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Ronald E. Mickens papers

Identifier: 699

Scope and Contents

The Ronald E. Mickens papers document the professional life of African American physicist and university professor Ronald E. Mickens and include his correspondence, writings, research materials, conference and professional organization materials, and university activities spanning the early 1960s to 2013.

The papers contain extensive correspondence, mainly related to communication with scientists and students from around the world, and peer-review correspondence. Also included are family materials, such as family calendars and greeting cards.

Papers also include drafts, notes, and calculations for Mickens' 200-plus academic articles in physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics journals, and manuscript drafts and other materials related to his eight books. Ephemera from conferences contain Mickens' notes and transparencies from over 500 scientific, mathematics, and educational conferences. Conferences and professional organizations featured in papers include: American Physical Society and its Committee on Minorities in Physics; American Mathematical Society; Bouchet-ICTP Institute; Ford Foundation Conference of Ford Fellows; International Conference on Difference Equations and Mathematical Systems; National Society of Black Physicists;  National Conference of Black Physics Students; and Southeastern Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations. The bulk of the university files consist of Mickens professional materials from Fisk University and Clark University. Finally, the papers include photographs and ephemera, mainly from professional conferences and university events.


  • Created: 1950-2013
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1963-2013
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/24/1994


Conditions Governing Access

The papers of Ronald E. Mickens are open and available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.


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Source of Acquisition

Dr. Ronald E. Mickens

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Accruals and Additions

Additions to the papers of Ronald E. Mickens were received between 1997-2013.

Related Materials

The Amistad Research Center also houses the following collections related to the Ronald E. Mickens papers: the Luther G. Bellinger papers, the Albert Turner Bharucha-Reid papers, the Black Data Processing Association records, the James Blackwell papers, the Henry Braden III papers, the Eugene Collins papers, the Alexander Louis Jackson papers, the Parson vs. Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation records, the Brent Taylor Pendleton collection, the Joseph A. Pierce papers, the Raymond J. Pitts papers, the Jesse Olin Sheffield papers, the George Thomas Jr. papers, and the Robert Ambrose Thornton papers.

Processing Information

The papers of Ronald E. Mickens were processed between January and July 2015. This collection was funded in part by an Institute of Museum and Library Services processing grant.

Ronald E. Mickens papers
Jessica Perkins Smith
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