This series consists of materials relating to the proposed foundation of a National X-Ray Astronomy Institute. The series contains correspondence and proposals
relating to the foundation of the Institute. The X-Ray Astronomy Institute was supposed to be similar in function to the Space Telescope Science Institute but directing the
efforts of various orbiting x-ray astronomy satellites such as Einstein (HEAO-B) and AXAF. The proposed institute never made it past the discussion phase.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7416, Riccardo Giacconi Papers