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Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka

Creator:
Clarke, Arthur C., Sir (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008  Search this
Extent:
95.02 Cubic feet (188 legal size boxes; 5 15 x 12 x 3 flat boxes; 1 16 x 20 x 3 flat box; 4 12 x 8 x 5 shoeboxes)
88.55 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1932-2012
bulk 1950-2008
Summary:
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the preeminent science-fiction writers of the 20th century.
Scope and Contents:
Contains personal and business correspondence, manuscripts of most of Clarke's fiction works in various draft states, short stories, articles, addresses, speeches, movie outlines, Apollo 11 broadcast material, datebooks & notebooks, reference materials, business cards of visitors & contacts, photos & slides. There is some material by people other than the creator such as manuscripts and film/TV scripts.

This collection also includes audio-visual material. Please contact the Media Archivist for access.
Arrangement:
Series were based on the creator's original arrangement of material.

Arranged into 7 Series:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Original Writing

2.1: "Clarkives"

2.2: Non-"Clarkives"

2.3: Articles, Short Stories

2.4: Lectures, Speeches

Series 3: Media & Publicity

Series 4: Awards & Tributes

Series 5: Manuscripts written by others relating to Clarke's Literary Works

Series 6: Miscellaneous

Series 7: Images

7.1: Photos

7.2: Slide Albums
Biographical / Historical:
Born on December 16, 1917, in Minehead, England, Arthur Charles Clarke became obsessed with science fiction and astronomy at a young age. He was the eldest of four children born into a farming family, however he would become, with his brother Fred Clarke acting as a business associate, one of the leading names in science fiction.

During World War II Clarke served as a radar instructor and in his free time became one of the early members of the British Interplanetary Society. In 1945, Clarke made one of his earliest predictions (he called them "extrapolations") when he came up with the idea of communication satellites. He became known for this uncanny prescience which is seen in so much of his work.

In 1948 Clarke graduated from King's College, London with honors in math and physics. By 1951, Clarke had gained respect as both a fiction and non-fiction writer with Interplanetary Flight and Prelude to Space, respectively.

In 1956, Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, where he could indulge a new obsession - skin diving. He remained in Sri Lanka for the rest of his life, creating a diving company and funding many science education programs in the country.

Perhaps Clarke's most recognizable feat came when he was able to work with Stanley Kubrick over a course of 4 years in order to create the book and film 2001: A Space Odyssey which was loosely based on the earlier Clarke story "The Sentinel."

Clarke accomplished an amazing amount of writing, speaking tours, TV appearances and humanitarian work despite suffering from post-polio syndrome for decades. He won numerous awards, mostly for his science fiction but also for popularizing science. He was knighted in 1998. He died, age 90, March 19, 2008.
Provenance:
Arthur C. Clarke Trust, gift, 2014
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
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Topic:
Underwater archaeology -- 1960's  Search this
nonfiction novels  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Artificial satellites  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Apollo 11 Flight  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Science fiction  Search this
Citation:
Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka, Acc. 2015-0010, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2015.0010
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2015-0010
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Willard Orrery

Maker:
Willard, Jr., Aaron  Search this
Physical Description:
brass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 25.3 cm x 37.5 cm x 35.6 cm; 9 31/32 in x 14 3/4 in x 14 1/32 in
Object Name:
orrery
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Date made:
ca 1820
Subject:
Astronomy  Search this
ID Number:
1986.0466.01
Catalog number:
86.466.1
1986.0466.01
Accession number:
1986.0466
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Globes
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-429f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1183736

Thomas Brothers: William T. and Oliver W.

Collection Creator:
Morehouse, Harold E., 1894-1973  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies Collection, Acc. XXXX-0450, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection / Series 1.1: Biographies of Flying Pioneers 1.1
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0450-ref325
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Asteroid 2002 NY 40

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National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2013-11-01T19:16:46.000Z
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Planet Nine From Outer Space

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National Air and Space Museum  Search this
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YouTube Videos
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2017-05-08T14:26:50.000Z
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The Hubble Space Telescope's Impact on Astronomy

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National Air and Space Museum  Search this
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YouTube Videos
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2021-04-09T13:00:08.000Z
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National Air and Space Museum
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ISS Transit

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National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2011-07-29T13:37:54.000Z
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Education  Search this
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"Don't Be Afraid of Who You Are." -Hannah Wakeford, Astronomer - My Path

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National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2017-02-01T17:27:05.000Z
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Education  Search this
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Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences  Search this
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Is Astronomy Ready for the James Webb Space Telescope?

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
Lectures
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2018-05-31T14:24:19.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences  Search this
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National Air and Space Museum
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airandspace
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More Things in the Heavens: Infrared Exploration with the Spitzer Space Telescope

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2020-07-08T01:06:45.000Z
YouTube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences  Search this
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
YouTube Channel:
airandspace
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_pxYgmUvgSv4

Smithsonian geophysicist Bruce Campbell explains how to make radar map of the Moon

Creator:
Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2009-12-22T20:44:40.000Z
YouTube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
Topic:
Science  Search this
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SmithsonianScience
Data Source:
Office of Public Affairs
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianScience
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_4N5PAdStsLE

Moon Man: Smithsonian Scientist Tom Watters

Creator:
Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2010-08-20T16:49:25.000Z
YouTube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
Topic:
Science  Search this
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SmithsonianScience
Data Source:
Office of Public Affairs
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SmithsonianScience
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_7avaIqEiygc

How to Be a Scientist: Careers in Astronomy

Creator:
Smithsonian Education  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2020-03-08T05:00:10.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Education  Search this
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Education
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SmithsonianEducation
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_5FjHLjYOJ_s

Angelica de Oliveira-Costa, "GSM2: Realistic 2D Simulations of Point Sources"

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2011-06-07T17:21:12.000Z
YouTube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
Topic:
Astronomy  Search this
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
YouTube Channel:
ITAMPhysics
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_-_ZvTsnIYmQ

Charles Adams, Durham Univ., "The Rydberg all-optical quantum simulator"

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2014-02-13T17:50:27.000Z
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Science & Technology  Search this
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Astronomy  Search this
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
YouTube Channel:
ITAMPhysics
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_12Qcxyw9kG4

Control of Dipole-Dipole Interactions in a Frozen Assembly of Rydberg Atoms

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2011-04-22T18:04:37.000Z
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Astronomy  Search this
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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Dr. Jim Babb, "The Hyperfine Structure of the Hydrogen Molecular Ion"

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2011-06-28T16:59:46.000Z
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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Matthias Weidemüller, "Dipolar LiCs molecules in the rovibrational ground state"

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Type:
Lectures
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2012-06-19T14:25:44.000Z
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Science & Technology  Search this
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Astronomy  Search this
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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ITAMPhysics
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Peter Rabl, TU Vienna, Austria, Jan. 8, 2013 Part II

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Type:
Lectures
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2013-03-04T15:25:12.000Z
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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ITAMPhysics
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Thomas Pohl, "Rydberg atoms in optical lattices"

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2014-02-13T18:10:02.000Z
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Science & Technology  Search this
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Astronomy  Search this
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
YouTube Channel:
ITAMPhysics
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edanmdm:yt_8QfxMuI2mm8

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