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Abstract

The papers of meteorologist Jorgen Holmboe contain mainly personal and professional correspondence, but also document his participation on the Lincoln Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition of 1934-1936. The collection also documents the Holmboe family in Norway and the United States. The bulk of this material is in Norwegian with some material in English and German.

Biography

Jorgen Holmboe was born on November 8, 1902, near Hammerfest, Norway. In 1922, he entered the University of Oslo, initially studying mathematics. He became research assistant to meteorologist Vilhelm Bjerknes, founder of the Bergen Geophysical Institute and leader of the Bergen School of Meteorology, in 1925. After graduating in 1930, Holmboe worked as a meteorologist for the Norwegian weather service, first in Tromso, then in Bergen. From 1933 to 1935, he served as meteorologist for the Lincoln Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition. Upon his return, Holmboe married Kirsten Bendixen; they had one daughter, Anna, born in 1941.

Holmboe was appointed assistant professor at MIT in 1936, and then was invited by Bjerknes to join him in establishing a meteorology program at UCLA. Initially part of the physics program, the meteorology department was established as a separate department at UCLA in 1946. Holmboe served as the first chair of the Meteorology Department in 1946, and again from 1949-1958. His research principally concerned wave motion in the atmosphere, the formation of cyclones, and air flow over the Sierra Nevada.

Holmboe was appointed professor emeritus at UCLA, and retired in 1970. He died on October 29, 1970.

Scope and Content

The papers of meteorologist Jorgen Holmboe document his work as assistant to Vilhelm Bjerknes and his participation on the Lincoln Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition of 1934-1936. The collection also documents the Holmboe family in Norway and the United States. The papers are arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL PAPERS.

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE series makes up the bulk of the collection, containing personal and professional letters primarily in Norwegian. The series and is arranged in two subseries: A) Chronological and B) Alphabetical.

The first subseries contains letters arranged by date. These letters are mainly professional in nature. A group of letters to and from the Holmboe family, including Jorgen Holmboe's mother & father, are found here as well. These letters are filed under "Family Letters" and sorted by date.

The second subseries is arranged by correspondent. The bulk of these are letters between Jorgen and Kirsten Holmboe, with most letters written in Norwegian. Several of these letters appear to have been numbered by Holmboe and are kept in their numerical order. Also included are letters from Anna Holmboe, Baard Holth and Fred Spiess.

SERIES 2: PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL PAPERS

The PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL PAPERS series contains materials related to Holmobe's life, family, travels and work. Of particular interest are papers related to the Lincoln Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition, including invoices, travel documents, meteorological information and correspondence. The bulk of this material is in Norwegian.

CORRESPONDENCE

Chronological

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1 1-2 1929 - 1935. Includes congratulatory telegrams on Holmboe's marriage.
1 3 1936-1937, 1940, 1946, 1949.
1 4 1967 - 1968.
Family letters.
1 5 1933 - 1934.
1 6 1941, 1945-1946.
1 7 1965 - 1973.

Alphabetical

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1 8 Holmboe, Anna, 1955, 1962-1968, 1972.
Holmboe, Jorgen to Kirsten Holmboe.
1 9 ca. 1932 - 1934.
1 10-15 1937 - 1938. Numbered letters.
2 1 1937 - 1938.
2 2 1942-1945, 1948.
2 3 1955.
2 4 1962, 1965-1966.
Holmboe, Kirsten to Jorgen Holmboe.
2 5 1933 - 1934.
2 6-7 1937 - 1938. Numbered letters.
2 8 1938.
2 9 Holth, Baard, 1934.
2 10 Spiess, Fred Noel, 1935 - 1936.

PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL PAPERS

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2 11 Biographical materials, 1918 - 1980.
2 12 Certificates, memberships & honors, 1941 - 1969.
2 13 Holmboe, Kirsten Bendixen - Biographical materials, 1924 - 1965.
2 14 Lincoln Ellsworth Expedition, 1929 - 1935.
2 15 Meteorological papers & correspondence, re. Southern hemisphere, 1933 - 1938.
2 16 Loyalty oath controversy, UCLA, 1949.
2 17 The Bergen School of Polar Front Meteorology - Typescript, undated.
2 18 Jacob Bjerknes obituary - Drafts, 1975.
2 19 Bergeron, Tor. Draft of a Commentary on the Copenhagen (1929) Codes for Weather Messages. Translated from the German original, ca. 1935.


Finding aid generated: 2014-01-07