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RECONSIDERING THE HISTORY OF THE AAVSO-PART 1

 

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Thomas R. Williams

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Houston, Texas 77005-1704

 

Presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the AAVSO, October 30, 1999; revised March 20, 2001

 

Abstract

 

A review of the history of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) reveals that its development in the first half of the twentieth century requires reconsideration in two important respects. This first part of a two-part paper deals with one historical issue, the founding of the association and its operation during its first six years, including the role played by Edward Charles Pickering and Harvard College Observatory, and recognizes that William Tyler Olcott played a more prominent role than has previously been acknowledged.

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