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Patrick McCray research material for his book, Giant Telescopes, 1970-1997

Description of Collection

Repository

American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

McCray, Patrick (W. Patrick)

Size of collection

5 linear feet
5 records box(s)

Short description of collection

Correspondence, reports, notes, press items and clippings and other research material assembled and created by McCray while writing his book "Giant Telescopes: astronomical ambition and the promise of technology" (Harvard University Press, 2004).

Language(s) of collection

English

Collection number:

AR2009875

Biographical Note

Professor, Department of History, UC Santa Barbara. Research interests: the confluence of science and technology with politics and popular culture; technology during the Cold War (nuclear and space-related).

Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection contains correspondence, reports, notes, press items and clippings and other research material assembled and created by McCray while writing his book "Giant Telescopes: astronomical ambition and the promise of technology" (Harvard University Press, 2004). Topics and individuals discussed in these files include: Gemini 8M Telescope Project; other large telescopes such as the Next Generation Telescope (NGT) and National New Technology Telescope (NNTT); observatories and organizations such as Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML), National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA); government funding of telescope construction by the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences; and developments in astronomy and telescope construction.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Researchers must have an approved access application on file in order to access archival materials. https://www.aip.org/history-programs/niels-bohr-library/access-application.

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.

Persons

McCray, Patrick (W. Patrick)

Institutions

Gemini Project
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
National Optical Astronomy Observatory (U.S.)
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Next Generation Telescope
Steward Observatory

Subject terms

Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
Astronomy.
Telescopes. Design and construction.

Genre terms

Reports.
Research notes.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized into six series:

  • Series I: Gemini 8M Telescope Project
  • Series II: Next Generation Telescope (NGT) and National New Technology Telescope (NNTT) - Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)
  • Series III: Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML)
  • Series IV: Telescopes
  • Series V: Astronomy
  • Series VI: Miscellaneous

Arranged chronologically within each series.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Gift of Patrick McCray, 2007.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Melanie J. Brown in 2009.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Patrick McCray research material for his book, Giant Telescopes, 1904-2003. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the Patrick McCray research material for his book, Giant Telescopes, 1970-1997

Publisher

American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

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

2009

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Brown in 2009. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Gemini 8M Telescope Project

Box 1 Folder 1 Gemini Project - U.S. politics (formal and informal) regarding Gemini, 1983-1993
Folder 2 Gemini - mirror selection (with index) (1 of 2), 1985-1993
Folder 3 Gemini - mirror selection (with index) (2 of 2), 1985-1993
Folder 4 Gemini - international collaboration: United Kingdom and Canada, 1987-2001
Folder 5 Gemini - forums on "megascience" (with index), 1988-1992
Folder 6 Gemini management - board and committee meeting minutes, 1990-1993
Folder 7 Gemini - project management - correspondence and reports, 1990-2001
Folder 8 Gemini - "Science" requirements, science/design issues, 1991-1996
Folder 9 Gemini board meeting book, November 1992
Folder 10 Gemini - international collaboration: South America and Australia, 1992-2002
Folder 11 Gemini 8M Telescope Project - materials for the Gemini oversight committee, May 1993
Folder 12 Gemini project - telescope instrumentation, 1993-2002
Box 2 Folder 1 Gemini 8M Telescope Project - papers submitted to SPIE 1994 Symposium on Astromonmical Telescope and Instrumentation for the 21st Century (RPT-PS-60029), March 1994
Folder 2 Gemini - board meeting minutes, 1994-1998
Folder 3 Gemini - telescopes - management issues and tools, 1995-2001
Folder 4 Gemini - miscellaneous documents, 1996-1997
Folder 5 Gemini - miscellaneous material, 1999-2002
Folder 6 Gemini finding aids, 2000
Folder 7 Gemini - science results (press releases, reports), 2000-2002
Folder 8 List of Gemini and telescope documents at National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Astronomical Sciences, 2001

Series II: Next Generation Telescope (NGT) and National New Technology Telescope (NNTT) - Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)

Box 2 Folder 9 Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) - history and establishment, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) - miscellaneous press, 1992-2000
Folder 10 Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) - "X"-inch project, 1953; undated
Folder 11 Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) telescopes - 150", 80", 1965; undated
Folder 12 Next Generation Telescope (NGT) to National New Technology Telescope (NNTT) - primary material and notes (w/index), 1975-1987
Folder 13 Next Generation Telescope (NGT) - technology development program, 1977
Folder 14 NSF proposal - "The Palantir": a concept for a 25M telescope - Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), January 1977
Folder 15 Next Generation Telescope (NGT) report #2 - a concept for a 25M telescope - the rotating shoe array, Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), May 1977
Folder 16 Next Generation Telescope (NGT), National New Technology Telescope (NNTT), Gemini - miscellaneous documents (w/index), 1977-1993
Folder 17 Next Generation Telescope (NGT) to National New Technology Telescope (NNTT) - technology articles, staff publications and news updates, 1978-1988
Folder 18 Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) 2M Advanced Technology Telescope (ATT), 1979
Folder 19 Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) - additional newletters, 1979-1992
Folder 20 Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), Gemini - newsletters, 1980-1994
Folder 21 National New Technology Telescope (NNTT) - status report, April 1983
Folder 22 National New Technology Telescope (NNTT) Scientific Advisory Committee meeting #s 5, 6, and 7, November 1983-January 1984
Folder 23 Consultant notes from National New Technology Telescope (NNTT) Scientific Advisory Committee technology assessment workshops, 1984
Box 3 Folder 1 Larry Barr files - notes on National New Technology Telescope (NNTT)/National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) 8M telescope, 1998, 1977-1986
Folder 2 National New Technology Telescope (NNTT) - technology development program - Report number 3 - notes on the NNTT design workshop, 1982
Folder 3 Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)/National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) - correspondence, minutes, reports (w/index) (1 of 2), 1983-1999
Folder 4 Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)/National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) - correspondence, minutes, reports (w/index) (2 of 2), 1983-1999
Folder 5 National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) - report of the National New Technology Telescope (NNTT) Scientific Advisory Committee, December 1984
Folder 6 National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) 8M telescopes - executive summary and scientific programs, 1989
Folder 7 National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) 8M telescopes - technical description, September 1989

Series III: Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML)

Box 3 Folder 8 Mirror Lab - popular press, articles, 1977-2002
Folder 9 Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML) proposals of the 1980s (NSF, AURA, KPNO, NOAO), 1981-1989
Folder 10 Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML) - publications, 1981-2001
Folder 11 University of Arizona Steward - Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML) - proposal for the fabrication of telescope primary mirror blanks for the Gemini project, June 1992
Folder 12 Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML) project - internal reports and documents, 1982-1989
Folder 13 Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML) - press releases, news and popular articles, 1987-1998

Series IV: Telescopes

Box 3 Folder 14 Lick Observatory 120" telescope, undated
Folder 15 Telescopes - Hale 200" - papers by Ritchy Hale, 1904-2001
Folder 16 Papers on large telescopes - demand, issues, general design, reviews, panel discussions (1 of 2), 1961-2002
Box 4 Folder 1 Papers on large telescopes - demand, issues, general design, reviews, panel discussions (2 of 2), 1961-2002
Folder 2 Canadian Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) 157" telescope, 1964-1968; undated
Folder 3 Corning Glass Works astronomical telescopes, 1965
Folder 4 Telescopes - computers, data handling, automation, 1967-2001
Folder 5 Telescopes - site selection, Hawaii and Mt. Graham, 1968-2001
Folder 6 Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) - upgrade, 1970-2002
Folder 7 Telescopes - Soviet 6M, 1977-1992
Folder 8 Keck Telescope, University of California (UC) 10M telescope, UC Segmented Mirror Telescope (SMT) - tech development, 1978-1998
Folder 9 Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) - the MMT and the future of ground-based astronomy (Special Report number 385), May 1979
Folder 10 Telescopes - technical literature (A-L), 1980-1999
Folder 11 Telescopes - technical literature (M-Z), 1980-1999
Folder 12 National Science Foundation (NSF) development program for a national 15M telescope, 1981
Folder 13 Mirrors and telescopes - commercial interest, 1982-2000
Folder 14 European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), 1983-1998
Folder 15 University of Texas (Astronomy, number 22) - report of the optical conference on the 7.6M telescope, March 1992, May 1984
Folder 16 Telescopes - Subaru project, 1984-1999
Folder 17 Telescopes - Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), 1985-1998
Folder 18 Hubble Space Telescope, 1985-1999
Folder 19 Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT), Southern Observatory for Astrophysical Research (SOAR), Wisconsin Indiana Yale NOAO (WIYN) telescope, Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC), and Starfire Optical Range (SOR) 3.5M, 1986-1998
Folder 20 Telescopes - miscellaneous material and news, 1986-2002
Folder 21 Science and Engineering Research Council - astronomy and planetary science board - report of the large telescope panel, 1987
Folder 22 National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal - making large borosilicate glass honeycomb mirrors for astronomical telescopes, 1987
Folder 23 National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal - casting and polishing telescope mirrors, 1989
Box 5 Folder 1 William Herschel Telescope - La Palma, 1990
Folder 2 Telescopes - Magellan, 1994-2001
Folder 3 California Extremely Large Telescope (CELT), Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope (GSMT), Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL) - press, 1998-2002

Series V: Astronomy

Box 5 Folder 4 Astronomy - detectors and Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs), 1955-2001
Folder 5 Astronomy - "practice" and use of telescopes, 1972-2002
Folder 6 History of astronomy - funding and policy, 1972-2003
Folder 7 Astronomy - publication, citation, productivity papers, 1980-2001
Folder 8 Astronomy - policy papers and reports, 1990-1999
Folder 9 Astronomy - visibility and publicity, 1994-2001

Series VI: Miscellaneous

Box 5 Folder 10 R. Gehrz - personal/working file material, University of Minnesota (w/index), 1976-1983
Folder 11 Adaptive optics (1 of 2), 1978-2002
Folder 12 Adaptive optics (2 of 2), 1978-2002
Folder 13 U.S. science policy and funding (general), 1980s through 1990s, 1980-2000
Folder 14 United Kingdom science - background, 1982-2001
Folder 15 Richard Ellis - personal papers on various topics (w/index), 1986-1995
Folder 16 European Southern Observatory (ESO) - general, 1988-2002
Folder 17 National Academy of Science (NAS) - McKee-Taylor decadal survey, 2000, 1999-2001
Folder 18 Guides to primary documents and finding aids, 2001; undated
Folder 19 National Academy of Science (NAS) - blue ribbon panel, 2001
Folder 20 Sloan Digital Sky Survey, 2001