Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Benjamin S. Melton papers, 1918-1979 MS 309

creator Melton, Benjamin S.
Title: Benjamin S. Melton Papers
Dates: 1918-1979
Abstract: This collection is composed of photographs and papers of the academic life of Benjamin S. Melton. It contains class reports and experiments submitted by Benjamin Melton when he was an engineering student at Rice Institute (later known as Rice University).
Identification: MS 309
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet(1 box)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas


Benjamin S. Melton was born in Dallas, Texas, on January 2, 1904. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rice Institute in 1925. Following a student engineering course at the General Electric Company and a short time as engineer with the Gulf States Utilities Company, he was employed by the General Exploration Company of Houston, TX, to do research and development work in the electromagnetic prospecting for oil, during the years 1928 to 1930. Late in 1930, he entered the field of seismograph prospecting with Geophysical Service, Inc. of Dallas, TX, where he remained until April 1942. In 1942, Mr. Melton joined the staff of the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University as a radio engineer on the proximity-fuse project. Following assignment to several associated projects, he entered the research program on supersonic aerodynamics initiated toward the close of the war, and was engaged in development of optical and other methods for examining super-sonic flow. In December 1948, he accepted an appointment as a geophysicist with the U. S. Air Force. He was with the Air Force Technical Applications Center in Alexandria, VA, as an electronic engineer, supervising the development of instrumentation.

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of photographs and academic papers of Benjamin S. Melton. It contains class reports and experiments submitted by Benjamin Melton when he was a student at Rice Institute. The academic papers are primarily related to courses taken in Electrical Engineering. Photographs include the Rice Institute campus, student life, and informal National Guard activities.


Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the Benjamin S. Melton Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

Rice University -- History
papers (document genres)
Melton, Benjamin S.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin S. Melton papers 1918-1979, MS 309, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Benjamin S. Melton, November 8, 1980.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Academic Papers, 1918-1925

Box Folder
1 1 High School and College Papers c.1918
2 Ideas Book 1924
3 Chemical Engineering 300 Experiments
Electrical Engineering (E.E.) 300 and 400 Experiments
5 E.E. 410 Experiments 1-23
6 E.E. 410 Experiments 24-46
7 Mechanical Engineering 300 Experiments

Series II: Correspondence, 1925-1979

Box Folder
1 8 General Correspondence 1925-1982
9 Rice Engineering Alumni Correspondence 1948-1959
10 Rice Alumni Correspondence 1958-1979

Series III: Biographical, 1925-1980

Box Folder
1 11 Biographical Information, technical papers bibliography, portrait photograph of Melton (circa 1960), undated photograph of Rice class of 1925 (circa 1970s)
12 Certificates, Cards, National Guard honorable discharge document

Series IV: Photographs, ca. 1920s

Box Folder
1 13 5"x7" black photo album containing 1"x3" black and white photos of Melton's time at Rice Institute and with the National Guard, circa early 1920's / World War I.