Arthur D. Code papers, 1958-1989

Code, Arthur D

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  • The papers of Accession 2010/150 are concerning Large Telescope Planning. This collection contains papers from Code's files dealing with the planning of the building of a Large Telescope. The planning process involved collaborating with other universities, appealing to the University of Wisconsin for funding, and submitting proposals for funding to other agencies, including the National Science Foundation and NASA. One plan was to build a telescope with the University of California on Junipero Serra Peak in the Santa Lucia Mountains. The University of Wisconsin also collaborated with the University of Washington to build a telescope in the Southwest in the late 1960s, but this plan was also dropped. In the late 1980s the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, known collectively as WIN, submitted a proposal for a large telescope to be built at Kitt Peak in Arizona. This plan did not go through, but in 1994 the consortium, with the addition of Yale University, completed the building of the WIYN Observatory at the same site.
  • Included in this collection is a notebook with hand-written entries by Code detailing the earliest planning stages for a joint telescope. There is also correspondence between the Astronomy Department, including Code, and University of Wisconsin personnel; correspondence between UW and other universities; and correspondence between UW and possible funding sources. Several proposals and drafts of proposals are included for various large telescope projects.
  • The processed part of this collection is described above.


  • Richmond Kinney and Robert Bless organized, processed and described Accession 2010/150.
  • Arthur D. Code taught at Wisconsin from 1958 to 1995. He served as director of the Washburn Observatory and chairman of the Astronomy Department from 1958 to 1970.