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A selection of records from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Nuclear Division

Identifier: 2008-020

Scope and Content

For a more detailed inventory, please view this record in our library catalog:

The material in the collection is fragmented. The collection contains material from Hoffman covering the 1989 Cold Fusion controversy and the naming battle with the Russians over elements 97-106. The manuscript materials from Seaborg have little research value although there are valuable photographs and items of memorabilia in the collection as a whole.


  • Creation: 1964-2003


Language of Materials

Text in English and Russian.

Biographical sketch

Both Glenn T. Seaborg and Darleane C. Hoffman served as Division Directors for the Nuclear Chemistry Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. During Seaborg's tenure many discoveries were made in the realm of the heavy elements and there were numerous controversies with the staff of the Russian facility at Dubna over priority of discovery.


3.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)


The material has been organized into two series by the primary creators; Series 1. Darleane C. Hoffman; Series 2. Glenn T. Seaborg.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Dr. Darleane C. Hoffman. Method of acquisition--gift;; Date of acquisition--2008..

Digitized Materials

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online in our Digital Collections:

Related Archival Materials

See also the Addenda to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Records, at the Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA.

General Note

There is additional material in the collection Addenda to the Records of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (I.U.P.A.C.) relating to the controversies surrounding the naming of the heavy elements 94 through 102.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 8/28/2023: Digitized Materials note added.

Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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