Vern Oliver Knudsen papers

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Vern Oliver Knudsen papers

Dates: 1927-1974

Vern Oliver Knudsen papers consist of blueprints, correspondence, business papers and various other materials.

  • Extent: 3 cartons (3 linear ft.). -- 11 oversize (5.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Knudsen, Vern Oliver, 1893-1974
  • Call Number: MSS 7578
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
The collection has been kept in its original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Vern Oliver Knudsen papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7578; Vern Oliver Knudsen papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, BYU. Following citations: MSS 7578, L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
Custodial History
Donated by Morris Knudsen in 1976.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Morris Knudsen; 1976.
Subject Terms
Architecture; Business; Correspondence; Material Types
Genre / Form
Architectural drawings; Blueprints; Business records
Processing Information
Processed; Kiren Dulai, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.
Appraisal Information
This collection provides insight into the life of the first Dean of Graduate Studies at UCLA. Collected in Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Knudsen (Vern Oliver) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kiren Dulai
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-08T09:39-0600
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Biographical History

Vern Oliver Knudsen was born December 27, 1893 in Provo, Utah. As a young adult, Knudsen was taught mathematics and physics by Harvery Fletcher, a renowned American physicist. Following his graduation from Brigham Young University in 1915, Knudsen followed the lead of Professor Fletcher to the Bell Telephone Laboritories where he engaged in some of the early work on oscilators. Vern soon decided to continue his studies at the University of Chicago in 1919. Having gained his PhD in physics in 1922, Knudsen joined the Department of Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles and began his research on architectural acoustics. Having joined forces with an otologist, Knudsen accomplished great things as a team such as 26 audiometers. Knudsen was soon called to help design stages of sound recording in 1929. His work has not gone unnoticed, in 1935 Knudsen was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science prize and during World War II he focused his studies towards sound under water. Vern Oliver Knudsen had several works published such as his 1932 "Architectural Acoustics" and his 1950 joint effort with Cyril M. Harris, "Acoustical Designing in Architecture." Knudsen was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Pyhsical Society and the Acoustical Society of America as well as a member of the Los Angeles Building and Safety Commission. Not only this, but he was also the former President of the California Institute for Cancer Research. He was awarded honorary degrees from Brigham Young University and also from University of California, Los Angeles following his retirement. Vern Oliver Knudsen died of pneumonia on May 13, 1974.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts