandeleur Islands, ca. 1990-1999
        Environmental study consisting of research samples and published articles
    1-06 Chenier Plain Geomorphology
    1-07 Cosper, Sam W., 1966
        Correspondence with and articles by S.W. Cosper, research associate and SLI alum
    1-08 Cruise on the Pelican, March 1996
        Scientific study of coastal waters of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Includes a diary of environmental observations, lists of participants, maps, and data recorded
    1-09 Distribution, Transport and Deposition of Radionuclides in Louisiana Soils: Soil Survey Data Tables, 1992
        Radionuclear Research Consortium, co-author John R. Meriwether. Includes loose leaf of scientific notes
    1-10 Experiments on Photographic Effect of Zinc, 1952-1953
        Includes a diary of tests and results and X-ray samples attached to detailed note cards
    1-11 Journeys: The Art of the Scanning in Microspace Electron Microscope, by Dee Breger, undated
    1-12 Keeley, Dr. Dean F., undated
    1-13 Louisiana Council on Human Relations Materials, 1963-1965
        Includes an article: “Community Problems and How They Affect the Family: Race Relations,” presented to Lafayette AAUW Chapter, and a series of news releases by Dr. James R. Oliver
    1-14 Micro Art, by Roberto Dabdoub, 2003
    1-15 Microscopy and Art: Proposal to NSF, 2001
        Includes exhibition image descriptions, flyers, and NSF forms
    1-16 Microspace: Science and Hidden Art – Artists and Past NSF Exhibits, 2002
    1-17 Microspace: Science and Hidden Art – Descriptions of Exhibit, 2002, Part 1
        Exhibit presented by UL Lafayette for the NSF Art of Science Project
    1-18 Microspace: Science and Hidden Art – Descriptions of Exhibit, 2002, Part 2
        Exhibit presented by UL Lafayette for the NSF Art of Science Project
    1-19 Microspace: Science and Hidden Art – Exhibit Poster, ca. 2002
    1-20 Microspace: Science and Hidden Art – Images on CD, circa 2001
    1-21 Microspace: Science and Hidden Art – Miscellaneous Planning Documents, 1997-2001
    1-22 Microspace: Science and Hidden Art – Pesacreta Research and Design, 1999
    1-23 Newman Forum Correspondence, 1966-1967
        Lecture series sponsored by Cardinal Newman Foundation and held at USL
    1-24 North Lake Core 2, ca. 1990-1995
    1-25 Planetarium (Lafayette, LA), 1968
    1-26 Reprints of Some of John Meriwether’s Papers, 1962-1996
    1-27 University Human Relations Council, 1966-1967
         
  B. Culture of Man Honors Course
    1-28 Culture of Man, 1980
    1-29 Culture of Man, 1982
    1-30 Culture of Man, 1985
    1-31 Culture of Man, 1987
         
Box 2
    2-01 Culture of Man, 1989
    2-02 Culture of Man, 1991, Part 1
    2-03 Culture of Man, 1991, Part 2
    2-04 Culture of Man, 1994, Part 1
    2-05 Culture of Man, 1994, Part 2
    2-06 Culture of Man, 1994, Part 3
    2-07 Culture of Man, 1994, Part 4, Photographs
    2-08 Culture of Man, 1995, Part 1
    2-09 Culture of Man, 1995, Part 2
        Includes materials from earlier years
    2-10 Culture of Man, 1995, Part 3, Photographs
    2-11 Culture of Man, 1995, Part 4, Photographs
    2-12 Culture of Man, 1997, Part 1
    2-13 Culture of Man, 1997, Part 2
    2-14 Culture of Man, 1997, Part 3, Photographs
    2-15 Culture of Man, 1998, Part 1
    2-16 Culture of Man, 1998, Part 2
    2-17 Culture of Man, 1998, Part 3
    2-18 Culture of Man, 1999
    2-19 Culture of Man, 2000, Part 1
    2-20 Culture of Man, 2000, Part 2
    2-21 Culture of Man, 2001, Part 1
    2-22 Culture of Man, 2001, Part 2
    2-23 Culture of Man, 2001, Part 3
         
Box 3
    3-01 Culture of Man, 2003, Part 1
    3-02 Culture of Man, 2003, Part 2
    3-03 Culture of Man, 2003, Part 3
    3-04 Culture of Man, 2004, Part 1
    3-05 Culture of Man, 2004, Part 2
    3-06 Culture of Man, 2004, Part 3
    3-07 Culture of Man, 2005, Part 1
    3-08 Culture of Man, 2005, Part 2
    3-09 Culture of Man, 2005, Part 3
    3-10 Culture of Man, 2005, Part 4, Photographs
    3-11 Culture of Man, 2006, Part 1
    3-12 Culture of Man, 2006, Part 2
    3-13 Culture of Man, 2006, Part 3
    3-14 Culture of Man, 2006, Part 4, Photographs
    3-15 Culture of Man, 2007, Part 1
    3-16 Culture of Man, 2007, Part 2
    3-17 Culture of Man, 2007, Part 3
    3-18 Culture of Man, 2009, Part 1
    3-19 Culture of Man, 2009, Part 2
    3-20 Culture of Man, Floppy Disks, 1999-2001, undated
         
Box 4
  C. Lantern Slides
    Lantern Slides: Group 1, General Physics (slides 1-7), undated
    Lantern Slides: Group 2, Nuclear Physics (slides 1-11), undated
         
Box 5
    Lantern Slides: Group 2, Nuclear Physics (slides 12-13), undated
    Lantern Slides: Group 3, Miscellaneous (slides 1-15), undated
         
Box 6
  D. Student Work and Records RESTRICTED
    6-01 Student Papers and Proposals, 1980-2009
    6-02 Culture of Man (COM) Honors Class, Student Rrecords, 1980-1986
    6-03 COM, Student Records, 1987
    6-04 COM, Student Records, 1988
    6-05 COM, Student Records, 1989
    6-06 COM, Student Records, 1990-1993
    6-07 COM, Student Records, 1994-1996
    6-08 COM, Student Records, 1997-1999
    6-09 COM, Student Records, 2000-2002
    6-10 COM, Student Records, 2003-2004
    6-11 COM, Student Records, 2005-2006
    6-12 COM, Student Records, 2007-2008
    6-13 COM, Student Records, 2009, Part 1
    6-14 COM, Student Records, 2009, Part 2
    6-15 COM, Student Records, 2009, Part 3