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American Astronomical Society. Historical Astronomy Division records of Chairman Thomas R. Williams, 1979-2005

Description of Collection

Repository

American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

American Astronomical Society. Historical Astronomy Division.

Size of collection

0.5 linear feet
1 manuscript box

Short description of collection

Records from Thomas R. Williams's time as Chairman of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) from 2003-2005.

Language(s) of collection

English

Collection number:

AR20131168

Historical Note

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) was founded in 1899 as the Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of America. The name 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. The Historical Astronomy Division of AAS was founded in 1980 to "advance interest in topics related to the historical nature of astronomy," which includes history of astronomy, archaeoastronomy, and the application of historical records to modern astrophysical problems.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Records from Thomas R. Williams's time as Chairman of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) from 2003-2005 includes annual reports, meeting minutes, proposed changes to HAD bylaws, meetings attended and obituaries written for the Bulletin of the AAS.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Permission of an officer of depositing organization required for access to records less than 50 years old. 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

Williams, Thomas R. (Thomas Roger)

Institutions

American Astronomical Society.
American Astronomical Society. Historical Astronomy Division.

Genre terms

Annual reports.
Bylaws.
Minutes.
Obituaries.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Gift of Thomas R. Williams, 2013.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Nelson in 2013.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], American Astronomical Society. Historical Astronomy Division records of Chairman Thomas R. Williams, 1979-2005. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the American Astronomical Society. Historical Astronomy Division records of Chairman Thomas R. Williams, 1979-2005

Publisher

American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

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

2013

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Amanda Nelson in 2013. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: American Astronomical Society. Historical Astronomy Division records of chairman Thomas R. Williams

Box 1 Folder 1 Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) annual reports and meeting minutes, 2003-2005
Folder 2 Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) working files, 2002-2003
Folder 3 Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) bylaws, 1979, 2003
Folder 4 Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) News, 2001-2004
Folder 5 Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (BAAS) obituaries, 1999-2003
Folder 6 American Institute of Physics (AIP) historians meeting, 2004
Folder 7 American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in San Diego, 2005
Folder 8 Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) / Division for Planetary Science (DPS) joint meeting in Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2003-2005
Folder 9 Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (BAAS) annual reports analysis, 1984-2004