Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Albert Van Helden academic papers, 1976-1989 MS 443

creator van Helden, Albert, 1940-
Title: Albert Van Helden academic papers
Dates: 1976-1989
Abstract: This collection consists of astronomer Albert Van Helden’s academic papers and encompass his work with various professional organizations, as well as with Rice University related committees and projects.
Identification: MS 443
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet(1 box)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Albert Van Helden was born on March 7, 1940 in the The Hague, Netherlands, came to the United States in 1955 , and later became a naturalized citizen. He received a B.S. in Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1962, Master of Science from Stevens in 1964, Master of Arts in History from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1967, and a doctorate from the University of London, Imperial College in the History of Science in 1970. Dr. Van Helden came to Rice University as an Assistant Professor of History in 1970, was promoted to full professor in 1983, and served as Chairman of the Department of History in 1987. In addition to his teaching duties at Rice in the field of history of science, Dr. Van Helden has published extensively on the history of astronomy, and on the invention and development of the telescope. He is closely associated with the Galileo Project at Rice University that examines the history, art, and culture of Galileo and of science in 17th century Italy.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of astronomer Albert Van Helden’s academic papers and encompass his work with various professional organizations, as well as with Rice University related committees and projects.


Access Restrictions

The bulk of this material is open for research; however, some files are restricted as noted.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Albert Van Helden academic papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Albert Van Helden academic papers, 1976-1989, MS 443, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Professor Albert Van Helden, June 1990.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Non-Rice University committees and projects

Box Folder
1 1 American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1987-89
2 American Council of Learned Societies, 1976-77
3 Center for the History of Leadership Institutions, 1984-85
4 “The Day the Universe Changed,” 1985-86
5 Guggenheim Foundation, 1976
6 Hermann Hospital history proposal, 1981
7 History of Science society, 1985-1986
8 Human Values and Health proposed UT program, 1980
9 Institute on Human Values in Medicine, 1975-1976
10 Johnson Space Center Archives, 1978-81
11 Mellon Foundation, 1979, 1989
12 National Air and Space Museum, 1987
13 National Endowment for the Humanities, 1970s
14 National Science Foundation proposal review, 1982
15 Oxford International Conference on Archaeoastronomy, 1986
16 South Central Society for 18th Century Studies, 1976
17 Southwestern Social Science Association, 1972-73
18 “The Telescope in the 17th Century, 1971
19 “When are Competent Patients Incompetent?,” 1984

Series II: Rice University committees and projects

Box Folder
1 20 Animal Welfare Committee, 1984
21 Baker College Associate materials, 1978/79
22 Barkus Collection, 1979
23 Club Sports Program, 1980
24 [Rice Ad-Hoc] Committee on Committees, 1985
25 Rice Committees, miscellaneous
26 Course Proposals, 1975, 1983
27 Dean of Humanities Search, 1980 [Restricted]
28 Faculty Convocation, 1985
29 Graduate student evaluations/recommendations, 1979-1984 [Restricted]
30 Committee on International Education, 1986-87
31 Medieval Studies, 1984-87
32 Presidential Search Committee, 1985 [Restricted]
33 Promotion materials, 1982/1983 [Restricted]
34 Research and travel grants
35 Science program ad-hoc committee, 1977
36 Scientia, 1982-83
37 Scientia, 1984-85
38 Scientia 1985-87
39 Scientific Revolution lectures, 1971,1978
40 Self-study panel on Athletics, 1983-84
41 Self-study Steering Committee, 1985
42 Self-study sub-panel on Intramurals/Club sports, 1983-84
43 Tenure and Promotion Ad-Hoc Committee, 1985 [Restricted]
44 University Fund Council, 1989-90 [Restricted]