Preliminary Guide to the Thomas E. Lutz Papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Lutz, Thomas E., 1940-1996
Thomas E. Lutz papers
Date [inclusive]
10.0 Linear feet 10 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC staff use. MS 1996-25: 02-08-08-05.)
Materials are in English.

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Biographical Note

Thomas Edward Lutz (1940-1995) was a professor of Astronomy at Washington State University (WSU) from 1969-1995. Lutz was born in Teaneck, New Jersey and earned his doctorate in Astronomy in 1969 from the University of Illinois. One of Lutz’s most significant contributions to his field involved the study of trigonometric parallaxes that spawned a series of papers in the early 1980s. Lutz also served on the Board of Governors for the Astrophysical Research Consortium, a group that funded the construction of Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. There is currently a Tom Lutz Memorial teaching award in the WSU College of Arts and Sciences.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of the professional and personal papers of Thomas E. Lutz. These documents include his project files, research notes and materials, publications, committee files, and other items associated with Professor Lutz’s faculty duties. The collection also details Mr. Lutz’s involvement with state, regional, and national scientific organizations and activities.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries by Julie Lutz, Deptartment of Mathematics, Neill Hall in 1996.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Astronomy.
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives

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