Subject Files, c. 1964-1994

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Consists of records documenting the administration, and scientific programs and projects of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, primarily under the directorship of Irwin I. Shapiro. A small amount of records were created by Shapiro's predecessor, George B. Field. Scientific projects include the Infrared-Optical Telescope Array, the Multiple Mirror Telescope, and the Submillimeter Telescope Array. The records also document the observatory's connection with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and its relationship with the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as well as with other Smithsonian offices. The series also contains information about the observatory's research appointments, visitor's program, equipment procurement, budget, and symposia. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, handbooks, organization chart, newsletters, reviews, meeting minutes, notes, calendars, agreements, agendas, reports, project proposals, audits, recommendations, surveys, preprints, procedures, circulars, grants, and press releases.


  • Field, George B. 1929-
  • Shapiro, Irwin I
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • National Science Foundation (U.S.)
  • United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Submillimeter Telescope Array
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Infrared Optical Telescope Array


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Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1964
  • 1964-1994
  • c 1964-1994

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Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details


  • Observatories
  • Satellites
  • Astrophysics
  • Research institutes
  • Astronomy


  • Manuscripts
  • Newsletters

Local number

SIA RS00612

Physical description

  • 51.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
  • 14.5 cu. ft. processed holdings

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