Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 607
Center for Short-lived Phenomena (Cambridge, Mass.)
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.
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.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Citron, Robert, 1932-2012
- Galler, Sidney Roland, 1920-
- Center for Short-lived Phenomena (Cambridge, Mass.)
- Smithsonian Environmental Alert Pilot Program
- United Nations Earthwatch Program
- Smithsonian Institution. Office of International Programs
- Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Science
- Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 607, Center for Short-lived Phenomena (Cambridge, Mass.), Records