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Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 18-058

Lecar, Myron

Myron Lecar Papers, 1956-2010

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Lecar, Myron
Title: Myron Lecar Papers
Dates: 1956-2010
Quantity: 6 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 18-058
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of materials that document the professional and personal life of SAO astrophysicist, Myron Lecar. A significant portion of the records consist of materials related to Lecar's work on the planning and construction of the Florence and George Wise Observatory in Israel. The other significant portion consists of personal journals that Lecar kept that documented his personal life, his thoughts, and his interactions with the people around him. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, grant proposals, reports, financial records, publicity materials, press releases, journals, brochures, images, curriculum vitae, clippings, and other related records.

Descriptive Entry

Myron "Mike" Lecar was born on April 10, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York. He received an S.B. in industrial engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951 and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Case Institute of Technology in 1953. From 1954 to 1958, Lecar served as an officer in the U. S. Navy, developing and teaching nuclear weapons technology and working on Project Vanguard.

Later he studied astronomy at Yale University and received his Ph.D. in 1963 carrying out some of the earliest computer modeling of stellar atmospheres. As a graduate student, Lecar was one of the founding members of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University in 1962.

Acting on an invitation of Fred Whipple, Lecar joined the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in 1965. While at SAO, Lecar's research interests included gravitational dynamics, planet formation, and the dynamics of our solar system. The author or co-author of more than 90 scientific articles, Lecar was also the principle investigator on a grant from the Smithsonian Institution to collaborate with Tel Aviv University in the planning, construction and commissioning of the Wise Observatory in the Negev desert in Israel. Before his retirement as Senior Astrophysicist in 2009, Lecar was a founding member of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative.

On May 30, 2005, Lecar married Rosemary Johnson in Belmont, Massachusetts after having been a part of each other's lives for some 27 years. At the age of 81, Lecar passed away in 2011.

This accession consists of materials that document the professional and personal life of SAO astrophysicist, Myron Lecar. A significant portion of the records consist of materials related to Lecar's work on the planning and construction of the Florence and George Wise Observatory in Israel. The other significant portion consists of personal journals that Lecar kept that documented his personal life, his thoughts, and his interactions with the people around him. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, grant proposals, reports, financial records, publicity materials, press releases, journals, brochures, images, curriculum vitae, clippings, and other related records.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers

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Container List

Box 1

George and Florence Wise Observatory - Israel

Correspondence, 1965

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Correspondence, 1967

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Correspondence, 1969

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Correspondence, 1970

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Correspondence, 1971

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Correspondence - Photometer and Spectrograph, 1971

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Correspondence, 1972

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Correspondence, 1973

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Correspondence - Perkin-Elmer Corporation, 1973

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Correspondence - United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 6

Correspondence, 1974

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Correspondence, 1975

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Correspondence, 1976

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Correspondence, 1977

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Correspondence, 1978

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Correspondence, 1979

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Correspondence, 1983-1984

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Grant - SFC-8-7006 - A Study of Collective Behavior of Self-Gravitating Systems, 1968-1971

Box 1 of 6

Grant - SFC-8-7006 - Renewal proposal, 1976

Box 1 of 6

Grant - SFC-8-7006 - Work Plan, 1977

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Grant - SFC-1362 - Construction of Stellar Models of Evolving Stars, 1971-1972

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Proposal - EC 20-11-69 - An Astronomical Observing Program in Israel, 1969 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 6

Proposal - Smithsonian Research Foundation, Excess Foreign Currency Program - Continuation of the Construction of Stellar Models of Evolving Stars (continuation of grant SFC 1362) - Proposal EC 23-3-70, August 1970

Box 1 of 6

Grant - SFC-0-3005 - An Astronomical Observing Program in Israel - Progress Report no. 1, November 15, 1969 through November 14, 1970; December 1970

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Progress Report no. 1, November 15, 1969 through November 14, 1970 - Appendices, December 1970 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 6

Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Amendments, 1970-1971

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Progress report no. 2 - November 15, 1970 to November 14, 1971; 1971

Box 1 of 6

Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Television system, 1971-1972

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Progress report no. 3 - November 15, 1971 to November 14, 1972; March 1972

Box 1 of 6

Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Instrumentation - Observing Time, 1972-1973

Box 1 of 6

Box 2

Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Progress report no. 4 - November 15, 1972 to December 31, 1973; June 1974

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Progress report no. 5 - January-December 1974; February 1975

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Progress report no. 6 - January-December 1975; February 1976

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Progress report no. 7 - January-December 1976; February 1977

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Progress report no. 8 - January-December 1977; February 1978

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Progress report no. 9 - January-December 1978; July 1979

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Progress report no. 10 - January-December 1979; May 1980

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Financial report, 1971

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Financial report, 1972

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Financial report, 1973

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Financial report, 1974

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Financial reports - General, 1970-1972

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Finances, 1969-1973

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Grant - SFC-0-3005 - Disbursements, 1971-1975

Box 2 of 6

Grants - SFC-0-3005 and SFC-8-7006 - David O. Le Conte, 1972-1974

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Proposal - 40-inch wide Field Ritchey-Chretien Reflecting Telescope for Mount Wilson/Palomar Observatories - Boller & Chivens Division, Perkin-Elmer Corporation, October 1969

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Drawing - 40-inch telescope - Boller & Chivens Division, Perkin-Elmer Corporation, March 2, 1970

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Discussion of 40-inch and 60-inch telescope, 1973

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60-inch telescope - Science, 1973

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60-inch telescope - Finance, 1973

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Proposal - Submitted to the Smithsonian Research Foundation for the Continuation of an Astronomical Observing Program in Israel (Continuation of grant SFC-9-3005), October 28, 1975

Box 2 of 6

Proposals - United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, 1976

Box 2 of 6

The National Committee for Astronomy of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities - Report on Astronomy Activity in Israel, August 1970 to August 1973

Box 2 of 6

Scheduling Committee - Meeting minutes, 1974

Box 2 of 6

Telescope dedication, 1971

Box 2 of 6

Images - Dedication, 1971

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Images - February 1971

Box 2 of 6

Wise Observatory - Publicity materials, 1971

Box 2 of 6

Press releases, 1971

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Scientific Council of the Wise Observatory, 1971

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Establishment of operational expenses for the Wise Observatory after SFC-0-3005 grant ends - Meeting minutes, January 20, 1972

Box 2 of 6

Wise Observatory - Summary information, 1973

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Special meeting - Meeting minutes, April 29, 1973

Box 2 of 6

Instrumentation meeting, May 9, 1973

Box 2 of 6

Graduate studies in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1973-1974, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 6

Prospective projects

Box 2 of 6

Reports

Box 2 of 6

Notes, 1971-1972

Box 2 of 6

Publications lists, 1972-1976

Box 2 of 6

Articles, 1973

Box 2 of 6

Images, circa 1971-1973 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 6

Clippings, circa 1971-1973 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 6

Mount Sinai Observatory

Proposal, 1979

Box 2 of 6

Correspondence, 1978-1979

Box 2 of 6

Correspondence - Perkin-Elmer, 1978

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Report on visit to the Helwan Institute, Cairo, Egypt

Box 2 of 6

Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University - Study group - Israel's Options for the Eighties, 1979

Box 2 of 6

Notes, 1978

Box 2 of 6

Clippings, 1978-1979

Box 2 of 6

Box 3

Work

Vanguard Earth Satellite Program - Non-technical information, 1956-1957

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Geopotential of the Earth, August 23, 1958

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Third Stage Velocity (Increment) Prediction, May 10, 1957 (2 folders)

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 1958-1960

Box 3 of 6

Journals

Journal - 1959-1962

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Journal - February 1963

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Journal - February-November 1965

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Journal - July 1965-April 1966

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Journal - December 1967

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Journal - 1968-1971

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Journal - August-October 1968

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Journal - October 1968-September 1969

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Journal - 1970-1972

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Journal - September 1972-August 1973

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Journal - September-December 1973

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Journal - December 1973-June 1974

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Journal - June 1974-February 1975

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Journal - February-May 1975

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Box 4

Journal - May-September 1975

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Journal - September-December 1975

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Journal - November 1975-August 1976

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Journal - February-December 1977

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Journal - January-May 1978

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Journal - June-December 1978

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Journals - 1979

Box 4 of 6

Journals - 1980 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 6

Yom Kippur review, 1980-1981

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Journals - 1981 (2 folders)

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Journal - January 1982

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Journal - February 1982

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Journal - March 1982

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Journal - April 1982

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Journal - May 1982

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Journal - June-July 1982

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Journal - August 1982

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Journal - September 1982

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Journal - October 1982

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Yom Kippur, 1982

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Journal - November 1982

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Journal - December 1982

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Journals - 1983

Box 4 of 6

Yom Kippur, 1983

Box 4 of 6

Box 5

Journal - January-May 1984

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Journal - June-September 1984

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Journal - October 1984

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Yom Kippur, 1984

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Journal - November 1984

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Journal - December 1984

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Journal - January 1985

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Journals - 1986

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Journal - January-February 1987

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Journal - March-June 1987

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Journal - August 1987

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Journal - October-December 1987

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Journal - January-September 1988

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Journal - December 1988

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Journal - January-March 1989

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Journal - May-June 1989

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Journal - July-August 1989

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Journal - September-November 1989

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Yom Kippur - 1989

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Journal - December 1989

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Journal - 1990

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Journal - January-February 1991

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Journal - April-May 1991

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Journal - September 1991

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Journal - October 1991-February 1992

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Journal - March 1992

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Journal - April-May 1992

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Journal - June 1992

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Journal - July 1992

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Journal - August 1992

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Journal - September-November 1992

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Yom Kippur - 1992

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Journal - December 1992-March 1993

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Journal - April 1993

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Journal - May 1993

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Journal - June-August 1993

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Journal - September-October 1993

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Journal - November 1993

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Yom Kippur - 1993

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Journal - December 1993

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Journal - January-February 1994

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Journal - March 1994

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Journal - April-May 1994

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Journal - June 1994

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Journal - July 1994

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Journal - August 1994

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Journal - September-November 1994

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Journal - December 1994

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Journal - January-February 1995

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Journal - March-April 1995

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Journal - May-June 1995

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Journal - July 1995

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Journal - August 1995

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Journal - September 1995

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Journal - October 1995-Feburary 1996

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Journal - March-July 1996

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Journal - August 1996

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Journal - September 1996

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Journal - December 1996

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Box 6

Journal - January-May 1997

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Journal - June 1997

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Journal - August 1997

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Journal - July 2000

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Journal - August 2000

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Journals - 2002

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Journal - October 2004-February 2005

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Journal - August 2005

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Journal - September-October 2005

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Journals - 2006

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Journal - May 2009

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Journals, undated

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Rosemary Johnson Lecar

Correspondence, 1980-2005

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Images, 1984 and undated

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Conversion to Judaism

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Wedding program, May 30, 2005

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Marriage certificate, May 20, 2005

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Funeral program, 2005

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Obituaries, 2005

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Plaque dedication ceremony program, Tufts University, August 29, 2006

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Miscellaneous

Box 6 of 6

General

Correspondence, 1977-2010

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Correspondence - Hal Lecar, 2009

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Correspondence - Ruth W. Lidz, 1979

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Images - Ruth W. Lidz, undated

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Correspondence - Esther Strauss, 1984

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Images - Esther Strauss, 1976 and undated

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Personal history, 1965-1986

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Professional history, 1957-1975

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Curriculum vitae, circa 1978-2000

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Images, 1988 and undated

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Postcards

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Quitting smoking, 1981

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Exercise routine - June 12, 2007

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Deed - July 31, 1970

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Quitclaim Deed - Shippewisset Place, Falmouth, Massachusetts, January 11, 1983

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Will - July 20, 2004

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Will - May 6, 2008

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Finances, 2006

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Retirement materials, circa 1983-2009

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Address books and addresses

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Notes - Calculations

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Notes, circa 1969-1997

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Miscellaneous, circa 1986-2006

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Clippings, 1990, 1994

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