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Zevi Salsburg audio-visual collection

Identifier: UA 0408
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Content Description

Collection of 10 16mm films, 1 Super 8mm film, 1 audio reel.


  • Creation: 1950s-1970


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Zevi Salsburg audio-visual collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials. In addition to any restrictions placed by donors, certain kinds of archival materials are restricted for the life of the creator plus 50 years. These materials include, but are not limited to, student grades, transcripts, and any job applications or recommendations.

Biographical / Historical

Zevi W. Salsburg was professor of chemistry and mathematical science at Rice University from 1954 until his death in 1970. Salsburg earned his Ph.D in 1953 at Yale, where he was a member of the influential John Kirkwood group in statistical mechanics. He came to Rice in 1954 as a member of the Chemistry department, later holding an appointment in mathematical science as well. He published extensively in chemical physics, held fellowships from NSF, the National Research Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and consulted for both Los Alamos and the Lawrence Radiation Lab at Livermore. Salsburg was also a key contributor, as a fund-raiser and designer, of the R1 computer that was built by Rice faculty in Abercrombie Lab.

In 1956, three Rice University faculty members, Zevi Salsburg, John Kilpatrick, and Larry Biedenharn, brought supercomputing to the school for the first time in the form of the R1 computer. While it wasn’t the first computer at Rice, it was the university’s first large computational research computer.


1 Linear Feet (10 16mm films, 1 Super 8mm film, 1 audio reel)

3.44 Gigabytes (Nearline access: UA0408aip_001)

Language of Materials



Collection of 10 16mm films, 1 Super 8mm film, 1 audio reel filmed by Dr. Zevi Salsburg in the 1950s-1970s. Films include family events, travel, and scenes at Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These films were given to the Woodson Research Center by Linda Salsburg Samuelson in 2014.

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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA