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American Astronomical Society Division on Dynamical Astronomy records, 1969-2000

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

American Astronomical Society. Division on Dynamical Astronomy.

Size of collection

5 linear feet
5 records boxes

Short description of collection

This collection contains founding documents and administrative records of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA).

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Historical Note

The Division on Dynamical Astronomy, within the American Astronomical Society (AAS), was formed in 1970. The object of the American Astronomical Society Division on Dynamical Astronomy is the advancement of all aspects of dynamical astronomy, including celestial mechanics, solar system dynamics, stellar dynamics, the dynamics of the interstellar medium and galactic dynamics, and coordination of such research with other branches of science.

Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection contains founding documents of the division, bylaws, correspondence, minutes, newsletters, Brouwer Award materials, meeting programs and organizational materials. Includes files from various AAS DDA secretaries, including Alan Fiala, as well as Ray Duncombe's speech on the founding of the DDA. Also includes photographs, electronic files from web pages, and audio recordings of speeches and early meetings of the DDA.

Restrictions on Use and Access

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

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.


Duncombe, Raynor L.
Fiala, Alan.


American Astronomical Society.
American Astronomical Society. Division on Dynamical Astronomy.

Subject terms

Astronomy. Societies, etc.
Dirk Brouwer Award.
Physics. Congresses.
Physics. Societies, etc.

Genre terms

Sound recordings.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into a single series:

  • Series I: American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA) records

The collection is unprocessed and is left in the original arrangment received.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Deposited by James Hilton in March, 2001.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], American Astronomical Society Division on Dynamical Astronomy records, 1969-2000. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the American Astronomical Society Division on Dynamical Astronomy records, 1969-2000


American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


Encoding Information

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

Series I: American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA) records

Box 1 Information on organizing the 1996 meeting (from Dr. A. Fiala), undated
Bylaws, September 1988
Bylaws, member list (floppy disk included), 1986
Abstract forms, 1988
Brouwer Award material, undated
Historical material on the AAS Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA) - Herget photo, Brouwer speech, banquet, undated
DDA Secretary log book (notebook), 1988
Notebook on the American Astronomical Society, 1987-1988
DDA meeting information, 1979-1985
Envelope of extra directories, 1988
Laboratory notebook - apparently of the AAS DDA secretary, 1979-1987
DDA correspondence of Byrd (secretary), May 1985-September 1988
DDA meeting minutes and newsletters (numbers 1 and 64), 1970-1988
Abstracts, 1995
DDA correspondence, May 1991-September 1995
AAS newsletter, October 1985-December 1996
DDA meeting minutes, 1989-1996
DDA Treasurer's reports, 1989-1991
Box 2 Brouwer Award, 1989
Brouwer Award, 1990-1991
Shu (Brouwer Award nominee), 1991-1995
A. Toomre (Brouwer Award winner), 1993-1997
Marsden (Brouwer Award winner), 1993-1997
Brumberg (Brouwer Award nominee), October 1987-February 1992
Peale (Brouwer Award winner), 1991-1995
Kovalevski (Brouwer Award nominee), 1988-1993
Lacroute(Brouwer Award nominee), 1989-1993
Shu (Brouwer Award winner), undated
Sverre Aarseth (Brouwer Award winner), undated
Shu (Brouwer Award winner), undated
DDA meeting (organizational file), 1992
DDA meeting (organizational file), 1993
DDA meeting (organizational file), 1994
Bylaws change, 1994
Unmarked folder (contains meeting abstracts and notes), 1996
DDA meeting (organizational file), 1995
AAS schedules/announcements, 1990
Brouwer Award, DDA bylaws, foreign affiliates, 1990
DDA forms, 1988
DDA Secretary correspondence (Yeomans), (floppy disk included), 1988-1991
DDA annual reports for AAS, 1991
Unmarked folder (contains newsletter 72, questionaire, member lists), 1992
Current mailing labels, undated
DDA newsletters (numbers 56-77), undated
Brouwer Award materials, 1988
Brouwer Award nominations, 1985
Brouwer Award, 1987
DDA ballots, 1991
Unmarked folders (miscellaneaous, includes early correspondence, from Dr. W. Jefferys), undated
Brouwer Award (from Dr. W. Jefferys), 1977-1982
Unmarked folders (miscellaneous, from Dr. W. Jefferys), mid-1980s
Bylaws, electronic newsletters, DDA meeting files (from DDA website, floppy disk included), 1999
Brouwer Award lecture (from Dr. S. Peale), 1992
DDA business files (from Dr. M. Murison), 1997
DDA file (from Dr. M. Murison), 1998
Box 3 Material on three early meetings (from Dr. J. Williams), undated
Guidelines for the Brouwer Award (from Dr. J. Williams), undated
Early newsletters (numbers 1-65), programs, and membership lists (from Dr. J. Williams), undated
Brouwer Award lecture (from Dr. C. Hunter), 1995
Letter announcing DDA founding and information on first meeting (from Dr. R. Laubscher), undated
Summary of Brouwer award ballots (from Dr. R. Laubscher), 1994-1996
DDA meeting questionnaire (from Dr. R. Laubscher), 1992
Group photo of first DDA meeting (from Dr. R. Laubscher), 1970
Early DDA papers (from Dr. Lieske), undated
Brouwer Award deliberations (from Dr. Lieske), 1980
Brouwer Award nominations (from Dr. Lieske), undated
Letters from G.M. Clemence (from Dr. Lieske), undated
Letters from Paul Herget (from Dr. Lieske), undated
DDA newsletters (from DDA website), undated
Photographs from DDA meetings (from Dr. Hilton), undated
DDA secretary's notes (from Dr. Murison), 1999-2000
DDA Meeting materials (from Dr. Hilton), 2000
Brouwer Award notes (from Dr. Lissauer), 1999
Brouwer AwardrReports (from Dr. Lissauer), 1990-1999
Brouwer Award notes/notebook (from Dr. Lissauer), 2000
Founding history speech - drafts, notes and slides (from Dr. Duncombe), 1995
Correspondence on setting up the DDA (from Dr. Duncombe), 1968-1969
DDA files - includes information on founding of the Brouwer Award (from Dr. Duncombe), 1972-1975
DDA files - includes Duncombe Brouwer nomination (from Dr. Duncombe), 1976-1980
DDA files - includes much information on organizing the first meetings (from Dr. Duncombe), 1969-1971
Various files including revisions to by laws and Brouwer award rules (from Dr. Harris), undated
Preliminary archivist rules and papers from DDA meetings (from Dr. Hilton) , undated
Meeting registration (from Dr. Duncombe), 1990
Meeting notes, including correspondence and foreign affiliate certificates (from Dr. Duncombe), 1990
Meeting notes, registration, and correspondence for Frickefest (from Dr. Duncombe), 1985
Meeting notes and correspondence, introduction for first Brouwer lecture (from Dr. Duncombe), 1978
Miscellaneous DDA files (from Dr. Duncombe), 1988-1995
Box 4 Miscellaneous DDA files, including correspondence and speeches (from Dr. Duncombe), 1977-1987
Photograph from DDA Celestial Mechanics meeting (from Dr. Lieske), 1969
Papers from DDA chair (from Dr. Seidelmann), undated
Survey of computing facilities of DDA members (from Dr. Seidelmann), 1971
Early letters including announcement of formation, election notice, and bylaws (from Dr. Seidelmann), undated
Miscellaneous papers including transcript of first Brouwer Award lecture (from Dr. Seidelmann), undated
Recordings of first Brouwer Award lecture (reel to reel tapes, cassette tapes) (from Dr. Seidelmann), undated
Walter Fricke Brouwer Award Lecture (cassette) (from Dr. Seidelmann), undated
Program 0,1,2 (cassette) (from Dr. Seidelmann), undated
G.A. Wilkins talk sent to first DDA meeting on tape (reel to reel) (from Dr. Seidelmann), undated
Newsletters beginning with number 2 (from Dr. Doggett) , undated
DDA meeting with IAU colloquium 109 and Joint DDA HAD meeting in Chicago (from Dr. Fiala), undated
AAS and DDA - miscellaneous files, includes some correspondence (from Dr. Fiala), undated
Meeting papers (from Dr. Fiala), 1996
Meeting papers (from Dr. Fiala), 1986
AAS newsletters (from Dr. Fiala), undated
Brouwer Award materials, including nominations (from Dr. Fiala), undated
Box 5 Brouwer Award material (from Dr. Fiala), 1992-1993
DDA meeting at Yosemite, speech by Duncombe (from Dr. Fiala), 1995
DDA meeting information, minutes, and committee papers (from Dr. Fiala), 1994
DDA meeting handbook (from Dr. Fiala), undated
Meeting info and papers (from Dr. Fiala), 1997
Brouwer Award committee papers (from Dr. Fiala), 1995
Meeting schedule (from Dr. Fiala), 1998
DDA by-laws changes (from Dr. Fiala), undated
DDA meeting material (from Dr. Fiala), 1996
Photographs of the 25th anniversary DDA meeting (from Dr. Laubsher), 1994