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Andrews Family papers

Identifier: MS-0443

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, genealogical information, photographs, yearbooks and publications dating from 1903-1959 related to Donald Hatch Andrews; his son, Donald H. Andrews, Jr.; and possibly Andrews's father, Russell G. Andrews. The correspondence spans 1923-1959 and is comprised of incoming letters to Donald Hatch Andrews. Five of them are from Yale University music professor, Ellsworth Grumman. Andrews had a life-long interest in music, perhaps enhanced by his friendship (and possible piano studies) with Grumman.The genealogical information was most likely compiled by Andrews's father or grandfather. It documents the Barnes, Grindley, Newell, Stanley, and Woodruff families, and also include copies of tombstone inscriptions. The yearbooks belonged to Donald Hatch Andrews, Jr., who attended Sanford Preparatory school in Hockessin, Delaware. Three of them are autographed by various students; their comments provide some insight into Andrews, Jr.'s interests and character. There are two photo albums. One contains cabinet photographs of family members from the late nineteenth century, and the other contains cyanotype photographs of an unidentified location, most likely Southington, Connecticut.


  • Creation: 1903-1959, undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1921-1959


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Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Donald Hatch Andrews was born in 1898 in Southington, Connecticut. He was the son of Mary E. Hatch and Russell G. Andrews. Andrews studied at Philips-Exeter Academy and received his B.A. (1923) and Ph.D. (1923) from Yale University. He joined the chemistry faculty at The Johns Hopkins University in 1927 and served as chair of the department from 1936 to 1944. He retired from Hopkins in 1963, but taught for three more years at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Andrews’s primary specialty was the study of the properties of matter at extremely low temperatures. He was also a leader in the construction of a superconducting bolometer, a device which measures heat with infra-red rays. In addition to his research, Andrews was remembered for revitalizing the freshman chemistry program in 1958.

Andrews married his first wife, Josephine Adair Veeder in 1939; they had one son, Donald Hatch Andrews, Jr., but divorced in 1950. After his divorce, Andrews married the former Elizabeth Howland. He died on June 3, 1973, and was survived by his wife, son and two grandsons.


0.94 Cubic Feet (2 legal size document boxes)

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Donald Hatch Andrews was a chemist born in 1898 in Southington, Connecticut. The collection consists of correspondence, genealogical information, photographs, yearbooks and publications dating from 1903-1959 related to Andrews and his family.


The papers were transferred from the Chemistry Department in 1999.

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Andrews Family papers
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