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Melvin Kranzberg Photograph Collection

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Title: Melvin Kranzberg Photograph Collection
Identification: VAM157
Date: 1960-1991
Size/Quantity: 0.4 linear feet (one document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Kranzberg, Melvin
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Dr. Melvin Kranzberg, leader in the field of history of technology, served as professor in Georgia Tech's history department. These photographs document his personal and professional life.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Melvin Kranzberg was a charismatic personality, who gathered an immense ammout of knowledge, and enjoyed discussing, chatting, and debating about the impact of technology on the world.

He earned his Bachelor's degree in History from Amherst College (1938) and his Master's (1939) and Doctorate (1942) from Harvard University. During World War II, he served in military intelligence, winning the Bronze Star for interrogating German prisoners and obtaining the location of German gun emplacements. After the war he went on to teach at Harvard University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Amherst College and eventually Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

While at Case he headed up the first graduate program in the United States in the History of Technology, and in 1958 was one of the principle founders of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). He served as secretary from 1959-1974 and eventually president of SHOT from 1983-1984. Kranzberg edited its journal "Technology and Culture," from 1959-1981. He left Case in 1972 to become the Callaway Chair for the History of Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology and taught there until his retirement in 1988. Even beyond his retirement, Dr. Kranzberg kept an office in the D. M. Smith building and continued to write letters of recommendation and correspond with his colleagues until his death on December 6, 1995.

During his career, Dr. Kranzberg edited or authored eleven books, wrote numerous articles and papers, delivered speeches at conferences around the world, and was granted accolades by his colleagues. Among these honors, Dr. Kranzberg received the Leonardo da Vinci Medal, the highest honor from SHOT, in 1968, the NASA Apollo Achievement Award in 1969 and the State of Israel's Jabotinsky Centennial Medal for eminence in science and letters in 1980.

A workaholic, he was known for his sense of humor and outgoing personality. His office was often overflowing with books and papers, many of which ended up in this collection. He was meticulous with saving and categorizing as many of his papers as possible. Dr. Kranzberg dissected newspapers. magazines, and journals, carefully saving the clippings under various subject headings for use in his next speech or paper. He typed up "modules" for all of his classes, including arranged and typed lecture notes. He saved all of his exams and many of his students' papers.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of gelatin silver prints (black and white photographs), chromogenic color prints (color photographs), negatives, a slide, and postcard.


Arrangement

SERIES 1. Individuals, 1960-1991.

SERIES 2. Speaking Engagements, 1966-1989.

SERIES 3. Groups, 1963-1991.

SERIES 4. Object, 1970.

SERIES 5. LANDSAT, 1973.

SERIES 6. Postcards, undated


Index Terms

Case Western Reserve University.
Georgia Institute of Technology.
Kranzberg, Louise Lester
Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, Ill.).
Photographs.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Troy State University.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite the Melvin Kranzberg Photograph Collection (VAM157), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Accession #2000.057 (old number: 2000.57).

Processing Information

Jody Lloyd Thompson processed this photograph collection in 2002.

Revisions to Finding Aid

February 2006:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. April 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    None.

    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


    Separated Material

    These photographs were removed from the Dr. Melvin Kranzberg Papers, MS157.


    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


    Container List

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    Series 1: Individuals, 1960-1991.

    Box: 1
    VAM157-1: Kranzberg, Case Institute of Technology, 1960
    VAM157-2: Kranzberg, Case Institute of Technology, 1962
    VAM157-3: Kranzberg, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Luncheon, Washington, D.C., December 1966
    VAM157-4: Kranzberg, ca. 1966
    VAM157-5: Kranzberg sitting in his office, Georgia Tech, ca. 1981
    VAM157-6: Kranzberg, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, 50th Anniversary, April 1983
    VAM157-7: Kranzberg, May 1990
    VAM157-8: Kranzberg on small train, Hungary, 4 September 1991
    VAM157-9: Kranzberg holding a Physics Today Magazine, October 1991
    VAM157-10: Kranzberg, undated
    VAM157-11: Kranzberg, undated
    VAM157-12: Kranzberg wearing a "Nobel Symposia" name tag, undated
    VAM157-13: Louise "Les" Kranzberg, May 1990
    VAM157-14a, b, c, d: Unidentified female, 1966
    VAM157-15: Unidentified female, undated
     

    Series 2: Speaking Engagements, 1966-1989.

    Box: 1
    VAM157-16: Kranzberg speaking at the NDEA History Institute, University of Massachusetts, Summer 1966
    VAM157-16-1: Duplicate of VAM157-16, 1966
    VAM157-16a: Kranzberg speaking, 1966
    VAM157-17: Kranzberg speaking at Sigma Epsilon lecture, 16 October 1974
    VAM157-17a: Kranzberg speaking at Sigma Epsilon lecture, 16 October 1974
    VAM157-17b: Kranzberg speaking at Sigma Epsilon lecture, 16 October 1974
    VAM157-18: Kranzberg speaking at History of Science Society Meeting, Burndy Library, MIT, 25 October 1974
    VAM157-19: Kranzberg speaking at Sigma Epsilon Banquet, Notre Dame, 14 April 1978
    VAM157-19a: Kranzberg speaking at Sigma Epsilon Banquet, Notre Dame, 14 April 1978
    VAM157-20: Kranzberg speaking at the Arts and Technology Conference, University of Southern California, 24-25 December 1980
    VAM157-20a: Kranzberg speaking at the Arts and Technology Conference, University of Southern California, 24-25 December 1980
    VAM157-21: Kranzberg speaking at Phi Beta Kappa Associates Lecture, Troy State University, Alabama, 13 April 1989
    VAM157-22: Kranzberg speaking at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, undated
     

    Series 3: Groups, 1963-1991.

    Box: 1
    VAM157-23: Engineering Foundation Research Conferences, Conference on Technology and the Civilian Economy, Proctor Academy, 5-9 August 1963
    VAM157-24: Kranzberg sitting with H. L. Misch, 13 June 1965
    VAM157-25: Oklahoma symposium (slide), undated
    VAM157-26: Kranzberg wearing black hat, SHOT tour of Chicago's architectural monuments, 30 December 1970
    VAM157-26a: SHOT tour of Chicago's architectural monuments, 30 December 1970
    VAM157-26b: Kranzberg (center), SHOT tour of Chicago's architectural monuments, 30 December 1970
    VAM157-27: Kranzberg sitting, ca. 1971
    VAM157-28: Kranzberg, 1973
    VAM157-29: Kranzberg, ca. 1973
    VAM157-30: Dr. Semon V. Shoukburdin, Eugeniusz Olszewski, and Kranzberg, International Congress of the History of Science, Tokyo, 1974
    VAM157-31: Kranzberg's retirement as Secretary of SHOT, Chicago, December 1974
    VAM157-32: Kranzberg and Harvey Bender at the Sigma Epsilon Chapter, 14 April 1978
    VAM157-32a: Kranzberg, Sigma Epsilon Chapter, 14 April 1978
    VAM157-32b: Kranzberg, Sigma Epsilon Chapter, 14 April 1978
    VAM157-33: Kranzberg at the Installation Ceremony, Sigma Chi, 19 January 1979
    VAM157-34: Kranzberg, Diane Eisenberg, and Joseph Duffey. Reception to announce the National Issues Forum, State Caucus Room, 13 November 1979
    VAM157-35: Kranzberg, Arts and Technology Conference, University of Southern California, 24-25 January 1980
    VAM157-35a: Kranzberg, Arts and Technology Conference, University of Southern California, 24-25 January 1980
    VAM157-36: Kranzberg at commencement, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, ca. 1981
    VAM157-36a: Kranzberg, commencement, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, ca. 1981
    VAM157-36b: Kranzberg speaking at commencement, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, ca. 1981
    VAM157-37: Kranzberg sitting, International Congress of the History of Science, Bucharest, August-September, 1981
    VAM157-38: Kranzberg, Press Conference, Bonn, Germany, 7 September 1984
    VAM157-39: Kranzberg at Georgia Tech "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" rally, September 1987
    VAM157-40: Kranzberg speaking at American Control Conference, Atlanta Hilton, 15 June 1988
    VAM157-41: Kranzberg, Phi Beta Kappa Associates Lecture, Troy State University, Alabama, 13 April 1989
    VAM157-41a: Mrs. Adams, President of Southeast Alabama Phi Beta Kappa Associates, Emma Norris, Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa, Kranzberg, and Chancellor Ralph Adams, Troy State University, 13 April 1989
    VAM157-42: Brenda Buchanan, Angus Buchanan, Les Kranzberg, Walter Endrei, and Melvin Kranzberg, International Congress of History of Science, Germany, 1989
    VAM157-43: Willie Parson, Dan Fader, Harris Schulz, and Kranzberg, National Foundation-Urban Schools Program, June 1990
    VAM157-44: Unidentified female, Kranzberg, Les Kranzberg, and unidentified male, Hungary, 4 September 1991
    VAM157-45: Kranzberg (center) with unidentified group holding monkeys, England, undated
    VAM157-45-1: Duplicate of VAM157-47, undated
    VAM157-45a: Kranzberg with unidentified females holding monkeys, England, undated
    VAM157-45a-1: Duplicate of VAM157-47a, undated
    VAM157-46: Kranzberg holding award (negative housed in negative drawer), undated
    VAM157-46-1: Duplicate of VAM157-48, undated
    VAM157-46-2: Duplicate of VAM157-48, undated
    VAM157-46a: Kranzberg, with unidentified group (negative housed in negative drawer), undated
    VAM157-46a-1: Duplicate of VAM157-48a, undated
    VAM157-46b: Kranzberg with unidentified group (negative in drawer), undated
    VAM157-46b-1: Duplicate of VAM157-48b, undated
    VAM157-46b-2: Duplicate of VAM157-48b, undated
    VAM157-46c: Kranzberg with unidentified male (negative in drawer), undated
    VAM157-46c-1: Duplicate of VAM157-48c, undated
    VAM157-46d: Kranzberg sitting with unidentified males, undated
    VAM157-46d-1: Duplicate of VAM157-48d, undated
    VAM157-47: Kranzberg standing with unidentified males, undated
    VAM157-48: Kranzberg standing, undated
    VAM157-49: Unidentified group, History of Science meeting, Burndy Library, MIT, 25 October 1974
    VAM157-49a: Unidentified group, History of Science Society meeting, Burndy Library, MIT, 25 October 1974
    VAM157-50: Kranzberg standing with unidentified group, undated
    VAM157-51: Kranzberg standing with unidentified males near space craft, undated
    VAM157-52: Kranzberg standing with unidentified group, undated
     

    Series 4: Object, 1970.

    Box: 1
    VAM157-53: Glass bowl presented to Kranzberg by Case Western Reserve University, 1970
     

    Series 5: LANDSAT, 1973

    Box: 1
    VAM157-54: LANDSAT photograph, Goddard Space Center, 1973
    VAM157-54a: LANDSAT photograph, Goddard Space Center, 1973
     

    Series 6: Postcards, undated.

    Box: 1
    VAM157-55, a, b: Gustav-Stresemann Institute, Bonn, Germany, undated
     

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