at a memorial symposium in honor of Dr. Janet A. Mattei, Brandeis University,
Waltham, MA, October 29, 2004; received November 10, 2004; accepted November
Abstract The historical documents and archival
records at the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) are for
the first time being evaluated, arranged, and cataloged in a systematic and
comprehensive way. The goals of this project are to establish an archive that
is efficiently accessible, and to produce a descriptive catalog that will be
useful both as a finding-aid and as a research tool.