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Introduction
1. Biographical note * 
2. Discovery and acquisition
3. History, scope and contents of the Pieter Zeeman papers
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385 Zeeman, prof. dr. Pieter, te Amsterdam
Introduction
3. History, scope and contents of the Pieter Zeeman papers
Organisatie: Noord-Hollands Archief
The oldest documents in the Pieter Zeeman papers date from around 1877 (inv.nrs. 242-243). When he moved to Delft in 1882 to prepare for his supplementary examination in Latin and Greek, his parents began a regular correspondence with him. From this period also remain some notes and notebooks. When he moved to Leiden in 1885, the correspondence with his parents continued. In addition, many of his student notebooks, his research notes and notebooks and many other documents relating to his physics studies and personal life during this period were preserved.
Around 1895, Zeeman established a pattern regarding his personal papers which continued until his death. Perhaps his marriage in that year and the administration of his wife's considerable fortune, which it entailed, convinced him of the benefits of systematic record keeping.
Zeeman began to collect his letters in binders, 57 in all, divided by subject in 'particulier/wetenschappelijk' [personal/scientific] (46 binders) and 'zaken' [business] (11 binders).
Each binder comprised a period of roughly 8 to 14 months and within it the letters were arranged alphabetically under the name of the correspondent. Zeeman also kept drafts of outgoing letters in these binders under the names of the addressees. However, he apparently only made a draft if, for some reason, the letter was difficult to write and he needed to collect his thoughts. An exception is formed by his letters to the Amsterdamsche Bank which were preserved in 13 letterpress copybooks (inv.nrs. 185-197).
On the other hand, Zeeman grouped documents relating to a function, an activity or a subject into case files. Sometimes these files contain only letters, often though, and especially those files concerning scientific research, they contain documents of all types.
Finally, Zeeman continued to use research notebooks in which he wrote down observations and data while conducting his experiments.
With the Zeeman papers were also found documents belonging to members of his family. It was thought worthwhile to include all documents belonging to Zeeman's parents in the inventory, as well as those belonging to his wife and his daughter Willemina, as far as they date from Zeeman's lifetime and shed some light on his personality.
In addition, the letters sent by Zeeman to H. Kamerlingh Onnes (inv.nr. 950) were found with the Zeeman papers. They were probably returned to him after Kamerlingh Onnes's death.
Furthermore, some documents belonging to the anti-relativist physicist Charles Menges (inv.nrs. 951-953) were among the Zeeman papers. Zeeman probably obtained these after Menges's death in 1928 (see correspondence with Dudok van Heel, inv.nr. 41).
Finally, some documents were found of which it was not possible to determine either how they came into Zeeman's possession or whether they have any relation to a case file (inv.nrs. 954-957).
Although the papers had not been properly cared for, and were found to be in considerable disarray at the time of their discovery, the small packing units on the binder, folder, and envelope level had, fortunately, remained largely intact.
Before processing, the Pieter Zeeman papers comprised 19 running meters.
Four meters of bank statements and other routine bookkeeping records and documents belonging to Zeeman's children were deaccessioned.
4. Arrangement and description
5. Instruction for the user of this inventory
6. Bibliography
Inventory
Kenmerken
Datering:
1877-1940
Periode documenten:
ca. 1877-1940
Omvang:
18,10
Openbaarheid:
openbaar
Vestiging voor raadplegen:
Haarlem, Kleine Houtweg
Gebruiksinformatie:
Inventaris in band 385 inv. nrs. 1-1005. Er is geen beperking op de openbaarheid, maar er is wel een beperking op de mogelijkheid tot publicatie. Nadere informatie over de raadpleging bij de informatiebalie. Prof. dr. P. Zeeman (1865-1943) was natuurkundige en Nobelprijswinnaar. Het archief bevat ook enige archiefstukken van familieleden, alsmede van prof. H. Kamerlingh Onnes en Charles Menges.
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