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American Astronomical Society.
American Astronomical Society records, 1897-1988 (bulk 1920-1980).
These records are described in three parts representing four separate accessions. The groups overlap and the same subjects may be covered in all three parts. There are also significant gaps, such as very little correspondence prior to 1915, and large gaps in the records of the treasurer. Most of the surviving documentation on the AAS's founding is in Parts 1 and 2. Membership applications, correspondence, and lists found throughout give details on the growth of the organization. A complete set of minutes (1897-1962) can be found in Part 1, and there is a wealth of information on meetings of the AAS throughout including programs and preliminary announcements, abstracts of papers, meeting attendance signature books, and executive committee minutes. Parts 2 and 3 contain significant records on the founding of the American Section of the International Astronomical Union in 1919 and provide insights into the international relations of the scientific community after World War I. Also included are published versions of constitutions, by-laws, and membership lists, budgets, committee minutes, treasurer's reports, and photographs of groups taken at meetings. Some of the topics include education and employment of astronomers, the organization of scientific personnel in support of the war effort in the 1940s, the participation of women astronomers, UFOs, and George E. Hale on the 100-inch Hooker telescope at Mt. Wilson Observatory. Correspondents include: Charles G. Abbot, Benjamin Boss, Margaret Burbidge, William W. Campbell, Annie J. Cannon, James McKeen Cattell, Goerge C. Comstock, Ralph H. Curtiss, Charles L. Doolittle, Dugan, R. S., Frank Edmondson, Philip Fox, Fredrick, Laurence, Edwin B. Frost, George E. Hale, William J. Hussey, J. Allen Hynek, Harold Jacoby, Albert A. Michelson, John A. Miller, Simon Newcomb, D. B. McLaughlin, George McVittie, Edward C. Pickering, Henry Norris Russell, Frank Schlesinger, Frederick H. Seares, Joel Stebbins, and Herbert C. Wilson.
The American Astronomical Society was founded in 1899 as the Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of America. The name was changed in 1914. Its purpose is the advancement of astronomy and closely related branches of science. The Society became an Associate Member of the American Institute of Physics in 1958 and has been a full Member Society since 1966. It is also affiliated with the International Astronomical Union.
Abbot, C. G. (Charles Greeley), 1872-1973
Boss, Benjamin.
Burbidge, E. Margaret.
Campbell, William Wallace, 1862-1938.
Cannon, Annie Jump, 1863-1941
Cattell, James McKeen, 1860-1944.
Comstock, George C. (George Cary), 1855-1934.
Curtiss, Ralph H.
Doolittle, Charles L. (Charles Leander), 1843-1919.
Dugan, Raymond Smith, 1878-1940.
Edmondson, Frank K. (Frank Kelley), 1912-
Fox, Philip, 1878-
Fredrick, Laurence W.
Frost, Edwin Brant, 1866-1935.
Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938
Hussey, William Joseph, 1862-1926.
Jacoby, Harold, 1865-1932.
McLaughlin, Dean B. (Dean Benjamin), 1901-1965.
McVittie, George C. (George Cunliffe)
Michelson, Albert A. (Albert Abraham), 1852-1931
Miller, John Anthony.
Newcomb, Simon, 1835-1909.
Pickering, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1846-1919.
Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957
Schlesinger, Frank, 1871-1943.
Seares, Frederick Hanley, 1873-
Stebbins, Joel, 1878-1966
Wilson, Herbert C.
Mount Wilson Observatory.
International Astronomical Union. American Section.
Astronomical observatories.
Astronomy -- Societies, etc.
Science -- International cooperation.
Unidentified flying objects.
Women in science
Minutes. aat
Negatives (photographic. aat
Astronomers. lcsh
Women astronomers. lcsh
Hynek, J. Allen (Joseph Allen), 1910-1986
Astronomy -- Study and teaching.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA