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Personal papers of Dinsmore Alter

Call Number: PP 34


Alter taught in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Kansas from 1917-1935. This collection contains clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, and research.


  • Creation: 1917 - 1935


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Dinsmore Alter (1888-1968)

Disnmore Alter recieved his B.S. from Westminster College in 1909, his M.S. from Pittsburgh University in 1910, and his Ph.D. from California University in 1916. He joined the faculty of the University of Kansas in 1917 as an Assistant Professor of Astronomy, reaching full Professor status in 1924. He retired in 1935 and died in 1968.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 34

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Dinsmore Alter Collection
Personal papers of Dinsmore Alter
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Dinsmore Alter, University Archives, PP 34, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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