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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes scanned copies of notes, annotations, and correspodence.

Biographical Note

Dr. John Archibald Wheeler, an American theoretical physicist, is best known for linking the term "black hole" to objects with gravitational collapse. During World War II, he worked with the Manhattan Project's Metallurgical Laboratory in Chicago, where he helped design nuclear reactors, and he also helped design and build the hydrogen bomb in the early 1950s. In 1976, after teaching at Princeton University for 38 years, Dr. Wheeler began teaching physics at University of Texas. At some point between 1976 and 1986, two Abilene Christian University physics professors, Dr. Michael Sadler and Dr. Donald Isenhower, became acquainted with Dr. Wheeler. They were instrumental in obtaining this collection.

Donor Note

Dr. Michael Sadler and Dr. Donald Isenhower


This collection remains in the same box and order in which it was found in University Manuscripts.

Content List

Box 1
49 folders of scanned copies of annotations in books, handwritten notes, and some correspondence by Dr. Wheeler



Extent of Collection

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #405

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Brady Cox, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz


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