Guide to the Arthur S. Obermayer Papers
undated, 1897-2016

P-1019

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Obermayer Family
Title: Arthur S. Obermayer Papers
Dates:undated, 1897-2016
Abstract: Arthur S. Obermayer was a scientist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He established his own research and development company, Moleculon Research Company, in the Boston area and was involved in numerous philanthropic and professional organizations, especially through his foundation, the Obermayer Foundation. Obermayer was also a political activist, and played a key role in establishing the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. This collection contains correspondence, business records, news clippings, notes, photographs, reports, and sound and video recordings documenting Obermayer’s professional work, philanthropy, and political involvement, as well as those of his parents Leon J. and Julia S. Obermayer, his wife Judith Hirschfield Obermayer, and his brother and sister-in-law, Herman J. “Obe” and Betty Nan Obermayer.
Languages: The collection is in English, Hebrew, German, and Russian.
Quantity: 44.2 linear feet (27 document boxes, 30 manuscript boxes, 2 half-manuscript boxes, 1 oversized box)
Identification: P-1019
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note

From left to right, Arthur S. Obermayer, Judith Obermayer, and Senator Ted Kennedy at the Small Business Innovation Research Act Bill signing at the White House Rose Garden in August 1982.

Arthur S. Obermayer (1931-2016)

Arthur S. Obermayer (ASO) was born on July 17, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Leon J. and Julia Sinsheimer Obermayer. He attended Central High School in Philadelphia, graduating in 1948, and later earned a BS in Chemistry from Swarthmore College in 1952. ASO went on to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1956.

After receiving his Ph.D, ASO remained in the Boston area and took a job at Tracerlab, Inc., working as a project leader and senior scientist researching nuclear explosions from 1956-1959. ASO then took a job at Allied Research Associates as manager of the Physical Sciences Division and Chemistry Department, also mainly researching nuclear weapons effects.

In 1961, ASO founded his own successful research and development company, Moleculon Research Corporation (also known as Moleculon Research Company) (MRC), headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Early on, MRC worked on government research projects, focusing mainly on the effect of radiation on plastics following nuclear explosions. MRC expanded its work into the development of new chemical, polymer, and pharmaceutical products for both government and private industry. Among other projects, MRC developed and received a patent for Poroplastic, a sponge-like material that could be impregnated with almost any liquid or precipitated solid and that had a broad range of practical applications, including toxic vapor monitoring, controlled release, and hydrometallurgical processing.

In 1982, ASO founded Moleculon, Inc. (also known as Moleculon BioTech, Inc.), to which all MRC’s pharmaceutical and biomedical applications were transferred. In 1984, Moleculon, Inc. went public, and in 1988, it was sold to Australian pharmaceutical company F.H. Faulding & Co.

Later in life, ASO became involved in other businesses, including Fiberspar, a company specializing in composite tubing, and Zerostage Capital, a venture capital firm.

ASO became increasingly involved in politics after attending the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, which was notoriously plagued with violence. After returning home from Chicago, ASO became co-chairman of the Newton Coalition for New Politics (NCNP), a grassroots organization which endorsed and supported candidates for office. In 1970, ASO proposed that the NCNP encourage Father Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest, dean of the Boston College Law School, and a fierce opponent of the Vietnam War, to run against long-time representative of the Massachusetts’s Third Congressional District, Philip Philbin. With ASO’s help, Drinan defeated Philbin and served in Congress for five terms.

In 1972, ASO became involved with Senator George McGovern’s campaign for president. ASO campaigned for McGovern heavily and spent a month in California before the state's primary, meeting with aerospace engineers and business leaders on behalf of the campaign. He also helped draft McGovern’s science and technology positions.

In addition to the Drinan and McGovern campaigns, ASO supported and worked for numerous other campaigns on the national, state, and local level. He also worked closely with Massachusetts politician Michael Dukakis on his gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, and when Dukakis became governor in 1975, he appointed ASO to serve on the Board of the Governor’s Management Task Force.

ASO advocated for economic conversion—the transfer of federal dollars from military spending to private, small business companies. ASO testified before Congress and worked with Representative Drinan and Senator Ted Kennedy on this issue. ASO also worked with Kennedy on what, after years of work, eventually became the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. ASO believed that small research companies like MRC were being discriminated against in receiving government grants and contracts, which mostly went to universities. Working with ASO, Kennedy introduced legislation that mandated the National Science Foundation (NSF), and later, all government agencies, send a small percentage of their research and development funds to the SBIR Program, which then went to small businesses. Throughout the following years, ASO testified in support of the program, and in 1982, the SBIR bill was passed.

ASO and his family were also involved in philanthropy. He and his wife established the Obermayer Foundation, a small operating fund that supported a variety of programs. Through the Obermayer Foundation, ASO published the American Editorial Review, a compilation of editorials and op-eds from the 15 largest circulating newspaper in the United States on the topic of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The Obermayer Foundation also founded the Jewish Museum in Crenglingen, Germany, where ASO’s maternal grandparents were from. The museum focuses on the lives and contributions of the town’s former Jewish residents. Similarly, each year the Obermayer Foundation honors five non-Jewish Germans who have worked to preserve Jewish history and culture in their country. The Obermayer German Jewish History Awards, co-sponsored by the Berlin Parliament, are awarded at a ceremony at the Abgeorfnetenhaus in Berlin. For his efforts in fostering German-Jewish relations, the Federal Republic of Germany awarded ASO the Federal Order of Merit, the nation's highest honor.

The Obermayer Foundation has also worked to further the field of Jewish genealogy. The Foundation was active in growing JewishGen, the largest Jewish genealogy internet presence; ASO was a leader of the German Jewish Special Interest Group (GerSIG) of JewishGen. Additionally, ASO realized the important role of the internet early on, and the Obermayer Foundation provided pro bono work in helping non-profit organizations develop internet strategies and construct websites.

ASO was active in many organizations, and often held high-ranking positions in them. In his quest to help settle the Arab-Israeli conflict and to further Jewish causes, ASO was active in the American Friends for Religious Freedom in Israel (ARFRI-HEMDAT-ARFR), which promoted religious freedom and pluralism in Israel; was on the Board of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) in New York and Boston; served on the Board of the New Israel Fund, which worked toward social justice and equality for all Israelis; and was on the Board of InterfaithFamily.com, a web resource for interfaith families exploring Jewish life and identity.

ASO also was active in various professional and scientific organizations, many of which focused on helping small research companies succeed and advocated for those in the science and engineering fields. He served as vice president and sat on the Board of the American Association of Small Research Companies (AASRC). ASO was active in the American Chemical Society (ACS), receiving a Sixty Years of Service Award from them in 2012, and was especially active in its regional subsection, the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS). He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NESACS in 1989, as well as on the Esselen Award Committee. This committee selected the winners of the annual Esselen Award for Chemistry, which recognizes a chemist whose work has contributed to the public wellbeing. ASO was a member of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), serving as its treasurer from 1972-1974, and served on the Advisory Panel to the Experimental Research and Development Incentives Program of the NSF from 1973-1976. ASO founded his own organization, the Association of Technical Professionals (ATP), a Boston-based group that advocated for the science and engineering positions during a time of high unemployment, and served as its president from 1971-1978.

ASO was always interested in the Soviet Union, and as its dissolution was near, he became involved in emerging private enterprise in Russia. In 1990, he established and served as president of the Soviet Countertrade Group, whose mission was to bring companies together to finance and invest in businesses, particularly hotels, in the USSR. ASO also founded East-West TV (formerly called American Soviet Economic Education Television, or AMSEE-TV), an educational foundation that produced programs for Russian television explaining market economics and free enterprise. Through East-West TV, Russian crews were invited to the United States to work on these programs, during which they interviewed American economists as well as Russian immigrants. ASO was also active in the US-USSR Bridge for Peace/Transnational Institute, whose mission was to provide dialogue and understanding between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Besides organizations related to Jewish, Israeli, scientific, and Soviet issues, ASO worked with and supported his local community. He served as a trustee of the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, Massachusetts, which celebrated the region’s industrial history. ASO was on the Board of Overseers and Executive Advisory Council of WBUR, Boston’s public radio station. He also was a member and supporter of NewTV, Newton, Massachusetts’s public access channel. In 2004, his request for NewTV to air the Middle Eastern news program “Mosaic” caused a controversy, as some deemed it to be anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Many editorials and op-eds were written both in support and opposition to the program’s airing. ASO himself wrote his opinions, noting that he felt it was crucial for Americans to see how they are perceived in the Middle East. ASO was active in many more organizations, including the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

ASO married Judith (Judy) Hirschfield (JHO) in 1963. JHO was born on May 7, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received a BS in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1956 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1963. From 1960 to 1966, she worked as an assistant professor of mathematics at Wellesley College. Though she left teaching to take care of her children, JHO returned to work when her children were grown. She was a principal and director at MRC, sat on the Small Business Association Task Force on Small Business, and in 1980, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation (MTDC). Additionally, JHO, like ASO, was crucial in getting the SBIR bill passed in 1982, and was present at the White House when the bill was signed by President Ronlad Reagan. She and ASO were inducted into the SBIR Hall of Fame in 2015 for their years of work. JHO was active in the American Jewish Committee (AJC), serving as president of the Boston chapter and a member of the national Board of Governors. She also was a founder and co-chair of the Black-Jewish Economic Roundtable, an AJC program, whose mission is to promote social and business interaction between the African American and Jewish communities of the Boston area, and president of Obermayer Associates, a consulting firm specializing in helping small business develop and grow. ASO and JSO had three children: Henry, Joel, and Marjorie.

ASO died on January 10, 2016.

Leon J. Obermayer (1886-1984)

ASO’s father, Leon J. Obermayer (LJO) was born on September 24, 1886 in Sciota, Illinois. In 1894, he and his family relocated to Philadelphia, where he attended Central High School, graduating in 1904. He later attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his L.L.B. from its law school in 1908, and joined the firm Mason and Edmonds. In 1925, the firm changed its name to Edmonds, Obermayer & Rebmann, and today still exists under the name Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel.

LJO was active in the civic and Jewish community of Philadelphia. He served as chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association (and founded the organization’s publication, The Shingle), president of the Philadelphia School Board from 1955-1961, chairman of the Woods School, president of the YM-YWHA of Philadelphia, president and Board Chairman of the American Jewish Historical Society, and chairman of the B’nai B’rith National Vocational Service Bureau. LJO was also especially active in the Boy Scouts of America, and served as president and later honorary president of the Philadelphia Council of the Boy Scouts. For his service to Philadelphia, he was named one of Greater Philadelphia Magazine’s Fifty Foremost Citizens in 1959.

On May 24, 1923, LJO married Julia Sinsheimer Obmermayer (JSO). JSO was born on December 4, 1900 in New York, New York. She attended Teacher’s College at Columbia University and then began working as a laboratory researcher in bacteriology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. LJO and JSO were avid travelers. They were also active members at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia as well as major collectors of Judaica, some of which is on permanent display at Rodeph Shalom. The couple had three children: Herman, Helen, and Arthur.

LJO died on October 2, 1984 at the age of 98. JSO died 12 years later, on July 5, 1996.

Herman J. Obermayer (1924-2016)

ASO’s older brother, Herman J. Obermayer (HJO), known as Obe, was born on September 19, 1924 in Philadelphia. Like ASO and their father, he attended Central High School and later attended Dartmouth College. He was drafted into the Army during his first year at Dartmouth, and was selected for the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), a program to prepare men to fill specialized technical positions in the Army. He was sent to William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he studied civil engineering. In 1944, when the Army decided to disband the ASTP, many of its men were sent to the European theater of Operations as infantry replacements. HJO was assigned to an oil pipeline unit in France. He later wrote about his experience overseas in his book Soldiering for Freedom. After his discharge, HJO returned to Dartmouth and graduated in 1948.

After graduation, HJO worked for various newspapers as a reporter and advertising manager. During his time at the New Orleans Item, he met Betty Nan Levy (BNO), his future wife, with whom he had four daughters: Helen, Veronica, Adele, and Elizabeth. In 1957, HJO purchased the Long Branch Daily Record of Long Branch, New Jersey, and then in 1963, purchased the Northern Virginia Sun, based in Arlington, Virginia. For both papers, he wrote weekly editorials. He sold the Daily Record in 1971 and the Sun in 1988.

From 1990 to 2001, he and BNO worked for the State Department as consultants to newspapers in the former Soviet Union and wrote reports on the state of the press in these countries. In 1995, HJO published his second book, Rehnquist: A Personal Portrait of the Distinguished Chief Justice of the United States, about Chief Justice William Rehnquist, a close friend of HJO’s.

BNO died on January 26, 2013, and HJO died on May 11, 2016 at the age of 91.

References

Materials from the collection.

Libo, Kenneth, and Michael Feldberg. The Obermayers: A History of a Jewish Family in Germany and America, 1618-2009. West Newton, MA: Obermayer Foundation, Inc., 2009.

Chronology

September 24, 1886LJO is born in Sciota, Illinois.
December 4, 1900JSO is born in New York, New York.
May 24, 1923LJO and JSO marry.
September 19, 1924HJO is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
July 17, 1931ASO is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
May 7, 1935JHO is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1948ASO graduates from Central High School.
1952ASO graduates from Swarthmore College.
1956ASO recieves his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1956-1959ASO works at Tracerlab.
1959-1961ASO works at Allied Research Associates.
1961ASO founds Moleculon Research Corporation.
June 22, 1963ASO and JHO marry.
1971ASO founds the Association of Technical Professionals (ATP).
1975-1978ASO serves on the Board of the Governor's Management Task Force.
1982ASO founds Moleculon, Inc.
1982The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) bill is passed.
October 2, 1984LJO dies.
1988ASO sells Moleculon, Inc. to F.H. Fauling & Co.
1989American Editorial Review begins publication.
1990ASO founds the Soviet Countertrade Group.
1991ASO establishes East-West TV.
July 5, 1996JSO dies.
2000Creglingen Jewish Museum building is dedicated.
2000Obermayer German Jewish History Awards are initiated.
2007ASO is awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
2012ASO recieves the Sixty Years of Service Award from the American Chemical Society.
January 26, 2013BNO dies.
2015ASO and JHO are inducted into the SBIR Hall of Fame.
January 10, 2016ASO dies.
May 11, 2016HJO dies.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contain correspondence, business records, news clippings, photographs, sound and video recordings, awards, reports, and notes documenting the personal, professional, political, and charitable work of Arthur S. Obermayer, a Boston-based scientist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. This collection details his personal life, including academic materials from Swarthmore College and MIT, his travels around the world, and correspondence with friends and family. It also contains materials related to the founding and managing of Moleculon Research Company, a research and development company Obermayer established in Cambridge in 1961, as well as other business ventures in which he took part. Also included are records describing Obermayer’s involvement in politics, including numerous campaigns on which he worked, as well as his key role in establishing the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Additionally, materials related to his activities in various philanthropic organizations are included, particularly his work promoting Jewish, Israeli, and scientific causes, as well as his efforts to bridge a gap between the Soviet Union and the U.S. Also contained are the records of the Obermayer Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Obermayer and his wife, through which they established the Creglingen Jewish Museum and the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards. This collection also contains materials documenting the life and work of Obermayer’s parents Leon J. and Julia S. Obermayer, his wife Judith Obermayer, and his brother and sister-in-law, Herman J. “Obe” and Betty Nan Obermayer. Some folders are restricted. Some audiovisual items have been removed from the collection for proper storage and can be located in box 56. These items are identified with a separation of materials form.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into nine series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

This collection contains audiovisual or electronic media that requires special equipment to access. Please notify reference staff at reference@ajhs.org 24 hours in advance of needing access.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Leon J. Obermayer Papers, P-141

American Jewish Historical Society Records, I-1

Records of the Small Business Innovation Research Program

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Separated Material

Books that do not pertain to the collection policy were deaccessioned.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Arthur S. Obermayer Papers; P-1019; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Arthur S. Obermayer, 2015. Additional materials accrued by the Jewish Heritage Center in 2016.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Series I: Obermayer Family, undated, 1897-2005

English, Hebrew, and German.
Boxes 1-17, 57-58, 59OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains correspondence, news clippings, photographs, reports, awards, notes, and family trees related to the Obermayer family, including LJO, JSO, HJO, BNO, JHO, and other miscellaneous members of the family. Included are the materials documenting HJO’s work as newspaper editor, HJO and BNO’s reporting for the State Department, JHO’s work as president of various organizations, LJO’s service with the Boy Scouts, and LJO and JSO’s ceremonial art collection. Some folders are restricted.

Subseries A: Herman J. and Betty Nan Obermayer, undated, 1955-2005

English.
Boxes 1-2.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence, news clippings, reports, manuscripts, and photographs documenting the life of HJO and BNO. Included are materials related to HJO’s work as editor of the Northern Virginia Sun and Long Branch Daily Record (including his weekly editorials), HJO and BNO’s work for the State Department reporting on free press in post-Soviet states, and their elaborate birthday celebrations. The couple often celebrated events by printing mock newspaper issues, which are included in this subseries. Folders that pertain solely to either HJO or BNO are noted with that individual’s initials. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Birthdays—40th (HJO)1964request_box
12Birthdays—50th (BNO)1982request_box
13Birthdays—60th (HJO)1984request_box
14Birthdays—70th (HJO)1994request_box
15Birthdays—75th (HJO)1999request_box
16Children (BNO and HJO)1959-1960, 1985request_box
17Correspondence with Family (BNO and HJO)1963-2000request_box
18Long Branch Daily Record (HJO)1957-1959request_box
19Miscellaneous (BNO)1963, 1975request_box
110Miscellaneous (HJO)undated, 1955-1965request_box
111Miscellaneous Reports (HJO)1995-2001request_box
112News Clippings (HJO)1957-1963request_box
113Northern Virginia Sun—American Nazi Party (HJO)1997request_box
114Northern Virginia Sun—Editor's Viewpoint (HJO)1971-1976request_box
115Northern Virginia Sun—Editor's Viewpoint (HJO)1976-1980request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Northern Virginia Sun—Editor's Viewpoint (HJO)1980-1987request_box
22Northern Virginia Sun—Editor's Viewpoint (HJO)undatedrequest_box
23Northern Virginia Sun—General (HJO) [restricted]1969-1986request_box
24Northern Virginia Sun—Legal Correspondence (HJO)1973request_box
25Reports on Central European, Eastern European, and Post-Soviet States1990-1995request_box
26Reports on Central European, Eastern European, and Post-Soviet States1996-1998request_box
27Reports on Central European, Eastern European, and Post-Soviet States1999-2000request_box
28Soldiering for Freedom: A GI's Account of World War II (HJO)2005request_box
29Wedding1955request_box
210What A Free Press Means to Me (HJO)2000request_box

Subseries B: Judith Obermayer, 1985-2001

English.
Box 3.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains JHO’s copybooks, or books of correspondence, related to her work at MRC and Moleculon, Inc. and her time as president of the Boston chapter of the American Jewish Committee, co-chair of the Black-Jewish Economic Roundtable, and president of Obermayer Associates.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31Copybooks [1 of 2]1985-1987request_box
32Copybooks [2 of 2]1985-1987request_box
33Copybooks1988request_box
34Copybooks1989-1990request_box
35Copybooks1991-1992request_box
36Copybooks1995-1996request_box
37Copybooks1997-2001request_box

Subseries C: Leon J. and Julia S. Obermayer, undated, 1898-2009

English, Hebrew, and German.
Boxes 4-15, 57-58, 59OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence, pamphlets, awards, certificates, legal documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, class notes and materials, date books, interviews, notes, newsletters, articles, and scrapbooks documenting the life of LJO and JSO. Of note are materials related to their collection of Jewish ceremonial objects at Congregation Rodeph Shalom; their travel throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa; LJO’s involvement in the Boy Scouts; and LJO’s collections of literature on religious education in public schools and on World War I, the interwar period, and World War II. Folders that pertain solely to either LJO or JSO are noted with that individual’s initials.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
41Adath Jeshurean (LJO)1900-1955request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
59OS1Adath Jeshurean Sabbath School (LJO)1898-1899request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
42Address Book (LJO)undatedrequest_box
43American Heart Association (LJO)1954-1983request_box
44American Jewish Historical Society (LJO)1921-1972request_box
45American Jewish History Society—"Leon J. and Julia S. Obermayer-Collectors Extraordinaire" Exhibit1985-1987request_box
46Anniversaries1923-1983request_box
47Anti-Semitism in Costa Rica (LJO)1946request_box
48Awards (JSO)1960-1977request_box
49Awards, Honors, and Tributes (LJO)1966-1984request_box
410Awards—Greater Philadelphia Magazine Fifty Foremost Citizens (LJO)1959request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
59OS2Awards—Oversized (LJO)1949-1975request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
58Awards—Oversized (LJO)undated, 1961-1971request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
411Birthdays—21st (LJO)1907request_box
412Birthdays—70th (JSO)1970request_box
413Birthdays—70th (LJO)1956request_box
414Birthdays—75th (LJO)1961request_box
415Birthdays—80th (LJO)1966request_box
416Birthdays—85th (LJO)1971request_box
417Birthdays—90th (JSO)1990request_box
418Birthdays—90th (LJO)1976request_box
419B'nai B'rith (LJO)1947-1962request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
57B'nai B'rith—Oversized Awards (LJO)undated, 1955-1965request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
51Boy Scouts—Awards (LJO)1972-1982request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
57Boy Scouts—Awards—Oversized (LJO)undated, 1975-1980request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
52Boy Scouts—Jewish Boy Scouts (LJO)1928, 1940request_box
53Boy Scouts—National Speeches and Addresses (LJO)1938-1948request_box
54Boy Scouts—Philadelphia Council (LJO)1923-1985request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
59OS3Boy Scouts—Philadelphia Council—Oversized (LJO)1971request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
55Boy Scouts—Scouting and Public Schools (LJO)1918-1927request_box
56Boy Scouts—Troop 95 (LJO)1952-1957request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
59OS4Boy Scouts—Troop 95—Oversized Photo (LJO)1957request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
57Cambria School (LJO)1899request_box
58Central High School—109th Class Yearbook, vol. I and II (LJO)1914, 1924request_box
59Central High School—109th Class Yearbook, vol. III and VI1934, 1964request_box
510Central High School—"Bibliography" (LJO)undatedrequest_box
511Central High School—Alumni (LJO)1907request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
61Central High School—Class Notes and Materials—Chemistry (LJO)1903request_box
62Central High School—Class Notes and Materials—English Philology (LJO)1903-1904request_box
63Central High School—Class Notes and Materials—History (LJO)1904request_box
64Central High School—Class Notes and Materials—Living Beings (LJO)1902-1903request_box
65Central High School—Class Notes and Materials—Physical Science (LJO)1901request_box
66Central High School—Class Notes and Materials—Physics/Social Studies (LJO)1902request_box
67Central High School—Class Notes and Materials—Shakespeare (LJO)1904request_box
68Central High School—Entrance Exam (LJO)1900request_box
69Central High School—News Clippings (LJO)1973, 1977request_box
610Columbia University—Commencement (JSO)1921request_box
611Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Agreement between Trustees1985request_box
612Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Catalog and Brochure1988request_box
613Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Committee1999request_box
614Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Conservation1990-1991request_box
615Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Deaccessions2003-2009request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
71Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Exhibit Opening1987-1988request_box
72Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Gift and Appraisal1984-1986request_box
73Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Loans1987-2005request_box
74Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Oral Histories1990-1991request_box
75Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Photographsundatedrequest_box
76Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Jewish Ritual Art Collection—Planning1986-1988request_box
77Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Memorial Resolution for Leon J. Obermayer1984request_box
78Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Miscellaneous1963-2000request_box
79Congregation Rodeph Shalom—Tapestry (JSO)undatedrequest_box
710Correspondence with Children1920-1976request_box
711Correspondence—Condolences (JSO)1996request_box
712Correspondence—Condolences (JSO)1996request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
81Correspondence—Condolences (LJO)1984request_box
82Correspondence—Condolences(LJO)1984request_box
83Correspondence—Condolences (LJO)1984request_box
84Correspondence—Contributions in Memory of Leon (LJO)1984request_box
85Correspondence—Contributions in Memory of Leon (LJO)1984request_box
86Correspondence—Contributions in Memory of Leon (LJO)1984request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
91Correspondence—New Year Cards1955-1977request_box
92Correspondence—Obermayer, Veronika (LJO)1909-1915request_box
93Correspondence—Personal (JSO)undated, 1922request_box
94Correspondence—Personal (LJO)1901-1980request_box
95Court Aid Association (LJO)1915request_box
96Date Books (JSO)1937, 1950request_box
97Date Books (LJO)1899, 1904request_box
98Date Books (LJO)1906request_box
99Date Books (LJO)1907request_box
910Date Books (LJO)1909request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
101Date Books (LJO)1910request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
57"Famous Philadelphians at the Mike" Recordings (March 20, 1955) (LJO)1955request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
102Honorary Degrees (LJO)1954-1978request_box
103Jewish Welfare Board (LJO)1917-1936request_box
104Leon J. and Julia S. Obermayer Foundation1968-1969request_box
105Literature on Africa1960request_box
106Literature on South African Jews1958-1960request_box
107Memorandum of Visit to Hightown, New Jersey (LJO)1936request_box
108Memorial Service (JSO)1996request_box
109Memorials and Resolutions in Honor of Leon (LJO)1984request_box
1010Miscellaneousundated, 1899-1964request_box
1011Miscellaneous Interviewsundated, 1980-1990request_box
1012Nelson Glueck Letters from Jerusalem1967request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
111News Clippings (LJO)1948-2002request_box
112Notes on Public Speaking (LJO)1915request_box
113Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP (LJO)undated, 1958-2004request_box
114Obituaries (LJO)1984request_box
115Oral History1984request_box
116Philadelphia Bar Association—Diamond Jubilee (LJO)1942-1978request_box
117Philadelphia Bar Association—The Shingle (LJO)1949-1961request_box
118Philadelphia School Board (LJO)1949-1961request_box
119Photographsundated, 1946-1975request_box
1110Religious Education in Public Schools—Correspondence (LJO)1939-1945request_box
1111Religious Education in Public Schools—Literature (LJO)undated, 1932-1958request_box
1112Religious Education in Public Schools—Literature (LJO)undated, 1943-1963request_box
1113Religious Education in Public Schools—Literature (LJO)undated, 1949-1963request_box
1114Religious Education in Public Schools—Responses from Jewish Organizations (LJO)1945-1956request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
121School Writings (LJO)undated, 1901-1902request_box
122Speeches Honoring LJOundated, 1961-1975request_box
123Stories and Anecdotes (LJO)undatedrequest_box
124Travel—Africa1960request_box
125Travel—Africa1960request_box
126Travel—Africa—Correspondence1960request_box
127Travel—Asia—Correspondence1955-1956request_box
128Travel—Asia (India, Singapore, Philippines)1955-1956request_box
129Travel—Asia (Japan and Hong Kong)1955-1956request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
131Travel—Asia (Thailand, India and Nepal)1955-1957request_box
132Travel—Canary Islands1963request_box
133Travel—Central Europe (Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Vienna)1963request_box
134Travel—Central Europe (Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Vienna)1963request_box
135Travel—Concorde Flight Certificate1976request_box
136Travel—Cruise Ship Passenger Lists1913-1937request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
59OS5Travel—Costa Rica1939request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
137Travel—Dachau Concentration Campundatedrequest_box
138Travel—Haiti1938request_box
139Travel—Hawaii1961request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
141Travel—Honduras and Guatemala Travel Diary1935request_box
142Travel—Iran1963request_box
143Travel—Israel1962-1963request_box
144Travel—Israel1962-1963request_box
145Travel—Japan1961request_box
146Travel—Maine to Gaspe1937request_box
147Travel—Miscellaneous Correspondence1968-1969request_box
148Travel—Ocean Trip to Panama Diary1913request_box
149Travel—Panama1938request_box
1410Travel—Scandinaviacirca 1953request_box
1411Travel—Spainundatedrequest_box
1412Travel—SS Santa Magdalena Grace Line1968request_box
1413Travel—Writings (LJO)1953-1959request_box
1414University of Pennsylvania—Alumni (LJO)1959, 1976-1977request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
151University of Pennsylvania—Class Notes and Materials—History/Social Sciences (LJO)1905request_box
152University of Pennsylvania—Law School Class Notes and Materials (LJO)1907-1908request_box
153University of Pennsylvania—Law School Commencement (LJO)1908request_box
154War Literature—Addresses by Adolph Hitler (LJO)1933-1937request_box
155War Literature—American Bulletin: The White Man's View Point (LJO)1936request_box
156War Literature—Books and Pamphlets on Palestine (LJO)1912-1943request_box
157War Literature—Books and Pamphlets on Palestine (LJO)1936-1937request_box
158War Literature—The Economic Bulletin (LJO)1934-1935request_box
159War Literature—Facts in Review (LJO)1940-1941request_box
1510War Literature—Four Minute Men Pamphlets (LJO)1917-1918request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
161War Literature—Interwar Period Pamphlets (LJO)1932-1936request_box
162War Literature—Interwar Period Pamphlets (LJO)1934-1935request_box
163War Literature—Interwar Period Pamphlets (LJO)undated, 1933-1936request_box
164War Literature—Interwar Period Pamphlets (LJO)undated, 1933-1934request_box
165War Literature—New Masses (LJO)1934request_box
166War Literature—News Clippings (LJO)1933-1934request_box
167War Literature—Post-war Reports (LJO)1948-1952request_box
168War Literature—Stamps (LJO)undatedrequest_box
169War Literature—World War I Pamphlets (LJO)1914-1918request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
171War Literature—World War I Pamphlets (LJO)1914-1918request_box
172War Literature—World War I Pamphlets (LJO)1914-1918request_box
173War Literature—World War I Pamphlets (LJO)1914-1918request_box
174War Literature—World War II Books and Pamphlets (LJO)undated, 1940-1944request_box
175Woods School (LJO)1960-1975request_box
176Woods School—Scrapbook (LJO)undatedrequest_box
177Young Men's Hebrew Association (LJO)1908-1962request_box

Subseries D: Miscellaneous, undated, 1897-2005

English and German.
Box 17, 59OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, family trees, and photographs of various members of the Obermayer family, including BNO’s father Captain Neville Levy, LJO’s brother Henry Max Obermayer, LJO’s mother Veronika Lehman Obermayer, ASO’s sister Helen Sellers, and JSO’s father Joseph Sinsheimer. Correspondence to Veronika Obermayer from her family in Germany are in German, but have translations attached. Also included is a journal written by LJO, JSO and their children documenting their 1941 road trip around the country.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
178"An American Travelogue (Summer 1941 Edition)" by the Obermayers1947request_box
179Levy, Captain Neville1956-1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
59OS6Obermayer Family Tree (Following Heinrich Obermayer Line)undatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1710Obermayer Family Tree (Following Therese Obermayer Line)undated request_box
1711Obermayer, Henry Max1907-2005request_box
1712Obermayer, Veronika (Lehman)undated, 1897-1910request_box
1713Sellers, Helen (Obermayer) and Alfred 1952request_box
1714 Sinsheimer, Joseph1948request_box
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Series II: Personal Papers, undated, 1940-2016

English.
Box 18-25, 58.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains notes, reports, correspondence, legal documents, news clippings, brochures, and photographs documenting ASO’s personal life. Included are materials related to his academics at Swarthmore College and MIT, his travels around the globe, and personal and some professional correspondence. Some folders are restricted.

Subseries A: Academics, undated, 1940-2014

English.
Boxes 18-21.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains materials related to ASO’s academics, including his tenure at Swarthmore College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Included are class notes, reports, graduation materials, and alumni activities. Also included are materials on ASO’s thesis at MIT titled “Polyfunctionality in Polar Displacement Reactions.”

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
181Central High School1947-2006request_box
182Charles W. Henry School—75th Anniversary1983-1984request_box
183Charles W. Henry School—"Billy and the Silly Hippopotami"1940-1941request_box
184Charles W. Henry School—Closing Exercises1945request_box
185Graduate School Admissions (excluding MIT)1952request_box
186MIT—Admission1952request_box
187MIT—Chemistry Department1952-1956request_box
188MIT—Chemistry Department Visiting Committee1987-1988request_box
189MIT—Chemistry Department Visiting Committee1988-1989request_box
1810MIT—Chemists' Club1982-1988request_box
1811MIT—Chemists' Club—Newsletters1985-1991request_box
1812MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Acetylene and Triterpene Chemistry1952request_box
1813MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Advanced Inorganic Chemistry1952request_box
1814MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Chemical Kineticsundatedrequest_box
1815MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Chemical Thermodynamics1952request_box
1816MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Experimental Physics1952request_box
1817MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure1953request_box
1818MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Natural Products1953request_box
1819MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Organic Chemistry1953request_box
1820MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Physical Organic Chemistry1952request_box
1821MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Quantam Theory of Matter1953-1953request_box
1822MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Scientific French1953request_box
1823MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Scientific German1952request_box
1824MIT—Class Notes and Materials—Synthetic Organic Chemistry1953request_box
1825MIT—Community Service Award1989-1995request_box
1826MIT—Correspondence1974-2014request_box
1827MIT—Dibner Library1992-2005request_box
1828MIT—General Academic Materials1953-1956request_box
1829MIT—Graduation1956-1957request_box
1830MIT—Innovation Center1973-1978request_box
1831MIT—Miscellaneousundated, 1974-1979request_box
1832MIT—Museum Advisory Board2006-2013request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
191MIT—Museum Advisory Board2007-2011request_box
192MIT—National Science Foundation Fellowship1953-1955request_box
193MIT—Organic Chemistry Seminar Reports [1 of 2]1952-1953request_box
194MIT—Organic Chemistry Seminar Reports [2 of 2]1952-1953request_box
195MIT—Organic Chemistry Seminar Reports [1 of 2]1953-1954request_box
196MIT—Organic Chemistry Seminar Reports [2 of 2]1953-1954request_box
197MIT—Organic Chemistry Seminar Reports [1 of 2]1954-1955request_box
198MIT—Organic Chemistry Seminar Reports [2 of 2]1954-1955 request_box
199MIT—Organic Chemistry Seminar Reports—"Application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Techniques to Organic Chemistry"1953request_box
1910MIT—Organic Chemistry Seminar Reports—"Techniques for Measuring Very Fast Reactions"1955request_box
1911MIT—Overseas Summer Fellowship1952-1953request_box
1912MIT—Propositions1954request_box
1913MIT—Reports to the Foreign Study Committee1953request_box
1914MIT—Qualifying Examinations for Doctoral Candidates1952-1954request_box
1915MIT—Sigma Xi1955request_box
1916MIT—Small Business Career Opportunities Conference1986request_box
1917MIT—Swain, Charles Gardner Reunion and Recognition1986request_box
1918MIT—Thesis—Notescirca 1953-1957request_box
1919MIT—Thesis—Notescirca 1953-1957request_box
1920MIT—Thesis—Notescirca 1953-1957request_box
1921MIT—Thesis—Progress Reports1953-1955request_box
1922MIT—Voodoo Magazine1954-1965request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
201Swarthmore—Alumni Activities—Alumni Council1963request_box
202Swarthmore—Alumni Activities—Alumni Weekend2007request_box
203Swarthmore—Alumni Activities—Reunions1959-1967request_box
204Swarthmore—Alumni Activities—Reunions2002request_box
205Swarthmore—Alumni Activities—Swarthmore Club of Boston1965-1967request_box
206Swarthmore—Arthur S. Obermayer '52 International Summer Internship Endowment2004-2012request_box
207Swarthmore—Centennial Fund1963request_box
208Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Advanced Calculus1950-1951request_box
209Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Analytical Chemistry1949-1952request_box
2010Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Chemistry 1A and B1948request_box
2011Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Chemistry 21950request_box
2012Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Chemistry Lab1949-1952request_box
2013Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Differential Calculus1949request_box
2014Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Differential Equations1951request_box
2015Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Economics 1 and 21949-1950request_box
2016Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Electricity and Magnetism1950request_box
2017Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—German1949-1950request_box
2018Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Mathematics 21948request_box
2019Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Mathematics 121950request_box
2020Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Miscellaneous1950request_box
2021Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Modern Literature1948-1949request_box
2022Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Modern Physics1951request_box
2023Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Organic Chemistry1950-1952request_box
2024Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Organic Chemistry1950-1952request_box
2025Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Philosophy1949request_box
2026Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Physical Chemistry1952request_box
2027Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Physical Chemistry1952request_box
2028Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Physics1949-1950request_box
2029Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Physics1949-1950request_box
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211Swarthmore—Class Notes and Materials—Political Science 1A and 1B1949request_box
212Swarthmore—Correspondenceundated, 1950-1952request_box
213Swarthmore—Correspondence—Abrahams, Harold J.1949-1950request_box
214Swarthmore—Ephemeraundated, 1955-1975request_box
215Swarthmore—Graduation1952request_box
216Swarthmore—LAX Conference2004request_box
217Swarthmore—Miscellaneous1955-1972request_box
218Swarthmore—Miscellaneous1976-1986request_box
219Swarthmore—Miscellaneous1987-1998request_box
2110Swarthmore—Miscellaneous2000-2001request_box
2111Swarthmore—Miscellaneous2002-2007request_box
2112Swarthmore—Miscellaneous2008-2009request_box
2113Swarthmore—Music and Theater Programs1949-1951request_box
2114Swarthmore—News Clippingsundated, 1955-1975request_box
2115Swarthmore—Schedules1949-1952request_box
2116Swarthmore—Scott Arboretum Tree Memorial for Charles Vasling2002-2004request_box
2117Swarthmore—Student Curriculum Committee1950request_box
2118Swarthmore—Student Lists1948-1952request_box
2119Swarthmore—Transcripts1954-1955request_box

Subseries B: Copybooks, 1986-2005

English.
Boxes 21-22.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains ASO’s copybooks, or books of correspondence. Most of the correspondence found in these copybooks is related to his work at MRC, Moleculon, Inc., and the Obermayer Foundation, but personal correspondence and correspondence related to his activities in science, Jewish, and Soviet organizations are included as well. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2120January-September 1986 [1 of 2]1986request_box
2121January-September 1986 [2 of 2]1986request_box
2122September 1986-April 1987 [1 of 2]1986-1987request_box
2123September 1986-April 1987 [2 of 2]1986-1987request_box
2124May-October 1987 [1 of 2]1987request_box
2125May-October 1987 [2 of 2] [restricted]1987request_box
2126November 1987-May 1988 [1 of 2]1987-1988request_box
2127November 1987-May 1988 [2 of 2]1987-1988request_box
2128June-December 19881988request_box
2129January-December 1989 [restricted]1989request_box
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221June 1989-December 1992 [1 of 2]1989-1992request_box
222June 1989-December 1992 [2 of 2]1989-1992request_box
223January-December 19901990request_box
224January-June 19911991request_box
225July-December 1991 [1 of 2]1991request_box
226July-December 1991 [2 of 2]1991request_box
227January-June 1992 [1 of 2] [restricted]1992request_box
228January-June 1992 [2 of 2]1992request_box
229July-December 1992 [1 of 2]1992request_box
2210July-December 1992 [2 of 2]1992request_box
2211January-June 19971997request_box
2212July-December 19971997request_box
2213January-December 19981998request_box
2214January-December 19991999request_box
2215January-December 20002000request_box
2216January-December 20012001request_box
2217January-December 20022002request_box
2218January-December 20032003request_box
2219January-July 20032003request_box
22202004-20052004-2005request_box

Subseries C: Correspondence, undated, 1954-2012

English.
Box 23.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes various personal correspondence.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
231General1991-1995request_box
232General1995-2000request_box
233General1996request_box
234Gilmont, Ernest R.1975-1984request_box
235Glover, Jere1982request_box
236Lindner, Roland1980-1985request_box
237Miscellaneous1954-1958request_box
238Miscellaneous1966-2012request_box
239Sellers, Helen (Obermayer)undated, 1943-1973request_box

Subseries D: Miscellaneous, undated, 1940-2016

English.
Boxes 23-24.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains notes, news clippings, legal documents, photographs, and brochures documenting various parts of ASO’s personal life. Included are yearbooks from his time at Camp Kennebec in Maine, materials related to his involvement in judging local and statewide science fairs, and news clippings on the state of German-Jewish relations. Also included are documents detailing the “tree incident,” an incident in which ASO protested the removal of a maple tree on his street in Newton. For an overview of the "tree incident" in ASO's own words, see "Tree Story" in box 23, folder 45. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2310Autograph Book1940request_box
2311Biographical Materials1976-1986request_box
2312Birthdays—75th2006request_box
2313Book Review1980request_box
2314Camp Kennebec Yearbook1942request_box
2315Camp Kennebec Yearbook1943request_box
2316Camp Kennebec Yearbook1944-1946request_box
2317Commencement Speech to Sylvania Technical School1981request_box
2318Memorial Booklet2016request_box
2319Miscellaneousundatedrequest_box
2320News Clippings1978-1987request_box
2321News Clippings on German-Jewish Relations1984-2005request_box
2322News Clippings on German-Jewish Relations—Articles by ASO1997-2000request_box
2323News Clippings on German-Jewish Relations—Magazinesundated, 1981-1985request_box
2324Photographsundatedrequest_box
2325Science Fairs—Boston Regional1963-1965request_box
2326Science Fairs—Massachusetts State1959-1963request_box
2327Science Fairs—Massachusetts State1964-1966request_box
2328Scrapbook of German-Polish War (World War II)1969request_box
2329Temple Shalom of Newton1996-2004request_box
2330"Tracing German-Jewish Ancestry to the 17th Century—And Much Earlier"2015request_box
2331Tree Incident—Civil Caseundated, 2013request_box
2332Tree Incident—Correspondence with Lawyers [restricted]1975-1977request_box
2333Tree Incident—Grand Jury1974-1975request_box
2334Tree Incident—Injunction1974request_box
2335Tree Incident—Letters of Support1973-1974request_box
2336Tree Incident—News Clippings1974request_box
2337Tree Incident—Notes1974request_box
2338Tree Incident—Photographs1974request_box
2339Tree Incident—Post-hearing1974request_box
2340Tree Incident—Pre-hearing1974request_box
2341Tree Incident—Probable Cause hearing1974request_box
2342Tree Incident—Probation1975request_box
2343Tree Incident—Save the Trees Petition1974request_box
2344Tree Incident—Tree Information1974request_box
2345Tree Incident—"Tree Story"1974request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
241Wedding (ASO and JHO)undated, 2013request_box
242World's Fair1963request_box

Subseries E: Travel, undated, 1949-1989

English.
Boxes 24-25, 58.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This series includes photographs, notes, correspondence, brochures, and artifacts documenting ASO’s travels.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
243Alaska1949request_box
244Alaska1950request_box
245Alaska1950request_box
246Bermuda and Nassau1957request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
58Candy Tin from Russiaundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
247Concord, Mass.1953request_box
248Europe1953request_box
249Europe—Postcards1953request_box
2410Germany1984request_box
2411Germany1985request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
251Israel/Egypt1989request_box
252Israel/Egypt—Photographs1989request_box
253Israel/Europe1970request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
58Mosaic Tiles from Israelundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
254West Indies1948request_box
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Series III: Professional Work, undated, 1956-2014

English.
Boxes 26-32, 58.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes reports, brochures, project files, correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, and photographs that document ASO’s professional work as a chemist and entrepreneur. Included are documents related to ASO’s work at Tracerlab and Allied Research Associates, the founding and running of his own company Moleculon Research Corporation and its spinoff Moleculon, Inc., as well as businesses he was involved in later in life, including Fiberspar and Zerostage Capital. Some folders are restricted.

Subseries A: Allied Research Associates, undated, 1958-1969

English.
Box 26.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains reports, brochures, correspondence, notes, and news clippings that document ASO’s time working as manager of the Physical Sciences Division and Chemistry Department at Allied Research Associates, a research and development firm in Boston, from 1959-1961.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
261Annual Reports1958, 1968-1969request_box
262Brochurescirca 1960request_box
263Hiring1958-1959request_box
264News Clippings1959-1960request_box
265Notes and Correspondence1958-1960request_box
266Qualifications1960request_box
267"Selected Qualification Presented to MRC"1961request_box

Subseries B: Fiberspar, undated, 1991-2009

English.
Box 26.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence, meeting minutes, brochures, and news clippings related to Fiberspar, a company specializing in composite tubing, which had a variety of practical applications ranging from sailboarding to the oil and gas industry. ASO was a member of the Board of Directors.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
268Articlesundated, 1993-2002request_box
269Board Correspondence and Activities1992request_box
2610Board Correspondence and Activities1993request_box
2611Board Correspondence and Activities1994request_box
2612Board Correspondence and Activities1995request_box
2613Board Correspondence and Activities1996-1999request_box
2614Board Correspondence and Activities2000request_box
2615Board Correspondence and Activities2001request_box
2616Board Correspondence and Activities2002request_box
2617Board Correspondence and Activities2003request_box
2618Board Correspondence and Activities2005request_box
2619Board Correspondence and Activities2006request_box
2620Board Correspondence and Activities2007request_box
2621Board Correspondence and Activities2008request_box
2622Board Correspondence and Activities2009request_box
2623Governanceundated, 1991request_box
2624Promotional Materialsundatedrequest_box

Subseries C: Moleculon Research Corporation, undated, 1961-2014

English.
Boxes 26-30.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, legal documents, news clippings, memos, project files, reports, and patents documenting ASO’s founding and subsequent operation of Moleculon Research Corporation. Project files detail MRC’s developments, including Poroplastic, a color change indicator, and the synthesis of tetrabenzimadole (TBI). Of particular interest may be the legal battle surrounding the cube puzzle developed by MRC research scientist Larry Nichols in 1969. Patented in 1972, MRC sued Ideal Toy Corporation, manufacturer of the well-known Rubik’s Cube, for patent infringement. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2625Agreements1976request_box
2626Board of Directors Correspondence and Meetings1961-1974request_box
2627Board of Directors Correspondence and Meetings1968-1971request_box
2628Board of Directors Correspondence and Meetings1972-1974request_box
2629Board of Directors Correspondence and Meetings1975-1977request_box
2630Board of Directors Correspondence and Meetings1975-1977request_box
2631Board of Directors Correspondence and Meetings1983-1985request_box
2632Brochuresundatedrequest_box
2633Company Parties1965-1975request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
271Conference Sponsorship1970request_box
272Contract Files1972-1973request_box
273Corporate Minutebook1960-1966request_box
274Corporate Minutebook1960-1966request_box
275Corporate Minutebook1967-1978request_box
276Corporate Minutebook1967-1978request_box
277Correspondence—Avery, Henry1981-1982request_box
278Correspondence—Gruber, William H.1971-1977request_box
279Correspondence—Lang, Eugene1978-1980request_box
2710Correspondence—Langer, Robert1976-1982request_box
2711Correspondence—Lauenstein, Milton1976-1982request_box
2712Correspondence—Stevens, George1981-1982request_box
2713Correspondence—Stice, Dan1967-1987request_box
2714Department of Defense Security1983-1986request_box
2715Financial Correspondence1971-1981request_box
2716Financial Statements1969-1979request_box
2717Financials—Miscellaneous1961-1982request_box
2718Government R&D Funds1977-1981request_box
2719Harvard Business School Case Study1976request_box
2720High Voltage Engineering [restricted]1971request_box
2721Holiday Cards1962-1979request_box
2722Internet Sales Representative Company Proposal1996request_box
2723Legal Correspondence1961-1987request_box
2724MIT Case Study1981request_box
2725Name Change1986request_box
2726News Clippings1967-1982request_box
2727Nichols, Larry Memos1988request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
58Office Signundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2728Photographs1960s-1980srequest_box
2729Photographs1960s-1980srequest_box
2730Press Releasesundated, 1966-1973request_box
2731Projects—Automated Branch Banks1969-1970request_box
2732Projects—Chewing Gum1975-1978request_box
2733Projects—Color Change Indicator—Aerospace Composite Industry Applications1985request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
281Projects—Color Change Indicator—Assignment to Moleculon1985request_box
282Projects—Color Change Indicator—Consultants and Agents1984-1993request_box
283Projects—Color Change Indicator—Development [restricted]1984request_box
284Projects—Color Change Indicator—Fabrication1990request_box
285Projects—Color Change Indicator—Hogan, Ed1990-1995request_box
286Projects—Color Change Indicator—Marketing Evaluation1983-1984request_box
287Projects—Color Change Indicator—Notes (Larry Nichols)1977-1984request_box
288Projects—Color Change Indicator—Patent1986request_box
289Projects—Color Change Indicator—Patent—Application1986request_box
2810Projects—Color Change Indicator—Patent—Foreign Filings1985-1995request_box
2811Projects—Color Change Indicator—Patent Disclosure1991request_box
2812Projects—Color Change Indicator—SC Johnson1998-2001request_box
2813Projects—Color Change Indicator—Student Interns1990request_box
2814Projects—Cube Puzzle—General1967-1984request_box
2815Projects—Cube Puzzle—Lawsuit1984request_box
2816Projects—Cube Puzzle—News Clippings1984-1989request_box
2817Projects—Cube Puzzle—Patent1972request_box
2818Projects—Cube Puzzle—Patent Disclosure1981-1984request_box
2819Projects—Cube Puzzle and Other Games1984request_box
2820Projects—Kerr Cells1962-1965request_box
2821Projects—Miscellaneous Patents1969-1982request_box
2822Projects—Miscellaneous Patent Disclosures1968-1978request_box
2823Projects—Miscellaneous Reports1961-1984request_box
2824Projects—Nuclear Testing—Atomic Energy Commission1968request_box
2825Projects—Nuclear Testing—Participation Certificates1962-1970request_box
2826Projects—Nuclear Testing—Photographs1960srequest_box
2827Projects—Nuclear Testing—Project Marshmallow1975request_box
2828Projects—Phase Growth1986request_box
2829Projects—Poroplastic—Controlled Release1976-1984request_box
2830Projects—Poroplastic—Correspondence1975-1979request_box
2831Projects—Poroplastic—Electrical Insulation1977request_box
2832Projects—Poroplastic—Hydrometallurgical Processing1978-1982request_box
2833Projects—Poroplastic—Hydrometallurgical Processing1979-1980request_box
2834Projects—Poroplastic—Introductory Press Conference1974request_box
2835Projects—Poroplastic—"Liqui-Powder Related Items for Delivery to Arthur S. Obermayer"1989request_box
2836Projects—Poroplastic—Market Plan1974request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
291Projects—Poroplastic—Membrane Seperation1980-1983request_box
292Projects—Poroplastic—Membrane Seperation1981request_box
293Projects—Poroplastic—News Clippings1974-1977request_box
294Projects—Poroplastic—"Poroplastic Related Items for Delivery to Arthur S. Obermayer" [1 of 3]1989request_box
295Projects—Poroplastic—"Poroplastic Related Items for Delivery to Arthur S. Obermayer" [2 of 3]1989request_box
296Projects—Poroplastic—"Poroplastic Related Items for Delivery to Arthur S. Obermayer" [3 of 3]1989request_box
297Projects—Poroplastic—Promotional Materialscirca 1970srequest_box
298Projects—Poroplastic—Shrink Film1973-1974request_box
299Projects—Poroplastic—Shrink Film—Patent—Foreign Filings1977-1986request_box
2910Projects—Poroplastic—Technical Procedures1979request_box
2911Projects—Poroplastic—Toxic Vapor Monitoring Badges—Assignment to MRC1980request_box
2912Projects—Poroplastic—Toxic Vapor Monitoring Badges—Generalcirca 1970s-1980srequest_box
2913Projects—Poroplastic—Toxic Vapor Monitoring Badges—Patents (Canadian)1980-1982request_box
2914Projects—Poroplastic—Toxic Vapor Monitoring Badges—Patents (US)1979-1989request_box
2915Projects—Poroplastic—Toxic Vapor Monitoring Badges—Reports1978-1982request_box
2916Projects—Poroplastic—Toxic Vapor Monitoring Badges—Reports1978-1982request_box
2917Projects—Poroplastic—Transdermal Drug Delivery1982-1992request_box
2918Projects—Poroplastic—Transdermal Drug Delivery—Patent Disclosures1985-1986request_box
2919Projects—Poroplastic—Wound Dressings1982-1988request_box
2920Projects—Poroplastic—Wound Dressings1982-1988request_box
2921Projects—Potholes1971-1974request_box
2922Projects—Project Selection1984-1986request_box
2923Projects—TBI—Brandeis1982-1990request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
301Projects—TBI—Literature1982-1984request_box
302Projects—TBI—Miscellaneous1964-1990request_box
303Projects—TBI—MIT1986-1988request_box
304Projects—TBI—Patent1969request_box
305Projects—TBI—Patent1993request_box
306Projects—TBI—Patent—Application1989-1992request_box
307Projects—TBI—Progress Reports1984request_box
308Projects—TBI—Project File1983request_box
309Projects—TBI—"Proposal for the Synthesis of Cyclo-tetrabenzimidazole"2014request_box
3010Projects—TBI—Proposals1967-1968request_box
3011Projects—TBI—Reports1984request_box
3012Projects—TBI—Reports1963-1964request_box
3013Projects—TBI—Research1967-1968request_box
3014Projects—TBI—Research1967-1968request_box
3015Projects—TBI—Research1984request_box
3016Projects—TBI—Technical Reports1984request_box
3017Projects—Trifluorostyrene1964-1969, 1994-1996request_box
3018Proposal to the Experimental Technology Incentives Program at the National Bureau of Standards1973request_box
3019Publications by MRC Researchersundated, 1968-1972request_box
3020Research and Planning, Inc. [restricted]1982-1983request_box
3021Staff Outings1965-1985request_box
3022Stock Options1965-1975request_box
3023Summary of Patents, Trademarks, and Applications1979-1984request_box
3024Technology Realty Trust1968-1981request_box
3025Trademark Registration1966-1992request_box

Subseries D: Moleculon, Inc., undated, 1981-1994

English.
Boxes 30-32, 58.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes reports, business records, meeting minutes, news clippings, and project files related to Moleculon, Inc., a spinoff and independent operating subsidiary of MRC specializing in controlled-release drug delivery products. Because of the close relationship between MRC and Moleculon, Inc., some of the documents may overlap between this subseries and the previous subseries. Included are project reports for their controlled-release developments, documents detailing licensing and other agreements with MRC, and materials related to their 1988 sale to F.H. Faulding & Co. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3026Account Listings1988request_box
3027Annual Reports1984-1988request_box
3028Annual Reports1989-1993request_box
3029Board of Directors Correspondence and Meetings1986-1988request_box
3030Business Planundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
311Business Plan [restricted]1986request_box
312Business Plan [restricted]1988request_box
313Financial Statements1982-1983request_box
314Legal Correspondence [restricted]1987-1989request_box
315Miscellaneous1988-1994request_box
316News Clippings1983-1992request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
58News Clippings—Plaque1986request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
317Newsletters1988request_box
318Organizational Chartsundated, 1988request_box
319Outline of MRC Contributionsundatedrequest_box
3110Press Releases1991-1993request_box
3111Public Offering [restricted]1983request_box
3112Relationship with MRC1981-1991request_box
3113Relationship with MRC [restricted]1982-1991request_box
3114Relationship with MRC—License Agreements1985-1989request_box
3115Relationship with MRC—Stock Sale, Termination, and Relocation Agreements1988request_box
3116Sale to Faulding [restricted]1988-1989request_box
3117Security and Exchange Commission Reports1986-1988request_box
3118Stock Purchase and Stockholders' Agreement1987request_box
3119Stocks1988-1994request_box
3120Weekly Project Reports1985request_box
3121Weekly Project Reports1985request_box
3122Weekly Project Reports1985request_box
3123Weekly Project Reports1985request_box
3124Weekly Project Reports1985request_box
3125Weekly Project Reports1985request_box
3126Weekly Project Reports1985request_box
3127Weekly Project Reports1985request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
321Weekly Project Reports1985request_box
322Weekly Project Reports1986request_box
323Weekly Project Reports1986request_box
324Weekly Project Reports1986request_box
325Weekly Project Reports1986request_box
326Weekly Project Reports1986request_box
327Weekly Project Reports1987request_box

Subseries E: Tracerlab, undated, 1956-1959

English.
Box 32.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains reports, brochures, news clippings, and newsletters documenting ASO’s time at Tracerlab, an organization specializing in nucleonics services and instrumentation, where he worked as a group leader and senior scientist from 1956-1959. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
328Annual Reports1956-1960request_box
329Brochuresundatedrequest_box
3210Company Progress Reports [restricted]1957-1959request_box
3211Conference on Standards and Measurements on Radioactivity1957request_box
3212Correspondence1956-1960request_box
3213Move to Waltham1957request_box
3214News Clippings1956-1958request_box
3215Newsletters1956request_box
3216Parties1957-1958request_box
3217Radioisotope Training Course1956request_box

Subseries F: Zerostage Capital, undated, 1981-1984

English.
Box 32.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes bylaws, news clippings, correspondence, and brochures related to Zero State Capital, a venture capital firm focusing on innovative technology-based businesses, on which ASO served on the Board of Directors.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3218Governance1981request_box
3219Miscellaneousundated, 1981request_box
3220Seed Fund Associates1982-1984request_box
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Series IV: Politics and Government, undated, 1957-2014

English, Hebrew, and Russian.
Boxes 33-43, 59OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes brochures, correspondence, photographs, news clippings, notes, reports, testimony, and legislative documents related to ASO’s involvement in local, state, national, and international politics. Materials cover campaigns he supported and for which he volunteered, his efforts to encourage economic conversion and to establish the SBIR Program, and his work on the Governor’s Management Task Force. Included throughout the series is correspondence with notable Massachusetts politicians, including Governor Michael Dukakis, Representative Barney Frank, and Senator Ted Kennedy. Some folders are restricted.

Subseries A: Campaigns, undated, 1962-2009

English.
Boxes 33-36, 59OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains brochures, correspondence, photographs, financial documents, news clippings, ephemera, and notes documenting ASO’s work on various political campaigns, ranging from presidential campaigns to campaigns for local aldermen. Of note are the materials detailing ASO’s involvement with the McGovern for President campaign in 1972, for which he helped draft McGovern’s science and technology policies, as well as the documents detailing ASO’s work with the Drinan for Congress campaign, for which ASO served as treasurer. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
331Bradley (Joseph G.) for Congress1968request_box
332Buckley (John) for Sheriff1974request_box
333Carmen (Bill) for Mayorundated, 1970-1971request_box
334Clinton (Bill) for President1992-1993request_box
335Clinton (Bill) for President—Inauguration1997request_box
336Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Addresses and Reports by Drinan1969-1970request_box
337Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Budgets1970-1974request_box
338Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Campaign Promotional Materials1970request_box
339Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Contributions1970request_box
3310Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Contributions1970request_box
3311Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Contributions [restricted]1970request_box
3312Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Contributions—Analysis1970request_box
3313Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Contributions—Non-monetary1970request_box
3314Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Drinan and Obermayer Correspondence1970request_box
3315Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Finance Committee1970request_box
3316Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Financial Ledger1970request_box
3317Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Financial Statements1970request_box
3318Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Fundraising1970request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
341Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Miscellaneous1970-1974request_box
342Drinan (Robert) for Congress—News Clippings1970request_box
343Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Opponents1970request_box
344Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Position Papers1970request_box
345Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Primary Day Materials1970request_box
346Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Speech at Newton Memorial for Father Drinan2007request_box
347Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Staff1970request_box
348Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Treasurer Materials1970request_box
349Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Volunteer Materials1970request_box
3410Drinan (Robert) for Congress—Voting Statistics1962-1970request_box
3411Dukakis (Michael) for Governor1974request_box
3412Dukakis (Michael) for President—General1987-1988request_box
3413Dukakis (Michael) for President—News Clippings1987-1988request_box
3414Kennedy (Robert F.) for President1968request_box
3415Kennedy (Ted) for Senate1976-2005request_box
3416Kerry (John) for President2004request_box
3417Malec (Michael) for Alderman-at-Large1970request_box
3418McCarthy (Eugene) for President1967-1968request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
59OS7McCarthy (Eugene) for President—Scientists and Engineers for McCarthy1967request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3419McGovern (George) for President—Address to Association of Technical Professionals1972request_box
3420McGovern (George) for President—Campaign Statements1972request_box
3421McGovern (George) for President—Correspondence1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
351McGovern (George) for President—Democratic National Convention1972request_box
352McGovern (George) for President—Editorial Committeerequest_box
353McGovern (George) for President—Ephemeraundatedrequest_box
354McGovern (George) for President—"Full Employment for an America at Peace: An Alternative National Defense and Economic Posture"1972request_box
355McGovern (George) for President—Massachusetts Caucus1972request_box
356McGovern (George) for President—McGovern Committee for Peacetime Jobs1972request_box
357McGovern (George) for President—McGovern National Panel on Security1972request_box
358McGovern (George) for President—News Clippings1972request_box
359McGovern (George) for President—Policy on Israel1972request_box
3510McGovern (George) for President—Policy on Science and Technology1972request_box
3511McGovern (George) for President—Policy on Space1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
361McGovern (George) for President—Promotional Materials1972request_box
362McGovern (George) for President—SANE: A Citizens' Organization for a Sane World1972request_box
363McGovern (George) for President—Scientists for George McGovern1972request_box
364McGovern (George) for President—"Technology and Science in America at Peace"request_box
365McGovern (George) for President—"Toward a More Secure America: An Alternative National Defense Posture"1972request_box
366Miscellaneous Local and State Campaigns1968-1974request_box
367Muskie (Edmund) for President1972request_box
368Obama (Barack) for President—Inauguration2008-2009request_box
369Obama (Barack) for President—Jews for Obama2009request_box
3610Patterson (Helen) for State Senate1968request_box
3611Stevens (Harry) for Congress1968request_box

Subseries B: Economic Conversion, 1970-1999

English.
Box 37.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes news clippings, reports, and testimony related to ASO’s efforts to encourage economic conversion. It includes reports of congressional hearings, as well as transcripts of ASO’s own testimony, on the matter.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
371Congressional Hearings1970-1971request_box
372Congressional Testimony1970-1971request_box
373Drinan Committee on Economic Conversion1970-1971request_box
374Miscellaneous1971request_box
375News Clippings1990request_box
376Presentations and Conferences1970-1971request_box

Subseries C: Governor's Management Task Force, 1975-1978

English.
Box 37, 59OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains certificates, correspondence, reports, news clippings, meeting minutes, and photographs related to ASO’s work on the Board of the Governor’s Management Task Force, which was convened to review Massachusetts’ governmental operations and to recommend ways to improve these operations to make the state government more efficient and effective.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
59OS8Certificate of Appreciation1978request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
377Correspondence1976-1977request_box
378Findings1976request_box
379Implementation Reviews1976-1978request_box
3710Incorporation1975request_box
3711Management Resources Committee1975request_box
3712Photographs1976request_box
3713Preliminary Findings and Program Prospectus1975request_box
3714Press Releases and News Clippings1975request_box

Subseries D: Israel/Middle East, 1987-1994

English and Hebrew.
Box 38.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, news clippings, and notes relating to ASO’s dealings with Israeli and Middle East policy. It includes correspondence with prominent politicians including Representative Barney Frank and Senator Ted Kennedy. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
381Articles and News Clippings1989-1991request_box
382Correspondence—Eytan, Walter1989request_box
383Correspondence—Fisher, Roger1989-1990request_box
384Correspondence—Frank, Barney [restricted]1989request_box
385Correspondence—Kennedy, Joseph P.1990request_box
386Correspondence—Kennedy, Senator Ted1989-1990request_box
387Correspondence—Miscellaneous1989request_box
388Correspondence—Perlsweig, Leon1989-1991request_box
389Miscellaneous1990-1994request_box
3810Op-eds1989-1994request_box
3811Psychology1987-1990request_box

Subseries E: Miscellaneous, undated, 1957-2008

English.
Boxes 38-39.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes news clippings, correspondence, notes, and flyers documenting ASO’s involvement in a variety of political activities. Of note are materials documenting his anti-Vietnam war activism, op-eds he wrote for a number of newspapers, and correspondence with politicians such as Governor Michael Dukakis, Senator Ted Kennedy, and Representative Barney Frank.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
38121968 Democratic National Convention1968request_box
38131968 Democratic National Convention—News Clippings1968request_box
38141970 Democratic State Convention1970request_box
3815Americans for Democratic Action1970-1974request_box
3816Business Executives Move for Vietnam Peace1970-1971request_box
3817Business Executives Move for Vietnam Peace—Newsletters1969-1971request_box
3818Citizens for Participation Politics1970, 1994request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
391Comprehensive Employment and Training Act/On-the-job Training1976request_box
392Conference for New Political Action1968request_box
393Congressional Testimony on Office of Water Research and Technology1981-1982request_box
394Correspondence—Dukakis, Michael1974-1975request_box
395Correspondence—Dwight, Donald1972request_box
396Correspondence—Frank, Barney1989-2002request_box
397Correspondence—Kerry, John1989-1990request_box
398Massachusetts Political Action for Peace (Mass. PAX)1969request_box
399Massachusetts State House Conference on Small Business1987-1988request_box
3910Massachusetts Task Force on Capital Formation for Economic Development New Enterprise Working Group1976request_box
3911Miscellaneous Notesundated, 1979request_box
3912News Clippings—McCarthyism1957request_box
3913Newton Coalition for New Politics1969-1974request_box
3914Newton Taxpayers' Association1968request_box
3915Office of Technology Assessment1972-1977request_box
3916Op-ed—Bosnian War1995request_box
3917Op-ed—Increasing International Trade Starts at Home1990request_box
3918Op-ed—The New Face of War2008request_box
3919Peace Corps2006-2008request_box
3920Scientists for Social and Political Action1969request_box
3921State Manpower Planning Council1972request_box
3922Vietnam War1968-1969request_box

Subseries F: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, undated, 1970-2014

English.
Boxes 39-41.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This series contains conference materials, legislative documents, correspondence, news clippings, and photographs detailing ASO’s years of work in helping organize the SBIR Program. Of note may be the transcripts of ASO’s congressional testimony on the topic, as well as materials documenting ASO’s work with Senators Ed Brooke and Ted Kennedy in successfully getting the SBIR bill passed. To read about ASO’s efforts in his own words, see his piece titled “Origins of the Small Business Innovation Research Program.”

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3923A Bill to amend the National Science Foundation Act of 19501973request_box
3924A Bill to provide for a White House Conference on Small Business1984request_box
3925Capital Gains Reduction, Small Business, and Job Creation1980request_box
3926Conference on Technological Innovation: Government-Industry Relations1978request_box
391Congressional Testimony1971-1973request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
402Congressional Testimony1978-1979request_box
403Congressional Testimony1980-1982request_box
404Correspondence—Eskesen, Ann2002-2004request_box
405Correspondence—Luberoff, Benjamin/CHEMTECH1979-1981request_box
406Correspondence—Miscellaneous1971-1982request_box
407Correspondence—Mottur, Ellis1970-1980request_box
408Correspondence—Stewart, Milton D.1977-1981request_box
409Grantees Meeting1982request_box
4010Hearings Before the Select Committee on Small Business on S. 1860 Small Business Innovation Act of 19791979request_box
4011Massachusetts Recipients Meetings1978request_box
4012Meetings of the Committee on Small Business with Members of the Committee's National Advisory Council1981-1984request_box
4013National Council for Small Business Innovation1980request_box
4014National Institute of Health-SBIR Technical Evaluation Group1993request_box
4015National Science Foundation Experimental R&D Incentive Program1973request_box
4016News Clippings1971-2004request_box
4017"Origins of the Small Business Innovation Research Program"undated, 2003request_box
4018Patent Fee Regulation1980-1981request_box
4019Photographs1980-1998request_box
4020Presentations on Government Innovation and R&D1971-1979request_box
4021Research Applied to National Needs (RANN) Program1973-1976request_box
4022Small Business Development Centers1977-1978request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
411Small Business Innovation Development Act of 19811981-1982request_box
412Statement on Public Law 91-126, Section 4081970request_box
413White House Conference on Small Business1980request_box
414Work with Senator Edward W. Brooke1978-1979request_box
415Work with Senator Ted Kennedy1970-2014request_box

Subseries G: Soviet Union, undated, 1984-1995

English and Russian.
Boxes 41-43.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes news clippings and legislative documents documenting the dissolution of the Soviet Union and its aftermath, as well as the legislation that was passed in the US regarding the Soviet Union/Russia. The extensive news clipping collection mostly includes clippings from the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Wall Street Journal.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
416Articles1988-1994request_box
417Legislation—Congressional Record1991-1992request_box
418Legislation—Congressional Reports1992request_box
419Legislation—FREEDOM Support Act of 19921992request_box
4110Legislation—Miscellaneous Bills and Resolutions1991-1992request_box
4111Legislation—Summary1992request_box
4112News Clippings1984-1989request_box
4113News Clippings1990request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
421News Clippings1990request_box
422News Clippingsundated, 1990-1995request_box
423News Clippings1992request_box
424News Clippings1992request_box
425News Clippings1993request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
431News Clippings1993request_box
432News Clippings1994request_box
433News Clippings1995request_box
434News Clippings—Eastern Europe1991-1993request_box
435News Clippings—Soviet Jewry1985-1988request_box
436Op-ed—"Off We Go into the Wild Free Market"1991request_box
437Op-ed—"Russian TV: An Unexploited Opportunity"1992request_box
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Series V: Obermayer Foundation, undated, 1989-2016

English and German.
Boxes 44-48.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This series includes news clippings, correspondence, lists, meeting minutes, brochures, financial documents, awards, and photographs documenting the activities of the Obermayer Foundation. Specifically included are editions of the American Editorial Review, and materials related to the planning, history, and opening of the Jewish Museum in Creglingen, Germany; the planning, nominations, and awards processes of the annual German Jewish History Awards; information about the pro bono work the Foundation provides to non-profit organizations in helping them devise internet strategies; and its involvement in JewishGen, particularly as a leader of the German Jewish Special Interest Group (GerSIG).

Subseries A: American Editorial Review, undated, 1989-2011

English.
Boxes 44-45.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries mainly consists of editions of the American Editorial Review, as well as correspondence and mailing lists related to its publication.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
441Correspondence1989request_box
442Correspondence1989-1991request_box
443Correspondence1990-1992request_box
444Correspondence1992request_box
445Correspondence1994-1995request_box
446Correspondence1996-1997request_box
447Correspondence1997-2000request_box
448Editions 1-71989request_box
449Editions 8-301990request_box
4410Editions 31-401990-1991request_box
4411Editions 41-511991request_box
4412Editions 52-601992request_box
4413Editions 61-671992request_box
4414Editions 68-731992-1993request_box
4415Editions 74-831993request_box
4416Editions 84-931994request_box
4417Editions 94-1011994request_box
4418Editions 102-1081995request_box
4419Editions 109-1191995request_box
4420Editions 120-1311996request_box
4421Editions 132-1391996request_box
4422Editions 140-1491997request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
451Editions 150-1581997request_box
452Editions 159- 1651998request_box
453Editions 166-1711998request_box
454Editions 172-1761999request_box
455Editions 177-1811999request_box
456Editions 182-1852000request_box
457Editions 186-1892000request_box
458Lists of Articles2002request_box
459Lists of Articles2003request_box
4510Lists of Articles2004request_box
4511Lists of Articles2005-2007request_box
4512Mailing Lists1989-1995request_box
4513Miscellaneousundatedrequest_box
4514Miscellaneous1989-1994request_box
4515Miscellaneous1990-2011request_box

Subseries B: Creglingen Jewish Museum, undated, 1996-2007

English and German.
Boxes 45-46.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, brochures, meeting minutes, news clippings, and photographs documenting the planning and opening of the Creglingen Jewish Museum. Of interest may be the article written by ASO, titled “How Authentication of a Story Led to Building a Museum,” which describes the journey behind ASO’s decision to build a museum in the town.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4516Board Meetings1999-2003request_box
4517Brochuresundated, 2002request_box
4518Correspondence—Adams, Myrah2001-2006request_box
4519Correspondence—Behr, Hartwig1996-2002request_box
4520Correspondence—Heuwinkel, Martin and Claudia1999-2006request_box
4521Correspondence—Holzwarth, Hartmut1998-1999request_box
4522Correspondence—Holzwarth, Hartmut2000-2007request_box
4523Correspondence—Miscellaneous1999-2007request_box
4524Correspondence—Miscellaneous (with Germans)1998-2005request_box
4525Correspondence—Naser, Gerhard1999-2001request_box
4526Creglingen Jewish Museum Foundation (Stiftung Jüdisches Museum Creglingen)undated request_box
4527Dedication2000request_box
4528Events2008-2013request_box
4529Finances2002-2004request_box
4530Fundraising1999-2006request_box
4531"How Authentication of a Story Led to Building a Museum"2000request_box
4532Ideas1999-2001request_box
4533Ideas from Other Museums1999-2001request_box
4534Jewish Creglingen Researchundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
461Legal Documents1999-2000request_box
462Loan from Congregation Rodeph Shalom2004request_box
463Miscellaneous1998-2001request_box
464News Clippings2000-2001request_box
465News Clippings1999-2008request_box
466Permanent Exhibit Opening2004request_box
467Photographsundatedrequest_box
468Planning and Designundated, 1999-2001request_box
469Rupp, Horst2000request_box
4610Rupp, Horst2000request_box
4611Website2002-2006request_box

Subseries C: German Jewish History Awards, undated, 1997-2016

English and German.
Boxes 46-48.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence, news clippings, awards, planning materials, photographs, budgets, and press releases related to the annual German Jewish History Awards. It includes nomination packets with news clippings and other materials describing each nominee's work in preserving German Jewish history and culture, the selection process, and brochures, photographs, and tribute books for the awards ceremony taking place at the Abgeordnetenhaus in Berlin each year.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4612Awards 2000—Awardees2000request_box
4613Awards 2000—Budgets2000-2001request_box
4614Awards 2000—Ceremony2000request_box
4615Awards 2000—Certificates of Commendation2000request_box
4616Awards 2000—News Clippings2000request_box
4617Awards 2000—Nominations2000request_box
4618Awards 2000—Planning2000request_box
4619Awards 2002—Awardees2001-2002request_box
4620Awards 2002—Certificates of Commendation2002request_box
4621Awards 2002—Correspondence2001-2002request_box
4622Awards 2002—News Clippings2002request_box
4623Awards 2002—Nominations2001-2002request_box
4624Awards 2002—Photographs2002request_box
4625Awards 2002—Planning2001-2002request_box
4626Awards 2002—Public Relations2002request_box
4627Awards 2003—Awardees2002-2003request_box
4628Awards 2003—Ceremony2003request_box
4629Awards 2003—Correspondence2002-2007request_box
4630Awards 2003—News Clippings2003request_box
4631Awards 2003—Nominations2002-2003request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
471Awards 2003—Nominations2002-2003request_box
472Awards 2003—Public Relations2002-2003request_box
473Awards 2004—Awardees2003-2004request_box
474Awards 2004—Ceremony2004request_box
475Awards 2004—Correspondence2003-2005request_box
476Awards 2004—News Clippings2004request_box
477Awards 2004—Nominations2003-2004request_box
478Awards 2004—Planning2003-2004request_box
479Awards 2004—Public Relations2003-2004request_box
4710Awards 2005—Awardees2004-2005request_box
4711Awards 2005—Ceremony2005request_box
4712Awards 2005—Correspondence2004-2007request_box
4713Awards 2005—News Clippings2005request_box
4714Awards 2005—Nominations2004-2005request_box
4715Awards 2005—Nominations2004-2005request_box
4716Awards 2005—Planning2004-2008request_box
4717Awards 2006—Awardees2005-2006request_box
4718Awards 2006—Ceremony2006request_box
4719Awards 2006—Correspondence2005-2007request_box
4720Awards 2006—News Clippings2006request_box
4721Awards 2006—Nominations2005-2006request_box
4722Awards 2006—Nominations2005-2006request_box
4723Awards 2006—Planning2005-2006request_box
4724Awards 2007—Awardees2006-2007request_box
4725Awards 2007—Ceremony2007request_box
4726Awards 2007—Correspondence2006-2007request_box
4727Awards 2007—Nominations2006-2007request_box
4728Awards 2007—Nominations2006-2007request_box
4729Awards 2007—Planning2006-2007request_box
4730Awards 2007—Public Relations2006-2007request_box
4731Awards 2008—Awardees2007-2008request_box
4732Awards 2008—Ceremony2007-2008request_box
4733Awards 2008—Correspondence2007-2008request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
481Awards 2008—Nominations2007-2008request_box
482Awards 2008—Nominations2007-2008request_box
483Awards 2008—Planning2007-2008request_box
484Awards 2008—Public Relations2008request_box
485Awards 2009—Awardees2008-2009request_box
486Awards 2009—Ceremony2009request_box
487Awards 2009—Corresponence2008-2009request_box
488Awards 2009—Nominations2008-2009request_box
489Awards 2009—Public Relations2009request_box
4810Awards 2010—Awardees2009-2010request_box
4811Awards 2010—Ceremony2010request_box
4812Awards 2010—Correspondence2009-2010request_box
4813Awards 2010—Nominations2009-2010request_box
4814Awards 2010—Planning2009-2010request_box
4815Awards 20152015request_box
4816Awards 20162016request_box
4817Correspondence—Cramer, Ernest2000-2003request_box
4818Miscellaneous Photographsundatedrequest_box
4819Planning—Budgets and Costs1999-2000request_box
4820Planning—Correspondence2000request_box
4821Planning—Correspondence1997-1999request_box
4822Planning—Correspondence1998-1999request_box
4823Planning—Translation1999-2000request_box

Subseries D: Internet Consulting, 1995-2000

English.
Box 48.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains news clippings, correspondence, and presentation materials related to the Obermayer Foundation’s work in helping non-profit organizations develop internet strategies and construct websites at a time when the internet was in its early stages.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4824American Jewish Historical Society1995-1997request_box
4825"Community Building on the Internet"1996-1999request_box
4826Democratic National Committee1996request_box
4827Miscellaneous1996request_box
4828News Clippings1994-1997request_box
4829Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS)1996-1997request_box
4830Presentations1995-1996request_box
4831Technology Mediation Services1999-2000request_box

Subseries E: JewishGen, 1997-2011

English and German.
Box 48.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence, meeting minutes, conference materials, and bylaws describing the Obermayer Foundation and ASO’s contributions to JewishGen. Of note is his work in establishing the German Jewish Special Interest Group (GerSIG).

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4832Contributions1997-1998request_box
4833Financials1997-2001request_box
4834GerSIG1998-2006request_box
4835GerSIG—Correspondence1997-2000request_box
4836IAGJS Conferences2009-2011request_box
4837Organization and Governance1998-1999request_box
4838Resignation1999request_box
4839SIGs1998-1999request_box
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Series VI: Organizations: Jewish and Israeli, 1986-2014

English and Hebrew.
Boxes 48-50.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This series includes correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, financial documents, bylaws, notes, and brochures detailing ASO’s involvement in numerous international, national and local Jewish and Israeli organizations. Included are documents related to his work on the Board of Directors of AJHS, AFRFI-HEMDAT-ARFR, InterfaithFamily.com, and the New Israel Fund. Other documents relate to his involvement in the AJC German-Jewish Dialogue Group and various other organizations promoting Jewish and Israeli causes, including the Center for Jewish History, Hebrew Union College, and the Boston Progressive Jewish Leaders Group.

Subseries A: American Friends for Religious Freedom in Israel (ARFRI-HEMDAT-ARFR), 1995-2010

English.
Boxes 48-49.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains reports, bylaws, and financial documents related to ASO’s contributions to AFRFRI-HEMDAT-ARFR, an organization founded in 1995 to promote religious freedom, tolerance, and pluralism in Israel. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4840Annual Reports2005-2009request_box
4841Articles of Incorporation1995request_box
4842Bylaws1996request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
491Dissolution2009-2010request_box
492Miscellaneous1996-2007request_box
493Taxes [restricted]2005request_box
494Taxes [restricted]2006request_box
495Taxes [restricted]2007request_box
496Taxes [restricted]2008request_box
497Taxes [restricted]2009request_box

Subseries B: America Jewish Committee (AJC) German-Jewish Dialogue Group, 1999-2006

English.
Box 49.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence and news clippings documenting meetings of the AJC’s German-Jewish Dialogue Group, a group that met to discuss German-Jewish issues, of which ASO and JSO were active members.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
498Meetings and Readings1999request_box
499Meetings and Readings2000request_box
4910Meetings and Readings2001request_box
4911Meetings and Readings2002request_box
4912Meetings and Readings2003request_box
4913Meetings and Readings2005-2006request_box

Subseries C: American Jewish Historical Society, 1986-2012

English.
Box 49.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes meeting minutes, correspondence, and notes describing ASO’s work as a Board member of AJHS and a member of the Board of Overseers of AJHS’s Boston archives. Of interest is ASO’s work in reaching an agreement between the Center for Jewish History (home to AJHS in New York) and the Mormon Church for the use of the Church’s genealogical records.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4914Boston Board of Overseers2005-2012request_box
4915Miscellaneous Notes and Correspondence1986-2001request_box
4916Mormon Church Genealogical Records Cooperation1998-1999request_box

Subseries D: InterfaithFamily.com, 2001-2009

English.
Boxes 49-50.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains meeting minutes, business plans, reports, presentations, and notes relating to ASO’s efforts as a Board member of InterfaithFamily.com, a web resource promoting Jewish life and identity to interfaith families. ASO was particularly involved in increasing InterfaithFamily.com’s social media and internet presence.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4917Board Meetings2001request_box
4918Board Meetings2002request_box
4919Board Meetings2003request_box
4920Board Meetings2004request_box
4921Board Meetings2005request_box
4922Board Meetings2006request_box
4923Board Meetings2007request_box
4924Board Meetings2007request_box
4925Board Meetings2008request_box
4926Board Meetings2009request_box
4927Business Plan2000request_box
4928General2001request_box
4929General2002request_box
4930General2003request_box
4931General2004request_box
4932General2005-2007request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
501General2008-2009request_box
502Information Packet2005request_box
503Reports2001request_box
504Reports2002request_box

Subseries E: New Israel Fund, 1987-2014

English.
Box 50.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes brochures, notes, and correspondence detailing ASO’s work with the New Israel Fund, for which he was on the Board of Directors and served on the Finance Committee and Roles Subcommittee.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
505Association for Civil Rights in Israel2004-2014request_box
506Board of Directors1994-1996request_box
507Brochures1997-2012request_box
508Finance Committee1995request_box
509Miscellaneous1987-2005request_box
5010News Clippings1993-2013request_box
5011Notes and Correspondence1987-2013request_box
5012Roles Subcommittee1994request_box

Subseries F: Other Organizations, 1988-2003

English.
Box 50.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries consists of news clippings, correspondence, notes, and brochures for various Jewish and Israeli organizations ASO supported.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5013Abraham Geiger College2000request_box
5014American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)1997-1998request_box
5015American Jewish Committee1988-1989request_box
5016Boston Progressive Jewish Leaders Group1990-1991request_box
5017Center for Jewish History1998-2003request_box
5018Hebrew Union College1999-2000request_box
5019Jewish Museum Berlin2001request_box
5020MIT Hillel1996-2001request_box
5021New Outlook1990-1993request_box
5022UAHC Hillel1996request_box
5023US Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East1990request_box
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Series VII: Organizations: Scientific, undated, 1969-2013

English.
Boxes 50-52.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains brochures, meeting minutes, conference materials, correspondence, photographs, awards, and newsletters describing ASO’s activities in various scientific organizations. ASO was an active member of these organizations and often held high-ranking positions, including serving as vice president and member of the Board of Directors of AASRC, section chairman and a member of the Board of Trustees of NESACS, president of ATP, treasurer of FAS, and member of the Advisory Council of the NSF. Many of these organizations focused on helping small research and development companies succeed and advocating for and helping find better job opportunities for those in the science and engineering professions.

Subseries A: American Association of Small Research Companies (AASRC), 1971-1986

English.
Boxes 50-51.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes meeting minutes, notes, brochures, newsletters, conference materials, and administrative records of the AASRC, an organization in which ASO was actively involved and for which he served as a member of the Board of Directors and as vice president. The AASRC worked to strengthen and advance the status of its members and member firms. Included in this subseries are materials related to the Industrial Innovation Conference, a conference organized by the AASRC which brought buyers and sellers of technology and innovation together.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5024Conferences—Annual Conference1974request_box
5025Conferences—Business Opportunities for Small R&D Firms in Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration1977request_box
5026Conferences—Chemical Innovation Conference1985request_box
5027Conferences—Energy and the Small Businessman1979request_box
5028Conferences—Industrial Innovation Conference1980request_box
5029Conferences—Industrial Innovation Conference1980request_box
5030Conferences—Industrial Innovation Conference1981request_box
5031Conferences—Industrial Innovation Conference1981request_box
5032Conferences—Industrial Innovation Conference1982request_box
5033Conferences—Industrial Innovation Conference1982request_box
5034Conferences—Industrial Innovation Conference1984request_box
5035Conferences—Opportunities at ERDA for Small R&D Companies1976request_box
5036Conferences—Opportunities for Small R&D and High-Technology Based Firms in Government1979request_box
5037General1971request_box
5038General1972request_box
5039General1973request_box
5040General1974request_box
5041General1975request_box
5042General1976request_box
5043General1977request_box
5044General1978request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
511General1979request_box
512General1984request_box
513Newsletters1974-1986request_box

Subseries B: American Chemical Society (ACS), undated, 1973-2013

English.
Box 51.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains brochures, awards, meeting minutes, and newsletters documenting ASO’s involvement in the ACS, as well as in its regional subsection, NESACS. Also included are nominations, notes, and correspondence regarding the annual Esselen Award for Chemistry, an award sponsored by NESACS that recognizes a chemist whose work has contributed to the public well-being. ASO served on the Esselen Award Committee, which selected the award winners.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
514Brochuresundatedrequest_box
515Centennial1976request_box
516NESACS—Award Presentations1982, 2013request_box
517NESACS—Board of Trustees1982-1989request_box
518NESACS—Election1980request_box
519NESACS—Esselen Award1994-1995request_box
5110NESACS—Esselen Award1997request_box
5111NESACS—Esselen Award2008request_box
5112NESACS—Esselen Award2008request_box
5113NESACS—Esselen Award2008request_box
5114NESACS—Esselen Award2009request_box
5115NESACS—Esselen Award2009request_box
5116NESACS—Esselen Award2009request_box
5117NESACS—Esselen Award2009request_box
5118NESACS—Esselen Award2009request_box
5119NESACS—Esselen Award2011request_box
5120NESACS—Esselen Award2012request_box
5121NESACS—Esselen Award—List of Winners2007request_box
5122NESACS—Esselen Award—Miscellaneous1985-1997request_box
5123NESACS—Hill, Henry1963request_box
5124NESACS—Newsletters1973-2013request_box
5125NESACS—Nurturing Chemists as Professionals1973request_box
5126NESACS—Website1997-2010request_box
5127Photographs1980srequest_box
5128Sixty Years of Service Award2012request_box
5129Symposium on Controlled Release Polymeric Formulation1976request_box

Subseries C: Association of Technical Professionals (ATP), undated, 1971-1977

English.
Box 51.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes newsletters, brochures, correspondence, and notes describing ASO’s work with the ATP, a Boston-based organization that advocated for the science and engineering professions.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5130ATP Education Fundundated, 1976-1977request_box
5131General1971-1972request_box
5132Miscellaneous1972-1977request_box
5133Newsletters1971-1975request_box
5134Trip to Washington, D.C.1971request_box

Subseries D: Federation of American Scientists (FAS), 1970-2009

English.
Box 52.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, notes, and newsletters related to ASO’s activities in the FAS. Also included are the plans and publications for the group’s Congressional Exchange Project, which encouraged members of Congress to visit the Soviet Union in order to gain a first-hand understanding of the country and its relationship with the United States.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
521Congressional Exchange Project1987request_box
522General1970-1971request_box
523General1971-1972request_box
524General1972-1973request_box
525General1973-1981request_box
526Miscellaneous2005-2009request_box

Subseries E: National Science Foundation (NSF), 1973-1984

English.
Box 52.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, and reports documenting ASO’s work on the Advisory Council and various task forces of the NSF.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
527Advisory Council1979-1984request_box
528Continuing Education of Engineers and Computer Professionals Task Group1981request_box
529Continuing Education of Engineers and Computer Professionals Task Group1981request_box
5210Funding of Innovative High Risk Proposals Task Group1980request_box
5211Miscellaneous Task Groups1981request_box
5212"A Preliminary Study of Indicators for Small Business R&D Capabilities"1977request_box
5213Technology Licensing Agents Proposal1973-1974request_box

Subseries F: Other Organizations, 1969-1982

English.
Box 52.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains news clippings, notes, correspondence, and brochures that document ASO’s involvement with miscellaneous scientific organizations, including High Technology for Professionals for Peace and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5214High Technology Professionals for Peace1981-1982request_box
5215Union of Concerned Scientists1969request_box
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Series VIII: Organizations: U.S. and Soviet, undated, 1984-1996

English and Russian.
Boxes 52-57, 59.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes reports, correspondence, notes, conference materials, brochures, news clippings, newsletters, proposals, and video recordings of ASO’s efforts to bring market economics to the Soviet Union/Russia, as well as to promote dialogue and understanding the two countries. ASO founded two organizations to accomplish these goals: East-West TV (previously called American Soviet Economic Education Television, or AMSEE-TV), an educational foundation that produced programs for Russian television explaining market economics, and the Soviet Countertrade Group, an organization that helped private enterprises emerge in the Soviet Union. He was also involved the US-USSR Bridges for Peace/Transnational Institute, a citizens project for dialogue.

Subseries A: East-West TV, undated, 1986-1996

English and Russian.
Boxes 52-58, 60.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains conference materials, reports, correspondence, notes, video recordings, news clippings, and proposals related to ASO’s work as founder and president of East-West TV. Of special interest may be the correspondence between ASO and a number of politicians, particularly Senator Ted Kennedy, but also Senators Harris Wofford, Charles Robb, and Frank Lautenberg, and Representative David Obey. Also included are the planning materials for and final recordings of the various television programs East-West TV produced, including a historical documentary on the rise of fascism in Germany and communist totalitarianism in the Soviet Union, as well a series titled “Russians in America: the New Working Environment,” which described life and work in a market economy. Many of these materials are in Russian.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5216Commercial TV Contracts1991-1992request_box
5217Commission on Radio and Television Policy1993request_box
5218Commission on Radio and Television Policy—Business Market Forum1993request_box
5219Commission on Radio and Television Policy—Reportsundated, 1992-1993request_box
5220Commission on Radio and Television Policy—Working Group on the Changing Economic Relations Arising from Democratization, Privatization and New Technologies1993request_box
5221Conferences—The Challenges Facing Democracy in Russia and its Implications for the United States1993request_box
5222Conferences—Partnership for Progress: A US-NIS Conference on Democracy and the Market Economy1993request_box
5223Conferences—Partnership for Progress: A US-NIS Conference on Democracy and the Market Economy—Follow—up Meeting1993request_box
5224Conferences—Reform at the Crossroads: Anticipating the Next Russia1993request_box
5225Conferences—The Struggle for a Free Press in Russia1994request_box
5226Correspondence—Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (Summers, Robert)1991-1995request_box
5227Correspondence—Business Dealings1991-1992request_box
5228Correspondence—Congress—Congressional Committees1992-1993request_box
5229Correspondence—Congress—Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee1992-1993request_box
5230Correspondence—Congress—House of Representatives1991-1992request_box
5231Correspondence—Congress—Senate1992-1993request_box
5232Correspondence—Kennedy, Ted1995request_box
5233Correspondence—Miscellaneous1992request_box
5234Correspondence—Miscellaneous1991-1992request_box
5235Correspondence—Miscellaneous1993request_box
5236Correspondence—Miscellaneous1993request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
531Correspondence—Miscellaneous1993-1995request_box
532Correspondence—Miscellaneous1994request_box
533Correspondence—Miscellaneous1995request_box
534Correspondence—Miscellaneous1996-1997request_box
535Correspondence—Morningstar, Richard1995-1996request_box
536Correspondence—SCOLA1992request_box
537Correspondence—Velikhov, Evgeny1992request_box
538Endorsements1991-1992request_box
539Eurasia Foundation1992-1995request_box
5310General Overviewundatedrequest_box
5311Information on Eastern Europe Television Market1991request_box
5312Information on Russian Television Market1992-1993request_box
5313Legal Documents1991-1994request_box
5314Legal Documents (Russian)1990srequest_box
5315Miscellaneous1993-1995request_box
5316News Clippings1993-1994request_box
5317Photographsundated, 1986-1988request_box
5318Presentation Notes on Russian TV Talkundatedrequest_box
5319Programs—Russians in America: The New Working Environment—Interviews and Transcripts1993-1994request_box
5320Programs—Russians in America: The New Working Environment—General1993-1994request_box
5321Programs—Russians in America: The New Working Environment—Overview1992request_box
5322Programs—Russians in America: The New Working Environment—Sukhoi Visit1993request_box
5323Programs—Russians in America: The New Working Environment—Trip 11994request_box
5324Programs—Russians in America: The New Working Environment—Trip 21994request_box
5325Programs—Weimer Documentary—Fundraising1995-1996request_box
5326Programs—Weimer Documentary—Fundraising1995-1996request_box
5327Programs—Weimer Documentary—Generalundatedrequest_box
5328Programs—Weimer Documentary—Research1995request_box
5329Proposal for Soviet Television Broadcasting on Market Economics1991request_box
5330Public Relations1992request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
60Tapes—"Gary Goldberg, American Businessman - Karpov/Solman"1982request_box
60Tapes—"Interview in Volgograd with Morton, Isaev… SECAM"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"Karpov/Solman Interview on McNeil/Lehrer News Hour"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"Tape from KOMI TV re: Market Economy"1992request_box
60Tapes—"The Obvious and the Incredible 1/25/92"1992request_box
60Tapes—"The Obvious and the Incredible 1/25/92"1992request_box
60Tapes—"The Obvious and the Incredible January 25, 1992 NTSC MASTER COPY"1991request_box
60Tapes—"Original Tape from KOMI TV (SECAM Format) re: Market Economy"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"RTR-Russian Ch. 2 SECAM From: Olga Sitnikova (Grigoriev's Sister)"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America 1/28/94 PAL/SECAM MASTER (English voice over)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America Program III (English voice over)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: Part II NTSC"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: Part II SECAM"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: Part II SECAM"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: Part III NTSC"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: Part III"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment 1/28/1994 VHS MASTER (Russian language)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment 1/28/94 Ostankino TV NTSC VHS (Russian language)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment 1/28/94 Ostankino TV NTSC VHS (Russian language)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment 1/28/94 Ostankino TV NTSC VHS MASTER (English language)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment 1/28/94 Ostankino TV NTSC VHS"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment 1/28/94 SECAM MASTER"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment Program III 5/15/94 Ostankino NTSC (English voice over)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment Programs IV, V, VI Ostankino TV NTSC (English language)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment: Program III (English voice over) Programs IV, V, VI (Russian language) Ostankino TV NTSC"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment: Program III 5/15/94 Ostankino TV NTSC MASTER (English voice over)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment: Programs IV, V, VI Ostankino TV NTSC (English language)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment: Programs IV, V, VI Ostankino TV NTSC MASTER (Russian language)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"Russians in America: The New Working Environment: Progs IV, V, VI Ostankino TV NTSC MASTER (English language)"1994request_box
60Tapes—"The Soviet Republics and the World Market Prof. Sergei Kapitza TV Discussion Raw Material 10/30/91 NTSC"1991request_box
60Tapes—"The Soviet Republics and the World Market TV Discussion with Prof. Kapitza NTSC"1991request_box
60Tapes—"The Soviet Republics and the World Market TV Discussion with Sergei Kapitza World Bank1991request_box
60Tapes—"The Soviet Republics and the World Market TV Discussion with Sergei Kapitza World Bank"1991request_box
60Tapes—"Soviet Videotape from KOMI TV re: Market Economy"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"Tape from KOMI TV re: Market Economy"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"очевидное—невероятное Kapitza"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"очевидное—невероятное Kapitza"undatedrequest_box
60Tapes—"очевидное—невероятное Kapitza"undatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5331Trip to Moscow1993request_box
5332"Typical Business Videotapes Commercially Available in the United States"undatedrequest_box
5333Work with Governmental Agencies—Council of Economic Advisors1991request_box
5334Work with Governmental Agencies—Department of Commerce1992-1995request_box
5335Work with Governmental Agencies—Department of Labor1992request_box
5336Work with Governmental Agencies—Department of State1992-1995request_box
5337Work with Governmental Agencies—Policy Coordinating Group1992request_box
5338Work with Governmental Agencies—US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy1991-1992request_box
5339Work with Governmental Agencies—USAID—Brian Atwood Confirmation1993request_box
5340Work with Governmental Agencies—USAID—Bureau for Europe and the NIS1994request_box
5341Work with Governmental Agencies—USAID—Miscellaneous1992-1993request_box
5342Work with Governmental Agencies—USAID—News Clippings1992-1994request_box
5343Work with Governmental Agencies—USAID—Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) Submissions1991-1995request_box
5344Work with Governmental Agencies—USAID—Proposals1992request_box
5345Work with Governmental Agencies—USAID—Volunteer Executive Service Team (VEST) Initiative1991-1994request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
541Work with Governmental Agencies—USIA—Miscellaneous1991-1995request_box
542Work with Governmental Agencies—USIA—Moscow Office1991-1996request_box
543Work with Governmental Agencies—USIA—Office of Citizen Exchanges1992request_box
544Work with Governmental Agencies—USIA—Office of Television and Film Service1991-1992request_box

Subseries B: Soviet Countertrade Group, 1989-1991

English and Russian.
Box 54.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This series contains correspondence, planning materials, and notes documenting ASO’s work as founder and president of the Soviet Countertrade Group. Included is the planning of the organization’s attempts to bring companies together to finance and invest in hotels in the USSR.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
545Business Tour '901990request_box
546Central House of Journalists1990-1991request_box
547Hale and Dorr1990-1991request_box
548Hotel Project—Miscellaneous1990request_box
549Hotel Project—Overview1989-1990request_box
5410Miscellaneous1990-1991request_box
5411Soviet Business Center1990-1991request_box
5412Statement of Intention for Joint Activities with Sestroretsk Association1990request_box

Subseries C: US-USSR Bridges for Peace/Transnational Institute, 1984-1994

English and Russian.
Box 54.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This series includes conference materials, newsletters, correspondence, brochures and notes related to ASO’s work with the US-USSR Bridges for Peace/Transnational Institute, whose mission was to promote dialogue and understanding between the US and the Soviet Union.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5413Conference—The USSR Beyond Stereotypes toward Understanding1986request_box
5414Correspondence1986-1994request_box
5415Miscellaneous1990-1991request_box
5416Newsletters1984-1992request_box
5417Promotional Materialscirca 1985request_box
5418Transnational Institute Exchange Visits1990request_box
5419Trip to USSR1986request_box
5420US-USSR Executive Exchange Project1985-1988request_box
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Series IX: Organizations: Miscellaneous, 1972-2014

English.
Boxes 54-55.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains brochures, meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, notes, and news clippings related to various organizations in which ASO was involved, particularly the Charles River Museum of Industry, Newton, Massachusetts’s public access channel NewTV, and Boston’s public radio station WBUR.

Subseries A: Charles River Museum of Industry, 1988-2011

English.
Box 54.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains meeting minutes, reports, brochures, correspondence and notes related to ASO’s work with the Charles River Museum of Industry and his time as a trustee of the museum.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5421Annual Reports1988-1989request_box
5422General1989-1995request_box
5423General1998-2004request_box
5424General2002-2011request_box
5425Innovation Committee1995-2000request_box

Subseries B: NewTV, 1995-2011

English.
Box 54.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence, meeting minutes, and news clippings documenting ASO’s work with NewTV . Of particular interest is materials related to the controversy that erupted after ASO requested the organization air the Middle Eastern news program “Mosaic,” which some deemed to be anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Included are numerous news articles, opinion pieces and letters to the editor both in support and opposition to the program’s airing, as well as responses from ASO.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5426General1995-2011request_box
5427"Mosaic" Program2004request_box
5428"Mosaic" Program—News Clippings2004-2005request_box

Subseries C: Other Organizations, 1972-2014

English.
Box 54.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries consists of correspondence, reports, brochures, and notes related ASO’s activities in various miscellaneous organizations, including the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), Ford Hall Forum, and the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE).

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5429American Civil Liberties Union2007-2009request_box
5430American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts2004-2008request_box
5431Democracy Now2006request_box
5432Ford Hall Forum1996-2013request_box
5433International Institute for Mediation and Historical Conciliation (IIMHC)2002request_box
5434Link TV2003-2007request_box
5435Martha's Vineyard Community Television2003request_box
5436New England Historic Genealogical Society2013request_box
5437Newton History Museum2007-2013request_box
5438Peace Development Fund1989-1992request_box
5439Ploughshares Fund1997-2014request_box
5440Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE)1972-1997request_box
5441World Boston2006-2011request_box

Subseries D: WBUR, 1998-2013

English.
Boxes 54-55.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and notes related to ASO’s work with Boston’s public radio station. Included are his activities on the organization’s Board of Overseers, Executive Advisory Council, and New Media and Technology Committee, as well as his efforts to encourage community building through the station’s internet presence.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5442Board of Overseers2002-2006request_box
5443Board of Overseers2007-2008request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
551Board of Overseers2010-2012request_box
552Miscellaneous1998-2001request_box
553New Media and Technology Committee2010-2013request_box
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