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Rupert Wildt papers

Call Number: MS 800

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence, organizational files, notes, writings, and other papers documenting the professional career of astrophysicist Rupert Wildt. The papers were donated to Yale University by Mrs. Rupert Wildt in 1977. They are arranged in five series: I. Correspondence, 1946-1974; II. Organizations, 1949-1981; III. Personal Papers, 1898-1968; IV. Writings, 1928-1972; V. Writings of Others, 1876-1974.

The Rupert Wildt Papers are arranged in sixeen boxes. This includes one box of oversized items arranged at the end of the collection, as well as an addition recieved in 2001.

SERIES I, CORRESPONDENCE, 1946-1974, contains letters with colleagues and associates which detail a variety of academic and professional concerns.

SERIES II, ORGANIZATIONS, 1949-1981, contains files for several academic, scientific, and professional organizations. Files for the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) includes material relating to Wildt's service as president (1965-1968; 1971-1972), chairman of the board (1973-1976), and director (1958-1976). Files for the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) document Wildt's tenure as director (1965-1971) of that institution.

SERIES III, PERSONAL PAPERS, 1898-1968, includes early family documents and letters of recommendation.

SERIES IV, WRITINGS, 1928-1972, contains drafts of articles; partial bibliographies; notes and equations relating to scientific research (including oversize material in box 15); notes and teaching materials on a range of subjects including cosmochemistry, kinetics, planetochemistry, and thermodynamics; and reprints of articles.

SERIES V, WRITINGS OF OTHERS, 1876-1974, contains typescripts of work collected by Wildt and includes material from students and colleagues. Printed material includes published items of a similar nature.


  • 1876-1981


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Rupert Wildt, 1977.


Arranged in five series and one addition: I. Correspondence, 1946-1974. II. Organizations, 1949-1981. III. Personal Papers, 1898-1968. IV. Writings, 1928-1972. V. Writings of Others, 1876-1974.


8.5 Linear Feet

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of correspondence, writings, notes and offprints documenting Rupert Wildt's career as a professor in the Yale University department of astronomy (1946-1976), president of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (1965-1968) and as visiting lecturer at universities in the United States and abroad.

Biographical / Historical

Rupert Wildt was born in Munich, Germany on June 25, 1905. Wildt arrived in the United States in 1935 and served as a research associate at Princeton (1937-1942), assistant professor at the University of Virginia (1942-1946), and a member of the Yale University faculty (1946-1976). At Yale Wildt held the positions of chairman in the Astronomy Department (1966-1968) and professor emeritus (1973-1976). He was active in several professional organizations. Wildt died in Orleans, Massachusetts on January 9, 1976.

Guide to the Rupert Wildt Papers
Under Revision
compiled by William E. Brown, Jr., and Robert Richards
July 1985
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Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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