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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 607

Center for Short-lived Phenomena (Cambridge, Mass.)

Records, 1968-1974

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Center for Short-lived Phenomena (Cambridge, Mass.)
Title: Records
Dates: 1968-1974
Quantity: 4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 607
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records document the operations of CSLP under Citron. They include budget and personnel records, applications for grants in support of CSLP projects, publicity, and event reports documenting specific short-lived phenomena. There are also some records dealing with the Smithsonian Environmental Alert Pilot Program in 1972.

For additional administrative and operational records of the Center for Short-Lived Phenomena, see Office of International Programs, Record Unit 274.

Historical Note

The Center for Short-Lived Phenomena (CSLP) was created in January 1968 to assist Smithsonian scientists in studying short-lived phenomena and to provide a reporting and information service for use by the scientific community. Its focus was on meteoritics, vulcanism, earthquakes, and sudden changes in biological and ecological systems. In 1971 and 1972 CSLP broadened its scope to include an information service for high school and college students. In 1973 the Center formed a new National Environmental Alert Program which became part of the United Nations Earthwatch Program.

Robert Citron was appointed Director of CSLP and served from 1968- . Policy was formulated by a committee of Smithsonian scientists, chaired by Sidney Roland Galler, Assistant Secretary for Science. The Center was operated from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Descriptive Entry

These records document the operations of CSLP under Citron. They include budget and personnel records, applications for grants in support of CSLP projects, publicity, and event reports documenting specific short-lived phenomena. There are also some records dealing with the Smithsonian Environmental Alert Pilot Program in 1972.

For additional administrative and operational records of the Center for Short-Lived Phenomena, see Office of International Programs, Record Unit 274.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 607, Center for Short-lived Phenomena (Cambridge, Mass.), Records

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Container List

Box 1

Press Releases, 1968-1971 (3 folders)

Box 1 of 4

Film Projects and Television Specials, 1968-1970

Box 1 of 4

Public Information (outside SAO - Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), 1970-1972 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 4

Conferences and Meetings, 1968-1971 (5 folders)

Box 1 of 4

Budget, 1968-1972 (6 folders)

Box 1 of 4

Proposals, 1970-1971 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 4

Event Reports, 1968-1974 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 4

Box 2

Correspondence re: Administration, 1968-1972 (13 folders)

Box 2 of 4

Space Allocation

Box 2 of 4

Policy and Procedures, 1968-1970

Box 2 of 4

Smithsonian Year Report, 1971

Box 2 of 4

Activity Reports, 1969-1971 (3 folders)

Box 2 of 4

Air and Space Council Report, 1969-1971

Box 2 of 4

Publications and Bulletins, 1968

Box 2 of 4

United Nations, 1971 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 4

Eclipse

Box 2 of 4

Environmental Monitoring, 1969

Box 2 of 4

Box 3

Maps of Monitoring Systems

Box 3 of 4

Press Releases, 1972-1973 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 4

Contracts, 1969-1970

Box 3 of 4

Personnel Biographies, 1968

Box 3 of 4

Federal Agencies Consulting CSLP, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 4

Expedition and Travel Reports

Box 3 of 4

Organization, 1970

Box 3 of 4

Foreign Currency Program, 1969-1970 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 4

Marine Environmental Prediction, 1971-1972 (3 folders)

Box 3 of 4

Ford/UNESCO Preliminary Study, 1970 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 4

Environmental Programs, 1971

Box 3 of 4

African Development, 1969-1972

Box 3 of 4

AF-Meteorite Aerial Sampling, 1970

Box 3 of 4

Remote Sensing, 1969

Box 3 of 4

Biosphere Conference, 1969

Box 3 of 4

Environmental Monitoring, 1969 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 4

Satyendra, 1968

Box 3 of 4

Environmental (general), 1969-1971 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 4

Communications, 1971

Box 3 of 4

Man and the Biosphere Program, 1969-1970

Box 3 of 4

Correspondence re: Administration, 1968-1970 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 4

Reporting Centers, 1968

Box 3 of 4

SI/SEOU Environmental Programs, 1970

Box 3 of 4

Box 4

Budget and Grant Disbursements, 1970-1972

Box 4 of 4

Biographies, 1970-1972

Box 4 of 4

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Program, 1969-1970 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 4

Robert Clinton, 1970-1972

Box 4 of 4

Study of Environmental Quality Information Programs (SEQIP), 1970

Box 4 of 4

Budget and Fund Sources, 1970-1971 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 4

Environmental Sciences Program, 1972-1973 (3 folders)

Box 4 of 4

Health, Education, and Welfare, 1974 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 4

Smithsonian Environmental Alert Network, 1973

Box 4 of 4

Environmental Event Reports, 1968-1974 (9 folders)

Box 4 of 4

International Pollution Alert Network, 1974

Box 4 of 4

International Environmental Alert Network, 1973

Box 4 of 4

Skylab Short-lived Event Alert Program, 1974

Box 4 of 4

Progress Report, 1968

Box 4 of 4