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Ivan Harry Summers papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 5060


The author of Vector Theory of Circuits Involving Synchronous Machines, Ivan H. Summers, was a 1920 graduate of the University of Southern California (electrical engineering). His education continued at the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York, where he completed an advanced course in engineering and published a thesis for USC called Eddy Currents in Armature Windings. Summers wrote and published several other articles pertaining to armature conductors and system stability before his untimely death in 1932 when his glider crashed to the ground in Schenectady, New York. Summers was thirty years old.

This small collection is comprised of Ivan Summers's 1914 yearbook from Los Angeles Polytechnic High School, the thesis he wrote in 1930 after completing the advanced course in engineering through the General Electric Company, newspaper clippings regarding his fatal glider accident, letters of condolence to his wife, Minta, in the summer of 1930, and a few photographs of Summers as a child and young man.


  • 1907-1930


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Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


.47 Linear Feet (1 box)

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General Note

A 1920 USC yearbook (El Rodeo) was disposed of due to extreme mold on the covers and within many of the pages which were stuck together. USC Archives retains a copy of the same yearbook, both in physical form and digitally with the Digital Library.

  • 1920 USC yearbook (<title>El Rodeo</title>)
Finding Aid of the Ivan Harry Summers papers
Jacqueline Morin
2018 May
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Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

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