Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Space Astronomy, 1946-1986

25 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of materials related to space astronomy, including early analyses, design studies, large space telescopes, Congressional actions, NASA Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO) Program, meetings, technical plans, final reports, and correspondence.


This series is arranged twenty-four subseries: Space Astronomy, Early Analyses, Design Studies, Imaging Space Telescope, Large Space Telescope (LST, ST) Groups, Panels, Committees, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Site Competition, LST Congressional Action, 1974-1977 and Studies, Groups, 1974-1985, LST Congressional Action, 1974-1977 and Studies, Groups, 1974-1985, Space Telescope -- Princeton Projects, Sounding Rocket Spectrograph, PUO Satellite UV Telescope -- Spectrometer Air Force Program, NASA Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO) Program, General OAO Correspondence, Design Study Reports, Thermal Problems, Equipment Specifications and Description, Meetings with Subcontractors, Goddard Space Flight Center, Technical Plans and Progress, System Tests; Sample Reports, Post-launch Operations, Data, Princeton University Observatory Technical Memos: OAO-3, Miscellaenous Post-launch Problems, Guest Investigator Program, Post-launch OAO Correspondence, Finances, Final Reports, Other Space Astronomy, and Space Astronomy, General Correspondence.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Matthew Robb, Class of 1994 and Gena Bursan in 1991 and 2000. Finding aid written by Matthew Robb, Class of 1994 and Gena Bursan in 1991 and 2000.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Space Astronomy; Lyman Spitzer Papers, C0682, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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