David Lasser Papers, 1930 - 1998 (MSS 0322)

Extent: 8.53 Linear feet (17 archives boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Papers of David Lasser, labor activist and aerospace visionary. In the early 1930s, David Lasser founded and became the first president of both the American Interplanetary Society and the Workers Alliance of America. He wrote one of the first books in English dealing with the possibility of space exploration titled, THE CONQUEST OF SPACE. The collection is arranged in seven series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) ECONOMIC COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION COURT CASE, 4) INTERVIEWS, 5) ORGANIZATIONS, 6) SUBJECT FILES, and 7) WRITINGS. The accession processed in 2000 contains mostly correspondence and photographs, and is arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

David Lasser was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1902. After attending a half year of high school, he quit, and lying about his age, enlisted in the United States Army. He was sent to France where he suffered shell shock and was later honorably discharged. Upon release from the hospital, he entered M.I.T. where he graduated with a B.S. in Engineering Administration, despite his lack of a high school education.

In 1930, after founding the American Interplanetary Society, the first organization in the U.S. to deal with space travel by means of rocket, Lasser wrote and self-published one of the first non-fiction accounts, in English, dealing with space travel titled THE CONQUEST OF SPACE. Arthur C. Clarke, world-reknowned science fiction author and scientific investigator, wrote "my encounter with the CONQUEST OF SPACE, soon after its publication in 1931, was one of the turning points in my life, and I suspect, not only of mine...."

In his early years, Lasser was an editor at Science Wonders Stories in New York City. With the deepening of the Great Depression, Lasser also worked as coordinator of a city-wide union for the unemployed. In fact, he spent so much time organizing the unemployed that his publishers at Science Wonder Stories one day told him "Since you love the unemployed so much, we suggest that you join them." In 1933, he founded a nationwide union for the unemployed named the Workers Alliance of America and became its first president. Seven years later, he resigned due to increasing Communist involvement in the organization.

Upon his resignation from the Workers Alliance of America, President Roosevelt nominated Lasser to join the Works Projects Administration which trained the long-term unemployed for private industry. Later that year, however, the U.S. Congress inserted a clause into WPA legislation stating that no part of their funds might be used to "pay the compensation of David Lasser." This action was prompted by Martin Dies, a Republican Congressman, who at the debate for the 1942-1943 Appropriations Bill for WPA Expenditures declared that "this fellow Lasser is not only a radical but a crackpot, with mental delusions we can travel to the moon!" Soon after, Lasser was released from his position. One year later, the House Appropriations Committee granted him full clearance and the offending clause was stricken from the legislation. This would prove to be only the beginning of David Lasser's struggle to permanently clear his name.

In the following years, Lasser worked at the War Productions Board as a coordinator of trade union officials serving various WPA industry divisions. In 1945, Lasser wrote PRIVATE MONOPOLY - THE ENEMY AT HOME and soon became labor consultant to Secretary of Commerce, W. Averell Harriman, who was assigned to develop the Marshall Plan. Lasser assisted in dealing with anti-Marshall Plan trade unions under Communist influence.

In 1948, Lasser was again offered a position as labor consultant to Harriman, who was at this time an ambassador charged with foreign operations for the Economic Cooperation Administration. Lasser was refused clearance by the E.C.A. security staff on grounds that his Workers Alliance affiliation violated E.C.A. law which prohibited appointments of those who had been members of disloyal organizations that advocated "contrary views." The E.C.A. claim that the Workers Alliance was such an organization was backed up by the Workers Alliance's appearance on the Attorney General's list of subversive organizations. The Workers Alliance was cleared by the Justice Department for the period of David Lasser's membership and he was temporarily assigned to the E.C.A. office in Paris, France, pending final determination of his eligibility. Three months later, he was refused an extension of his assignment and an E.C.A. hearing took place. In 1950, for the second time in his life, Lasser was ousted from a government position as the hearing board cleared the Workers Alliance for "contrary views" during Lasser's membership, but recommended against his employment on the basis of alleged "Communist control" and following the "Communist line."

Lasser next took a job as a research director for the International Union of Electrical Workers affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (I.U.E.-A.F.L.-C.I.O.). He was assigned to visit European and Asian countries to improve relationships with the United States Labor Movement. Lasser retired from the I.U.E. - A.F.L. - C.I.O. as Assistant to the President for Economic and Collective Bargaining in 1969.

In the 1970s, Lasser began work on several literary projects, one of which was a fictional account of an asteroid, Big Joey, and its possible collision with Earth. Titled "Big Joey," the book was rejected for publication and abandoned, only to be revised and reworked in the early 1980s. Another unfinished work was on the nature of the universe, tentatively titled "The Infinite Adventure." For this book, Lasser spent ten years researching hundreds of journal and newspaper articles and took extensive notes. The book was abandoned after several years due to his discovery of a number of other books on similar topics by other authors.

After the passage of the Freedom of Information Act , Lasser began collecting government documents regarding his affiliation with the Workers Alliance and his alleged Communist ties. Requests were sent to President Carter by U.S. Senator Cranston and many other prominent officials in support of reopening David Lasser's case. A review was finally secured and directed by the Honorable Joseph Onek, Deputy Council to the President. As a result, in 1980 David Lasser received a letter from President Carter clearing him of all charges.

Later in his life, David Lasser became very active in his community of Rancho Bernardo, California. He was one of the founders of the San Diego State University Continuing Education Center in Rancho Bernardo and was the chairman of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee. He also taught a class on the universe titled "The Infinite Adventure." In addition to his work with San Diego State University, Lasser was chairman of the Citizens Fact Finding Commission charged with gathering information on the problem to astronomical observation of high sodium versus low sodium street lights. The low sodium lights were chosen by the City of San Diego, and Lasser received special recognition from CALTECH on behalf of Palomar Observatory.

David Lasser died on May 5, 1996, at the age of 94.

Accession Processed in 1996

Correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, biographical information, documents regarding the Economic Cooperation Administration court case, and notes on writings of others make up this collection which covers the years 1931-1994 and occupies 8.00 linear feet. This collection is arranged into seven series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL; 2) CORRESPONDENCE; 3) ECONOMIC COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION COURT CASE; 4) INTERVIEWS; 5) ORGANIZATIONS; 6) SUBJECT FILES and 7) WRITINGS.

SERIES 1: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL

This series consists of news clippings, Lasser's employment background including resumes and applications, photographs, Who's Who biographies and his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army.

SERIES 2: CORRESPONDENCE

The correspondence in this series spans Lasser's entire life with the bulk of it sent or received in his later years. It is arranged in alphabetical order by name of correspondent. Notable correspondents include Eleanor Roosevelt and Arthur C. Clarke.

SERIES 3: ECONOMIC COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION COURT CASE

This series contains documents and general correspondence regarding the E.C.A. court case from 1948 - 1950. Many of the documents are arranged numerically according to Lasser's index of documents. Also included in this series are letters of support from friends and acquaintances and Lasser's notes on the case.

SERIES 4: INTERVIEWS

This series contains interview notes arranged alphabetically by the name of the individual interviewed. Also contained in this series are interview questions and an index of those interviewed.

SERIES 5: ORGANIZATIONS

The ORGANIZATIONS series contains documents and correspondence from the organizations with which Lasser was affiliated. Most of the material in this series relates to Lasser's work with the Workers Alliance of America. He was a founding member and the first president of this organization, but was only active for five years until his resignation in 1940 due to an increasing Communist presence in the organization.

Lasser was a founding member and the first president of the American Interplanetary Society in 1930. This organization has undergone a few name changes, however. The first change was in 1934, when it was renamed the American Rocket Society and the second was in 1963 when the American Rocket Society merged with the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences to form the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Documents and correspondence can be found under all three organization names, although the few items regarding the American Rocket Society are located in the American Interplanetary Society folder.

Also included in this series are documents and correspondence from the American Association for the Advancement of Science with which Lasser was associated (1981-1982).

SERIES 6: SUBJECT FILES

The SUBJECT FILES series is arranged alphabetically by subject. This series contains material on conferences attended by Lasser, the Freedom of Information Act documents, Lasser's name clearance litigation, documents related to government cases against Lasser (i.e. Attorney General's list, Dies Committee, notes on front groups and miscellaneous legislation), material from IUE-AFL-CIO and other organizations with which he was employed (W.P.A. and Wonder Stories), and material from his work in the Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego (SDSU and Sodium lamp controversy).

SERIES 7: WRITINGS

This series is divided into two subseries: A) Writings by Lasser and B) Notes on the Writings of Others. The first subseries consists of original manuscripts, poetry, movie scripts, and musicals written by Lasser. Most of the writing in this series is titled BIG JOEY which Lasser worked on for several years but never published. The papers contain only a very small amount of material on THE CONQUEST OF SPACE, one of Lasser's most significant works. This collection houses no material on PRIVATE MONOPOLY - THE ENEMY AT HOME, another book written by Lasser in 1945.

The second subseries consists of notes by Lasser on writings of others. This subseries makes up a significant portion of the entire collection and in most cases is arranged alphabetically by the subject of the writing. In some cases, however, when Lasser wrote extensively on one title, the title of the writing is used as the folder title.

Accession Processed in 2000

The accession to the David Lasser Papers processed in 2000 contains mostly correspondence and photographs. It spans the period 1978-1998, occupies 0.33 linear feet, and is arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the correspondent. Many of the letters in this series date to near the end of David Lasser's life when his wife, Mimi Lasser, carried on much of his correspondence. Notable correspondents include President Jimmy Carter and Arthur C. Clarke.

SERIES 2: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

The MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS series, arranged alphabetically, contains photographs of Lasser with others, including a photograph of him with President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson which is signed by President Johnson. The series also contains materials related to Lasser's membership in organizations, writings by and about Lasser, and a plaque given to Lasser by the Palomar Observatory in appreciation of his efforts during the "sodium lamp controversy."

Container List

Accession Processed in 1996

BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL

Box: 1 Folder: 1
90th birthday celebration

March 20, 1992.

Box: 1 Folder: 2
Biographies
Box: 1 Folder: 3
Employment information, 1942 - 1973

Applications and resumes.

Box: 1 Folder: 4
Interviews with David Lasser, 1981 - 1986

Written questions and answers.

Box: 1 Folder: 5
News clippings, 1931 - 1979
Box: 1 Folder: 6
News clippings, 1980 - 1992
Box: 1 Folder: 7
Photographs
Box: 1 Folder: 8
United States Army honorable discharge papers, 1919
Box: 1 Folder: 9
Who's Who and Man of the Year biographical information

CORRESPONDENCE

Box: 1 Folder: 10
Bangs, Allan, 1994 - 1995
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Benjamin, Herbert, 1967 - 1976
Box: 1 Folder: 12
Black Cat Studios, 1994
Box: 1 Folder: 13
Clarke, Arthur C., 1969 - 1995
Box: 1 Folder: 14
Davin, Eric, 1986
Box: 1 Folder: 15
Davin, Eric, 1987 - 1994
Box: 1 Folder: 16
Harford, James, 1981 - 1989
Box: 1 Folder: 17
Harriman, W. Averell, 1949 - 1978
Box: 1 Folder: 18
Johns, John, 1980
Box: 1 Folder: 19
Keyser, Steve, 1995
Box: 1 Folder: 20
Kiesel, Diane, 1980 - 1981
Box: 2 Folder: 1
Kotz, Nick, 1980 - 1994
Box: 2 Folder: 2
Labor History Encyclopedia, 1984
Box: 2 Folder: 3
Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 4
Morrow, Tom, 1986
Box: 2 Folder: 5
Nature Magazine, 1991
Box: 2 Folder: 6
Pendray, G. Edward, 1969 - 1987
Box: 2 Folder: 7
Perlman, Alfred, 1979
Box: 2 Folder: 8
Planetary Society, Carl Sagan President, 1980 - 1992
Box: 2 Folder: 9
Ponnamperuma, Cyril, 1976
Box: 2 Folder: 10
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1940
Box: 2 Folder: 11
Sandfield, Max, 1980
Box: 2 Folder: 12
Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, 1974 - 1980
Box: 2 Folder: 13
Union of Concerned Scientists, 1984 - 1994
Box: 2 Folder: 14
Walker, Chuck, President of the National Space Society, 1994

ECONOMIC COOPERATION ADMIN. COURT CASE 1948-1950

Box: 2 Folder: 15
Biography and outline of events
Box: 2 Folder: 16
Correspondence
Box: 2 Folder: 17
Documents 1-20
Box: 2 Folder: 18
Documents 21-40
Box: 2 Folder: 19
Documents 41-61
Box: 2 Folder: 20
Documents index, 1-61
Box: 2 Folder: 21
Documents, misc
Box: 3 Folder: 1
Exhibits 1-37 and A, C-F & S
Box: 3 Folder: 2
History of David Lasser case, 1980

Written account of the events leading up to the case and of the case itself.

Box: 3 Folder: 3
Letters of support
Box: 3 Folder: 4
Notes on case

Handwritten and typed, 1 of 2 folders.

Box: 3 Folder: 5
Notes on case

Handwritten and typed, 2 of 2 folders.

INTERVIEWS

Box: 3 Folder: 6
Index, summaries and interview questions
Box: 3 Folder: 7
Interviews A - F
Box: 3 Folder: 8
Interviews G - P
Box: 3 Folder: 9
Interviews S - W

ORGANIZATIONS

Box: 3 Folder: 10
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1981 - 1982
Box: 3 Folder: 11
American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1985

36th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation report.

Box: 4 Folder: 1
American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - 50th anniversary, 1980 - 1981
Box: 4 Folder: 2
American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - correspondence, 1981 - 1989
Box: 4 Folder: 3
American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - correspondence, 1990 - 1995
Box: 4 Folder: 4
American Interplanetary Society, 1930 - 1992

This organization was later known as the American Rocket Society.

Box: 4 Folder: 5
Workers Alliance of America - correspondence, 1936 - 1980
Box: 4 Folder: 6
Workers Alliance of America - correspondence, 1981 - 1989
Box: 4 Folder: 7
Workers Alliance of America - documents, notes, press clippings, 1936 - 1939
Box: 4 Folder: 8
Workers Alliance of America - documents, notes, press clippings, 1940

SUBJECT FILES

Box: 4 Folder: 9
Attorney General's list of subversive organizations, 1941 - 1973
Box: 4 Folder: 10
Book clubs
Box: 4 Folder: 11
Conference - 25th anniversary of the Industrial Relations Center, Univ. of Minn., 1970
Box: 4 Folder: 12
Conference - International Brotherhood of Operative Potters, 1970
Box: 4 Folder: 13
Conference - National Conference, Chicago, 1940
Box: 4 Folder: 14
Consulting, 1948 - 1971
Box: 5 Folder: 1
Copley, Helen, 1978
Box: 5 Folder: 2
Dies committee, 1940
Box: 5 Folder: 3
Freedom of Information Act, 1975 - 1995
Box: 5 Folder: 4
Front groups

Lassers typed notes.

Box: 5 Folder: 5
Guth, Alan
Box: 5 Folder: 6
Hawking, Stephen
Box: 5 Folder: 7
I.U.E. - A. F. L. - C. I. O. - correspondence, 1968 - 1980

IUE-AFL-CIO stands for Int'l Union of Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Box: 5 Folder: 8
I.U.E. - A. F. L. - C. I. O. - correspondence, 1981 - 1987

IUE-AFL-CIO stands for Int'l Union of Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Box: 5 Folder: 9
Miscellaneous documents, notes and press clippings
Box: 5 Folder: 10
Name clearance, 1978 - 1979
Box: 5 Folder: 11
Name clearance, 1980
Box: 5 Folder: 12
San Diego State University - Continuing Education
Box: 6 Folder: 1
Sodium lamp controversy - Lasser's commission against high sodium street lamps, 1983 - 1984
Box: 6 Folder: 2
Subpenas from the Congress of the U. S., 1951 - 1954
Box: 6 Folder: 3
Travel, 1963 - 1968
Box: 6 Folder: 4
United States National Archives and Records Service - research notes, 1976
Box: 6 Folder: 5
War Production Board, 1943 - 1945
Box: 6 Folder: 6
Wonder Stories, 1931 - 1954
Box: 6 Folder: 7
Work Projects Admin. (W.P.A.) legislation - congressional ouster against Lasser, 1941
Box: 6 Folder: 8
Work Relief and Relief for Fiscal Years 1942 & 1943

Hearings before the Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations - U. S. House of Representatives.

Box: 6 Folder: 9
U. S. House of Representatives Mutual Security Act of 1954

WRITINGS

Writings by Lasser

Box: 6 Folder: 10
Big Joey - characters
Box: 6 Folder: 11
Big Joey - correspondence, A - Z
Box: 6 Folder: 12
Big Joey - draft, 1984
Box: 6 Folder: 13
Big Joey - draft, chapters I - III
Box: 6 Folder: 14
Big Joey - draft, chapter IV
Box: 6 Folder: 15
Big Joey - draft, pages 3 - 49
Box: 6 Folder: 16
Big Joey - draft, pages 5 - 110
Box: 7 Folder: 1
Big Joey - draft, pages 108 - 175
Box: 7 Folder: 2
Big Joey - draft, pages 176 - 233
Box: 7 Folder: 3
Big Joey - draft, table of contents & Ch I - III
Box: 7 Folder: 4
Big Joey - draft, text of last part
Box: 7 Folder: 5
Big Joey - manuscript, 1970

1 of 2 folders.

Box: 7 Folder: 6
Big Joey - manuscript, 1970

2 of 2 folders.

Box: 7 Folder: 7
Big Joey - manuscript, 1984

1 of 2 folders.

Box: 7 Folder: 8
Big Joey - manuscript, 1984

2 of 2 folders.

Box: 7 Folder: 9
Big Joey - misc. notes

1 of 4 folders.

Box: 8 Folder: 1
Big Joey - misc. notes

2 of 4 folders.

Box: 8 Folder: 2
Big Joey - misc. notes

3 of 4 folders.

Box: 8 Folder: 3
Big Joey - misc. notes

4 of 4 folders.

Box: 8 Folder: 4
Big Joey - movie script
Box: 8 Folder: 5
Big Joey - outline

1 of 4 folders.

Box: 8 Folder: 6
Big Joey - outline

2 of 4 folders.

Box: 8 Folder: 7
Big Joey - outline

3 of 4 folders.

Box: 8 Folder: 8
Big Joey - outline

4 of 4 folders.

Box: 8 Folder: 9
Big Joey - story notes
Box: 8 Folder: 10
By Rocket to the Planets

Published in NATURE MAGAZINE, November 1931.

Box: 8 Folder: 11
Conquest of Space, 1931
Box: 9 Folder: 1
Cosmic Adventure
Box: 9 Folder: 2
Cosmic Contact
Box: 9 Folder: 3
Infinite Adventure - lecture series
Box: 9 Folder: 4
Infinite Adventure - manuscript
Box: 9 Folder: 5
Infinite Adventure - video game
Box: 9 Folder: 6
Island Paradise - musical in two acts, 1962
Box: 9 Folder: 7
Island Paradise - musical in three acts
Box: 9 Folder: 8
Labor and world affairs

Published in FOREIGN POLICY REPORTS, Nov. 15, 1949.

Box: 9 Folder: 9
Labor looks at industrial engineering

Published in SOCIETY FOR ADVANCED MANAGEMENT, 1956.

Box: 9 Folder: 10
Letter from David Lasser

Published in an A.I.A.A. anniversary publication, 1981.

Box: 9 Folder: 11
Poetry, 1943 - 1988
Box: 9 Folder: 12
Speeches, lectures, misc. writings
Box: 9 Folder: 13
Waiting Room
Box: 9 Folder: 14
What's new in collective bargaining

Published in THE INDIAN WORKER and AMERICAN LABOR, 1968.

Box: 9 Folder: 15
With vehicle perfected, science hopes to plumb mystery of outer space

Published in NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, July 13, 1930.

Notes on the Writings of Others

Box: 9 Folder: 16
Accidental Universe by Paul Davies, 1982
Box: 9 Folder: 17
Arms control
Box: 9 Folder: 18
Asteroids
Box: 10 Folder: 1
Astronomy
Box: 10 Folder: 2
Atoms to Quarks by James Trefil, 1980
Box: 10 Folder: 3
Beyond Einstein by Nickio Kaku, 1987
Box: 10 Folder: 4
Big bang
Box: 10 Folder: 5
Biology

1 of 2 folders.

Box: 10 Folder: 6
Biology

2 of 2 folders.

Box: 10 Folder: 7
Black holes
Box: 10 Folder: 8
Cell
Box: 10 Folder: 9
Cell by Isaac Asimov
Box: 10 Folder: 10
Cosmic Blueprint by Paul Davies
Box: 10 Folder: 11
Cosmic Dawn by Eric Chaisson, 1980
Box: 10 Folder: 12
Cosmology

1 of 2 folders.

Box: 10 Folder: 13
Cosmology

2 of 2 folders.

Box: 11 Folder: 1
Cosmology by Edward Harrison, 1981
Box: 11 Folder: 2
Cosmos by Carl Sagan, 1980
Box: 11 Folder: 3
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)
Box: 11 Folder: 4
Development of the universe
Box: 11 Folder: 5
Earth and the universe
Box: 11 Folder: 6
Edge of Infinity by Paul Davies, 1981
Box: 11 Folder: 7
Einstein and the theory of relativity
Box: 11 Folder: 8
Evolution
Box: 11 Folder: 9
Evolution vs. creationism
Box: 11 Folder: 10
Extinction
Box: 12 Folder: 1
Extraterrestrial intelligence
Box: 12 Folder: 2
First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg
Box: 12 Folder: 3
Future, socio/science
Box: 12 Folder: 4
Future, space/universe
Box: 12 Folder: 5
Galaxies

1 of 2 folders.

Box: 12 Folder: 6
Galaxies

2 of 2 folders.

Box: 12 Folder: 7
Gamma rays
Box: 12 Folder: 8
Gravitational waves
Box: 12 Folder: 9
Laws governing the universe
Box: 12 Folder: 10
Lefthand of Creation by John Barrow and Joseph Silk, 1952
Box: 12 Folder: 11
Lifetide by Lyall Watson, 1979 - 1980
Box: 12 Folder: 12
Light
Box: 12 Folder: 13
List of books/authors reviewed
Box: 12 Folder: 14
Mars
Box: 12 Folder: 15
Matter

1 of 2 folders.

Box: 12 Folder: 16
Matter

2 of 2 folders.

Box: 12 Folder: 17
Matter/energy
Box: 13 Folder: 1
Miscellaneous notes on writings of others
Box: 13 Folder: 2
Multiple universes
Box: 13 Folder: 3
Mythology
Box: 13 Folder: 4
Neutrinos
Box: 13 Folder: 5
Origin of life
Box: 13 Folder: 6
Origin of the universe

1 of 2 folders.

Box: 13 Folder: 7
Origin of the universe

2 of 2 folders.

Box: 13 Folder: 8
Other Worlds by Paul Davies, 1980
Box: 13 Folder: 9
Parallel universes
Box: 13 Folder: 10
Physics
Box: 13 Folder: 11
Pulsars
Box: 13 Folder: 12
Quantum theory
Box: 13 Folder: 13
Quarks
Box: 13 Folder: 14
Quasars
Box: 14 Folder: 1
Religion

1 of 7 folders.

Box: 14 Folder: 2
Religion

2 of 7 folders.

Box: 14 Folder: 3
Religion

3 of 7 folders.

Box: 14 Folder: 4
Religion

4 of 7 folders.

Box: 14 Folder: 5
Religion

5 of 7 folders.

Box: 14 Folder: 6
Religion

6 of 7 folders.

Box: 14 Folder: 7
Religion

7 of 7 folders.

Box: 15 Folder: 1
Religion/God
Box: 15 Folder: 2
Religion and the universe
Box: 15 Folder: 3
Science
Box: 15 Folder: 4
Science news/research
Box: 15 Folder: 5
Scientists, information and interviews
Box: 15 Folder: 6
Solar system
Box: 15 Folder: 7
Space

1 of 2 folders.

Box: 15 Folder: 8
Space

2 of 2 folders.

Box: 15 Folder: 9
Space mysteries/strange forces
Box: 15 Folder: 10
Space stations/missions
Box: 15 Folder: 11
Stars
Box: 15 Folder: 12
Supernovas
Box: 15 Folder: 13
Technology
Box: 15 Folder: 14
Telescopes
Box: 15 Folder: 15
Theories
Box: 15 Folder: 16
Thursday's Universe by Marcia Bartusiak, 1986
Box: 16 Folder: 1
Universal events
Box: 16 Folder: 2
Universe

1 of 5 folders.

Box: 16 Folder: 3
Universe

2 of 5 folders.

Box: 16 Folder: 4
Universe

3 of 5 folders.

Box: 16 Folder: 5
Universe

4 of 5 folders.

Box: 16 Folder: 6
Universe

5 of 5 folders.

Box: 16 Folder: 7
Universe, size and distance of
Box: 16 Folder: 8
Until the Sun Dies by Joseph Jastrow
Box: 16 Folder: 9
Unusual events

Accession Processed in 2000

CORRESPONDENCE

Box: 17 Folder: 1
Bleiler, Everett F., 1995 - 1996
Box: 17 Folder: 2
Burgess, Eric, 1998
Box: 17 Folder: 3
Carter, Jimmy, 1980

Color photocopy of one letter.

Box: 17 Folder: 4
Ciancone, Michael, 1992 - 1996

Includes photograph, magazine articles.

Box: 17 Folder: 5
Clarke, Arthur C., 1995

Includes correspondence with the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

Box: 17 Folder: 6
Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1995
Box: 17 Folder: 7
CSPASE Press, 1996
Box: 17 Folder: 8
Davin, Eric Leif, 1986 - 1989
Box: 17 Folder: 9
Gould, Robert J., 1980
Box: 17 Folder: 10
Harper and Collins Publishers, 1995
Box: 17 Folder: 11
Harriman, W. Averell, 1978
Box: 17 Folder: 12
Maran, Stephen, 1986
Box: 17 Folder: 13
Miller, Ron, 1990
Box: 17 Folder: 14
Princeton University. Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, 1995
Box: 17 Folder: 15
Romig, Reverend, 1986

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

Box: 17 Folder: 16
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1989 - 1996
Box: 17 Folder: 17
American Interplanetary Society, 1930
Box: 17 Folder: 18 Oversize: FB31709
Photograph of Lasser with President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964

Signed by President Johnson.

Box: 17 Folder: 19
Photographs of Lasser with others, 1968 - 1995

Includes undated photographs.

Box: 17 Folder: 20
Reflections on the Challenger Tragedy, 1986

Essay by Lasser. Typescript draft and fair copy, with a poem attached.

Box: 17 Folder: 21
Roosevelt, Lasser and the Workers' Alliance: Organizing WPA Workers and the Unemployed, 1935-1940, 1982

Photocopy of a typescript of an academic paper by James E. Sargent.

Box: 17 Folder: 22
Sodium lamp controversy, 1984

Plaque and letter from the Palomar Observatory.