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Records of the American Astronomical Society, 1897-1988 (bulk 1920-1980)

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics.

College Park, MD 20740

Papers created by

American Astronomical Society.

Size of collection

31 linear feet (62 boxes)

Short description of collection

Organization founded in 1899 for the advancement of astronomy and closely related branches of science. Documents the founding and growth of the organization and its activities; includes records of membership, correspondence, programs, meetings, constitutions, by-laws, executive committee minutes, treasurer's reports, photographs of meetings. Subjects covered include education and employment of astronomers; scientists and World War II; women astronomers; UFOs.

Language(s) of collection


Institutional History

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) had its origin at a conference of astronomers and astrophysicists that was held October 18-20, 1897, in conjunction with the dedication of Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. A second conference was held at Harvard College Observatory on August 18-20, 1898, at which a committee was appointed to lay the ground work for a permanent national society of astronomers and astrophysicists. The purpose of the society was to be the "advancement of astronomy, astrophysics, and related branches of physics." The committee consisted of George E. Hale, Simon Newcomb, Edward C. Pickering, Edward W. Morley, and George C. Comstock. A meeting for preliminary organization was held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on August 23, 1898, at which the committee was enlarged by the addition of Samuel P. Langley, Lewis Boss, Albert A. Michelson, and Joseph S. Ames. This enlarged committee was designated the Executive Council and was authorized to draft a constitution. A constitution was prepared at a meeting at the Smithsonian Institution, February 18, 1899.

The first official meeting of the Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of America, as the American Astronomical Society was then called, was held at Yerkes Observatory on September 6-8, 1899. At this meeting the constitution was adopted, and the Society's first officers were elected. In 1914, by amendment to the constitution the name of the Society was changed to the American Astronomical Society. In 1928 the American Astronomical Society was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois, and Dearborn Observatory, Evanston, Illinois, was designated the Society's legal home. Membership in the Society was open to any person "deemed capable of preparing an acceptable paper on astronomy, astrophysics, or related branches of physics." In 1966 AAS became a Member Society of the American Institute of Physics.

The governing body of the Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of America was a council composed of the president, two vice-presidents, a secretary, a treasurer, nine councilors, and two ex-presidents. Simon Newcomb was elected first president and remained president until 1905 when he was succeeded by Edward C. Pickering, who headed the Society until 1919. Some of the most prominent scientists in the twentieth century have been presidents of the Society.

During the early years of the Society meetings were held annually. Since 1920 two meetings have been held each year, one in late summer and one, for a time held in December and now held in January, with officers elected at the summer meetings. Programs at these meetings consist mainly of papers submitted by members which are later abstracted in the Society's official journals. The Society has also held symposia consisting of invited papers, which are published in the Society's journals. The first of the American Astronomical Society's journals, Publications, ceased publication with Volume X in 1943. Since that time, papers have been abstracted in the Astronomical Journal, acquired in 1941 by the American Astronomical Society from Dudley Observatory, Albany N.Y., which had been publishing it since 1849. The AAS now publishes it in conjunction with the American Institute of Physics. The Society also publishes the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society in conjunction with the American Institute of Physics and collaborates with the University of Chicago in publishing the Astrophysical Journal, which was founded in 1895 and was purchased from the University of Chicago in 1972.

Throughout its history the Society has concerned itself with the issues of education and employment in the sciences, particularly astronomy. They have, at various times, run an appointment service, participated in the work of the Scientific Manpower Commission, and supported committees on the Teaching of Science and Math and a Task Group on Education in Astronomy. Among the Society's activities is the Visiting Professors Program which is financed by the National Science Foundation, and consists of both a domestic and foreign program. The American Astronomical Society awards a number of prizes, of which the Annie J. Cannon Prize is the oldest. This prize, created in 1933 by the distinguished astronomer Dr. Annie Jump Cannon, is given to a woman astronomer who has made a valuable contribution to astronomy and its allied sciences. The American Astronomical Society has also participated in the International Astronomical Union, founded in 1919 under the auspices of the International Research Council and the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU), predecessor of the IRC. The American National Research Council officially named the American Astronomical Society as agent with the American delegation.

As with most societies of this kind, the records of the Society were moved from place to place with each new officer for many years. But in 1962 the Society had become sufficiently large that the Council moved to set up a permanent full-time office with an executive officer and a secretary. The first executive officer was Paul Routly, whose appointment began August 15, 1962. Routly was succeeded in 1969 by Hank M. Gurin.

The original American Astronomical Society offices were located in Princeton, New Jersey. In September 1977 the Society began looking into setting up a national office in Washington, D.C. with the intention of being more involved with important issues of legislation affecting the sciences. In June 1978, the Society began advertising for a new executive officer who would take on the task of interacting with Congress and federal agencies. Peter Boyce moved into the position of executive officer at about the same time the new offices were opened in Washington, D.C. on March 1, 1979.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The records currently cover the period 1895-1988 and are described in three subgroups representing four separate accessions. It should be noted that the subgroups overlap and the same subjects may be covered in all three subgroups. Most of the surviving documentation on the organization's founding is in Subgroups I and II. 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 Subgroup I, and there is a wealth of information on meetings of the AAS throughout. Subgroups II and III contain significant records on the founding of the American Section of the International Astronomical Union.

It should also be noted that there are significant gaps in these records. Since AAS did not have a permanent office for so many years, the records were shifted to each new officer causing many inactive records to be lost in the process. There is very little correspondence prior to 1915 and there is a large gap in the records of the treasurer.

Some of the topics discussed in the collection include education and employment of astronomers, insights into international relations in the scientific community after World War I, employment of astronomers during the Depression, the organization of scientific personnel in support of the war effort in the 1940s, the participation of women astronomers, and UFOs.

All photographs and negatives in the collection have been separated to the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives Collection. Photocopies of them remain with the records.

For specific information on the collection consult the more detailed descriptions in each of the three subgroups.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Permission of an officer of the American Astronomical Society required for access to records less than 50 years old. All other records open to approved researchers.

Use of primary source material in the Niels Bohr Library requires prior approval through an Application for Access, which includes a statement of research purpose and the names and addresses of two scholars as references. Access applications can be obtained by contacting the Library (telephone 301-209-3177; or e-mail The application can also be printed from our website.

Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.


Abbot, Charles G. (Charles Greeley), 1872-.
Boss, Benjamin.
Burbidge, E. Margaret.
Campbell, William Wallace, 1862-.
Cannon, Annie Jump.
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 Kelly), 1912-.
Fox, Philip, 1878-.
Fredrick, Laurence W.
Frost, Edwin Brant, 1866-1935.
Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938.
Hussey, William Joseph.
Hynek, J. Allen (Joseph Allen), 1910-.
Jacoby, Harold, 1865-1932.
McLaughlin, Dean B. (Dean Benjamin), 1901-1965.
McVittie, George C. (George Cunliffe).
Michelson, 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.
Seares, Frederick Hanley, 1873-.
Stebbins, Joel.
Wilson, Herbert C.


International Astronomical Union--American Section.
Mount Wilson Observatory.

Subject terms

Astronomical observatories.
Astronomy--Societies, etc.
Astronomy--Study and teaching.
Science--International cooperation.
Unidentified flying objects.

Occupation terms

Women astronomers.

Genre terms


Arrangement of Collection

Because of their existing arrangement at the time of accession, different subject matter, and initial processing, each subgroup is arranged somewhat differently. The largest body of records (Subgroup I) is arranged primarily around the officers and divisions of the organization (president, treasurer, secretary, committees, etc.). Subgroup II is primarily arranged by subject, and Subgroup III is chronological. Therefore, because of the differing arrangements and overlapping dates, researchers should note that there is more than one place that a specific document might be found.

Material Separated from Collection

Subgroup I. Publications of the American Astronomical Society, including indexes, were removed to the Niels Bohr Library. These include: Vol. 1-3 and 5-10; reprints from Popular Astronomy for meetings 16-18; report of the Committee on Stellar Parallaxes, 1915 and 1916; abstracts to be presented at meetings 127 and 129-130.

Photographs were added to the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, including: group photos of the AIP Governing Board at the Niels Bohr Library (1971-1973, 1975-1977); informal group photos of J.A. Hynek, J.H. Heard and G.F.W. Mulders; and group photos from AAS meetings (1958 and 1959).

Subgroup III. Photographs and negatives of AAS meetings (1927, 1930, 1931, 1937, 1939) and IAU Meeting (1932) have been separated to the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives Collection.

Alternate Forms of Collection

Minutes, 1897-1962, available on microfilm.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

The Niels Bohr Library is the official repository for the archival records of the American Astronomical Society and continues to accession new groups of AAS records. These records were received by the Niels Bohr Library in four accessions during 1964, 1975, 1990, and 1998. The provenance of each accession is given in detail in the three subgroups of this finding aid. The main body of the records is described in Subgroup I and constitutes a combination of the 1990 and 1998 accessions. The 1975 accession is described in Subgroup II, and the 1964 accession in Subgroup III.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Permission to cite from this collection is required in advance from the director of the Center for History of Physics. Please cite as: Folder [Number], Box [Number], Records of the American Astronomical Society. Niels Bohr Library, American Institute of Physics. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Records of the American Astronomical Society, 1897-1988, (bulk 1920-1980)


This finding aid has been encoded by the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics as part of a collaborative project supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, an independent federal agency. Collaboration members in 1999 consisted of: American Institute of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Alaska, University of Illinois, and University of Texas.


American Institute of Physics.
Center for History of Physics.

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740

Published in 2000

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid originally created in WordPerfect 5.1/DOS; word-processing documents edited and compiled by Sandra K. Johnson; first encoded in EAD in 1998 by Katherine A. Hayes from existing finding aid using WordPerfect Suite 8 Professional/SGML, Windows95 WordPad, and C++ scripts created by James P. Tranowski (provided by Elizabeth Dow, Special Collections, University of Vermont). Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD v.1.0 by Katherine A. Hayes and Clay Redding on December 20, 2000 . Reviewed by K. Hayes on December 12, 2000 .

Series Description

Subgroup I: 1990 and 1998 Accessions, 1895-1988 (bulk 1920-1980)

Size: 17 linear feet (34 manuscript boxes)

Provenance: Subgroup I represents two additions to the records of the American Astronomical Society. The first was donated to the American Institute of Physics by deed of gift in January 1990. These documents were transferred by Dr. Roger A. Bell, Secretary, and deposited in the Archives of the Niels Bohr Library in March 1990. The second, smaller addition was donated and delivered by Dr. Robert Milkey, Executive Officer, on March 6, 1998.

Processing Information: The records contained in Scope and Content were processed and described in 1997-1998 by Marcia Frank Peri.

Scope and Content: These records of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) span the years between 1897, the year of its inception, and 1988 with the bulk of the materials falling between about 1930 and 1980. The documents have been organized into eight series: Office of the President/Executive Officer, Treasurer, Secretary, Committee Files, Records of Meetings, Files Maintained by the Society Concerning Affiliated Organizations, Published Matter, and Photographs. A number of these series have been further arranged into subseries.

The collection contains a substantial amount of correspondence, memos, and circulars pertaining to the functions and activities of the Society along with a variety of reports, budgets, statements and proposals. Also included are rosters, such as those for Women in Astronomy, Society officers, and committee members; articles of incorporation, constitutions and bylaws including revision materials; invoices and receipts for various offices and for general membership; minutes of divisions, committees, and related institutions; the programs, agendas, news releases, scrap books and minute books of annual meetings; nomination forms, resumes, transcripts, and publications connected with membership, the awards committee, and the appointment service; brochures; offprints; journals; cassette tapes; and photos.

The volume of documents emanating from a specific office varies considerably over the years depending on the record keeping practices of the person holding the office. This being the case, in some areas there is a wealth of information and in others there is very little. Most significantly there is a substantial gap in the records of the treasurer. The scarcity of records for this office may be attributed to several factors, the most notable of which is documented in the correspondence of the secretary. On February 15, 1941 Frank C. Jordan, treasurer of the Society, was killed in an explosion at his home. Letters written to the secretary indicate that Society records kept at the house were destroyed in the ensuing fire. In addition, Society records in the possession of Frank K. Edmondson, a former Society treasurer, are currently deposited in the Indiana University Archive along with his personal papers.

Despite these and other less significant omissions in the record, there is a wealth of information on the early history of the American Astronomical Society, its growth and its development. The largest proportion of the materials pertain to the general organization and function of the Society itself. The remaining documents relate to the functions and activities of affiliated organizations with which the American Astronomical Society had a close working relationship.

The evolution of the Society can be seen in a variety of materials such as the files of the president and secretary. Within their records are documents recording the development of the national office in Washington, D.C., of new AAS divisions, and of committees. In the course of their history, committees were formed and abandoned as the interests and needs of the Society changed. This is particularly well documented in the records of the awards committees, where over the years new awards were created and older awards merged with newer ones. In addition Society membership records allow one to see the long term patterns in the criteria by which membership was granted and the overall growth of the American Astronomical Society. These records contain nomination forms, resumes, correspondence and notes concerning decisions made about the status of nominees. Also included are dues information and member lists for current, deceased, and honorary members.

There is a substantial amount of material concerning procedures and details surrounding the organization of annual meetings and of the meetings themselves. Of particular interest is the large number of letters from members concerning the decision by the Society to hold its annual meetings only in states that had ratified the ERA amendment. This caused a firestorm of controversy within the society; the result was that a significant number of members refused to pay their dues or resigned their membership.

Many of the interests of both the Society and its members are clearly documented in the American Astronomical Society's committee files and in the correspondence of its officers. Among the president's correspondence is a survey of the membership of AAS on the UFO problem, conducted by P. A. Sturrock, professor of space science and astrophysics at Stanford, and published in January 1977. The study looked at the possible causes of UFO reports and asks scientists whether they had observed UFO phenomenon similar to published reports. Sturrock was interested in whether the scientists believed such phenomenon deserved serious study in contrast to the way such observations were then being handled. Also of note is the Society's stand on the government requirement of street lighting which they opposed as a form of light pollution. The correspondence files of the secretary also show an ongoing interest in, and commitment to, providing translations of Russian abstracts and journal articles.

One of the critical issues for the American Astronomical Society has been the support of education and employment in the sciences, particularly that of astronomy. Committees and task groups were organized and maintained over the years pertaining to education in astronomy, teaching in the sciences, and manpower and employment. Some of these were held in conjunction with government programs, the most notable of which were the development of curricula and organization of scientific personnel in support of the war effort in the 1940's and in the Manpower and Employment program of the 1970's. In addition the Society ran an Appointment Service, a sort of clearing house for jobs in astronomy, during the depression, which is heavily documented.

There are letters from institutions and individuals looking for qualified personnel, letters of recommendation, and correspondence concerning candidates. The bulk of the documents consist of letters, resumes, transcripts and photos from individuals seeking employment.

There is in this collection a significant volume of material which does not deal specifically with the internal activities of the American Astronomical Society but with other related organizations. These are the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Astrophysical Journal and the University of Chicago, the Astronomical Society and the American Institute of Physics, and the International Astronomical Union. The materials provide a clear picture of the interactions between the organizations and the American Astronomical Society, many of whose officers were members and officers in these organizations as well. The files include correspondence, minutes, reports, and meeting materials as well as constitutions and bylaws.

Arrangement: The first component of this collection was surveyed on site by AAS Historical Astronomy Division member David H. DeVorkin before it was donated to the AIP History Center. He found that the original order of the records had largely been lost and that folders from different sources and different time periods had been interfiled in the same boxes.

The initial inventory done at the beginning of processing confirmed DeVorkin's assessment; in addition it was found that the headings of folders often did not accurately reflect their contents. As a result, the present organization of these records is based largely on the organizational structure of AAS and the subjects covered instead of the order in which they were received. When files were found together in a clearly discernable order, that order was maintained. However, many files were out of order, and these were organized by the office of origin, e.g., president/executive officer, or by the subject matter that they cover.

Many documents, particularly those from the 1930s and 1940s, were in very brittle condition. These were copied onto archival bond and the originals disposed of. Programs and other materials were removed from acidic pages on which they had been mounted and the books and binders were disposed of. The exception to this procedure was in the treatment of the early scrap books and minute books. In these cases, it was impossible to remove documents from the brittle paper onto which they had been glued without damaging the documents, so they were left as they were found. With a few exceptions photographs found in the collection have been removed and placed in the Emilio Segrè Visual Archive. Remaining with the collection are a few snapshots attached to resumes which have no importance out of their original context, and two 8x10 and one 11x14 glass plate negatives of group meetings.

Materials from the second addition are made up largely of programs, announcements, minute books, and printed matter and have been incorporated into the structure of the first addition.

Where items were undated, and evidence for dating was available from surrounding materials, the processor has added dates in brackets.

Subgroup I, Series I: President/Executive Officer, 1895-1986 (bulk 1950-1978)

Boxes 1-3

Correspondence is separated by office: president and executive officer, with general correspondence arranged in date order followed by subject files in alphabetical order. Rosters are organized by type and are in date order as are articles of incorporation and constitution and bylaw revisions. AAS Division files containing correspondence, reports, minutes, and constitution and bylaws are in alphabetical order by the name of the division.

Subseries A. Correspondence

Subseries B. Rosters

Subseries C. Articles of Incorporation, Constitutions and Bylaws

Subseries D. Divisions

Subgroup I, Series II: Treasurer, 1935-1976 (bulk 1955-1975)

Box 4

General correspondence is arranged in chronological order followed by correspondence subject files in alphabetical order. Financial reports and budgets are organized by office and then in date order.

Subseries A. Correspondence and Memos

Subseries B. Financial Records

Subgroup I, Series III: Secretary, 1912-1984 (bulk 1930-1979)

Boxes 5-16

The secretary's correspondence is arranged in the same manner as the preceding officers. Correspondence subject files may contain reports, proposals, news releases, and forms in addition to correspondence. Orders and Invoices are in alphabetical order by type. Membership materials consisting of correspondence, orders and invoices, and nomination forms are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and thereafter in date order. The files of the Appointment Service which contain correspondence, resumes, transcripts, photos and brochures, are divided into two groups; those seeking employment and those looking to hire. Each group is then arranged in chronological order by year. Awards and Prizes are in alphabetical order by title of the award and subsequently in date order. These files contain bank records, reports, memos, correspondence, resumes, and abstracts. Cassette tapes, boxed separately, are undated and contain the minutes of council meetings.

Subseries A. Correspondence

Subseries B. Cassette Tapes

Subseries C. Orders and Invoices

Subseries D. Membership

Subseries E. Appointment Service

Subseries F. Awards and Prizes

Subgroup I, Series IV: Committees, 1940-1980 (bulk, 1968-1980)

Boxes 16-19

The memos, minutes, agendas, resumes, reports, correspondence and questionnaires that comprise the committee files are arranged in alphabetical order by the title of the committee and then in date order.

Subgroup I, Series V: Meetings, 1897-1988 (bulk 1920-1980)

Boxes 19-28

Meeting files are in chronological order by meeting date and contain correspondence, contracts, brochures, arrangement charts, resolutions, minute drafts and reports. Organizational files are in alphabetical order by subject and contain similar materials. Signature books, minute books, programs and preliminary announcement pamphlets and scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order.

Subseries A. Meeting Files

Subseries B. Organizational Materials

Subseries C. Signature Books

Subseries D. Programs and Preliminary Announcements

Subseries E. Minute Books

Subgroup I, Series VI: Affiliated Organizations, 1922-1980 (bulk 1940-1979)

Boxes 29-34

AAAS correspondence, reports and memos are arranged in chronological order. Correspondence for both the Astrophysical Journal and Astronomical Journal are arranged in chronological order with subject files following in alphabetical order. Constitutions and bylaws, reports, and circulars pertaining to the Astronomical Journal and the American Institute of Physics are in date order. Meeting files are in alpha order by subject. The records of the IAU/USNC are arranged in date order within each of the each subject.

Subseries A. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Subseries B. Astrophysical Journal

Subseries C. Astronomical Journal/AIP

Subseries D. International Astronomical Union

Subgroup II: 1975 Accession, 1898-1936 (bulk 1898-1918; 1930-1934)

5 linear feet (10 manuscript boxes)

Provenance: This addition to the archival records of the American Astronomical Society was transferred to the Niels Bohr Library in September 1975. The records were then in the hands of the executive officer of the Society, Hank M. Gurin, who had received them as part of a transfer of AAS materials from the Yerkes Observatory in July of that year.

Scope and Content: The records in Subgroup II include some of the founding documents of the organization, such as a signature list of the charter members, annotated copies of the constitution, handwritten minutes of the Council (1899-1901), drafts of the founding resolution, and the program and minutes of the third conference held in September 1899 at Yerkes Observatory.

The correspondence is primarily that of the secretary and concerns the general business of the society from 1898-1917. Some correspondence subject files concern proposed resolutions and communication with other organizations (1913-1935), but are by no means extensive or complete. A set of Council minutes is nearly complete, beginning with the 27th meeting in 1921 through the 56th meeting in 1936; the 28th meeting is missing. The secretary/treasurer's reports cover the years 1927-1935. There are individual meeting folders for 12 meetings (1909-1917). The membership files include lists, applications, elections, notifications and some correspondence for the period 1898 through 1935, but with many gaps and fragmentary information.

Records from the American Section of the International Astronomical Union document the years 1922-1934, including correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports. Again, there are gaps.

This portion of the collection fills in some of the missing years in the earlier accession (Subgroup III), namely the 1898-1917 period, and includes some of the founding documents, the records of the AAS remain incomplete.

Subgroup II, Series I: Founding Documents of the Society, 1898-1918

Box 1

Materials dealing with the founding of the Society, including lists of charter members, initial proceedings for forming the union, constitutions, bylaws and resolution.

Subgroup II, Series II: Correspondence, 1898-1935

Boxes 1-4

The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent in Boxes 1-3, and primarily concerns issues of membership, meetings, papers, and the general business of the Society during the years 1898-1917. In Box 4, correspondence is arranged alphabetically by subject and covers the years 1913-1935. Some of the latter includes communications on other organizations and resolutions.

Subgroup II, Series III: Council, 1899-1936

Boxes 4-5

Includes Minutes of Council (1921-1936); secretary and treasurer's reports (1927-1935); individual committee reports, minutes, and correspondence; and committee materials dealing with arrangements for the 1932 meeting of IAU in the U.S. Arranged chronologically, then alphabetically.

Subgroup II, Series IV: Meetings, 1899-1934

Boxes 6-7

General subject folders concerning meetings (hotels, transportation, etc.). Individual folders for meetings 1910-1917. Arranged chronologically.

Subgroup II, Series V: Membership, 1898-1936

Box 8

Lists of early members, membership applications, election notifications, and correspondence. Includes 2 folders of the secretary's accounting records for 1911-1914. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Subgroup II, Series VI: Publications, 1910-1936

Box 9

Copies of Publications (Vol. II and III), publication agreements, proofs, correspondence regarding distribution and rejected papers. Arranged alphabetically.

Subgroup II, Series VII: International Astronomical Union, American Section, 1922-1935

Box 10

Executive Committee minutes; reports, correspondence of committees, and accounts and receipts for 1928.

Subgroup III: 1964 Accession, 1915-1939 (bulk 1915-1926)

9 linear feet (18 manuscript boxes)

Provenance: This was the first group of records to be transferred to the Center for History of Physics by vote of the Council of the American Astronomical Society on June 24, 1964. As was customary, these records had previously been passed from secretary to secretary having had no permanent home until acquisition by the Center. At the time of the actual transfer in July 1965 the papers were in the custody of the current secretary of the AAS, George C. McVittie, University of Illinois Observatory, Urbana, Illinois.

Scope and Content: The collection consists mostly of general correspondence among the officers of the Society, reports, minutes of meetings, and a few reprints for the years 1915, 1917-1927, 1937-1939. Also included are records documenting the founding of the American Section of the International Astronomical Union, 1919-1920 and intermittent records 1925-1932. Among the correspondents are: Charles G. Abbot, Benjamin Boss, Annie J. Cannon, W. W. Campbell, George C. Comstock, George E. Hale, Edwin Hubble, Albert A. Michelson, Edward C. Pickering, Henry Norris Russell, Harlow Shapley, Joel Stebbins, Frank Schlesinger. Some of the topics covered in these records include: insights into international relations throughout the scientific community after World War I, George E. Hale's correspondence on the one-hundred inch telescope, and the participation of women astronomers in the AAS. Panoramic photographs and negatives of AAS group meetings are included for 1930, 1931, 1933 and 1937.

Correspondence and records of 1916, and 1928-1936 are not included in this portion of the collection.

Arrangement: The records are arranged chronologically, 1915, 1917-1927, 1937-1939. A second series of the American Section of the International Astronomical Union is arranged chronologically, 1919, 1920, 1922.

Subgroup III, Series I: Correspondence, Reports, Minutes, 1915, 1917-1927, 1937-1939

Boxes 1-13

The correspondence is arranged chronologically by year and then alphabetically by correspondent. Reports, minutes, publications follow the correspondence for each year.

Subgroup III, Series II: Founding of the American Section of the International Astronomical Union, 1919-1922

Boxes 14-18

Arrangement: The correspondence is arranged chronologically by year and then alphabetically by correspondent. Reports minutes, publications follow the correspondence for each year.

Container List

Subgroup I: 1990 and 1998 Accession

Subgroup I, Series I: President/Executive Officer, 1895-1986

Subseries A. Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 D.H. Menzel, 1955
Folder 2 D.H. Menzel/Paul Merrill, 1956
Folder 3 Paul Merrill, 1957
Folder 4 Paul Merrill, 1958-1959
Folder 5 Lyman Spitzer, C.S. Beals, Leo Goldberg, 1961-1968
Folder 6 A.E. Whitford, 1969-1972
Folder 7 Martin Schwarzchild, 1969-1972
Folder 8 Margaret Burbidge/UFO Survey, 1974-1977
Folder 9 Margaret Burbidge, 1976-1977
Folder 10 Margaret Burbidge, Jan-Aug 1978
Folder 11 Margaret Burbidge ERA Controversy, 1978
Box 2 Folder 1 Ivan King, July 1978 - June 1979
Folder 2 Paul M. Routly, 1965-1969

Subseries B. Rosters

Box 2 Folder 3 Journal Editors, 1895-1965
Folder 4 Officers and Councilors, 1919, 1927-1936
Folder 5 Officers, Councilors, and Members, 1950-1955
Folder 6 Officers, Councilors, and Members, 1962
Folder 7 Officers, Councilors, and Committees, 1968
Folder 8 Officers, chronological lists, 1900-1969
Folder 9 Officers and Nominees, alpha lists, 1900-1969
Folder 10 Officers and Committees, 1900-1969
Folder 11 Officers, Councilors, Awards Recipients, 1971
Folder 12 Officers and Nominees, 1975
Folder 13 Officers, Councilors, and Committees, 1977
Folder 14 Officers, Councilors, and Committees, 1980
Box 3 Folder 1 Women Astronomers, 1974

Subseries C. Articles of Incorporation, Constitutions and Bylaws

Box 3 Folder 2 Articles of Incorporation, 1927-1940
Folder 3 Constitutions and Bylaws, 1899, 1911, 1918, and 1927
Folder 4 Constitution and Bylaws, 1929
Folder 5 Constitution and Bylaws, 1952, 1956-1957
Folder 6 Constitution and Bylaws, 1960-1961
Folder 7 Constitution and Bylaws, 1966
Folder 8 Constitution and Bylaws, 1968-1969
Folder 9 Constitution and Bylaws, 1970-1973
Folder 10 Constitution and Bylaws, 1978-1979
Folder 11 Constitution and Bylaws, 1986

Subseries D. Divisions

Box 3 Folder 12 Dynamical Astronomy
Folder 13 High Energy Astrophysics
Folder 14 Petitions for Divisions
Folder 15 Physical Sciences
Folder 16 Planetary Sciences
Folder 17 Solar Physics

Subgroup I, Series II: Treasurer, 1935-1976

Subseries A. Correspondence and Memos

Box 4 Folder 1 Frank Jordan, 1935
Folder 2 Frank Jordan, 1936
Folder 3 Frank Edmondson, 1956
Folder 4 Frank Edmondson, 1960
Folder 5 Frank Edmondson, 1961
Folder 6 Frank Edmondson, 1962-1963
Folder 7 Frank Edmondson, 1964
Folder 8 Frank Edmondson, 1965
Folder 9 Frank Edmondson, 1966
Folder 10 Frank Edmondson, 1967
Folder 11 Frank Edmondson, 1968
Folder 12 Frank Edmondson, 1969
Folder 13 Frank Edmondson, 1970
Folder 14 Frank Edmondson, 1971
Folder 15 Frank Edmondson, 1972
Folder 16 Gould Fund, 1975

Subseries B. Financial Records

Box 4 Folder 17 Budget-Executive Officer, 1974
Folder 18 Budget-Secretary, 1955-1956
Folder 19 Budget/Annual Report-Treasurer, 1947, 1955, 1962, 1964, 1967
Folder 20 Statements and Audit Reports, 1949, 1969-1971, 1976

Subgroup I, Series III: Secretary, 1912-1984

Subseries A. Correspondence

Box 5 Folder 1 Unidentified, 1912, 1916
Joel Stebbins, 1923-1925
Folder 2 Joel Stebbins, 1926-1927
Folder 3 R.S. Dugan, 1928-1929
Folder 4 R.S. Dugan, 1930-1931
Folder 5 R.S. Dugan, 1932-1933
Folder 6 R.S. Dugan, 1934
Folder 7 R.S. Dugan, 1935
Folder 8 R.S. Dugan, 1936
Folder 9 D.B. McLaughlin, 1940
Folder 10 D.B. McLaughlin, 1941
Folder 11 D.B. McLaughlin, 1942
Folder 12 D.B. McLaughlin, 1943, 1945
Folder 13 C.M. Huffer, 1952
Folder 14 J. Allen Hynek, 1955
Folder 15 J. Allen Hynek, 1956
Box 6 Folder 1 J. Allen Hynek, Jan-June 1957
Folder 2 J. Allen Hynek, July-Dec. 1957
Folder 3 J. Allen Hynek, 1958
Folder 4 J. Allen Hynek, Jan.-July 1959
Folder 5 J. Allen Hynek, Aug.-Dec. 1959
Folder 6 J. Allen Hynek, 1960
Folder 7 J. Allen Hynek, 1961
Folder 8 G.C. McVittie, Harlan Smith, 1962
Folder 9 G.C. McVittie, 1964
Folder 10 G.C. McVittie, 1965
Folder 11 G.C. McVittie, 1966
Box 7 Folder 1 G.C. McVittie, 1967
Folder 2 G.C. McVittie, 1968
Folder 3 G.C. McVittie, 1969
Folder 4 Laurence Fredrick, 1970
Folder 5 L. Fredrick, 1971
Folder 6 L. Fredrick, 1972
Folder 7 L. Fredrick, 1973
Folder 8 L. Fredrick, 1974-1975
Folder 9 L. Fredrick, 1976-1977
Folder 10 L. Fredrick, 1978-1979
Folder 11 Air Freight Service, 1979-1980
Folder 12 AAS Cooperative Committee on the Teaching of Science and Mathematics, 1963-/1969
Folder 13 Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1953-1968
Box 8 Folder 1 Awards and Prizes, 1958
Folder 2 Awards and Prizes, 1963-1967
Folder 3 Cameron Gift, 1973
Folder 4 Charter Flights, 1973-1975
Folder 5 Capernicus Stamp, 1970-1971
Folder 6 Corporate Status, 1962-1968
Folder 7 Council-AAS, 1977
Folder 8 Council Action Letters, 1974
Folder 9 Divisions, 1972
Folder 10 Executive Committee, 1956, 1961-1963
Folder 11 Executive Committee, 1964-1968
Folder 12 Executive Committee, 1976-1977
Folder 13 Expense Statements, 1947-1948, 1955-1960, 1963-1964, 1972, 1974
Folder 14 5-Lacertae, 1956-1957
Folder 15 Robert P. Kraft, 1978
Folder 16 Form Letters, 1974-1980
Folder 17 Future Meetings, 1970-1974
Folder 18 Insurance File, 1972-1979
Folder 19 Invitations, 1969-1972, 1979
Folder 20 MIRA, 1972
Folder 21 W.W. Morgan, 1969
Folder 22 National Park Grant, 1974-1977
Folder 23 National Research Council, 1956-1957
Folder 24 National Research Council, 1958-1959
Box 9 Folder 1 National Research Council, 1979
Folder 2 National Science Foundation-Mini Grant, 1978
Folder 3 NSF MiniGrant - G. Westerhout, 1978-1979
Folder 4 Officers and Councilors, 1973-1975
Folder 5 Physics Today, 1978
Folder 6 Postal Service Problems, 1976-1979
Folder 7 Procedures for Office of Secretary
Folder 8 Project Able, 1966-1967
Folder 9 Publications Dispatch Service, 1979-1980
Folder 10 Questionnaire, 1973
Folder 11 Roster of Science and Specialized Personnel, 1942-1945
Folder 12 Scientific Manpower Commission, 1953
Folder 13 Scientific Manpower Commission, 1960-1976
Folder 14 Survey of Physicists and Society Members, 1972
Folder 15 Tax Status, 1965, 1971-1979
Folder 16 TGEA, 1972-1974
Folder 17 TGEA, 1975-1979
Folder 18 World Almanac, 1964

Subseries B. Cassette Tapes

Box 10 Nine (9) tapes with unidentified recordings of AAS Executive Committee Meetings. Few dates are mentioned and the closest date approximation for those with dates casually mentioned are 1976-1981.

Subseries C. Orders and Invoices

Box 11 Folder 1 BAAS Payments, 1974-1975
Folder 2 General Stores Requisitions, 1979-1980
Folder 3 King Lindsay Printing Co., 1973-1979
Folder 4 Litow, Rose, 1974-1979
Folder 5 Pierson, Richard, 1979
Folder 6 Payments - Misc., 1958-1969

Subseries D. Membership

Box 11 Folder 7 Directory--Orders and Invoices, 1969-1970
Folder 8 Directory--Orders and Invoices, 1971
Folder 9 Directory--Orders and Invoices, 1972
Folder 10 Dues--Arrears, 1976
Folder 11 Dues--Arrears, 1979
Folder 12 Report - Dues and Membership in Scientific Societies, 1960
Folder 13 Dues--Withheld - ERA Controversy, 1979-1980
Box 12 Folder 1 Analysis of Numbers, 1931-1964
Folder 2 Corporate, 1963-1965
Folder 3 Corporate, 1966
Folder 4 Corporate, 1967
Folder 5 Corporate, 1968-1969
Folder 6 Deceased, 1960-1965
Folder 7 Deceased, 1966-1969
Folder 8 Deceased, 1970-1979
Folder 9 Emeritus, 1972-1977
Folder 10 Honorary, 1928, 1935, 1955
Folder 11 Junior, 1978
Folder 12 Member List, 1911-1939
Folder 13 Resignations and Drops, 1979
Folder 14 Retired, 1972
Folder 15 Return Mail/Change of Address, 1966-1967
Folder 16 Return Mail/Change of Address, 1978-1980
Folder 17 Nominations, 1927-1936
Folder 18 Nominations, 1956-1970
Box 13 Folder 1 Nominations--Accepted, 1969-1972
Folder 2 Nominations--Rejected, 1964-1967
Folder 3 Nominations--Rejected, 1968-1972
Folder 4 Nominations--Returned for Completion, 1969-1972
Folder 5 Promotions, 1968-1972, 1979

Subseries E. Appointment Service

Box 13 Folder 6 Applicants, 1930
Folder 7 Applicants, 1931
Folder 8 Applicants, 1932
Folder 9 Applicants, 1933
Folder 10 Applicants, 1934
Folder 11 Applicants, 1935
Folder 12 Applicants, 1936
Box 14 Folder 1 Applicants, 1937
Folder 2 Applicants, 1938
Folder 3 Applicants, 1939
Folder 4 Applicants, 1940
Folder 5 Positions and Recommendations, 1929-1930
Folder 6 Positions and Recommendations, 1931
Folder 7 Positions and Recommendations, 1932-1934
Folder 8 Positions and Recommendations, 1935
Folder 9 Positions and Recommendations, 1936
Folder 10 Positions and Recommendations, 1937
Folder 11 Positions and Recommendations, 1938
Folder 12 Positions and Recommendations, 1939-1940
Folder 13 Requests and Positions, 1960
Folder 14 Brochures and Guides, 1956, 1972

Subseries F. Awards and Prizes

Box 14 Folder 15 A.J. Cannon Prize, 1933-1934
Folder 16 A.J. Cannon Prize, 1956-1969
Folder 17 A.J. Cannon Prize, 1971-1974
Box 15 Folder 1 A.J. Cannon Prize, 1975-1979
Folder 2 G.E. Hale Lectureship, 1974, 1978
Folder 3 Heinman Prize, 1979
Folder 4 National Medal of Science, 1974-1975
Folder 5 Perkin Fund, 1973, 1976
Folder 6 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, 1945-1946
Folder 7 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, 1955-1959
Folder 8 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, 1960-1964
Folder 9 H.N. Russell Lectureship/National Medal of Science, 1962-1964
Folder 10 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, 1965-1969
Folder 11 H.N. Russell Lectureship/National Medal of Science, 1966
Folder 12 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, 1970-1974
Folder 13 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, 1975-1980
Folder 14 Trumpler Award, 1973-1974
Folder 15 Helen Warner Prize, 1955-1959
Folder 16 Helen Warner Prize, 1960-1964
Folder 17 Helen Warner Prize, 1965-1969
Box 16 Folder 1 Helen Warner Prize, 1970-1973
Folder 2 N.L. Pierce Prize, 1972-June 1973
Folder 3 Warner/Pierce Prize, Aug. 1973-1974
Folder 4 Warner/Pierce Prize, 1975-1979
Folder 5 Warner Pierce Prize Nominee - Genzel, Reinhard, 1982
Folder 6 Warner/Pierce Prize Nominee - Cowie, Lennox, 1983
Folder 7 Warner/Pierce Prize Nominee - Kron, Richard, 1983
Folder 8 Warner/Pierce Prize Nominee - Lattimer, James, 1983
Folder 9 Warner/Pierce Prize Nominee - Saraz, Craig, 1983
Folder 10 Warner/Pierce Prize Nominee - Winget, Donald, 1984

Subgroup I, Series IV: Committees, 1940-1980

Box 16 Folder 11 AAAS Committee on Teaching of Science and Mathematics, 1950, 1954
Folder 12 Ad Hoc Committee, President's Advisory, 1975-1976
Folder 13 Ad Hoc Committee, Future of CEA, 1972
Folder 14 Ad Hoc Committee, Long Range Study, 1975
Folder 15 Ad Hoc Committee, Long Range Study, 1976
Folder 16 Ad Hoc Committee on Publications, 1972
Folder 17 Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Center for Astrophysics, 1979
Folder 18 Ad Hoc Committee, Secretariat Study, 1974-1975
Folder 19 Ad Hoc Committee on Society and Division Prizes, 1974-1975
Folder 20 Ad Hoc Committee on Travel, 1968
Box 17 Folder 1 Advisory Committee (East-Coast and West Coast), 1976-1978
Folder 2 Astronomy Mini-Study Committee, 1975
Folder 3 Distribution of Astronomical Literature (Report), 1954
Folder 4 Education in Astronomy, 1963-1969
Folder 5 Financial and Investment Advisory Committee, 1974-1977
Folder 6 Greenstein Committee, 1974
Folder 7 Manpower and Employment, 1972-1977
Folder 8 Manpower and Employment, 1975
Folder 9 Meeting Committee, 1973-1974
Folder 10 Nominating Committee, 1966-1969
Folder 11 Nominating Committee, 1970
Folder 12 Nominating Committee, 1971
Folder 13 Nominating Committee, 1972
Box 18 Folder 1 Nominating Committee, 1973
Folder 2 Nominating Committee, 1974
Folder 3 Nominating Committee, 1976
Folder 4 Nominating Committee, 1975
Folder 5 Nominating Committee, 1977
Folder 6 Nominating Committee, 1978
Folder 7 Nominating Committee, 1979
Folder 8 Nominating Committee, Jan-July 1980
Folder 9 Nominating Committee, Aug-Dec 1980
Folder 10 Nominating Committee, 1980
Folder 11 Photographic Materials, 1965-1974
Box 19 Folder 1 Policy and Program Committees; Proposal to Create Committees, 1940
Folder 2 Policy Committee, 1941
Folder 3 Public Funds, 1973
Folder 4 Publications, 1956-1959
Folder 5 Publications, 1960-1968
Folder 6 Russell Lecturer Committee, 1969-1970
Folder 7 Slipher Fund Committee, 1974-1980
Folder 8 Steering Committee, 1973-1976
Folder 9 Teachers Committee, 1954-1956
Folder 10 List of Past Meetings

Subgroup I, Series V: Meetings, 1897-1988

Subseries A. Meeting Files

Box 19 Folder 11 25th Meeting, Chicago, Dec. 1920
Folder 12 46th, 53rd and 56th Meeting, Sept. 1931, Dec. 1934 and Sept. 1936
Folder 13 75th Meeting, Madison, Sept. 1946
Folder 14 92nd, 95th, 97th, 100th and 101st Meeting, April 1955-1959
Folder 15 104th, 105th and 106th Meeting, Dec. 1959, April 1960 and Aug. 1960
Folder 16 108th and 109th Meeting, June and Dec. 1961
Folder 17 110th, 111th and 112th Meeting, April, Aug. and Dec. 1962
Folder 18 115th, 117th, 119th and 120th Meeting, Dec. 1963-Dec. 1965
Folder 19 122nd, 126th Meeting, July 1966-April 1968
Folder 20 131st, 133rd Meeting, Dec. 1969-Dec. 1960
Folder 21 134th Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA, March 1971
Folder 22 135th Meeting, Amherst, MA, Aug. 1971
Folder 23 136th, 138th-140th Meeting, Dec. 1971-June 1973
Box 20 Folder 1 141st, 142nd Meeting, Dec. 1973-March 1974
Folder 2 144th Meeting, Gainsville, FL, Dec. 1974
Folder 3 145th Meeting, Bloomington, IN, March 1975
Folder 4 146th, 147th Meeting, Aug. 1975-Jan. 1976
Folder 5 148th Meeting, Haverford, June 1976
Folder 6 148th Meeting, Haverford, June 1976
Folder 7 149th, 150th Meeting, Dec. 1976-June 1977
Folder 8 151st Meeting, Austin, Jan. 1978
Folder 9 153rd Meeting, Mexico City, Jan. 1979
Folder 10 154th Meeting, Wellesley, June 1979
Folder 11 155th Meeting, San Francisco, Jan. 1980
Folder 12 156th Meeting, Cambridge, Preliminary Program and Agenda, June 1980
Folder 13 156th Meeting, Cambridge, Council Meeting, June 1980
Folder 14 156th Meeting, Cambridge, Business Meeting, June 1980

Subseries B. Organizational Materials

Box 21 Folder 1 Poster Sessions
Folder 2 Organization and Procedures
Folder 3 Special Sessions/Invited Speakers, 135th-143rd Meeting, Aug. 1971-Aug. 1974
Folder 4 Special Sessions/Invited Speakers, 144th, 145th Meeting, Dec. 1974-March 1975
Folder 5 Special Sessions/Invited Speakers, 146th-148th Meeting, Aug. 1975-June 1976
Folder 6 Special Sessions/Invited Speakers, 149th-153rd Meeting, Jan. 1977-Jan. 1979

Subseries C. Signature Books

Box 21 Folder 7 4th-44th, 1902-1930
Folder 8 45th-76th, 1930-1946
Folder 9 77th-113th, Sept. 1947-Apr. 1963
Folder 10 114th-133rd, 1963-1970

Subseries D. Programs and Preliminary Announcements

Box 22 Folder 1 Programs and Announcements (scrapbook), Earliest 1920
Folder 2 Programs and Announcements, 1911-1912
Folder 3 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1921
Box 23 Folder 1 Programs and Announcements (scrapbook), 1929-1946
Folder 2 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1939-1949
Folder 3 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1950-1959
Box 24 Folder 1 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1960-1964
Folder 2 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1965-1969
Folder 3 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1970-1971
Folder 4 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1972-1973
Folder 5 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1974
Folder 6 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1975
Box 25 Folder 1 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1976-1977
Folder 2 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1978-1979
Folder 3 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1980-1981
Folder 4 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1982-1983
Folder 5 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1984-1985
Box 26 Folder 1 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1986-1987
Folder 2 Programs and Preliminary Announcements, 1988

Subseries E. Minute Books

Box 26 Folder 3 Minute Book, Handwritten, 1899-1917
Folder 4 Minute Book, Typed, 1897-1922
Box 27 Folder 1 Minute Book, 1922-1933
Folder 2 Minute Book, 1933-1934
Box 28 Folder 1 Minute Book, 1945-1957
Folder 2 Minute Book, 1957-1962

Subgroup I, Series VI: Affiliated Organizations, 1922-1980

Subseries A. American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Box 29 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1955-1959
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1960-1968
Folder 3 Correspondence, 1969-1972
Folder 4 Reports and Memos, 1928-1942
Folder 5 Reports and Memos, 1956-1959
Folder 6 Reports and Memos, 1960-1966
Folder 7 Reports and Memos, 1970-1972 and 1978-1979

Subseries B. Astrophysical Journal

Box 29 Folder 8 The Astrophysical Journal University of Chicago, 1952-1959
Folder 9 The Astrophysical Journal University of Chicago, 1960-1968
Folder 10 The Astrophysical Journal, 1971-1972
Folder 11 Correspondence, Helmut Alt, 1971
Box 30 Folder 1 Correspondence, Helmut Alt, 1972
Folder 2 Correspondence, Helmut Alt, 1974-1976
Folder 3 Correspondence, Helmut Alt, 1978

Subseries C. Astronomical Journal/AIP

Box 30 Folder 4 Correspondence, 1956-1959
Folder 5 Correspondence, 1960-1961
Folder 6 Correspondence, 1962-1963
Folder 7 Correspondence, 1964-1965
Folder 8 Correspondence, 1966-1967
Folder 9 Correspondence, 1968-1969
Folder 10 Correspondence--H. William Koch, 1978
Folder 11 Correspondence--Sidney Millman, 1978-1979
Folder 12 Correspondence--Audrey Spruill, 1969
Folder 13 Constitution/Articles of Incorporation, 1958-1969
Box 31 Folder 1 Reports and Circulars, 1948-1959
Folder 2 Reports and Circulars, 1960
Folder 3 Reports and Circulars, 1961-1964
Folder 4 Reports and Circulars, 1965-1969
Folder 5 Reports and Circulars, 1976-1980
Folder 6 Meetings/Executive Committee, 1960
Folder 7 Meetings/Executive Committee, 1975
Folder 8 Meeting/Governing Board, 1960
Folder 9 Meeting/Governing Board, 1975

Subseries D. International Astronomical Union (IAU)

Box 31 Folder 10 Correspondence, 1924-1925
Folder 11 Correspondence, 1927-1928
Folder 12 Correspondence, 1930-1931
Folder 13 Correspondence, 1939-1942
Folder 14 Correspondence, 1934-1935
Folder 15 Correspondence, 1945-1946
Box 32 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1955
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1956
Folder 3 Correspondence, 1957
Folder 4 Correspondence, 1958
Folder 5 Correspondence, 1959
Folder 6 Correspondence, 1960-1963
Folder 7 Correspondence, 1965-1968
Folder 8 Correspondence, 1969-1970
Folder 9 Correspondence, 1971
Folder 10 Correspondence, 1972
Folder 11 Correspondence, 1973
Folder 12 Correspondence, 1974
Box 33 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1976
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1978-1979
Folder 3 Subject File--Commission 24, 1979
Folder 4 Subject File--Dublin General Assembly, 1955
Folder 5 Subject File--Eleventh General Assembly, 1961
Folder 6 Subject File--Moscow Meeting, 1958
Folder 7 Subject File--Requirements for General Assemblies and Division of Responsibilities, 1979
Folder 8 Subject File--Travel Grants, 1979
Folder 9 Reports and Circulars, 1925-1935, 1940
Folder 10 Reports and Circulars, 1950-1958
Folder 11 Reports and Circulars, 1960-1969
Box 34 Folder 1 Reports and Circulars, 1970-1971
Folder 2 Reports and Circulars, 1972-1973
Folder 3 Reports and Circulars, 1974-1975
Folder 4 Reports and Circulars, 1976-1977
Folder 5 Reports and Circulars, 1978-1979
Folder 6 Minutes, 1925-1929
Folder 7 Minutes, 1931-1934
Folder 8 Minutes, 1955-1959
Folder 9 Minutes, 1960-1964
Folder 10 Minutes, 1973
Folder 11 Constitution, Bylaws and Statutes, 1943, 1955-1957
Folder 12 Constitution, Bylaws and Statutes, 1973
Folder 13 Constitution, Bylaws and Statutes, 1974-1975
Folder 14 Pamphlets, 1922-1960

Subgroup II: 1975 Accession

Subgroup II, Series I: Founding Documents, 1898-1918

Box 1 Folder 1 Resolutions, Committee Minutes, Signature Lists, and Miscellaneous Documents, 1898-1900
Folder 2 Third Conference, 1899
Folder 3 Draft of Constitution, 1898
Folder 4 Constitution and By-laws, 1899
Folder 5 Council Minutes, 1899-1901
Folder 6 Constitution, By-laws, and Membership Lists, 1903-1918

Subgroup II, Series II: Correspondence, 1898-1935

Box 1 Folder 7 A Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1900-1917
Folder 8 Adams, C. E., 1914-1916
Folder 9 Adams, Walter S., 1912-1916
Folder 10 Aitken, Robert G., 1915-1916
Folder 11 Albrecht, Sebastian, n.d.
Folder 12 Apple, A. Thomas G., 1914-1915
Folder 13 Arctowski, Henryk, 1916-1917
Folder 14 Auwers, Arthur von, 1914-1915
Folder 15 B Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1899-1916
Folder 16 Bailey, Solon Irving, 1912-1914
Folder 17 Barnard, Edward Emerson, 1908-1916
Folder 18 Barrows, Albert, 1915
Folder 19 Barton, Samuel G., 1914
Folder 20 Bauer, Louis Agricola, 1912-1915
Folder 21 Bigelow, Harriet W., 1914
Folder 22 Boss Benjamin, 1912-1917
Folder 23 C Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1899-1917
Folder 24 Campbell, William W., 1900-1916
Folder 25 Cannon, Annie Jump, 1910-1917
Folder 26 Cattell, James McKeen, 1898-1917
Folder 27 Comstock, George C., 1899-1916
Folder 28 Curtiss, Ralph H., 1911-1916
Folder 29 D Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1900-1916
Folder 30 Doolittle, Charles L., 1899-1916
Folder 31 Doolittle, Eric, 1912-1916
Folder 32 Douglas, Andrew E., 1914-1916
Box 2 Folder 1 E Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1899-1915
Folder 2 Eichelberger, W. S., 1902-1915
Folder 3 F Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1909-1917
Folder 4 Fox, Philip, 1914
Folder 5 Frost, Edwin B., 1899-1917
Folder 6 Furness, Caroline E., 1912-1917
Folder 7 G Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1910-1917
Folder 8 Gingrich, Curvin H., 1915
Folder 9 Gill, David, 1912
Folder 10 Grosjean, Charles, 1909-1914
Folder 11 H Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1900-1916
Folder 12 Hale, George E., 1900-1917
Folder 13 Howard, Leland Ossian, 1899-1917
Folder 14 Humphreys, William J., 1899-1913
Folder 15 Hussey, William J., 1915-1917
Folder 16 I Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1909
Folder 17 J Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1913-1915
Folder 18 Jacoby, Harold, 1899-1917
Folder 19 K Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1899-1917
Folder 20 Kappleman, E. L., 1913
Folder 21 L Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1900-1916
Folder 22 Leavitt, Henrietta S., 1914
Folder 23 Lee, Oliver J., 1913-1915
Folder 24 Leuschner, Armin Otto, 1915-1916
Folder 25 M Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1899-1916
Folder 26 Miller, George A., 1912
Folder 27 Miller, John A., 1912-1916
Folder 28 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1912-1914
Folder 29 Mitchell, Samuel Alfred, 1914-1917
Folder 30 Morehouse, Daniel W., 1914
Folder 31 Moulton, Forest Ray, 1913-1915
Folder 32 N Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1904-1917
Folder 33 Newcomb, Simon, 1899-1908
Box 3 Folder 1 O Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1914-1917
Folder 2 Olivier, Charles B., 1909-1916
Folder 3 P Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1899-1917
Folder 4 Pickering, Edward C., 1899-1917
Folder 5 Plaskett, John Stanley, 1912-1917
Folder 6 Poor, John M., 1912-1917
Folder 7 Q Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1914-1916
Folder 8 R Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1899-1916
Folder 9 Rigge, William F., 1912-1916
Folder 10 Roe, Edward Drake, 1912-1914
Folder 11 Russell, Henry N., 1912-1917
Folder 12 S Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1903-1917
Folder 13 St. John, Charles E., 1912-1916
Folder 14 Schlesinger, Frank, 1908-1917
Folder 15 Schmidt, Richard E., 1914
Folder 16 Seares, Frederick H., 1912-1916
Folder 17 Shapley, Harlow, 1913-1914
Folder 18 Slipher, Vesto Melvin, 1913-1916
Folder 19 Slocum, Frederick, 1912-1917
Folder 20 Stebbins, Joel, 1915-1917
Folder 21 Stetson, Harlan T., 1912-1914
Folder 22 Stone, Ormand, 1899-1909
Folder 23 Strooban, Paul-Henri, 1914
Folder 24 T Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1899-1916
Folder 25 U Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1900-1917
Folder 26 V Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1914-1916
Folder 27 van Maanen, A., 1915-1917
Folder 28 Very, Frank W., 1901-1917
Folder 29 W Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1900-1917
Folder 30 Whiting, Sarah F., 1912-1916
Folder 31 Wilson, Herbert C., 1909-1917
Folder 32 Y Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1914-1916
Folder 33 Young, Charles Augustus, 1899-1902
Box 4 Folder 1 Aluminizing Telescope Mirrors, 1935
Folder 2 Antwerp Society, 1913-1914
Folder 3 Astronomical Instruments, 1918-1919
Folder 4 John Crerar Library, 1911
Folder 5 Paradox, 1911
Folder 6 Photographs, n.d.
Folder 7 International Geodetic Association, 1914
Folder 8 Latin America, 1909
Folder 9 Mars, 1909
Folder 10 St. Louis Public Library, 1913
Folder 11 Western Austrailian Society, 1912-1913
Folder 12 Miscellaneous Subjects, 1928

Subgroup II, Series III: Council, 1899-1936

Box 4 Folder 13 AASA Coucil, 1908
Folder 14 AAS Council Minutes, 1921-1936
Folder 15 Committee on Comets, 1908
Folder 16 Committee Reports, 1910-1930
Folder 17 Council Notes, 1899-1924
Folder 18 Council plans-IAU meeting, 1930-1932
Folder 19 Council plans-IAU meeting, 1931-1932
Folder 20 Council/IAU Organization, 1930-1931
Folder 21 Council/IAU Organization, 1930-1932
Folder 22 Secretary Treasurer Reports, 1927
Folder 23 Secretary Treasurer Reports, 1928
Folder 24 Secretary Treasurer Reports, 1929
Box 5 Folder 1 Secretary Treasurer Reports, 1930
Folder 2 Secretary Treasurer Reports, 1931
Folder 3 Secretary Treasurer Reports, 1932
Folder 4 Secretary Treasurer Reports, 1933
Folder 5 Secretary Treasurer Reports, 1934
Folder 6 Secretary Treasurer Reports, 1935
Folder 7 Secretary's Notices, 1908-1912

Subgroup II, Series IV: Meetings, 1899-1934

Box 6 Folder 1 Emblems, 1913-1914
Folder 2 Foreign Letters, 1909
Folder 3 Foreign Letters, 1910
Folder 4 Hotels, 1914
Folder 5 Invitations, 1908-1935
Folder 6 Programs/Reports of Meetings, 1899-1922
Folder 7 Transportation, 1901-1916
Folder 8 August 1909 Meeting, 1908-1909
Folder 9 August 1910 Meeting, 1910
Folder 10 August 1911 Meeting, 1911
Box 7 Folder 1 December 1911 Meeting, 1911
Folder 2 August 1912 Meeting, 1912
Folder 3 December 1912 Meeting, 1910-1913
Folder 4 December 1913 Meeting, 1913-1914
Folder 5 August 1914 Meeting Papers, 1914
Folder 6 August 1914 Meeting, 1914
Folder 7 August 1915 Meeting, 1912-1915
Folder 8 December 1916 Meeting, 1916-1917
Folder 9 August 1917 Meeting, 1917
Folder 10 Meetings 38-48, 1927-1931
Folder 11 Meetings 49-54, 1931-1934

Subgroup II, Series V: Membership, 1898-1936

Box 8 Folder 1 Applications for Membership, 1912-1914
Folder 2 New Members, 1908-1910
Folder 3 Notification of Election, 1909
Folder 4 Members, 1898-1909
Folder 5 Members, 1913-1917
Folder 6 Members, 1927-1931
Folder 7 Members, 1932-1935
Folder 8 Accounts, 1914-1917
Folder 9 Account of Secretary, 1911
Folder 10 Checkbook Stubs, 1927-1936

Subgroup II, Series VI: Publications, 1910-1936

Box 9 Folder 1 Publication Acknowledgements, 1915
Folder 2 Ann Arbor Press, 1910-1915
Folder 3 Costs of Publication, 1927-1936
Folder 4 Proofs, 1910
Folder 5 Vol. II, 1915
Folder 6 Vol. II Correspondence, 1915-1930
Folder 7 Vol. III, 1918
Folder 8 Publications Correspondence, 1928-1931
Folder 9 Rejected Papers, 1927-1933

Subgroup II, Series VII: International Astronomical Union, American Section, 1922-1935

Box 10 Folder 1 IAU Meeting, 1927-1928
Folder 2 IAU Meeting, 1932-1933
Folder 3 IAU Meeting, Accounts, 1931-1932
Folder 4 IAU Meeting, 1935
Folder 5 IAU New Statutes, 1930-1931
Folder 6 Stebbins Correspondence, 1923-1926
Folder 7 Stebbins Correspondence, 1923-1926
Folder 8 Accounts, Receipts, 1928
Folder 9 General Correspondence, 1927-1934
Folder 10 Executive Committee, 1922-1932
Folder 11 Executive Committee, 1927-1934
Folder 12 Notes of Secretary, 1927
Folder 13 Reports of Section Committee, 1927-1928

Subgroup III: 1964 Accession

Subgroup III, Series I: Correspondence, reports, minutes, 1915-1939

Box 1 Folder 1 Correspondence A, 1917-1918
Folder 2 Correspondence B, 1917-1918
Folder 3 Correspondence C, 1915-1918
Folder 4 Correspondence D, 1917-1918
Folder 5 Correspondence E, F, 1917-1918
Folder 6 Correspondence G, 1917-1918
Folder 7 Correspondence H, I, J, 1917-1918
Folder 8 Correspondence K, L, 1917-1918
Folder 9 Correspondence M, 1917-1918
Folder 10 Correspondence N, O, 1917-1918
Folder 11 Correspondence P, Q, 1915-1918
Folder 12 Correspondence R, 1917-1918
Folder 13 Correspondence S, 1915-1918
Folder 14 Correspondence T, U, V, 1917-1918
Folder 15 Correspondence W, 1917-1918
Folder 16 Correspondence Y, Z, 1917-1918
Folder 17 Invoices and Receipts, 1914-1917
Folder 18 Treasurer's Reports, Amendments, etc., 1915-1918
Box 2 Folder Folders 1-16 Correspondence A-Z, 1919
Folder 17 Invoices and Receipts, 1919
Folder 18 Treasurer's Reports, Nomination Forms, etc., 1919
Box 3 Folder Folders 1-16 Correspondence A - Z, 1920
Folder 17 Invoices and Receipts, 1920
Folder 18 Cancelled Checks, Dues Lists, etc., 1920
Folder 19 Reports, Nomination Forms, etc., 1920
Box 4 Folder Folders 1-15 Correspondence A - Z, 1921
Folder 16 Invoices and Receipts, 1921
Folder 17 Cancelled Checks and Bank Statements, 1921
Folder 18 Reports, Minutes, Programs, 1921
Folder 19 Manuscript by Charles H. Bytel, n.d.
Box 5 Folder Folders 1-16 Correspondence A - Z, 1922
Folder 17 Invoices and Receipts, 1922
Folder 18 Cancelled Checks and Bank Statements, 1922
Folder 19 Reports, Minutes, Membership Lists, 1922
Folder 20 Publications Mailing Lists, 1922
Box 6 Folder Folders 1-16 Correspondence A - Z, 1923
Folder 17 Invoices and Receipts, 1923
Folder 18 Bank Statements, 1923
Folder 19 Nomination Forms, Member Lists, 1923
Folder 20 Publications Orders, Vol. 4, 1923-1927
Folder 21 Publications Orders, Vol. 5, 1923-1927
Box 7 Folder Folders 1-16 Correspondence A - Z, 1924
Folder 17 Invoices and Receipts, 1924
Folder 18 Bank Statements, 1924
Folder 19 Reports, Programs, 1924
Box 8 Folder Folders 1-20 Correspondence A - Z, 1925
Folder 21 Invoices and Receipts, 1925
Folder 22 Bank Statements, 1925
Folder 23 Reports, Membership Lists, 1925
Box 9 Folder Folders 1-19 Correspondence A - Z, 1926
Folder 20 Invoices and Receipts, 1926
Folder 21 Cancelled Checks, 1926
Folder 22 Pamphlets, 1926
Box 10 Folder Folders 1-7 Correspondence A - Z, 1927
Folder 8 Correspondence - Stebbins, 1925-1932
Box 11 Folder Folders 1-15 Correspondence A - Z, 1937
Folder 16 Reports and Pamphlets, 1937
Box 12 Folder Folders 1-15 Correspondence A - Z, 1938
Folder 16 Minutes, Membership Lists, 1938
Box 13 Folder Folders 1-16 Correspondence A - Z, 1939
Folder 17 Pamphlets, Membership Lists, etc., 1939

Subgroup III, Series II: Founding of the American Section of the International Astronomical Union, 1919-1925

Box 14 Folder Folders 1-23 IAU Correspondence A - H, 1919-1920
Folder 24 IAU Committee Reports, 1919-1920
Folder 25 IAU Reports, Pamphlets, Member Lists, 1919-1920
Box 15 Folder Folders 1-14 IAU Correspondence J - Z, 1919-1920
Folder 15 Meeting Minutes of American Section of IAU, 1919-1920
Folder 16 IAU Reports and Membership Lists, 1919-1920
Folder 17 Reprints, Pamphlets, Journals, 1919
Box 16 Folder Folders 1-23 IAU Correspondence A - Z, 1921-1922
Box 17 Folder Folders 1-5 IAU Reports, 1922
Folder 6 IAU Reprints, 1920-1922
Box 18 Folder Folders 1-2 Reports (Cambridge Meeting), 1925
Folder 3 IAU Minutes, 1927
Folder 4 Receipts and Payments, 1922
Folder 5 Stebbins Notebook, ca. 1919-1925


Flat Box 40th Meeting in Amherst, glass negative, September 1928
42nd Meeting in Ottawa, glass negative, August 27, 1929
46th Meeting in Delaware, Ohio at Perkins Observatory, rolled negative, September 7-9, 1931
Meeting Photo, Henry Norris Russell in center, no date
Oversize Folders 44th Meeting in Chicago, Adler Planetarium, positive, September 1930
44th Meeting in Chicago, Adler Planetarium, negative, September 1930
46th Meeting in Delaware, Ohio, Perkins Observatory, negative, September 7-9, 1931
47th Meeting in Washington, DC, negative, December 31, 1931
Meeting in Chicago, Adler Planetarium, cracked negative, June 25, 1933
Williamstown Group, cracked negative, 1937
Meeting Photo, negative, no date