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Fred Terry Rogers papers

Identifier: MS 0029
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

The Fred Terry Rogers Papers, consisting of 13 document boxes and twenty-five bound volumes, are a record of the professional career in academia and physics of Fred and Marguerite Rogers from 1931 to 1956. This collection is comprised primarily of correspondence, research and lecture notes and published works.

These papers provide a detailed record of Fred and Marguerite's work during their studies and employment at a number of academic and government institutions. From their early beginnings at the Rice Institute in the 1930s, this collection follows these two scientists to the Universities of Chicago, California, New Mexico and Houston, through the Lukas-Harold Corporation and Naval Ordnance Plant during the Second World War, to the Naval Research Laboratory, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Naval Ordnance Test Station and the Universities of North and South Carolina. Much of their research did not stop at one particular institution but spanned over a number of them and lasted several years. Particular research areas include: Beta-particle decay, the fracture of metals, radioactivity, convection currents and ballistic penetration.

In addition to his research work, Fred Rogers also had duties as a lecturer at some of the scholarly institutions that employed him. Both Fred and Marguerite belonged to a number of professional societies that reflected their interests such as the American Physical Society, the American Mathematics Society, and the American Society of University Professors. The information in this collection, therefore, is quite varied and provides a deep look into the lives, work and interests of physical scientists from the 1930s to the 1950s


  • Creation: 1929 - 1956


Conditions Governing Access

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

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the Fred Terry Rogers papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical/Historical note

Fred Terry Rogers (1914-1956) was a notable geophysicist, astrophysicist, mathematician and university professor during the 1930s through the 1950s. He was born in Henderson, Kentucky but was raised in Dallas, Texas from the age of seven. Rogers attended the Rice Institute in Houston, Texas from 1931 to 1939 where he received both his undergraduate and graduate training in physics and mathematics. His professional career started at the Rice Institute as a research assistant and continued at a number of other academic institutions and government agencies. While at Rice, Rogers met his future wife, Marguerite Moilliet, who also was studying physics at the Institute. They married in 1937 and became a research team during World War II. They had two children, Alexander and Fred Terry III. Fred Terry Rogers died in 1956 whille working at the University of South Carolina.


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The Fred Terry Rogers papers are a record of Fred and Marguerite Rogers' distinguished careers in academia and physics from 1931 to 1956 and consists primarily of correspondence, research and lecture notes and published works. Subjects include Beta-particle decay, the fractureof metals, the U.S. Naval Ordinance Test Station, convection currents in porous media, ballistics penetration and university research and course work.


This material is arranged in the following 3 series:

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  1. Series I: Professional career, 1931-1956 (10 boxes)
  2. Series II: Subject Files, 1929-1956 (3 boxes)
  3. Series III: Bound volumes (25 bound volumes)

Acquisition Information

The Fred Terry Rogers Papers came to Rice University in November of 1969 via the American Institute of Physics. Marguerite Rogers sent the papers to the American Institute of Physics in 1968 for examination and recommendation concerning a permanent repository.

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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