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Maxwell, James Clerk, 1831 - 1879 (physicist)

 Person

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

 Sub-Series

Astronomical methods and instruments, 1866 - 1870

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/172
Scope and Contents Letters and papers concerning new inventions; trials of improved instruments, especially the transit circle, Great Equatorial and altazimuth instruments; and improved techniques. The correspondents include B.A. Gould, C. Pritchard, E. Dunkin, E.J. Stone, L. Respighi, O. Struve, W.H.M. Christie, W. De La Rue, J.C. Maxwell, W. Huggins, S.J. Perry, A.V. Auwers, M.C. de Littrow, C.J.E. Wolf, A. Laussedat and J.R. Hind. There is a description and plans of the Great Equatorial Telescope; description...
Dates: 1866 - 1870
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).
 Fonds — Container: CAV

Cavendish Laboratory archives, 1876 - 1999

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/CAV
Scope and Contents The records relate chiefly to the erection and administration of the laboratory buildings and their contents. Indeed, the earliest records are vouchers for equipment purchased by James Clerk Maxwell, first Professor, in 1876-9. There are also smaller quantities of records relating to laboratory clubs, 1902-72, the celebration of the Clerk Maxwell centenary, 1931, research programmes, 1960-92, including the Cambridge Energy Research Group, and applications to work and study at the laboratory,...
Dates: 1876 - 1999
Conditions Governing Access: The archives are unrestricted, except for 80 years closure period imposed on personal files, catalogued as CAV 10, 14-15 under data protection legislation.
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Miscellaneous astronomical papers, 1871 - 1873

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/259
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous papers concerning astronomical matters, including letters from O. Struve, Professor Clerk Maxwell, W.R. Birt, A.V. Auwers, J. Challis and W. De La Rue. The subjects covered include a photograph of the Sun; solar protuberances, in a letter from P.A. Secchi printed in 'The Mechanics Magazine'; C.A. Young's 'Bright Lines in the Spectrum of the Chromosphere'; Christie's paper on 'The Constitution of the Sun's atmosphere and Corona'; solar spectroscopy; W.R. Birt's lunar work; drawings...
Dates: 1871 - 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 Government superintendence, 1861 - 1869

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/5
Scope and Contents Correspondence relating to the missing volume of minutes of the Board of Visitors for the years 1784 to 1830. There is also correspondence on the extraction of minutes relating to the Royal Observatory from the Council Minutes of the Royal Society. The letters date from 1861.Letter and notes on the burial place of John Flamsteed, 1863.Note by J. Carpenter concerning the 'Old Equatorial', 1864.Memorandum concerning the supposed location of James Bradley and Nevil...
Dates: 1861 - 1869
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 Royal Astronomical Society, 1858 - 1859

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/236
Scope and Contents Papers relating to the Royal Astronomical Society, including a note on the errata in the 'Monthly Notices', 14 January 1859; a biographical note on Vice Admiral William Fitzwilliam Owen; a note on Oltmann's calculations of the eclipse of Thales; a paper by Airy on the method of projecting a great circle on a Mercator's chart; a paper by Airy on the exhibition of Colonel James' map; a paper by Airy on the movement of the solar system in space; a paper by Airy on the apparent projection of stars...
Dates: 1858 - 1859
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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Script for 'The Night Sky in April', 1953-04

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 45/273
Scope and Contents A copy of Porter's script for 'The Night Sky in April' on Coma Berenice; the Plough, Leo, Denebola, Cor Caroli, and the legend of Berenice's hair; Saturn, its rings and their composition according to James Clerk Maxwell; the 1933 discovery of the white spot on Saturn by Will Hay; the internal composition of Saturn, hydrogen in a metallic phase and the difference between the gas giants and terrestrial planets; and the mathematical nature of modern astronomy.
Dates: 1953-04
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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Votes for Professor of Physical Science, 1871

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/O.XIV 39
Scope and Contents James Clerk Maxwell was elected unopposed.
Dates: 1871
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: The University Archives are generally freely available to the holder of a reader's ticket for the Department of Archives and Modern Manuscripts, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR. Restrictions on access are imposed on certain categories of sensitive record: financial, governmental and personal, by order of the originating body or under data protection legislation. Access information, including opening hours and how to obtain a reader's ticket, appears as part of the Library's web site (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Vouchers, 1876 - 1879

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/CAV 1
Scope and Contents Relate to equipment purchased by James Clerk Maxwell in Cambridge, London and Germany for the new Cavendish Laboratory.
Dates: 1876 - 1879
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The archives are unrestricted, except for 80 years closure period imposed on personal files, catalogued as CAV 10, 14-15 under data protection legislation.

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