Guide to the Thomas E. Lutz Papers 1963-1994
Cage 846

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Lutz, Thomas E.
Title
Thomas E. Lutz papers
ID
Cage 846
Date [inclusive]
1963-1994
General Physical Description note
6.25 linear feet of shelf space 13 containers and 1 oversize folder
Language
English
Abstract
The Thomas E. Lutz Papers consists of the professional papers of Thomas Lutz, a professor of Astronomy at Washington State University. Lutz was noted for his research on trigonometric parallaxes and his contributions to the 3.5 meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. The collection consists of his research, educational outreach to schools and programs outside beyond Washington State University, and his work with the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) to build the 3.5 meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Thomas E. Lutz Papers, 1963-1994. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical Note

This biographical note is based heavily on the obituary written by the American Astronomical Society that can be found at: https://aas.org/obituaries/thomas-edward-lutz-1940-1995.

Tom Lutz was an internationally recognized astronomer for his research in fundamental calibrations of stellar distances and luminosities who taught astronomy at Washington State University (WSU) from 1969 to 1992. Lutz was born in Tea Neck, New Jersey on November 20, 1940. After graduating in 1962 with a major in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College in New York City, Lutz then went on to the University of Illinois to complete his Masters in Astronomy. During his time at Illinois, he was influenced by Stan Wyatt, Ivan King, George McVittie, and Ken Yoss, his thesis advisor. It was also there that he met his wife, Julie Haynes, also a professor of astronomy at WSU (as Julie Lutz). He then went on to a summer assistant job at Kitt Peak Observatory in 1965 during which time he established his thesis topic to develop an objective method to measure the Ca II K-line emission widths needed to determine stellar absolute magnitudes by the Wilson-Bappu effect. After receiving his Ph. D., Lutz went on to teach at WSU starting in 1969. He became a professor at Washington State University in 1981 and was Director of WSU's Program in Astronomy from 1980 to 1992. In 1973, Lutz collaborated with WSU statistician Douglas Kelker to develop a series of corrections (known as Lutz-Kelker corrections) to compensate for observational errors when observing celestial bodies. Lutz, as co-Principal Investigator, was instrumental in the construction of the ARC (Astrophysical Research Consortium) telescope at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. He died suddenly of cardiac arrhythmia on February 20, 1995, survived by his wife Julie, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of materials documenting Tom Lutz’s career as an astronomer and educator. Much of the collection contains lectures, thesis research and publication, conference notes and summaries, research proposals, professional correspondence, and sabbatical files. A significant portion of the collection is on the construction of the 3.5 meter ARC telescope (Astrophysical Research Consortium) at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico.

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Arrangement note

The documents in this collection are arranged in three series: Research, Correspondence, and Educational outreach.

Series 1: Research, 1963-1992. This series consists of files containing Lutz's research and his work with the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) to build the 3.5 meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. This series is divided into two subseries: General Research, and Astrophysical Research Consortium.

Subseries 1: General research, 1963-1992. This subseries contains various files containing data, correspondence, notes, and writings by Lutz. Topics covered include trigonometric parallaxes, luminosities, solar eclipses, the Harlow Shapley Comet, and Lutz's thesis from the University of Illinois. This subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Subseries 2: Astrophysical Research Consortium, 1975-1992. This subseries contains documents on the formation of the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) and its efforts to build a 3.5 meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. The subseries contains communications between board members, the organization's by-laws, the proposal to build the telescope, and a videocassette documenting the construction and set up of the telescope. This subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1967-1994. This series contains Lutz's profession correspondence, mostly during his time at Washington State University. This series is arranged alphabetically by the name of correspondent.

Series 3: Education, 1978-1994. This series consists of documents relating to Lutz's work with organizations promoting education in astronomy to adults and children. These organizations include Washington state organizations and national organizations. This series is arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Thomas E. Lutz Papers were donated to Washington State University by Julie Lutz, Department of Mathematics, Neill Hall in 1996 (MS 1996-25).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Megan Bridge and Steven Bingo in 2016.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Lutz's departmental files from the Departments of Mathematics, as well as his files with the Division of Sciences at Washington State University were separated and accessioned as UA 2016-07, Departments of Mathematics and Astronomy.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Astrophysical Research Consortium.

Personal Name(s)

  • Thomas E. Lutz -- Archives.

Subject(s)

  • Astronomy -- History -- Sources.
  • Science
  • Washington (State)
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Research and lectures 1963-1992 

 Subseries 1 General research 1963-1992 

Box Folder

Astro Data Analysis Software and Systems- Tucson 1991-1992 

1 1-2

Brosmer/National Science Foundation Proposal Declined 1990-1991 

1 3

CA II with Art Young 1970-1976 

1 4

City of Aberdeen consulting 1984 

1 5

City of Aberdeen consulting - Church Shoemaker 1978-1980 

1 6

City of Aberdeen consulting - City Ball Field undated 

1 7

City of Aberdeen consulting - Sighting Moon 1984 

1 8

Distance Scale Workshop - Aspen 1992-1993 

1 9

Dominion OBS- Victoria undated 

1 10

Harlow Shapley Lecture Garden City Kansas 1990-1992 

1 11

Harlow Shapley Lecture- Gardner Webb College-Boiling Springs, North Carolina 1993 

1 12

Harlow Shapley Lecture Washington College 1991-1992 

1 13

International Astronomical Union 1972-1979 

2 14

International Astronomical Union Colloquium 139 Stellar Pulsation July 1992 

2 15

Job Correspondence Illinois 1962-1970 

2 16

Malmquist Effect Notes 1977 

2 17

Manastash Ridge Observatory 1970-1980 

2 18

National Aeronautics and Space Administration- Local Sidereal Time 1972-1976 

2 19

National Aeronautics and Space Administration University of Washington Space grant 1990-1992 

2 20

New Mexico State University 1972 

2 21

Observations at University of Illinois 1963-1973 

2 22

Occultations at Jewett 1985-1991 

2 23

Optical Astrometry Conference 1993 

2 24

Pacific Northwest Astronomers 1975-1986 

3 25

Palomar Sky Survey Information 1967-1987 

3 26

Period Luminosity Relations 1993-1994 

3 27-28

Probit Talk undated 

3 29

Random Numbers 1977 

3 30

Sabbatical Files 1979-1990 

3 31

Sample Space Diagram and Data Sources 1985 

3 32

Solar Eclipse 1979 1974-1979 

3 33-34

Statistics Challenges Mod Astronomy Pennsylvania State 1991 

4 35

Talk on Calendars undated 

4 36

Thesis: Correspondence 1966-1969 

4 37

Thesis: H-gamma undated 

4 38

Thesis: K-line Recalibration 1968 

4 39

Thesis: K-line Tracing Data Reduction 1969-1970 

4 40

Thesis: Kitt Peak Data 1967-1976 

4 41-42

Thesis: Kitt Peak Standard Deviation's for Line Ratio 1967 

5 43

Thesis: Microphotometry 1969 

5 44

Thesis: Tables ETC 1969 

5 45

Trigonometric Parallaxes 1981-1990 

5 46

Unfunded Proposals 1981-1990 

5 47

United States Naval OBS Catalogs 1971-1972 

5 48

Untitled negatives undated 

5 49

Washington State University Funding 1964-1976 

5 50

 Subseries 2 Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) 1975-1992 

Box Folder

Astrometry Instrument 1983 

5 51

Astrophysical Research Consortium Agreement and Amendments 1984-1985 

5 52

Astrophysical Research Consortium Board 1984-1991 

5 53-54

Astrophysical Research Consortium Board 1988-1992 

5 55

Astrophysical Research Consortium Digital Sky Survey 1991-1992 

6 56

Astrophysical Research Consortium Outside Consultants (Informal) 1984 

6 57

Astrophysical Research Consortium Vaxmail 1983-1987 

6 58

Budget National Science Foundation Proposal 1983-1985 

6 59

By-Laws (Drafts) 1983-1990 

6 60

Consortium Agreement 1983-1992 

6 61

Correspondence, Kurt Anderson 1983-1991 

6 62

Correspondence, Donald Baldwin 1983-1992 

7 63-64

Correspondence, Bruce Balick 1983-1988 

7 65

Correspondence, Ed Mannery 1985-1988 

7 66

Correspondence, Bruce Margon 1985-1990 

7 67

Correspondence, Walter Siegmund 1983-1988 

7 68

Correspondence, Donald York 1983 -1992 

7 69

Director's Report 1984-1989 

7 70

Fundraising 1983-1991 

8 71

Instruments 1983-1990 

8 72

Invitation to Bid National Radio Astronomy Observatory Kitt Peak National Observatory 2M 1975-1984 

8 73

National Science Foundation Proposal 1984-1988 

8 74-76

Nordfors Contract 1985-1987 

8 77

Optics 1983-1984 

9 78

Parts list and related material 1983 

9 79

Review Meetings (Planned) 1984 

9 80

Scientific Meetings 1983 

9 81

Site Work 1983-1990 

9 82

Software 1983 

9 83

Structure / Invitation to Bid 1984 

9 84

Summaries of Revenues and Expenditures 1985-1990 

9 85

Video Recording of Telescope set up circa 1992 

13

Washington State University President Board of Governors 1989-1990 

9 86

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 Series 2 Correspondence 1967-1994 

Box Folder

General correspondence 1986-1988 

OS

Correspondence A-C 1967-1987 

9 87

Bill van Altena 1975-1991 

9 88

Glen Amdahl 1975 

10 89

Victor Barton 1983-1986 

10 90

Bushaw Retirement 1993-1994 

10 91

Robb Currah 1988 

10 92

Correspondence D-G 1967-1994 

10 93

Jach Day 1990-1993 

10 94

Brian Diertus 1982-1983 

10 95

George Gatewood 1981-1985 

10 96

Wilhelm Gliese 1979-1986 

10 97

Correspondence H-L 1968-1994 

10 98

Robert Hanson 1979-1986 

10 99

Robert Harrington 1980-1993 

10 100

Phillip Ianna 1978 

10 101

Patrick Knupp 1989-1990 

10 102

Correspondence M-R 1969-1994 

10 103

David McCorhill 1974 

10 104

Andrew Murray 1977-1986 

10 105

Stephan Murray 1982-1986 

10 106

Bernard Pagel 1974-1990 

11 107

Requests for Information 1970-1993 

11 108

Correspondence S-Z 1966-1994 

11 109

Mike Seaton 1983-1984 

11 110

Jim Thomas 1974-1991 

11 111

Art Upgrew 1977-1985 

11 112

George Wallerstein 1969-1997 

11 113

Jim Wood 1982-1983 

11 114

Ken Yoss 1969-1992 

11 115

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 Series 3 Education 1978-1994 

Box Folder

Astronomical Society of the Pacific - San Diego, Jack and Vicki 1993 

11 116

Astronomical Society of the Pacific - Wisconsin 1991-1992 

11 117

Eisenhower National Clearing House June 14, 1994 

11 118

Global Observatory for Planetary Health and Ecosystem Resources 1993 

11 119

K-12 Washington 1994 

11 120

Math Day Buzzers 1991-1992 

12 121

Meeting April 1994 

12 122

Mini- University 1993 

12 123

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Educational Horizons 1992-1993 

12 124

Pacific Science Center 1991-1993 

12 125

Lisa Peterson 1993-1994 

12 126

Project CLEA 1993-1994 

12 127

Science and Mathematics Educational Research Center - WSU Vancouver 1994 

12 128

Solar Eclipse Stuff 1991 

12 129

Washington Science Teachers Association Workshop, Jack and Vicki November 1993 

12 130

Westerhout Communication Register 1979-1980 

12 131

What's up? 1978-1980 

13 132

Peggy Willcuts March 3, 1994 

13 133

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