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Harvey Fletcher family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5540
Contains materials gathered by Maureen Meyer Fletcher for her masters thesis in film, which featured Harvey Fletcher, Sr. Materials include film reels, VHS tapes, audiocassettes, betacams, and other biographical information of Harvey Fletcher Sr. such as publications, photos, letters, and awards. The collection also includes materials from other Fletcher family members. Dated approximately 1884-1982.

Dates

  • approximately 1884-1982

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Harvey Fletcher family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

6 boxes (2 linear ft.)

25 cartons (25 linear ft.)

3 oversize boxes (4 linear ft.)

184 film boxes (20 linear ft.)

2 oversize folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Biographical History

Harvey Fletcher (1884-1981) was a prominent physicist, reknowned as the Father of stereophonic sound, credited with inventing the hearing aid and the first audiometer, Director of Research at Bell Laboratories, and Founding Dean of the College of Engineering at Brigham Young University.

Harvey Fletcher was a prominent physicist, reknowned as the Father of stereophonic sound, credited with inventing the hearing aid and the first audiometer, Director of Research at Bell Laboratories, and Founding Dean of the College of Engineering at Brigham Young University. He was the graduate student whose dissertation research was the oil drop experiment to measure the charge on an electron, under the direction of Robert Millikan. His honorary positions included President of the Acoustical Society of America and President of the American Physical Society. In addition, he was a faithful father, a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a dedicated gardener, and a fishing enthusiast.

He was born in Provo, Utah, on September 11, 1884. His first wife (Lorena Chipman) was American Mother of the Year in 1965. She passed away in 1967. Harvey and Lorena had 7 children (Phyllis, Steve, Charles, James, Robert, Harvey Junior, and Paul).

In his later years, Harvey married Lorena's sister, Fern Chipman Eyring. Fern's husband (Carl Eyring) passed away as a young scientist, and Harvey and Fern were married for 12 years until Harvey's death in 1981.
Biographical History The Harvey Fletcher family consists of his wife, Lorena Chipman, and their seven children: Phyllis, Steve, Charles, James, Robert, Harvey Junior, and Paul. After Lorena passed away, Harvey married Fern Chipman Eyring.

The Harvey Fletcher family consists of his wife, Lorena Chipman, and their seven children: Phyllis, Steve, Charles, James, Robert, Harvey Junior, and Paul. After Lorena passed away, Harvey married Fern Chipman Eyring. The family resided in Provo and New York at various times, providing Harvey the location he needed to work at Bell Laboratories and Brigham Young University.
Biographical History Maureen Meyer Fletcher was a graduate student at Brigham Young University.

Maureen Meyer Fletcher is the granddaugher of Harvey Fletcher, Sr. by marriage. She married Harvey's grandson, William Fletcher. She received her master's degree in film from Brigham Young University and did her thesis on Harvey Fletcher, Sr. She resides in Provo, Utah.

Arrangement

Arranged in five series: 1. Maureen Fletcher papers, approximately 1982. 2. Lorena Fletcher newspaper clippings, 1965. 3. Stephen Fletcher papers, 1920-1981. 4. Harvey Fletcher papers, approximately 1884-1981. 5. Harvey Fletcher films, approximately 1884-1982.

Custodial History

Donated by Steven Lund, who purchased the collection from the Fletcher family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Steven Lund; August 2010.

Appraisal

Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Related Materials

See also Oral history interview with Harvey Fletcher (UA OH 6), Harvey Fletcher papers (MSS 1233), and Harvey Fletcher correspondence relating to the naming of the Eyring Science Center (UA 504).

Processing Information

Processed; Kayla Quinney; August 2010.
Title
Register of the Harvey Fletcher family papers
Status
in_progress
Author
Kayla Quinney
Date
27 August 2010
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States