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Goldberg, Leo. Papers of Leo Goldberg : an inventory

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This finding aid has been encoded by the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics as part of a collaborative project supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, an independent federal agency. Collaboration members in 1999 consisted of: American Institute of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Alaska, University of Illinois, and University of Texas.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUGFP 83
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Goldberg, Leo, 1913-1987.
Title: Papers of Leo Goldberg, 1933-1987
Date(s): 1933-1987
Quantity: 36 cubic feet (107 boxes and 1 folder)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: Leo Goldberg (1913-1987) was an American astronomer with appointments to the University of Michigan, Harvard, the United States National Observatory at Kitt Peak, and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Materials document Goldberg's career, chiefly post-1960.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number 11356 received 1988 March 17. Accession number 11859 received 1989 November 7.

Access to Collection:

Permission for viewing, photocopying, and publishing material in the Papers of Leo Goldberg is required. Contact the Reference Staff of the Harvard University Archives for details.

Related Materials in the Harvard Univeristy Archives

Additional photographs of Leo Goldberg (HUP Goldberg, Leo) and records of the Harvard Observatory : Records of the Director, ca.1960-1970 (UAV 630.38.5).

Biography of Leo Goldberg

Leo Goldberg (1913-1987), American astronomer, applied atomic physics to astrophysical problems, and is best known for study of the sun from space. According to his National Academy of Sciences Biographical memoir, "He was director of three important observatories: University of Michigan (1946-60), Harvard (1960-71), and Kitt Peak National Observatory (1971-77). He played an important role in founding the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Kitt Peak National Observatory, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He contributed real leadership as president of the American Astronomical Society (1964-66) and the International Astronomical Union (1971-76)."
Goldberg's association with Donald H. Menzel and interest in the field of atomic spectra began during Goldberg's undergraduate career at Harvard.




Series in the collection

Scope and Contents of Collection

The Papers of Leo Goldberg document Goldberg's professional and research interests, chiefly after 1960. They document his research and publishing work, but the largest portion of the material is related to his leadership in astronomical and scientific organizations and his participation in United States government astronomical committees and research efforts.


Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 July 8.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Radio astronomy.
Science and state -- Government policy.
Science -- Societies, etc.
Space sciences -- International cooperation.
Sun -- Research.
Motion pictures.
Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Harvard College Observatory
Harvard University -- Study and teaching.
International Astronomical Union.
Kitt Peak National Observatory.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.