Institute of Optics: "Amontillado's Arcanum"

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Institute of Optics: "Amontillado's Arcanum"
Creator:
Call Number: UA25
Dates: 1945, 1982-2004
Physical Description: 0.37 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Access
Use
Citation
Bibliography
Collection Overview
Title: Institute of Optics: "Amontillado's Arcanum"
Call Number: UA25
Dates: 1945, 1982-2004
Physical Description: 0.37 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
"Amontillado's Arcanum" is a fictional story set at the Institute of Optics. At the time the story was written, in 1945, the Institute was located on the fourth floor of Bausch & Lomb Hall, and it was heavily involved in research projects related to World War II. Although the script was written under the pseudonym SPUD, the author was later revealed to be Benjamin Metelsky, a physicist working on National Defense Research Committee projects at the Institute during the war. The plot revolves around an undercover agent working against enemy spies who are trying to steal classified information from the Institute. It includes characters with names of Institute faculty such as Director Brian O'Brien.

Scope and Content
The collection contains a copied, commercially bound volume of "Amontillado's Arcanum" and a typescript of the story with page 6 missing (replaced with a photocopy). Both of these versions are dated October 31, 1945. The collection also includes research into the identity of the author from 1982-2004.

Access
For access to this collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives (archives@library.rochester.edu) at least two business days prior to your planned visit.

Please note: Some materials may be restricted or require permission for use.

Use
To request reproductions or permission to publish materials from the collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives (archives@library.rochester.edu). Researchers may be responsible for determining any copyright questions.



Citation
[Item title, item date], Institute of Optics: "Amontillado's Arcanum", UA25, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Institute of Optics Papers, UA23

Brian O'Brien Papers, D.340

Bibliography
A Jewel in the Crown. Ed. Carlos R. Stroud. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2004.


Administrative Information
Author: Ava Hurlock (Class of 2018)
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055
archives@library.rochester.edu

Finding aid publication date: May 2018


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