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Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope

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Found in 200 Collections and/or Records:

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Naval Estimates, 1836 - 1845

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/64
Scope and Contents Estimates of Naval expenses for the next financial year, with related correspondence. The section relating to the Scientific Branch includes estimates for the Royal Observatory, Cape Observatory, Nautical Almanac, Hydrographical Department, Chronometers and the Royal Naval College at Portsmouth.Estimates, 1836, for the year 1836-1837 (fos 14-15).Estimates, 1837, for the year 1837-1838 (fo. 41).Estimates, 1838, for the year 1838-1839 (fos 76-77).Estimates, 1839,...
Dates: 1836 - 1845
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Naval Estimates, 1846 - 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/65
Scope and Contents Estimates of Naval expenses for the next financial year, with related correspondence. The section relating to the Scientific Branch includes estimates for the Royal Observatory; Cape Observatory; Nautical Almanac; Hydrographical Department; Chronometers; Royal Naval College, Portsmouth; Compass Department; and Libraries and Museums.Estimates, 1846, for the year commencing 1 April 1846 (fos 15-16).Estimates, 1847, for the year commencing 1 April 1847 (fos...
Dates: 1846 - 1849
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Naval Estimates, 1850 - 1853

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/66
Scope and Contents Estimates of Naval expenses for the next financial year, with related correspondence. The section relating to the Scientific Branch includes estimates for the Royal Observatory; Cape Observatory; Nautical Almanac; Hydrographical Department; Chronometers; Royal Naval College, Portsmouth; Compass Department; Libraries and Museums; Harbour and Railways Department; and the School of Mathematics and Naval Construction.Estimates, 1850, for the year commencing 1 April 1851, including an Arctic...
Dates: 1850 - 1853
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Naval Estimates, 1854 - 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/67
Scope and Contents Estimates of Naval expenses for the next financial year, with related correspondence. The section relating to the Scientific Branch includes estimates for the Royal Observatory; Cape Observatory; Nautical Almanac; Hydrographical Department; Chronometers; Royal Naval College, Portsmouth; Compass Department; and Libraries and Museums.Estimates, 1854, for the year commencing 1 April 1854, including the School of Mathematics and Naval Construction (fos 24-26).Estimates, 1855, for...
Dates: 1854 - 1857
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Naval Estimates, 1858 - 1860

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/68
Scope and Contents Estimates of Naval expenses for the next financial year, with related correspondence. The section relating to the Scientific Branch includes estimates for the Royal Observatory; Cape Observatory; Nautical Almanac; Hydrographical Department; Chronometers; Royal Naval College, Portsmouth; Compass Department; and Libraries and Museums.Estimates, 1857-1858, for the year commencing 1 April 1857 (fos 31-32).Estimates, 1858-1859, for the year commencing 1 April 1858 (fos...
Dates: 1858 - 1860
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Note from John Barrow to Dr Thomas Young, 1827-07-15

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/48: 74-74a
Scope and Contents Instructing him to direct Mr Dollond to ship his telescope to the Cape Observatory.
Dates: 1827-07-15
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Note from John Barrow to Dr Thomas Young, 1822-10-21

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/48: 112-112a
Scope and Contents Concerning a letter from Fearon Fallows at the Cape Observatory.
Dates: 1822-10-21
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Note from John Croker to Dr Thomas Young, 1822-06-26

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/48: 110
Scope and Contents Concerning an application by Fearon Fallows to be supplied with instruments at the Cape Observatory.
Dates: 1822-06-26
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Note from William Hardy concerning a clock for the Cape Observatory, 1822-09-06

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/48: 172-173a
Scope and Contents From the File: Observations and correspondence regarding miscellaneous astronomical matters.
Dates: 1822-09-06
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Observations of the summer solstice of 1823 at the temporary observatory, Cape Town, 1823

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/48: 137-142
Scope and Contents From the Item: Twenty-six letters, chiefly sent by Fallows at Cape Town, reporting on the establishment of the Cape Observatory and on his activities there. The series also includes a catalogue of fixed stars, an auxiliary table, and two copies of observations for the summer solstice of 1823.
Dates: 1823
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Observations of the summer solstice of 1823 at the temporary observatory, Cape Town, 1823

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/48: 143-148
Scope and Contents From the Item: Twenty-six letters, chiefly sent by Fallows at Cape Town, reporting on the establishment of the Cape Observatory and on his activities there. The series also includes a catalogue of fixed stars, an auxiliary table, and two copies of observations for the summer solstice of 1823.
Dates: 1823
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers of the Cape Observatory, 1820 - 1978

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15
Scope and Contents The collection contains a complete set of the papers of the Cape Observatory up to 1923. At this point there is a gap, after which the papers continue from the appointment of George Harding in 1969. The material is comprised of weekly registers of Observatory work; annual reports; correspondence of the Cape Astronomer regarding various subjects, including surveys; observations and computations; meteorological results; and papers on other observatories, notably the South African Astronomical...
Dates: 1820 - 1978
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on allowances, 1964 - 1968

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/861
Scope and Contents Papers regarding Royal Greenwich Observatory travel allowances, removal expenses and related matters, including the following items:Correspondence regarding travel allowances, removal expenses and rent allowances with regard to the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, and Australia, 1964-1968.Correspondence, memoranda and other papers regarding the assisted travel scheme and mileage rates, 1964-1968.Correspondence and accounting matters relating to the issue and use of...
Dates: 1964 - 1968
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on astrographic charts, 1886 - 1892

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/213
Scope and Contents Correspondence with the Director, Paris Observatory, 1886, regarding a proposal to hold a conference to discuss an astrographic chart of the heavens, with a draft programme of discussions and correspondence with G.G. Stokes regarding his attendance to represent the Royal Society and the Astronomer Royal's acceptance of the invitation to represent the United Kingdom.Correspondence with A.A. Common and W. Huggins regarding the Royal Astronomical Society Committee and its membership,...
Dates: 1886 - 1892
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on Cape instruments, 1963 - 1967

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/902
Scope and Contents Correspondence, annual reports and memoranda regarding the various telescopes operating at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, including details of the re-siting of the Elizabeth Telescope, an annual report on the operation of the Lyot Heliograph (1963), and material on the purchase of smaller equipment for the observatory.
Dates: 1963 - 1967
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on Cape Observatory work, 1958 - 1973

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 16/333/37
Scope and Contents Correspondence and other papers regarding computational work for the Royal Observatory at the Cape (subsequently the South African Astronomical Observatory), 3 folders. There is also a supplementary folder of pieces on lunar-solar cycles and other calendar topics.
Dates: 1958 - 1973
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on determining galvanic longitudes, 1878 - 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/640
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers concerning proposals and operations to determine, with the assistance of the Royal Observatory, the longitude of Lisbon, Leiden, the Cape Observatory, Gibraltar, places in Australia, New Zealand and Egypt, and Mauritius; and the difference in longitude between Malta and Bombay. The papers include errors of the Greenwich clock; observations of telegraph signals; J.W. Green's abstract of the Greenwich - Lisbon - South American longitudes; the exchange and summary of time...
Dates: 1878 - 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on expenses, 1963-03-02 - 1968-08-02

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/866
Scope and Contents Receipts and details of advances of salary and travelling and removal expenses, particularly in relation to the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.
Dates: 1963-03-02 - 1968-08-02
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on Government superintendence, 1869 - 1873

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/6
Scope and Contents Letters concerning the receipt of old papers from F.W. Simms, 1870, including an epitaph of James Bradley and an epitaph of Edmond Halley.Letter concerning the restoration of Bradley's monument, 1871.Letters from Airy requesting leave of absence, 1870-1871.Correspondence concerning the resignation of the gate porter, M. Sheeky, 1864.Correspondence concerning the dismissal of the porter, R. Tuddenham, and the appointment of J. Rainbow, 1872.Letter to E.J....
Dates: 1869 - 1873
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on instruments, 1948 - 1954

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 12/30
Scope and Contents General correspondence and related papers concerned mainly with instruments, including letters on the aluminising of the 36-inch mirror; letters on the furnishing of the offices at Herstmonceux; a letter from D. Brouwer to M.S. Zverev informing him of the findings of a conference held at the Dearborn Observatory, Illinois, on astronomic problems; confirmation of the dispatch of Eros reference plates to D. Brouwer at Yale; a drawing showing the method of mounting ball and roller bearings for the...
Dates: 1948 - 1954
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on interview boards, 1967 - 1973

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 12/9
Scope and Contents Papers regarding interview boards for posts at the Science Research Council and Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope:Papers of the interview panel for the post of Principal Chief Executive Officers at London Office, S.R.C., 16 August 1967.Papers of interview boards for the posts of Senior Executive Officer, Higher Executive Officer and Executive Officer at the S.R.C., 1968.Papers for the interview board for the post of Secretary and Cashier of the Cape Observatory,...
Dates: 1967 - 1973
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on plate coordinates, 1952 - 1953

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 16/333/18
Scope and Contents Correspondence and other papers regarding standard plate coordinates and the Cape Observatory
Dates: 1952 - 1953
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on quartz clocks, 1945 - 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/626
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers regarding quartz clocks, including the following items:Correspondence with M.L. Bateman and A. Hunter regarding the new the 'Isatome' portable quartz clock, 1963.Letter from H.M. Smith to the Division of Scientific Intelligence, Ministry of Defence, regarding Russian work on quartz clocks, 1957.Correspondence with H.M. Smith concerning the Time Department's move to Herstmonceux and the performance of ring crystals, including graphs,...
Dates: 1945 - 1963
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on staff reorganisation, 1883 - 1896

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/10
Scope and Contents (1) Official correspondence, 1883-1896Papers concerning the appointment of staff at the Royal Observatories at Greenwich and the Cape of Good Hope; the general reorganisation of Observatory staff; increases in scales of salary; additions to staff allowance for the Greenwich Observatory; a comparison table showing the difference between existing and proposed staffing levels; and copies of past correspondence between Sir George Airy and J.J. Scudamore on the same subject. The...
Dates: 1883 - 1896
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on staffing at the Cape, 1963-09-27 - 1969-03-03

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/834
Scope and Contents Correspondence, memoranda and circulars relating to the appointment, transfer to and promotion of staff working at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope. There is also material relating to allowances for passage to the Cape and assessments of work being carried out there by individuals.
Dates: 1963-09-27 - 1969-03-03
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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