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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: UCSD Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences Records
    Identifier/Call Number: RSS 2104
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Languages: English
    Physical Description: 4.0 Linear feet 4 records cartons
    Date (inclusive): 1979 - 1995
    Abstract: Records of the UCSD Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS), an organized research unit founded in 1979 to link space scientists and scientific departments on the UCSD campus and to provide a unified corporate umbrella to manage federally funded projects. Directed by Margaret Burbidge (1979-1988), Laurence Peterson (1989-1994) and Arthur Wolfe (1994-present), CASS has given administrative support to such research projects as the Faint Object Spectrometer, the Gamma-ray Observatory, the Solar Maximum Mission, and the Keck Telescope. Materials in this collection include founding papers, correspondence of the director (1979-1991), CASS committee meeting minutes and agendas, research proposals, and several miscellaneous project files. This collection is arranged in five series: 1) GENERAL RECORDS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS, 4) RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROPOSALS, and 5) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
    Creator: University of California, San Diego. Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    CASS Records. RSS 2104. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Administrative History

    The Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS) was founded in 1979 to provide scientific direction for the interrelated departments of Physics, Chemistry and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at UCSD, and to provide a unified corporate umbrella to manage federally funded projects. As an Organized Research Unit, CASS provides a forum for the synergy of the disciplines of astronomy, astrophysics, space physics, cosmochemistry, radio astronomy, and plasma astrophysics. Furnishing administrative support for program coordination, contract and grant administration, and resource allocation (shared equipment, moneys and personnel), CASS streamlines and organizes university research groups including the Infra-Red, Optical and High Energy Astronomy Groups; the Solar Astrophysics and Solar System Physics Groups; and, the Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmochemistry Groups. Administrators hoped the new unity would lead to interdisciplinary opportunities in scientific inquiry and in educational curricula and platforms available to UCSD graduate students. The extra administrative capability that CASS could provide facilitated the development of large research projects, such as the Faint Object Spectrograph (FOS) on the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gamma-ray Observatory (GRO).
    CASS is managed by a single director, who reports to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and one to three associate directors. It derives its funding and purpose from contracts and research grants. The research groups share members and are fluid in their aggregation of personnel and resources, which change according to project priority, funding and staff availability. Members of CASS constitute and serve on various center committees including the Executive and Policy Committee, the Education Committee, and the Computing Ad Hoc Committee. CASS's business office manages funds and allocates personnel and resources.
    The founding director of CASS was Margaret Burbidge (1979-1988), followed by Laurence Peterson (1989-1994) and Arthur M. Wolfe (1994-present).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCES (CASS) RECORDS document the founding and growth activities of a large UCSD Organized Research Unit (ORU). The collection includes the founding materials and bylaws of CASS, correspondence from the director's office, committee meeting minutes, and research materials.
    The records are arranged in five series: 1) GENERAL RECORDS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS, 4) RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROPOSALS, and 5) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
    SERIES 1: GENERAL RECORDS
    The GENERAL RECORDS series, arranged in six subseries, contains annual reports, budgets and funding materials, founding documents such as the constitution and bylaws, public relations materials, quinquennial reviews, and agreements regarding research facilities.
    SERIES 2: CORRESPONDENCE
    The CORRESPONDENCE series, arranged chronologically, includes letters and memoranda from the director and assistant director, as well as internal memoranda and correspondence with granting institutions such as NASA and the Marlar Foundation.
    SERIES 3: COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS
    The COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Committees and B) Meetings.
    A) The Committees subseries includes minutes and agendas from center committees such as the Education Committee and the Executive and Policy Committee, among others. The Education Committee materials include announcements and flyers for various academic seminars and graduate events.
    B) The Meetings subseries contains minutes from CASS faculty meetings and meetings of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research/Organized Research Unit Directors. Both subseries are arranged alphabetically by official group name.
    SERIES 4: RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROPOSALS
    The RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROPOSALS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Projects and B) Proposals. The Projects subseries contains administrative and technical materials from several projects including the Faint Object Spectrograph and the Hubble Space Telescope. The Proposals subseries contains research proposals written by members of CASS and is arranged alphabetically by title of proposal.
    SERIES 5: ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES
    The ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES series contains the originals of brittle or high acid content documents that have been photocopied.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Compton Observatory
    Solar Maximum Mission (Project)
    Wolfe, Arthur -- Archives
    Astronomical spectroscopy
    Astronomy
    Astrophysics
    Cosmochemistry
    Gamma rays
    High Energy Astronomy Observatories
    Orbiting astronomical observatories
    Plasma astrophysics
    Radio astronomy