Working Group on the Preservation of Astronomical Heritage (WGPAH)


Jennifer Bartlett
Jennifer L. Bartlett

History: Established at the 209th Meeting, January 2007 in Seattle, in response to a report from the Historical Astronomy Division (HAD).

Members: Twelve members nominated by the HAD Executive Committee on the basis of their professional qualifications relating to the preservation of sites, astronomical instruments, and historical documents. Two additional members will represent the concerns of active research observatories.

Term: Three years staggered, terms beginning and ending at the close of the annual summer meeting. Members may be re-appointed.

Chair: Nominated by the HAD Executive Committee; confirmed by the AAS Board of Trustees.

Charge: The Working Group is charged with developing and disseminating procedures, criteria and priorities for identifying, designating, and preserving astronomical structures, instruments, and records so that they will continue to be available for astronomical and historical research, for the teaching of astronomy, and for outreach to the general public.


The Working Group may interact with other academic, international, or governmental organizations, as appropriate to advance the preservation of astronomical heritage.

Board of Trustees Liaison

Kevin B. Marvel

American Astronomical Society (AAS)
Board Liaison

Term: Jun 2015 – Jun 2022

Committee Chair

Jennifer L. Bartlett

US Naval Academy

Term: Jun 2012 – Jun 2022

Working Observatories

Committee Members

Wayne Osborn

Central Michigan University

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Observational Data

E. C. Krupp

Griffith Observatory

Term: Aug 2016 – Jun 2022


David H. DeVorkin

Smithsonian Institute

Term: Jun 2007 – Jun 2022


Kenneth I. Kellermann


Term: Jun 2016 – Jun 2022

History of Astronomy

Virginia L. Trimble

UC Irvine & Queen Jadwiga Observatory

Term: Jun 2007 – Jun 2022


Stephen C. McCluskey

West Virginia Univ.

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023


Sara Schechner

Harvard University

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023


R. Elizabeth M. Griffin

Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics

Term: Jun 2007 – Jun 2022

Observational Data

James M. Lattis

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Term: Jun 2008 – Jun 2022

Historical Observatories

Kevin Schindler

Lowell Observatory

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Working Observatories