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Left: The first Zeiss planetarium, 1923; Right: The Spitz A-1 planetarium
Theaters of Time and Space: American Planetaria, 1930-1970
Planetariums - Wikipedia article, a bit dated in terms of dome size and seating capacity (which change as new facilities are constructed), but historical information is sound. See also the Timeline of Planetariums.
"A Fifty Year Anniversary of a Two Thousand Year Dream (The History of the Planetarium)"
"Armand Spitz - Seller of Stars" by Brent P. Abbatantuono, Planetarian, Vol. 321, No. 1, March 1995
"The Missing Planet" by William Firebrace, AA Files, Vol 66, Summer 2013, pp 126-44. History of the London Planetarium with overview of planetarium origins and history; includes Tussauds waxworks. Courtesy Architectural Association, London; www.aaschool.ac.uk/aafiles.
From Paolo Amoroso (www.google.com/profiles/paolo.amoroso): Istituto Luce is an Italian documentary, movie and newsreel production institute founded in 1924 by Mussolini. They made available online newsreel of potential interest to planetarians:
There are a few more, mostly of authorities visiting the planetarium of Rome. Audio commentary is in Italian but there's not much a planetarium professional can't understand from the images.
Griffith Observatory Planetarium Los Angeles, 1938
Recent notable planetarium histories:
When ingenuity was king: Seymour Planetarium celebrates 75th anniversary by Richard Sanderson, Vol. 42, No. 3, September 2013 - The Seymour Planetarium at the Springfield Science Museum, Springfield, Massachussets
The first stars of San Francisco by Benjamin Mendelsohn, Vol. 42, No. 1, March 2013 - The Morrison Planearium at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California
Left: Russell Porter's original sketch of the proposed design of the Morrison Planetarium star projector, drawn on hotel stationery in 1948. Courtesy of Bing Quock, photo by Heather Yager.
Eise Eisinga: He reached for the starry heavens and gave the world a planetarium by Chris Janssen, Vol. 40, No. 4, December 2011 - The Royal Eise Eising Planetarium in Franeker, Netherlands
A payment in planetariums by Alex Cherman, Vol. 40, No. 4, December 2011 - How six Zeiss planetarium projectors started the planetarium age in Brazil
The history and current state of school-associated planetariums in Pennsylvania by Robb Webb and Kathleen Fadigan, Vol. 40, No. 3, September 2011 - The State of Pennsylvania has more planetariums built with federal funds during the Sputnik era than any other state. This article examines why, and how the few who remain have survived.
India: 40 planetariums, 3.3 million square kilometers by Piyush Pandey, Vol. 40, No. 1, March 2011 - A review of the state of the planetariums in India.
St. Petersburg Planetarium celebrates 50 years by Anastasia Baskakova, Vol. 38, No. 2, June 2009 - St. Petersburg Planetarium, Sankt Peterburg, Russia
The evolution of the fulldome planetarium by Tobias Wiethoff, Vol. 37, No. 2, June 2008
The planetariums in Taiwan by Chilong Lin, Vol. 36, No. 1, March 2007 - An overview of the planetariums in Taiwan
Planetariums in France by Jean-Michel Faidit, Vol. 35, No. 3, September 2006 -
An overview of the planetariums in France