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.
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).
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Collection is open for research.