Finding Aid for the Lawrence H. Aller Papers LSC.0616

Finding aid prepared by C.B. Brown, September, 2002, reprocessed by Doug Johnson, August 2016; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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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.
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Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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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.

box 1, folder 1-2

Aller, Lawrence H. - biographical and autobiographical material circa 1943-1997

box 1, folder 3

American Astronomical Society - Russell Lectureship 1992-1993

box 1, folder 4

Astronomy 1933-1935

Scope and Contents

Contains handwritten notes and a typed manuscript, possibly from Aller's undergraduate days at Berkeley.
box 1, folder 5

Bok, Bart J. 1948-1973

Scope and Contents

Contains: letter from Bok, 1948; pamphlet "The Spiral Structure of Our Galaxy" [inscribed by Bok]; mimeograph "IAU Symposium No. 61 - Perth, W. Australia - New Problems in Astronomy - Summary and Conclusions."
box 1, folder 6

Correspondence 1927-1953

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Donald Menzel and J. H. Moore.
box 1, folder 7

Correspondence 1931-1991

Scope and Contents

Includes letter from Carl K. Seyfert, 1946 [with "Nuclear Emission in Spiral Nebulae"]; four letters from Dorothy N. Davis-Locanthi, 1976 [with "A Comparison of FeI Oscillator Strengths"]; handwritten letter from Donald Osterbrock, 1991.
box 1, folder 8

Correspondence 1945-1983

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Leo Goldberg, Nicholas Mayall, Otto Struve, and Frank [Edmonson?].
box 1, folder 9-10

E-mail 1991-1993

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Walter Feibelman.
box 1, folder 11

NASA - International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) 1979-1988

box 1, folder 12

Proposals 1967-1982

box 1, folder 13-21, box 2, folder 1-3

Publications by Aller - master reprints 1938-2001

box 2, folder 4

Publications by others 1903-1969

Scope and Content

Contains: "An Example in Periodic Orbits" by James Park McCallie, 1903; "Temperature Determinations for Nuclei of Thirteen Planetary Nebulae" by H. Zanestra, 1960; "How to Become an Astronomer" by Freeman D. Miller, 1969.
box 2, folder 5-9

"The Planetary Nebulae" 1942-1975

Scope and Content

Material for an ongoing project on planetary nebulae, consisting of observational data and lecture notes, in five binders.