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BOX 1-19 Personal File, 1932-1996
Materials related to Sullivan’s life and work. The lecture materials form a significant portion of this series and primarily comprise notes and logistics for speaking appearances, mostly facilitated by the Keedick Lecture Bureau. Sullivan’s lecture subjects include continental drift, science in the twenty-first century, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, black holes, Mars, Antarctica, and in-vitro fertilization. Detailed expense reports provide a record of Sullivan’s travels and assignments while covering stories for the New York Times. The files regarding professional organizations and committees mostly document Sullivan’s involvement in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Association of Science Writers, and Yale University Council. The series also contains materials related to seminars and workshops taught by Sullivan on the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, science writing, and technology and social change. Sullivan’s experience in the Navy during World War II is detailed primarily in his draft memoirs. The notebooks contain handwritten notes related to articles, books, and other projects. However, most are undated. There is little to no documentation of Sullivan’s education or family life.
Writings, correspondence, notebooks, clippings, awards, certificates, biographical material, lecture notes, photographs, reports, schedules, itineraries.
Arranged alphabetically by topic or type of material
BOX 1 Archives, 1966-1968, 1979, 1983 See also Digital Files, Archives, Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
BOX 1 Awards, 1957-1959, 1965-1967, 1974, 1989
BOX 1 Biographical file, 1950, 1959-1974, 1993
BOX 1 Expenses
BOX 1 1938-1946, 1963-1981
(9 folders)
BOX 2 1982-1991
(3 folders)
BOX 2 Fat Man and Little Boy (movie), 1988-1990
(2 folders)
BOX 2 Fellowships, 1977-1979, 1985-1990
BOX 2 Fellowships and seminars, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., 1969, 1976-1980, 1988-1989
(2 folders)
BOX 3 Groton School, Mass., 1957-1962
BOX 3 Higley copper coin reproduction, undated
BOX 3 Lectures
BOX 3 Antarctica, 1990-1993
(3 folders)
BOX 3 Chronological file
BOX 3 1957-1958
(3 folders)
BOX 4 1959-1967
(9 folders)
BOX 5 1968-1974, 1991-1992
(9 folders)
BOX 6 1993-1996, undated
(4 folders)
BOX 6 "Energy 2020," 1978-1979
(3 folders)
BOX 6 "Landprints," 1974-1976, 1985-1986
BOX 6 Miscellany, 1962-1978, 1984-1995, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 7 Notes
BOX 7 Antarctic; black holes; International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958; public understanding of science; tectonics, 1969, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 7 Covering science; physics; science and the public; Ives introduction, undated
BOX 7 "Hopes and Fears in the Year 2000," undated
(2 folders)
BOX 7 "Hopes and Fears in the Year 2000"; robots, undated
BOX 7 "Hopes and Fears in the Year 2000"; "What Makes Habitable Planets Habitable?"; man's survival, undated
BOX 8 Miscellany, 1970-1971, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 8 "We Are Not Alone"; space cosmology, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 8 Posters, 1932-1936, 1965, undated See also Container OV 2, same title
BOX 8 Siam, 1981, undated
BOX 8 Slides
BOX 8 Antarctica, 1956-1958, 1976-1978, undated
BOX 8 Black holes, 1978, undated
BOX 8 Communication with extraterrestrial intelligence, undated
BOX 8 Energy, 1979, undated
BOX 9 "Landprints," 1978-1982, undated
BOX 9 Leonardo da Vinci and Chinese technology, undated
BOX 9 Mars (planet), 1965, 1986, undated
BOX 9 Miscellany, 1974, 1978, undated
BOX 9 Oasis expedition, 1979, undated
BOX 9 Panama, undated
BOX 9 Tectonic illustrations, undated
BOX 9 Titanic (steamship), 1986, undated
BOX 9 Topics, undated
BOX 9 Lectures and television See also Television and Radio Files, Miscellaneous television shows and scripts
BOX 9 1975-1978 See also Container OV 3, same title
(6 folders)
BOX 10 1979-1982
(6 folders)
BOX 11 1983-1988
(9 folders)
BOX 12 1989-1990
BOX 12 Memberships and committees
BOX 12 American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1968-1973, 1983-1984, 1993-1995
(3 folders)
BOX 12 American Geographical Society, 1932, 1959-1962, 1972-1995
BOX 12 American Institute of Physics, 1961-1968
BOX 12 American Physical Society, 1986-1988, undated
BOX 12 American Polar Society, 1974-1989, 1995
BOX 12 American Tentative Society, 1989-1992
BOX 12 Arctic Institute of North America, 1961-1966, 1973-1978, 1987-1988
BOX 13 Century Association, 1987-1994
(2 folders)
BOX 13 General Motors Cancer Research Foundation, 1989-1990
BOX 13 Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., committees, 1973-1979
BOX 13 Miscellany, 1965-1990 See also Container OV 3, same title
BOX 13 National Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1971, 1980, 1987-1989, 1995
BOX 13 National Association of Science Writers, 1959-1960, 1966, 1984-1995
(2 folders)
BOX 13 New York Academy of Sciences, 1972, 1990-1996
BOX 13 New York Museum of Science and Technology, New York, N.Y., 1960-1969
BOX 14 Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., Department of Geological and Geophysical Sciences Advisory Council, 1970-1977, 1990
BOX 14 Public Affairs Committee, 1967-1968, 1981
BOX 14 Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, 1962, 1969, 1987
BOX 14 Yale University Council, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., 1965-1982, 1989-1995, undated
(6 folders)
BOX 15 Memoir drafts, undated See also Digital Files, same title
BOX 15 New York Times payment receipts, 1960-1962
BOX 15 New York Times stockholder meetings, 1961, 1974
BOX 15 Notebooks
BOX 15 1957-1963, 1970-1971, undated
(7 folders)
BOX 16 undated
(6 folders)
BOX 17 (4 folders)
BOX 18 (5 folders)
BOX 19 (1 folder)
BOX 19 Photographs of Sullivan, 1964-1974, undated
(4 folders)
BOX 19 Royalty statements, 1973-1974
BOX 19 Schedule and address books, 1957-1959
BOX 19 Seminar on Technology and Social Change, Columbia University, New York, N.Y., 1978-1982, 1988
BOX 19 Teaching jobs, 1969, 1979-1985
BOX 19 Virgin Islands, 1968-1984, 1994-1995
BOX 19 Workshop in Writing: "Writing about Science," Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., 1987-1988
BOX 19-66 Correspondence, 1948-1995
This series comprises letters among Sullivan, colleagues, friends, and leaders in various scientific fields including Victor Frederick Weisskopf, Carl Sagan, and Arthur C. Clarke. Many relate to his professional career as an author, lecturer, and science editor and correspondent for the New York Times. Also includes letters from readers, fans, individuals seeking employment, and many unsolicited articles, essays, and opinion pieces submitted to Sullivan in his capacity as science editor. Memoranda at the New York Times document Sullivan’s role as science editor and include interactions with staff members Turner Catledge, A. M. Rosenthal, C. L. Sulzberger, and Malcolm W. Browne. Subject files contain letters and memoranda from when Sullivan was traveling or on assignment, letters from publishers, and materials related to science coverage. In keeping with the original order, incoming and outgoing letters with individual correspondents are oftentimes grouped together and filed according to the date of the most recent letter. There is no family correspondence in the collection.
Letters, memoranda, itineraries, wire reports, telegrams, cables, invitations, postcards, and various attachments.
Arranged chronologically within a chronological file and alphabetically within a subject file
BOX 19 Chronological file See also Digital Files, same title
BOX 19 1948-1956
(2 folders)
BOX 20 1957-1958
(9 folders)
BOX 21 1959, Jan.-1959, Oct.
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