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Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

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Found in 30 Collections and/or Records:

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Correspondence on chronometer errors and rates, 1849 - 1854

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/598
Scope and Contents

Correspondence on errors and rates of chronometers, including the foundation of time balls at Demerara and C.P. Smyth's account of the Time Ball at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. There are also enquiries on various chronometers, including those used on the 'Bounty'. The correspondents include F. Beaufort, C.P. Smyth and E. Sabine.

Dates: 1849 - 1854
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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Correspondence on chronometers, 1901 - 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/87
Scope and Contents Correspondence with Lady Lockyer concerning the storage of Royal Observatory chronometers at her house in Sidmouth for the duration of the war, 1940.Correspondence with Professor Greaves of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, concerning the transportation of chronometers from Greenwich to Edinburgh for safety during the war, 1940.Correspondence with His Majesty's Chronometer Depot concerning arrangements for the removal of stocks of Admiralty navigational equipment from Bristol...
Dates: 1901 - 1940
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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Correspondence on English observatories, 1958 - 1961

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/438
Scope and Contents

Correspondence regarding various English observatories, including correspondence with the University College of Sussex Council; the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Whitehall, concerning a grant; the Jeremiah Horrocks and Wilfred Hall Observatories; the University of London Observatory; the University of Glasgow Department of Astronomy; and the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

Dates: 1958 - 1961
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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Correspondence on observatories, 1948 - 1952

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/430
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, notes and other papers regarding observatories, including sections on foreign observatories; English observatories; the Solar Physics Observatory, Cambridge; colonial observatories, including those in Canada and South Africa; Commonwealth observatories, including those in Australia; the Norman Lockyer Observatory; the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh; and Denmark.

Dates: 1948 - 1952
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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Correspondence on observatories, 1924 - 1948

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/22
Scope and Contents (1) Miscellaneous foreign observatoriesLetter from R. Atkinson to Colonel Gerado Dianderas, Peru, regarding equipment for the proposed Arequipa Observatory, 1946.Correspondence with the Hong Kong Royal Observatory regarding time signals, 1946.Letter from S. Jarocinski, Warsaw, to Sir Howard Grubb, Parsons and Co. Ltd, regarding the Babia Góra Observatory, 1937.(2) Miscellaneous British observatoriesLetters from E.M. Lindsay, Armagh Observatory, to Sir...
Dates: 1924 - 1948
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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Correspondence on optical instruments, 1919 - 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/38
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous correspondence relating to optical instruments:Correspondence with various engineering and optical instrument firms, 1919-1937, including estimates and accounts. There are sections on a double image star micrometer and diffraction grating for the Yapp 36-inch Refractor, 1936-1937; the grating for the 30-inch reflector, 1923-1925; and a new driving clock and various repairs to the 28-inch equatorial telescope and other instruments, 1919-1923.Miscellaneous...
Dates: 1919 - 1939
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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Correspondence on the Edinburgh Equatorial, 1871 - 1876

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/178
Scope and Contents

Correspondence (chiefly copies) between C.P. Smyth and Sir H. Grubb on the Edinburgh Equatorial Telescope and a spectroscope. The letters cover the contract for the work, its construction and specification, and disagreement between the two parties as to whether the contract had been adequately fulfilled. Airy was the initial arbitrator, but W.H.M. Christie was finally appointed to resolve the controversy. There are also plans for the spectroscope.

Dates: 1871 - 1876
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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Correspondence on the Edinburgh Observatory, 1956 - 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/467
Scope and Contents

Correspondence regarding the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, including correspondence with Dr V.C. Reddish and Professor H.A. Brück, Astronomer Royal for Scotland.

Dates: 1956 - 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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Correspondence on the Isaac Newton Telescope, 1967-01-02 - 1974-09-04

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/556
Scope and Contents Correspondence and some related papers regarding the Isaac Newton Telescope and building grounds, including the following items:Correspondence with the Ministry of Public Building and Works regarding various pieces of equipment.Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb, Parsons and Co. Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.Correspondence with the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.Correspondence with the Defence Lands Office, Canterbury.Correspondence with the McGregor Fund,...
Dates: 1967-01-02 - 1974-09-04
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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Correspondence on the Radcliffe Observatory, 1967-03-30 - 1974-08-06

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/563
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the Radcliffe Observatory, Pretoria, including correspondence with the University Observatory, Oxford; the Science Research Council; the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories; the University Observatory of St Andrews; the University of London Observatory; the Department of Astronomy, University of Manchester; the Department of Physics, University of Victoria, Canada; the Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town; the National Research Council of Canada; the...
Dates: 1967-03-30 - 1974-08-06
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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Correspondence on the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 1947 - 1953

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/460
Scope and Contents From the Series: The collection contains a wide range of correspondence and papers relating to the activities of the Royal Observatory during Harold Spencer Jones' time in office, with some additional material from later periods. The subjects covered include the history and internal affairs of the Observatory, including staffing, meetings, visitations, visits abroad and annual reports; the Observatory's instruments; relations with the Admiralty and H.M. Dockyards; the Observatory's moveable property,...
Dates: 1947 - 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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Correspondence with foreign observatories, 1957 - 1968

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/780
Scope and Contents Correspondence with various overseas observatories, S-Z, including the following items:Saudi Arabia: correspondence regarding the setting up of a large telescope in Riyadh, and minutes and correspondence concerning a special committee to advice Riyadh University.South America: correspondence with the National Observatory of Argentina.Spain: correspondence regarding the Seville Observatory and its lease by the Royal Greenwich Observatory from the Jesuit...
Dates: 1957 - 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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Correspondence with the R.O.E., 1960 - 1962

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 45/44
Scope and Contents

A letter from Porter to the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 30 June 1960, requesting a list of pamphlets on comets, and the reply from the observatory's librarian, D. Alasdair Kemp, 16 November 1962. There are also various accompanying lists.

Dates: 1960 - 1962
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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Correspondence with Vincent Essex, 1970-02-24 - 1970-02-25

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 37/138
Scope and Contents

A letter from Vincent Essex, Science Research Council, 24 February 1970, regarding Redman's notes on the Cambridge Observatories and the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, given to the Northern Hemisphere Review Committee, a copy of which is enclosed. There is also Redman's reply of 25 February, including corrections to the notes.

Dates: 1970-02-24 - 1970-02-25
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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General correspondence 'B', 1965-11 - 1967-06

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/11
Scope and Contents

General correspondence with, among others, the British Horological Institute; the London Planetarium; the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh; Brasenose College, Oxford; the B.B.C.; and Blackie and Son, publishers. The subjects include Sir Richard Woolley's book 'A Key to the Stars'.

Dates: 1965-11 - 1967-06
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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Letter on Gill's Cape history, 1938-06-25

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/19
Scope and Contents

Letter to Dr J. Jackson regarding D. Gill's history of the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.

Dates: 1938-06-25
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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Letter on the Galaxy machine, 1965-12-07

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/896
Scope and Contents

A letter to J.H. Whale from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, regarding the purchase of Galaxy from Ferranti, which the Edinburgh Observatory is involved in the design of, and suggesting that if the Royal Greenwich Observatory is thinking of purchasing the system that they discuss this with the Science Research Council in order to obtain the best financial deal.

Dates: 1965-12-07
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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Letters from observatories, 1847 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/141
Scope and Contents

Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, grant testimonials and orders for observations to be performed. The correspondents include W.C. Bond, J. Challis, O. Struve, O.M. Mitchel, C.P. Smyth, Lord Wrottesley, the Earl of Rosse, W.H. Sykes, P.P. King, Sir B. Hawes, R. Sheepshanks, Sir H.G. Ward and C. Pasley. Some of the later names were associated with the government. The volume also includes two copies of a report by C.P. Smyth on the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

Dates: 1847 - 1848
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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Letters from observatories, 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/142
Scope and Contents Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, requests for information and for advice on instruments, and the formation of new observatories. The correspondents include J.R. Hind, C. Pasley, T. Maclear (a testimonial), J. Challis, W.S. Jacob, R. Sheepshanks, C.P. Smyth, G. Fisher, C. Pritchard, O.M. Mitchel, Captain P.P. King, Sir J.F.W. Herschel, W.R. Dawes and J.P. Nichol. There are communications with J.D. Forbes on the possibility of time balls at Edinburgh; reports by the...
Dates: 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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Letters from observatories, 1848 - 1852

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/143
Scope and Contents Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, building new observatories at Blackheath and the West Midlands, and improving existing observatories (e.g. by erecting new time balls in Quebec). The correspondents include R. Sheepshanks, J.F.W. Herschel, J.D. Forbes, C.P. Smyth, Sir B. Hawes, M.J. Johnson, W.H. Miller, J. Challis, Sir F. Beaufort and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. There are reports on the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, and two reports on Liverpool Observatory...
Dates: 1848 - 1852
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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Miscellaneous newscuttings, 1915 - 1949

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 74/7/2
Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous newscuttings taken mainly from 'The Blackheath Local Guide and District Advertiser' during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, including articles on the Royal Observatory, Blackheath Proprietary School and the Second World War. All of the cuttings are loose in the album. There are also three letters from R.A. Sampson of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, to Melotte, 20 August, 28 August and 14 September 1915, regarding slides provided to him by Melotte.

Dates: 1915 - 1949
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 for Directors' meeting, 1976

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 13/2/9
Scope and Contents Papers for the meeting of the Science Research Council Directors' Committee on 27 September 1976, including 'Composition of Central Review Boards 1976/77' by the Establishment Officer; reports of the Chairmen of Central Review Boards; 'Assessment and Review of Senior Staff, 1976', 'Staff Complements at 1.4.78' and 'Dispensations from the General Restrictions on Recruitment' by the Director of Administration; 'Recruitment of an SSO to the Cosmos Facility' by the Director of the Royal...
Dates: 1976
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 for Directors' meeting, 1977

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 13/2/14
Scope and Contents Papers for the meeting of the Science Research Council Directors' Committee on 11 July 1977, including 'Recruitment of Two PTO IVs for RGO' by the Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory; 'The Provision of Permanent Posts for Two Rutherford Laboratory Student Engineers' by G.H. Stafford; 'Report from the Chairman of the P & T Group'; 'Membership of Review Group A Central Review Board' by the Establishment Officer; 'Redundancy Procedures' by the Director of Administration; 'Staffing...
Dates: 1977
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 for Directors' meeting, 1977

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 13/2/16
Scope and Contents Papers for the meeting of the Science Research Council Directors' Committee on 12 December 1977, including a note on complement and recruitment and on buildings; 'Head of Profession - P & T Group' by the Establishment Officer; 'Recruitment Policy for the Rutherford P & T Group'; 'SSO Cosmos Group, Royal Observatory Edinburgh' by the Establishment Officer; 'Recruitment of an HSO by the Rutherford Laboratory for the Neutron Beam Research Unit' and 'Recruitment of Programmers at...
Dates: 1977
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 for Directors' meetings, 1976

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 13/2/10
Scope and Contents

Papers for the meetings of the Science Research Council Directors' Committee on 25 October 1976 and 29 November 1976, including 'Complements 1.4.77 & Estimates 1.4.78', 'Future employment of Council Staff' and 'Forward Look 1977' by the Director of Administration; 'Appleton Laboratory. Extension of Research Fellowship - A.G. Richards' by J.A. Saxton; and 'Recruitment of Photographer at R.O.E.' by the Director of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

Dates: 1976
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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