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Lynn Edward Weaver Papers

Identifier: UA-LW001

Scope and Contents

The Lynn Edward Weaver papers include records relating to Dr. Weaver’s professional career.

The biographical information series ranges from 1962 to 2007 and consists of three sub-series. The personal sub-series ranges from 1965 to 2007 and includes biographical sketches of Dr. Weaver giving overviews of his professional activities and appointments, correspondence, and head shots of Dr. Weaver. The accolades sub-series ranges from 1964 to 2002 and consists mainly of correspondence and certificates of congratulations relating to Dr. Weaver’s appointment as president of Florida Institute of Technology. The media sub-series ranges from 1962 to 1987 includes news articles written about Dr. Weaver and the projects and institutions with which he has been associated, some of which are in newsprint.

The academic appointment series ranges from 1965 to 2003 and includes 5 sub-series relating to the universities where Dr. Weaver held positions. The Florida Institute of Technology sub-series ranges from 1987 to 2003 and includes ephemera, speeches, photographs, and administrative reports relating to Dr. Weaver’s presidency as well as documents and news articles relating to the F.W. Olin Foundation. The Auburn University sub-series ranges from 1980 to 1987 and contains correspondence, reports, and speeches relating to Dr. Weaver’s appointment as Dean of Engineering. The Georgia Institute of Technology sub-series ranges from 1975 to 1983 and includes correspondence, ephemera, and reports relating to Dr. Weaver’s appointment as Director of the School of Nuclear Engineering. The University of Arizona sub-series ranges from 1965 to 1981and includes correspondence and news articles relating to Dr. Weaver’s position as head of the Nuclear Engineering Department. The Northwestern University series contains a document and syllabus from 1972 relating to Dr. Weaver’s appointment as an instructor.

The research and development series ranges from c.1959 to 2005 and consists of four sub-series relating to different activities that Dr. Weaver undertook for both the public and private sectors. The first sub-series, advising and consulting, ranges from 1964 to 2004 and includes correspondence and reports written or received by Dr. Weaver in his roles advising organizations on matters relating to nuclear energy. The publications and drafts sub-series ranges from 1960 to 2005 and includes two sub-sub-series. The news/media sub-sub-series ranges from 1979 to 2005 and includes newspaper articles, some of which are in newsprint, written by Dr. Weaver about nuclear energy. The scholarly articles sub-sub-series ranges from 1960 to 2003 and includes articles and publications written by Dr. Weaver for professional journals. The speeches sub-series ranges from c.1977 to 1987 and contains typescripts and drafts of speeches given by Dr. Weaver at conferences and meetings. The supplementary research sub-series ranges from c.1959 to 1989 and contains reports, articles, and photographs relating to research not performed by Dr. Weaver but which he received.

The professional organizations series ranges from 1960 to 1989 and consists of nine sub-series relating to the different organizations in which Dr. Weaver has been involved. The American Association of Engineering Societies sub-series is the largest in the entire collection. It ranges from 1978 to 1989 and includes correspondence, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, publications, and drafts relating to the different committees and task groups in which Dr. Weaver participated. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers sub-series ranges from 1981 to 1986 and includes correspondence and reports. The American Institute of Electrical Engineers sub-series contains a conference paper authored by Dr. Weaver and Robert Miller, Jr. from 1960. The American Nuclear Society sub-series ranges from 1966 to 1984 and contains administrative documents, meeting agendas and minutes, and reports relating to Dr. Weaver’s involvement with the Planning Committee. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers sub-series ranges from 1981 to 1984 and contains correspondence and statements. The American Society for Engineering Education sub-series ranges from 1980 to 1986 and contains correspondence, reports, and statements. The general organizations sub-series ranges from 1981 to 1984 and contains conference proceedings, correspondence, ephemera, and statements from organizations about which there is little material. The WATTec sub-series ranges from 1983 to 1985 and includes correspondence, ephemera, and a speech given by Dr. Weaver at a meeting. The World Federation of Engineering Organizations sub-series ranges from 1983 to 1985 and includes administrative documents, agendas, correspondence, and reports.


  • c.1959-2007


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies, photographs, and scans of items that are available for access within this collection may be made by users or by library staff on behalf of users for the following purposes: personal, research, scholarly, educational, and other nonprofit use. It is the responsibility of the user to abide by any and all applicable copyright laws in their use of material from the Harry P. Weber University Archives. Florida Tech is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from improper use of research copies or scans created by or provided to users.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Lynn E. Weaver served as the third president of Florida Institute of Technology from 1987 to 2002. His long career included numerous academic positions; advising and consulting in both the private and public sectors including the US Congress; prolific academic writing; and service on committees in a variety of professional organizations, including the American Association of Engineering Societies and the American Nuclear Society. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and served with the U.S. Air Force supervising the installation of early warning radar in the 1950s. He also represented Georgia Institute of Technology on the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Council of Sponsoring Institutions from 1972 to 1982 and served on ORAU's Board of Directors from 1984 to 1987. Weaver also served as the U.S. Representative to the World Federation of Engineering Societies. Dr. Lynn E. Weaver’s academic background in Electrical Engineering includes a B.S. from the University of Missouri, M.S. from Southern Methodist University, Ph.D. from Purdue University, and a Professional Engineer License.

Dr. Weaver is an international authority in the field of nuclear energy and a long-serving executive editor for the journal Annals of Nuclear Energy. In addition, he has also acted as editor or co-editor of five technical books, and has published two textbooks and more than fifty articles in professional journals. Weaver's commitment to public education on energy involved authoring and appearing in newspaper articles, public television, and other educational programs and media outlets throughout his career.

Prior to his work as president of Florida Tech, Dr. Weaver also served as the Dean of Engineering at Auburn University, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, the Director for the School of Nuclear Engineer and Health Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology, and the first head of the University of Arizona Nuclear Engineering Department. During his tenure at the University of Arizona, Dr. Weaver worked with the State of Arizona Atomic Energy Commission to ensure that education and research in the fields of nuclear engineering and science could be undertaken in the state. While president of Florida Institute of Technology, Weaver obtained the largest gift at the time for a private university with an initial $50 million grant from the F. W. Olin Foundation. Additional support in matching funds and a follow-up grant totalled around $64 million from the foundation over several years, which was crucial to FIT's expansion and to increasing and enhancing research facilities on campus. As Florida Tech's president, Weaver also expanded the university’s focus on research, added new academic programs and research institutes, and increased endowed scholarships.


7.2 Cubic Feet (17 archival boxes and one oversized box.)

Language of Materials



The Lynn Edward Weaver Papers are a collection of documents relating to Dr. Weaver, President Emeritus of Florida Institute of Technology. The collection is comprised of documents from Dr. Weaver’s life, academic career, research, and accolades. The documents include correspondence, photographs, academic certificates, video and audio recordings, and other documents. The bulk of the documents in the collection are dated from 1965 to 2002.


Rather than being arranged alphabetically, the series are arranged topically.

The biographical information series is the first in the arrangement and provides an overview of Dr. Weaver’s career and professional activities, which are expanded on in the following series.

The academic appointments series follows as the positions Dr. Weaver held in universities make up the heart of his professional career. This series is arranged in reverse-chronological order, beginning with materials relating to his presidency at Florida Institute of Technology and going backwards.

The research and development series comes third as Dr. Weaver’s participation in advising, consulting, authoring articles, and delivering speeches often overlapped with his academic appointments.

The professional organizations series comes last as the materials contained are less directly related to Dr. Weaver’s own research.

The collection consists of 17 boxes, and the boxes are numbered consecutively. The folders are numbered and restart with each sub-series. There is one oversized box for the collection.

The arrangement outline is as follows: Series 1: Biographical Information, 1962 – 2007 Sub-series 1: Personal, 1965 – 2007 Sub-series 2: Accolades, 1964 – 2002 Sub-series 3: Media, 1962 – 1987 Series 2: Academic Appointments, 1965 – 2003 Sub-series 1: Florida Institute of Technology, 1987 – 2003 Sub-series 2: Auburn University, 1980 – 1987 Sub-series 3: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1975 – 1981 Sub-series 4: University of Arizona, 1965 – 1981 Sub-series 5: Northwestern University, 1972 Series 3: Research and Development, c.1959 – 2005 Sub-series 1: Advising and Consulting, 1964 – 2004 Sub-series 2: Publications and Drafts, 1960 – 2005 Sub-sub-series 1: News/Media, 1979 – 2005 Sub-sub-series 2: Scholarly Articles, 1960 – 2003 Sub-series 3: Speeches, c.1977 – 1987 Sub-series 4: Supplementary Research, c.1959 – 1989 Series 4: Professional Organizations, 1960 – 1989 Sub-series 1: American Association of Engineering Societies, 1978 – 1989* Sub-series 2: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1981 – 1986 Sub-series 3: American Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1960 Sub-series 4: American Nuclear Society, 1966 – 1984 Sub-series 5: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1981 – 1984 Sub-series 6: American Society for Engineering Education, 1980 – 1986 Sub-series 7: General Organizations, 1981 – 1984 Sub-series 8: WATTec, 1983 – 1985 Sub-series 9: World Federation of Engineering Organizations, 1981 – 1982


Further accruals are anticipated.

Finding Aid of the Lynn Edward Weaver Papers
Marissa Kings
February 2, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Harry P. Weber University Archives Repository

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Florida Institute of Technology
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