Title: James O. Perrine. Papers, 1907-1972.
Archives Record Series: 15/07/10
Creator: James Owen Perrine
Extent: 1.51 linear feet, 3 boxes, 19 folders
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Northern Iowa
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Access and Use: No restrictions. Materials are open for research. Some material is fragile.
Technical access: “The Voder” is recorded on magnetic audiotape and requires special playback equipment for access and use.
Scope and Content: Papers, bound books and journals, photos, magnetic audiotape, ca. 1907-1972. The J. O. Perrine papers primarily cover Dr. Perrine’s work in the physics aspect of electrical communication. However, he also wrote a booklet about money and compound interest from a mathematician's point of view. It is uncertain who his intended audience was with this booklet.
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], in the James O. Perrine Papers, 1907-1972, Archives Record Series 15/07/10, [folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.
James Owen Perrine (1886-1974), who went by J. O. or J. Owen, was born to Peter and Elizabeth Rockefeller Perrine. He was a physics professor at Iowa State Teachers College. He also twice served as the school’s football coach, in 1910 and again in 1917.
He married Blanche Albright in Burlington, Iowa in 1910. She died in 1960. They had one son, James Perrine, Jr., who died in 1984.
A veteran, he was a captain in the U.S. Army and during World War I headed the officers candidate school for the Army Signal Corps at Yale University.
He earned a doctorate's degree in physics from Cornell University and as an executive at AT&T advised the U.S. Navy on submarine detection during World War II. In 1963 he wrote The Slide Rule Handbook. A noted physicist, he lectured at 173 colleges in the United States and Canada.
It is unknown when or by whom these papers were donated to Special Collections and University Archives, although the last dated item in the collection is 1972. The original order of the papers has been retained.
- News clippings
Folder B: Book by Dr. Perrine, How Money Grows at Compound Interest, Upper Iowa University, 1970
Folder C: “Basic Mathematics in Electrical Communication” (manuscript treatise), 1956
Folder D: Correspondence, memorandum, miscellaneous
Folder E: Memoranda
Folder F: Paper: “Graphical Portrayal of Square Root of the Mean Square of Effective Value of Alternating Electrical Current.”
Folder G: Handwritten math notes
- News clippings,
- Magnetic audiotape: “The Voder”
Folder A: Miscellaneous correspondence
Folder B: Publications
Folder C: List of Dr. Perrine’s publications
Folder D: Notes
Folder B: Paper, “Determination and Graphical Portrayal of Equivalent Amounts of Energy in Direct and Alternating Electrical Currents”
Folder C: Publications
Folder D: Class notes when Dr. Perrine was a student, 1907
Folder E: Notes and research for compound interest papers
- Obituary of Dr. Perrine
Folder G: Book, Basic Physics and Mathematics in Electrical Communications, 2 volumes, pre-publication copy, 1958
Collection processed by Library Associate Dave Hoing, September 2017