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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Lawrence H. Aller papers
    Creator: Aller, Lawrence H.
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0616
    Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet (2 cartons)
    Date (inclusive): 1903-2001
    Abstract: Lawrence H. Aller was an astronomer and professor at UCLA. The collection consists largely of correspondence and Aller's published papers on a variety of astronomical topics.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lawrence H. Aller papers (Collection 616). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing Information

    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
    Processed by C.B. Brown, September, 2002. Reprocessed by Doug Johnson, August 2016.
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    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9947696453606533 >


    Lawrence H. Aller was born in Tacoma, WA on September 24, 1913. He developed an early interest in astronomy and, despite not graduating from high school, attended the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he attended Harvard, and earned his PhD in 1942. He taught at Indiana University and the University of Michigan and, in 1962, he became a professor at UCLA, where he remained for the rest of his career. During that time, he published six books and hundreds of scholarly articles, mostly dealing with gaseous nebulae and stellar atmospheres. He died in Los Angeles on March 16, 2003.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists largely of reprints of Laurence Aller's scholarly publications, dozens of which appeared in a variety of journals spanning a period of more than sixty years. There is also a significant amount of correspondence with other astronomers, including Dorothy N. Davis-Locanthi, Donald Menzel, and Nicholas Mayall. Also present are observational data and lecture notes for "The Planetary Nebulae," a major project that Aller worked on from 1942-1975.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in a single series, based on the work of the previous archivist.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Astronomers -- United States -- Archives.