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Papers of Leo Goldberg, 1933-1987


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.


  • Creation: 1933-1987


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36 cubic feet (107 boxes and 1 folder)

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.

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

  1. Personal and biographical papers, 1938-1983
  2. Chronological correspondence, 1961-1984
  3. General correspondence, ca. 1933-1987
  4. Learned societies and organizations, 1949-1982
  5. Annual Review of Astrophysics and Astronomy, 1961-1980
  6. Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, 1961-1977
  7. International Astronomical Union, 1948-1979
  8. National Academy of Sciences, 1956-1987
  9. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1959-1972
  10. Establishment of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, ca. 1958-1970
  11. National Science Foundation, ca. 1950-1976
  12. Office for Technology Assessment, 1976-1981
  13. Publications and Presentations, 1941-1975
  14. Preprints and lectures, 1942-1979
  15. Monograph series on nonthermal phenomena in stellar atmospheres, 1978-1982
  16. Research, ca. 1960-1986
  17. Photographs, ca. 1942-1980
  18. Photograph Albums, 1960-1975
  19. Transparencies, 1960-1974
  20. Motion picture film, ca. 1961-1973

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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).

Inventory update

This document last updated 2020 October 01.

Goldberg, Leo, 1913-1987. Papers of Leo Goldberg : an inventory
Harvard University Archives
Published in 2000
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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.

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