David Lasser Papers

Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
The UCSD Libraries
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University of California, San Diego
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lasser, David, 1902-
Title: David Lasser Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1930 - 1998
Extent: 8.53 linear feet (17 archives boxes and 1 oversize folder.)
Abstract: Papers of David Lasser, labor activist and aerospace visionary. In the early 1930s, David Lasser founded and became the first president of both the American Interplanetary Society and the Workers Alliance of America. He wrote one of the first books in English dealing with the possibility of space exploration titled, THE CONQUEST OF SPACE. The collection is arranged in seven series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) ECONOMIC COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION COURT CASE, 4) INTERVIEWS, 5) ORGANIZATIONS, 6) SUBJECT FILES, and 7) WRITINGS. The accession processed in 2000 contains mostly correspondence and photographs, and is arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.
Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Collection number: MSS 0322
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

Not Available

Preferred Citation

David Lasser Papers, MSS 0322. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Biography

David Lasser was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1902. After attending a half year of high school, he quit, and lying about his age, enlisted in the United States Army. He was sent to France where he suffered shell shock and was later honorably discharged. Upon release from the hospital, he entered M.I.T. where he graduated with a B.S. in Engineering Administration, despite his lack of a high school education.
In 1930, after founding the American Interplanetary Society, the first organization in the U.S. to deal with space travel by means of rocket, Lasser wrote and self-published one of the first non-fiction accounts, in English, dealing with space travel titled THE CONQUEST OF SPACE. Arthur C. Clarke, world-reknowned science fiction author and scientific investigator, wrote "my encounter with the CONQUEST OF SPACE, soon after its publication in 1931, was one of the turning points in my life, and I suspect, not only of mine...."
In his early years, Lasser was an editor at Science Wonders Stories in New York City. With the deepening of the Great Depression, Lasser also worked as coordinator of a city-wide union for the unemployed. In fact, he spent so much time organizing the unemployed that his publishers at Science Wonder Stories one day told him "Since you love the unemployed so much, we suggest that you join them." In 1933, he founded a nationwide union for the unemployed named the Workers Alliance of America and became its first president. Seven years later, he resigned due to increasing Communist involvement in the organization.
Upon his resignation from the Workers Alliance of America, President Roosevelt nominated Lasser to join the Works Projects Administration which trained the long-term unemployed for private industry. Later that year, however, the U.S. Congress inserted a clause into WPA legislation stating that no part of their funds might be used to "pay the compensation of David Lasser." This action was prompted by Martin Dies, a Republican Congressman, who at the debate for the 1942-1943 Appropriations Bill for WPA Expenditures declared that "this fellow Lasser is not only a radical but a crackpot, with mental delusions we can travel to the moon!" Soon after, Lasser was released from his position. One year later, the House Appropriations Committee granted him full clearance and the offending clause was stricken from the legislation. This would prove to be only the beginning of David Lasser's struggle to permanently clear his name.
In the following years, Lasser worked at the War Productions Board as a coordinator of trade union officials serving various WPA industry divisions. In 1945, Lasser wrote PRIVATE MONOPOLY - THE ENEMY AT HOME and soon became labor consultant to Secretary of Commerce, W. Averell Harriman, who was assigned to develop the Marshall Plan. Lasser assisted in dealing with anti-Marshall Plan trade unions under Communist influence.
In 1948, Lasser was again offered a position as labor consultant to Harriman, who was at this time an ambassador charged with foreign operations for the Economic Cooperation Administration. Lasser was refused clearance by the E.C.A. security staff on grounds that his Workers Alliance affiliation violated E.C.A. law which prohibited appointments of those who had been members of disloyal organizations that advocated "contrary views." The E.C.A. claim that the Workers Alliance was such an organization was backed up by the Workers Alliance's appearance on the Attorney General's list of subversive organizations. The Workers Alliance was cleared by the Justice Department for the period of David Lasser's membership and he was temporarily assigned to the E.C.A. office in Paris, France, pending final determination of his eligibility. Three months later, he was refused an extension of his assignment and an E.C.A. hearing took place. In 1950, for the second time in his life, Lasser was ousted from a government position as the hearing board cleared the Workers Alliance for "contrary views" during Lasser's membership, but recommended against his employment on the basis of alleged "Communist control" and following the "Communist line."
Lasser next took a job as a research director for the International Union of Electrical Workers affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (I.U.E.-A.F.L.-C.I.O.). He was assigned to visit European and Asian countries to improve relationships with the United States Labor Movement. Lasser retired from the I.U.E. - A.F.L. - C.I.O. as Assistant to the President for Economic and Collective Bargaining in 1969.
In the 1970s, Lasser began work on several literary projects, one of which was a fictional account of an asteroid, Big Joey, and its possible collision with Earth. Titled "Big Joey," the book was rejected for publication and abandoned, only to be revised and reworked in the early 1980s. Another unfinished work was on the nature of the universe, tentatively titled "The Infinite Adventure." For this book, Lasser spent ten years researching hundreds of journal and newspaper articles and took extensive notes. The book was abandoned after several years due to his discovery of a number of other books on similar topics by other authors.
After the passage of the Freedom of Information Act , Lasser began collecting government documents regarding his affiliation with the Workers Alliance and his alleged Communist ties. Requests were sent to President Carter by U.S. Senator Cranston and many other prominent officials in support of reopening David Lasser's case. A review was finally secured and directed by the Honorable Joseph Onek, Deputy Council to the President. As a result, in 1980 David Lasser received a letter from President Carter clearing him of all charges.
Later in his life, David Lasser became very active in his community of Rancho Bernardo, California. He was one of the founders of the San Diego State University Continuing Education Center in Rancho Bernardo and was the chairman of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee. He also taught a class on the universe titled "The Infinite Adventure." In addition to his work with San Diego State University, Lasser was chairman of the Citizens Fact Finding Commission charged with gathering information on the problem to astronomical observation of high sodium versus low sodium street lights. The low sodium lights were chosen by the City of San Diego, and Lasser received special recognition from CALTECH on behalf of Palomar Observatory.
David Lasser died on May 5, 1996, at the age of 94.

Scope and Content of Collection

Accession Processed in 1996
Correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, biographical information, documents regarding the Economic Cooperation Administration court case, and notes on writings of others make up this collection which covers the years 1931-1994 and occupies 8.00 linear feet. This collection is arranged into seven series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL; 2) CORRESPONDENCE; 3) ECONOMIC COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION COURT CASE; 4) INTERVIEWS; 5) ORGANIZATIONS; 6) SUBJECT FILES and 7) WRITINGS.
SERIES 1: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL
This series consists of news clippings, Lasser's employment background including resumes and applications, photographs, Who's Who biographies and his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army.
SERIES 2: CORRESPONDENCE
The correspondence in this series spans Lasser's entire life with the bulk of it sent or received in his later years. It is arranged in alphabetical order by name of correspondent. Notable correspondents include Eleanor Roosevelt and Arthur C. Clarke.
SERIES 3: ECONOMIC COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION COURT CASE
This series contains documents and general correspondence regarding the E.C.A. court case from 1948 - 1950. Many of the documents are arranged numerically according to Lasser's index of documents. Also included in this series are letters of support from friends and acquaintances and Lasser's notes on the case.
SERIES 4: INTERVIEWS
This series contains interview notes arranged alphabetically by the name of the individual interviewed. Also contained in this series are interview questions and an index of those interviewed.
SERIES 5: ORGANIZATIONS
The ORGANIZATIONS series contains documents and correspondence from the organizations with which Lasser was affiliated. Most of the material in this series relates to Lasser's work with the Workers Alliance of America. He was a founding member and the first president of this organization, but was only active for five years until his resignation in 1940 due to an increasing Communist presence in the organization.
Lasser was a founding member and the first president of the American Interplanetary Society in 1930. This organization has undergone a few name changes, however. The first change was in 1934, when it was renamed the American Rocket Society and the second was in 1963 when the American Rocket Society merged with the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences to form the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Documents and correspondence can be found under all three organization names, although the few items regarding the American Rocket Society are located in the American Interplanetary Society folder.
Also included in this series are documents and correspondence from the American Association for the Advancement of Science with which Lasser was associated (1981-1982).
SERIES 6: SUBJECT FILES
The SUBJECT FILES series is arranged alphabetically by subject. This series contains material on conferences attended by Lasser, the Freedom of Information Act documents, Lasser's name clearance litigation, documents related to government cases against Lasser (i.e. Attorney General's list, Dies Committee, notes on front groups and miscellaneous legislation), material from IUE-AFL-CIO and other organizations with which he was employed (W.P.A. and Wonder Stories), and material from his work in the Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego (SDSU and Sodium lamp controversy).
SERIES 7: WRITINGS
This series is divided into two subseries: A) Writings by Lasser and B) Notes on the Writings of Others. The first subseries consists of original manuscripts, poetry, movie scripts, and musicals written by Lasser. Most of the writing in this series is titled BIG JOEY which Lasser worked on for several years but never published. The papers contain only a very small amount of material on THE CONQUEST OF SPACE, one of Lasser's most significant works. This collection houses no material on PRIVATE MONOPOLY - THE ENEMY AT HOME, another book written by Lasser in 1945.
The second subseries consists of notes by Lasser on writings of others. This subseries makes up a significant portion of the entire collection and in most cases is arranged alphabetically by the subject of the writing. In some cases, however, when Lasser wrote extensively on one title, the title of the writing is used as the folder title.
Accession Processed in 2000
The accession to the David Lasser Papers processed in 2000 contains mostly correspondence and photographs. It spans the period 1978-1998, occupies 0.33 linear feet, and is arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.
SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the correspondent. Many of the letters in this series date to near the end of David Lasser's life when his wife, Mimi Lasser, carried on much of his correspondence. Notable correspondents include President Jimmy Carter and Arthur C. Clarke.
SERIES 2: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS
The MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS series, arranged alphabetically, contains photographs of Lasser with others, including a photograph of him with President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson which is signed by President Johnson. The series also contains materials related to Lasser's membership in organizations, writings by and about Lasser, and a plaque given to Lasser by the Palomar Observatory in appreciation of his efforts during the "sodium lamp controversy."

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Lasser, David, -- Archives
Clarke, Arthur Charles, 1917-
Workers Alliance of America -- Archives
United States. -- Works Progress Administration -- Archives
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics -- Archives
Electric industry workers -- Labor unions -- United States -- History
Labor unions and communism -- United States -- History

Contributors

Clarke, Arthur Charles, 1917- -- correspondent
Davin, Eric Leif, -- correspondent
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962, -- correspondent
Pendray, G. Edward -- (George Edward), 1901- -- correspondent


Collection Contents

 

Accession Processed in 1996

 

BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL

box 1, folder 1

90th birthday celebration

Note

March 20, 1992.
box 1, folder 2

Biographies

box 1, folder 3

Employment information 1942 - 1973

Note

Applications and resumes.
box 1, folder 4

Interviews with David Lasser 1981 - 1986

Note

Written questions and answers.
box 1, folder 5

News clippings 1931 - 1979

box 1, folder 6

News clippings 1980 - 1992

box 1, folder 7

Photographs

box 1, folder 8

United States Army honorable discharge papers 1919

box 1, folder 9

Who's Who and Man of the Year biographical information

 

CORRESPONDENCE

box 1, folder 10

Bangs, Allan 1994 - 1995

box 1, folder 11

Benjamin, Herbert 1967 - 1976

box 1, folder 12

Black Cat Studios 1994

box 1, folder 13

Clarke, Arthur C. 1969 - 1995

box 1, folder 14

Davin, Eric 1986

box 1, folder 15

Davin, Eric 1987 - 1994

box 1, folder 16

Harford, James 1981 - 1989

box 1, folder 17

Harriman, W. Averell 1949 - 1978

box 1, folder 18

Johns, John 1980

box 1, folder 19

Keyser, Steve 1995

box 1, folder 20

Kiesel, Diane 1980 - 1981

box 2, folder 1

Kotz, Nick 1980 - 1994

box 2, folder 2

Labor History Encyclopedia 1984

box 2, folder 3

Miscellaneous

box 2, folder 4

Morrow, Tom 1986

box 2, folder 5

Nature Magazine 1991

box 2, folder 6

Pendray, G. Edward 1969 - 1987

box 2, folder 7

Perlman, Alfred 1979

box 2, folder 8

Planetary Society, Carl Sagan President 1980 - 1992

box 2, folder 9

Ponnamperuma, Cyril 1976

box 2, folder 10

Roosevelt, Eleanor 1940

box 2, folder 11

Sandfield, Max 1980

box 2, folder 12

Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum 1974 - 1980

box 2, folder 13

Union of Concerned Scientists 1984 - 1994

box 2, folder 14

Walker, Chuck, President of the National Space Society 1994

 

ECONOMIC COOPERATION ADMIN. COURT CASE 1948-1950

box 2, folder 15

Biography and outline of events

box 2, folder 16

Correspondence

box 2, folder 17

Documents 1-20

box 2, folder 18

Documents 21-40

box 2, folder 19

Documents 41-61

box 2, folder 20

Documents index, 1-61

box 2, folder 21

Documents, misc

box 3, folder 1

Exhibits 1-37 and A, C-F & S

box 3, folder 2

History of David Lasser case 1980

Note

Written account of the events leading up to the case and of the case itself.
box 3, folder 3

Letters of support

box 3, folder 4

Notes on case

Note

Handwritten and typed, 1 of 2 folders.
box 3, folder 5

Notes on case

Note

Handwritten and typed, 2 of 2 folders.
 

INTERVIEWS

box 3, folder 6

Index, summaries and interview questions

box 3, folder 7

Interviews A - F

box 3, folder 8

Interviews G - P

box 3, folder 9

Interviews S - W

 

ORGANIZATIONS

box 3, folder 10

American Association for the Advancement of Science 1981 - 1982

box 3, folder 11

American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics 1985

Note

36th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation report.
box 4, folder 1

American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - 50th anniversary 1980 - 1981

box 4, folder 2

American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - correspondence 1981 - 1989

box 4, folder 3

American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - correspondence 1990 - 1995

box 4, folder 4

American Interplanetary Society 1930 - 1992

Note

This organization was later known as the American Rocket Society.
box 4, folder 5

Workers Alliance of America - correspondence 1936 - 1980

box 4, folder 6

Workers Alliance of America - correspondence 1981 - 1989

box 4, folder 7

Workers Alliance of America - documents, notes, press clippings 1936 - 1939

box 4, folder 8

Workers Alliance of America - documents, notes, press clippings 1940

 

SUBJECT FILES

box 4, folder 9

Attorney General's list of subversive organizations 1941 - 1973

box 4, folder 10

Book clubs

box 4, folder 11

Conference - 25th anniversary of the Industrial Relations Center, Univ. of Minn. 1970

box 4, folder 12

Conference - International Brotherhood of Operative Potters 1970

box 4, folder 13

Conference - National Conference, Chicago 1940

box 4, folder 14

Consulting 1948 - 1971

box 5, folder 1

Copley, Helen 1978

box 5, folder 2

Dies committee 1940

box 5, folder 3

Freedom of Information Act 1975 - 1995

box 5, folder 4

Front groups

Note

Lassers typed notes.
box 5, folder 5

Guth, Alan

box 5, folder 6

Hawking, Stephen

box 5, folder 7

I.U.E. - A. F. L. - C. I. O. - correspondence 1968 - 1980

Note

IUE-AFL-CIO stands for Int'l Union of Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.
box 5, folder 8

I.U.E. - A. F. L. - C. I. O. - correspondence 1981 - 1987

Note

IUE-AFL-CIO stands for Int'l Union of Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.
box 5, folder 9

Miscellaneous documents, notes and press clippings

box 5, folder 10

Name clearance 1978 - 1979

box 5, folder 11

Name clearance 1980

box 5, folder 12

San Diego State University - Continuing Education

box 6, folder 1

Sodium lamp controversy - Lasser's commission against high sodium street lamps 1983 - 1984

box 6, folder 2

Subpenas from the Congress of the U. S. 1951 - 1954

box 6, folder 3

Travel 1963 - 1968

box 6, folder 4

United States National Archives and Records Service - research notes 1976

box 6, folder 5

War Production Board 1943 - 1945

box 6, folder 6

Wonder Stories 1931 - 1954

box 6, folder 7

Work Projects Admin. (W.P.A.) legislation - congressional ouster against Lasser 1941

box 6, folder 8

Work Relief and Relief for Fiscal Years 1942 & 1943

Note

Hearings before the Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations - U. S. House of Representatives.
box 6, folder 9

U. S. House of Representatives Mutual Security Act of 1954

 

WRITINGS

 

Writings by Lasser

box 6, folder 10

Big Joey - characters

box 6, folder 11

Big Joey - correspondence, A - Z

box 6, folder 12

Big Joey - draft 1984

box 6, folder 13

Big Joey - draft, chapters I - III

box 6, folder 14

Big Joey - draft, chapter IV

box 6, folder 15

Big Joey - draft, pages 3 - 49

box 6, folder 16

Big Joey - draft, pages 5 - 110

box 7, folder 1

Big Joey - draft, pages 108 - 175

box 7, folder 2

Big Joey - draft, pages 176 - 233

box 7, folder 3

Big Joey - draft, table of contents & Ch I - III

box 7, folder 4

Big Joey - draft, text of last part

box 7, folder 5

Big Joey - manuscript 1970

Note

1 of 2 folders.
box 7, folder 6

Big Joey - manuscript 1970

Note

2 of 2 folders.
box 7, folder 7

Big Joey - manuscript 1984

Note

1 of 2 folders.
box 7, folder 8

Big Joey - manuscript 1984

Note

2 of 2 folders.
box 7, folder 9

Big Joey - misc. notes

Note

1 of 4 folders.
box 8, folder 1

Big Joey - misc. notes

Note

2 of 4 folders.
box 8, folder 2

Big Joey - misc. notes

Note

3 of 4 folders.
box 8, folder 3

Big Joey - misc. notes

Note

4 of 4 folders.
box 8, folder 4

Big Joey - movie script

box 8, folder 5

Big Joey - outline

Note

1 of 4 folders.
box 8, folder 6

Big Joey - outline

Note

2 of 4 folders.
box 8, folder 7

Big Joey - outline

Note

3 of 4 folders.
box 8, folder 8

Big Joey - outline

Note

4 of 4 folders.
box 8, folder 9

Big Joey - story notes

box 8, folder 10

By Rocket to the Planets

Note

Published in NATURE MAGAZINE, November 1931.
box 8, folder 11

Conquest of Space 1931

box 9, folder 1

Cosmic Adventure

box 9, folder 2

Cosmic Contact

box 9, folder 3

Infinite Adventure - lecture series

box 9, folder 4

Infinite Adventure - manuscript

box 9, folder 5

Infinite Adventure - video game

box 9, folder 6

Island Paradise - musical in two acts 1962

box 9, folder 7

Island Paradise - musical in three acts

box 9, folder 8

Labor and world affairs

Note

Published in FOREIGN POLICY REPORTS, Nov. 15, 1949.
box 9, folder 9

Labor looks at industrial engineering

Note

Published in SOCIETY FOR ADVANCED MANAGEMENT, 1956.
box 9, folder 10

Letter from David Lasser

Note

Published in an A.I.A.A. anniversary publication, 1981.
box 9, folder 11

Poetry 1943 - 1988

box 9, folder 12

Speeches, lectures, misc. writings

box 9, folder 13

Waiting Room

box 9, folder 14

What's new in collective bargaining

Note

Published in THE INDIAN WORKER and AMERICAN LABOR, 1968.
box 9, folder 15

With vehicle perfected, science hopes to plumb mystery of outer space

Note

Published in NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, July 13, 1930.
 

Notes on the Writings of Others

box 9, folder 16

Accidental Universe by Paul Davies 1982

box 9, folder 17

Arms control

box 9, folder 18

Asteroids

box 10, folder 1

Astronomy

box 10, folder 2

Atoms to Quarks by James Trefil 1980

box 10, folder 3

Beyond Einstein by Nickio Kaku 1987

box 10, folder 4

Big bang

box 10, folder 5

Biology

Note

1 of 2 folders.
box 10, folder 6

Biology

Note

2 of 2 folders.
box 10, folder 7

Black holes

box 10, folder 8

Cell

box 10, folder 9

Cell by Isaac Asimov

box 10, folder 10

Cosmic Blueprint by Paul Davies

box 10, folder 11

Cosmic Dawn by Eric Chaisson 1980

box 10, folder 12

Cosmology

Note

1 of 2 folders.
box 10, folder 13

Cosmology

Note

2 of 2 folders.
box 11, folder 1

Cosmology by Edward Harrison 1981

box 11, folder 2

Cosmos by Carl Sagan 1980

box 11, folder 3

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)

box 11, folder 4

Development of the universe

box 11, folder 5

Earth and the universe

box 11, folder 6

Edge of Infinity by Paul Davies 1981

box 11, folder 7

Einstein and the theory of relativity

box 11, folder 8

Evolution

box 11, folder 9

Evolution vs. creationism

box 11, folder 10

Extinction

box 12, folder 1

Extraterrestrial intelligence

box 12, folder 2

First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg

box 12, folder 3

Future, socio/science

box 12, folder 4

Future, space/universe

box 12, folder 5

Galaxies

Note

1 of 2 folders.
box 12, folder 6

Galaxies

Note

2 of 2 folders.
box 12, folder 7

Gamma rays

box 12, folder 8

Gravitational waves

box 12, folder 9

Laws governing the universe

box 12, folder 10

Lefthand of Creation by John Barrow and Joseph Silk 1952

box 12, folder 11

Lifetide by Lyall Watson 1979 - 1980

box 12, folder 12

Light

box 12, folder 13

List of books/authors reviewed

box 12, folder 14

Mars

box 12, folder 15

Matter

Note

1 of 2 folders.
box 12, folder 16

Matter

Note

2 of 2 folders.
box 12, folder 17

Matter/energy

box 13, folder 1

Miscellaneous notes on writings of others

box 13, folder 2

Multiple universes

box 13, folder 3

Mythology

box 13, folder 4

Neutrinos

box 13, folder 5

Origin of life

box 13, folder 6

Origin of the universe

Note

1 of 2 folders.
box 13, folder 7

Origin of the universe

Note

2 of 2 folders.
box 13, folder 8

Other Worlds by Paul Davies 1980

box 13, folder 9

Parallel universes

box 13, folder 10

Physics

box 13, folder 11

Pulsars

box 13, folder 12

Quantum theory

box 13, folder 13

Quarks

box 13, folder 14

Quasars

box 14, folder 1

Religion

Note

1 of 7 folders.
box 14, folder 2

Religion

Note

2 of 7 folders.
box 14, folder 3

Religion

Note

3 of 7 folders.
box 14, folder 4

Religion

Note

4 of 7 folders.
box 14, folder 5

Religion

Note

5 of 7 folders.
box 14, folder 6

Religion

Note

6 of 7 folders.
box 14, folder 7

Religion

Note

7 of 7 folders.
box 15, folder 1

Religion/God

box 15, folder 2

Religion and the universe

box 15, folder 3

Science

box 15, folder 4

Science news/research

box 15, folder 5

Scientists, information and interviews

box 15, folder 6

Solar system

box 15, folder 7

Space

Note

1 of 2 folders.
box 15, folder 8

Space

Note

2 of 2 folders.
box 15, folder 9

Space mysteries/strange forces

box 15, folder 10

Space stations/missions

box 15, folder 11

Stars

box 15, folder 12

Supernovas

box 15, folder 13

Technology

box 15, folder 14

Telescopes

box 15, folder 15

Theories

box 15, folder 16

Thursday's Universe by Marcia Bartusiak 1986

box 16, folder 1

Universal events

box 16, folder 2

Universe

Note

1 of 5 folders.
box 16, folder 3

Universe

Note

2 of 5 folders.
box 16, folder 4

Universe

Note

3 of 5 folders.
box 16, folder 5

Universe

Note

4 of 5 folders.
box 16, folder 6

Universe

Note

5 of 5 folders.
box 16, folder 7

Universe, size and distance of

box 16, folder 8

Until the Sun Dies by Joseph Jastrow

box 16, folder 9

Unusual events

 

Accession Processed in 2000

 

CORRESPONDENCE

box 17, folder 1

Bleiler, Everett F. 1995 - 1996

box 17, folder 2

Burgess, Eric 1998

box 17, folder 3

Carter, Jimmy 1980

Note

Color photocopy of one letter.
box 17, folder 4

Ciancone, Michael 1992 - 1996

Note

Includes photograph, magazine articles.
box 17, folder 5

Clarke, Arthur C. 1995

Note

Includes correspondence with the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.
box 17, folder 6

Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library 1995

box 17, folder 7

CSPASE Press 1996

box 17, folder 8

Davin, Eric Leif 1986 - 1989

box 17, folder 9

Gould, Robert J. 1980

box 17, folder 10

Harper and Collins Publishers 1995

box 17, folder 11

Harriman, W. Averell 1978

box 17, folder 12

Maran, Stephen 1986

box 17, folder 13

Miller, Ron 1990

box 17, folder 14

Princeton University. Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library 1995

box 17, folder 15

Romig, Reverend 1986

 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

box 17, folder 16

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 1989 - 1996

box 17, folder 17

American Interplanetary Society 1930

box 17, folder 18, oversize FB31709

Photograph of Lasser with President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson 1964

Note

Signed by President Johnson.
box 17, folder 19

Photographs of Lasser with others 1968 - 1995

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Includes undated photographs.
box 17, folder 20

Reflections on the Challenger Tragedy 1986

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Essay by Lasser. Typescript draft and fair copy, with a poem attached.
box 17, folder 21

Roosevelt, Lasser and the Workers' Alliance: Organizing WPA Workers and the Unemployed, 1935-1940 1982

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Photocopy of a typescript of an academic paper by James E. Sargent.
box 17, folder 22

Sodium lamp controversy 1984

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Plaque and letter from the Palomar Observatory.