Finding Aid to the Records of Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), 1957-
Note to researchers: Processing of records of Associated Universities, Inc. is ongoing, as we continually add further material. Interested researchers should contact the Archives about access to both unprocessed and processed material.
Short description of collection: The records of the Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) will eventually document the institutional history of the corporation, including its participation in a range of projects. At present time, the bulk of the collection comprises project proposals and records from the tenure of Ethan Schreier as president of AUI (2004-2017)and NRAO Visiting Committee reports from 1957-2004. There are also some strategic plans and AUI promotional publications.
Materials in this collection include proposals, presentations, contracts, reports, publications and correspondence.
Administrative history: AUI was founded in 1946 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to “acquire, plan, construct and operate laboratories and other facilities for research, development and education in the physical, biological and social sciences.” Since then, AUI has secured federal funding to build and manage large, complex research facilities including the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the Green Bank Observatory (GBO). AUI has also participated in consortia that advanced the development of the Virtual Astronomy Observatory (VAO), the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope (CCAT) and other projects.
Accession history: Visiting Committee material was regularly transferred from the NRAO Director's Office beginning in 2005. Additional material was transferred to the Archives by AUI in fall 2018. Material about ALMA was received from Patrick W. Donahoe in June 2015 and August 2018 and was restricted through May 2020.
Publication rights: Copyright belongs to Associated Universities, Inc. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the NRAO Archivist, who will consult with AUI on permissions.
Preferred citation: National Radio Astronomy Observatory/Associated Universities, Inc. Archives, Records of AUI, <series/unit/subunit/box #>. After the initial citation, abbreviations may be used: NRAO/AUI Archives, Records of AUI, <series/unit/subunit/box #>.
Processing notes: Arrangement, description, indexing, foldering and boxing of this material was begun by Heather Cole in spring 2019. During the processing, fasteners were removed and materials were removed from binders of various types.
Board of Trustees Series: This series is currently comprised of the AUI charter, bylaws and lists of trustees. Click here for a folder listing.
Visiting Committee Series: The NRAO Visiting Committee is appointed by the AUI Board of Trustees to review the management and research programs of the Observatory. The Visiting Committee meetings are held at alternating NRAO sites. This series contains correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports beginning with 1957. The Visiting Committee's formal report and the NRAO response are filed separately for 1957-1991, and thereafter are filed with the materials for each specific meeting. Files for the most recent years are kept in the NRAO Director's Office rather than the Archives. Dates: 1957-2004. Size: 5 linear feet.
Committees Series: This series comprises the reports of AUI committees including the Report of the Committee to Define the Duties and Responsibilities of the President of AUI (October 1963) and the Report to the AUI Ad-Hoc Committee on the NRAO Scientific Staff Unit (November 2001). Dates: 1963-2008) Size: 0.25 linear feet. Click here for a list of folders.
President's Office Series: This series comprises records from the tenure of Ethan Schreier as president of AUI (2004-2017). It is currently limited, but we anticipate that additional material will be forthcoming. Dates: 2002-2015. Size: 0.25 linear feet. Click here for a list of folders.
Publications Series: This series comprises AUI publications: Organization and Objectives (December 1963, with supplements for 1964-1969), 25 Years of Research Management, 1946-1971 (1971), an AUI marketing publication from 2000 and Future Prospects for US Radio, Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy (October 2008). Size: 0.25 linear feet. Click here for a list of folders.
Photographs Series: This series comprises photographs of AUI Board members, meetings and other events. Click here for a selection of digitized photos.