Contract, Grant, and Procurement Records, 1956-1996

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Consists of records documenting the administration of contracts and grants supporting the research and programs of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Materials include correspondence with contracting and granting agencies, Smithsonian Institution officials, and project personnel; budgets, financial reports, and other fiscal information; progress and final reports; meeting minutes; property inventories; audits; contracts, amendments, and revisions; technical reports, drawings of instruments, and other information on project equipment; and correspondence with project subcontractors. Some materials are in electronic format.


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Organized into subseries: Satellite Tracking Program--Project Celescope--Meteor Research Program and miscellaneous contracts and grants--Gravitational Redshift Space Probe Experiment--Contracts and grants with NASA, the United States Air Force, and the United States Navy--NASA grants--Smithsonian Institution grants--Scholarly Studies Program grants--Smithsonian Research Foundation grants and non-government contracts and grants. Unarranged

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1956
  • 1956-1996

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Astrophysical observatories
  • Research grants
  • Contracts


  • Manuscripts
  • Electronic records

Local number

SIA RS01476

Physical description

  • 63.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 33.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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