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American Physical Society, Astrophysics Division, Records of the Secretary/Treasurer, 1970-1992

Description of Collection

Repository

American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics.

College Park, MD 20740

Papers created by

American Physical Society. Astrophysics Division.

Size of collection

2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Short description of collection

This sub-unit of the American Physical Society was founded in 1970 as the Division of Cosmic Physics. Its objective was the advancement of understanding of the various cosmic radiations and their astrophysical implications. Includes minutes, financial statements, memoranda, constitution and by-laws; also materials on awards, elections, membership, programs, and committees.

Language(s) of collection

English

Unit ID

AR 1994-355

History of the American Physical Society, Astrophysics Division, Office of the Secretary/Treasurer.

This sub-unit of the American Physical Society was founded in 1970 as the Division of Cosmic Physics. Its objective was the advancement of understanding of the various cosmic radiations and their astrophysical implications.

In 1983 the division changed its name to the Astrophysics Division, and its objective became the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of astrophysics and its relationship to the understanding of fundamental physical processes.

Membership is open to any member of the American Physical Society by application and payment of dues.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Collection contains minutes of Executive Committee, program committee and fellowship committee; financial statements; memoranda; constitution and by-laws; materials on elections, awards, and membership. These records date from the beginning of the division in1970 through 1992.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Permission of an officer of the Astrophysics Division required for access to records less than 25 years old.

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 nbl@aip.org). 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.

Institutions

American Physical Society. Astrophysics Division.

Subject terms

Astrophysics.
Physics — Societies, etc.

Genre terms

Bylaws.
Minutes.

Arrangement/Organization of Collection

The records from 1970-1988 were received in nine 3-ring binders. There were three binders holding the organizational records, minutes, membership lists, and election correspondence; two contained the financial reports and records; one held the proposals and correspondence on the International Cosmic Ray Conference; and three binders held the general correspondence arranged in chronological order. This arrangement was maintained, but the materials were removed from the binders and placed in acid-free folders and archival document cases for preservation. Duplicate copies and all staples, clips, and rubberbands were removed.

To facilitate access, the files were ordered into three Series: I. Organizational Records, II. Financial Records, and III. General Correspondence. The researcher should search the General Correspondence files for pieces of information missing from other files, e.g., the 1983 executive committee minutes.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

The records from 1970-1988 were received in 1994 from Frank C. Jones, a former Secretary/Treasurer. The records from 1989-1992 were received from Irene Engle, the then current Secretary/Treasurer in 1994.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sandra Johnson, September 1995.

The records from 1989-1992 were received in manila file folders with similar headings, but without continuous membership lists or a general correspondence file after 1987. These records were integrated with the earlier files, and also placed in acid-free folders and rehoused in document cases for preservation.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Cite as: [Folder title, date; Folder number, Box number], American Physical Society, Astrophysics Division, Records of the Secretary/Treasurer, 1970-1992. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library, College Park, MD, 20740 USA.

Related Collections

The AIP Niels Bohr Library has a wide variety of materials relating to the American Physical Society. Of primary importance is the Records of the American Physical Society, 1899-1987. Also see the Joint symposium of the Division of Astrophysics and the Forum for History of Physics (sound recording), 1987 April 21 & 22.

Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the American Physical Society, Astrophysics Division, Records of the Secretary/Treasurer, 1970-1992

Publisher

American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics.

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
nbl@aip.org

February 8, 2005

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Katherine A. Hayes on February 18, 2005. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I. Organizational Records, 1970-1992

Boxes 1-2

Box 1 Folder 1 Constitution and Bylaws
Folder 2 Membership List, 1970-71
Folder 3 Membership List, 1972-73
Folder 4 Membership List, 1974-75
Folder 5 Membership List, 1976-77
Folder 6 Membership List, 1978-79
Folder 7 Membership List, 1980
Folder 8 Membership List, 1981
Folder 9 Membership List, 1983
Folder 10 Membership List, 1984
Folder 11 Membership Data, 1970-92
Folder 12 List of Officers, 1971-84
Folder 13 Minutes, 1970-82
Folder 14 Executive Committee, 1984
Folder 15 Executive Committee, 1985
Folder 16 Executive Committee, 1986
Folder 17 Executive Committee, 1987
Folder 18 Executive Committee, 1988
Folder 19 Executive Committee, 1989
Folder 20 Executive Committee, 1990
Folder 21 Executive Committee, 1991
Folder 22 Executive Committee, 1992
Box 2 Folder 1 Election Correspondence, 1970-73
Folder 2 Election Correspondence, 1974-76
Folder 3 Election Correspondence, 1977-79
Folder 4 Election Correspondence, 1980-81
Folder 5 Election Correspondence, 1982
Folder 6 Election Correspondence, 1983
Folder 7 Election Correspondence, 1984
Folder 8 Election Correspondence, 1985-87
Folder 9 Election Correspondence, 1988
Folder 10 Election Correspondence, 1989
Folder 11 Election Correspondence, 1991
Folder 12 Election Correspondence, 1992
Folder 13 Fellowship Committee, 1970-87
Folder 14 Program Committee, 1989
Folder 15 Program Committee, 1990
Folder 16 Program Committee, 1992

Series II. Financial Records, 1973-1992

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1 Reports and Correspondence, 1973-74
Folder 2 Reports and Correspondence, 1975-76
Folder 3 Reports and Correspondence, 1977-78
Folder 4 Reports and Correspondence, 1979
Folder 5 Reports and Correspondence, 1980
Folder 6 Reports and Correspondence, 1981
Folder 7 Reports and Correspondence, 1982
Folder 8 Reports and Correspondence, 1983
Folder 9 Reports and Correspondence, 1984
Folder 10 Reports and Correspondence, 1985-86
Folder 11 Reports and Correspondence, 1987-88
Folder 12 Reports and Correspondence, 1989-92
Folder 13 Bank Statements 1980-84

Series III. General Correspondence, 1970-1987

Boxes 3-4

Box 3 Folder 14 Proposal to Smithsonian Institution for Travel to International Cosmic Ray Conference, 1983-83
Folder 15 Proposal to National Science Foundation for Travel to International Cosmic Ray Conference, 1982-83
Folder 16 International Cosmic Ray Conference Correspondence, 1982-83
Folder 17 International Cosmic Ray Conference Materials, 1983
Box 4 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1970-71
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1972
Folder 3 Correspondence, 1973
Folder 4 Correspondence, 1974-75
Folder 5 Correspondence, 1976-77
Folder 6 Correspondence, 1978
Folder 7 Correspondence, 1979
Folder 8 Correspondence, Jan. - June 1980
Folder 9 Correspondence, July - Dec. 1980
Folder 10 Correspondence, Jan. - March 1981
Folder 11 Correspondence, Apr. - Aug. 1981
Folder 12 Correspondence, Sept. - Dec. 1981
Folder 13 Correspondence, Jan. - Mar. 1982
Folder 14 Correspondence, Apr. - Aug. 1982
Folder 15 Correspondence, Sept. - Dec. 1982
Folder 16 Correspondence, Jan. - Mar. 1983
Folder 17 Correspondence, Apr. 1983
Folder 18 Correspondence, May 1983
Folder 19 Correspondence, June - Aug. 1983
Folder 20 Correspondence, Sept. - Dec. 1983
Folder 21 Correspondence, Jan. 1984
Folder 22 Correspondence, Feb. 1984
Folder 23 Correspondence, Mar. - Apr. 1984
Folder 24 Correspondence, May - Aug. 1984
Folder 25 Correspondence, Sept. - Dec. 1984
Folder 26 Correspondence, 1985
Folder 27 Correspondence, 1986-87