Guide to the James Mahaffey Cold Fusion Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1393
Creators:
Mahaffey, James A.
Medicine and Science, Division of, (NMAH, SI)
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Dates:
1989 - 1992
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection contains archival materials relating to the subject of cold fusion, and experiments conducted to corroborate the supposed discovery of the phenomenon. The collection includes Mahaffey's heavily illustrated laboratory notebook, dating from the beginning of the experiment on April 8, 1989 through April 20, 1989, documenting the experiment's research plan, budget, ingredients and instruments used, the time line and Mahaffey's and his fellow scientists' observations; and a report, April 30, 1989, on the results of Georgia Tech Research Institute's experiments. These two items were donated by GTRI. Additional items, donated by Mahaffey include: letters and emails to Mahaffey, photographs and slides used in a lecture, copies of papers given and bibliographies on the subject, abstracts of accounts of cold fusion research presented at a Santa Fe workshop, audio recordings of the same conference, a patent, articles, and video recordings of press coverage.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is unarranged.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Physicist at Georgia Tech Research Institute. He, and others at GTRI made efforts to replicate results reported by two scientists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann, in which they asserted they'd discovered a way to achieve nuclear fusion at room temperature (so-called "cold fusion.") Despite their high hopes at the beginning of the project, Mahaffey and his team soon concluded that they were unable to achieve cold fusion.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by the Georgia Institute of Technology and James A. Mahaffey, 2016.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
James Mahaffey Cold Fusion Collection, 1989-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center by the Division of Medicine and Science in 2016. Gifts of two separate donors, James Mahaffey and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Keywords
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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives