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Christie, William Henry Mahoney, Sir, 1845 - 1922 (Knight, astronomer)

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Found in 58 Collections and/or Records:

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Admiralty correspondence, 1861 - 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/76
Scope and Contents Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning money grants and salaries:Letters concerning an increase in the salaries of J. Carpenter and W. Lynn, 1862.Printed letter from the Admiralty asking for the names and details of the employees at the Royal Observatory, 1863.Correspondence concerning a proposed new scale of salaries for the assistants of the Royal Observatory and the subsequent increase in pay, 1864-1866.Letters concerning the need to increase the Imprest...
Dates: 1861 - 1875
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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Annual Meetings, 1881-1890, 1881 - 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 55/1/5
Scope and Contents Minutes of the Annual Meetings of the Board of Visitors, 1881-1890. The folder also contains a 'Memorandum on the Progress of the Numerical Lunar Theory' addressed to the Board of Visitors by G.B. Airy, 28 April 1883; an Address to the Board by the Astronomer Royal, 6 January 1887; and a copy of the manuscript of a proposed scheme by W.H.M. Christie for the increase of staff at the Royal Observatory, 4 June 1887.
Dates: 1881 - 1890
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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Arctic expedition papers, 1873 - 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/486
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers regarding the preparations for the 1875 Arctic expedition, including accounts of the American Polaris expedition from the 'Hawaiian Gazette'; W. Deboos' diameter theory of navigation; W.B. Carpenter's paper on the 'temperature of the Atlantic'; and A. Taylor's paper on tides and waves. The papers also include hypotheses on Syrian chronology, the exodus of the Israelites and the position of Mount Sinai (Gebel Musa) by J.W. Bosanquet; a paper on the discovery of Mount...
Dates: 1873 - 1875
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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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).
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Astronomical methods and instruments, 1871 - 1873

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/173
Scope and Contents Letters and papers concerning new inventions; trials of existing and improved instruments, especially the transit circle, altazimuth and equatorial telescopes; improved techniques; and adjustments to various instruments. The correspondents include W.H.M. Christie, G.G. Stokes, J. Glaisher, Sir D. Gill, C.V. Walker, G.M. Whipple, W. De La Rue, W. Huggins, A.C. Ranyard, F.A.T. Winnecke, J.T.R. Robinson, A.V. Auwers, A. d'Abbadie, Y. Villarceau, J.R. Hind, W.B. Clarke and Sir W. Thomson. There are...
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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Astronomical methods and instruments, 1874 - 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/174
Scope and Contents Correspondence on new inventions and techniques, as well as trials of existing equipment, including the Greenwich spectroscope (with plans, drawings and suggestions), the transit circle, the altazimuth, the double edge micrometer and others. The correspondents include J.A. Broun, W. Huggins, W.H.M. Christie and W. De La Rue. There are also scales for old micrometers, a water pressure card, sketches for eyepieces and two photographs of a German heliometer.
Dates: 1874 - 1875
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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Astronomical methods and instruments, 1875 - 1878

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/175
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning new ideas on navigation, trials of existing equipment, the Greenwich transit circle and altazimuth, the purchase of a new telescope for New Zealand, and the sale of other instruments. The correspondents include E.J. Stone, W.H.M. Christie, W. De La Rue, E. Dunkin, A. d'Abbadie and Sir H. Grubb. There are papers by L.M. Rutherford on a glass circle for the measurement of angles; writing by G. Davidson on mechanical defects in micrometers; material on Sumner's method of...
Dates: 1875 - 1878
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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Astronomical methods and instruments, 1878 - 1887

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/177
Scope and Contents Correspondence with Airy and W.H.M. Christie concerning new astronomical techniques; requests for instruments and information; the testing of various instruments, such as a siderostat, telescopes and a driving clock; and the finding of the longitude. The correspondents include W. De La Rue, W. Huggins, S.P. Langley, Sir R.S. Ball, R.L.J. Ellery, E.K. Abbe, H.H. Turner and various lesser known scientists. There is a photograph of a negative of a plan of Flamsteed's equatorial sector, a...
Dates: 1878 - 1887
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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Astronomical methods and instruments, 1878 - 1880

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/176
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning the Greenwich transit circle; adjustments to the altazimuth instrument and photoheliograph, with corrections; O. Struve on the proposed Russian refractor; and various suggestions sent to Airy. The correspondents include J.H. Dallmeyer, A.A. Common, W. De La Rue and W.H.M. Christie. There are papers by E. Plantamour and M. Loewy, in French, on spirit levels and flexure of the telescope; J. Hampden on sun dials; and E.T. Loseby on the benefits of spun glass. There are...
Dates: 1878 - 1880
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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Comparisons of north polar distances, 1878 - 1879

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/199
Scope and Contents Comparisons of north polar distances in the first and second seven year and nine year star catalogues and for circumpolar stars, with corrections to those comparisons. There is a catalogue of 384 transit stars and a short paper by A.M.W. Downing on refraction. The correspondents include W.H.M. Christie, A. d'Abbadie, J.R. Hind, A.V. Auwers, C.P. Smyth, T.H. Safford, E. Dunkin and O. Struve.
Dates: 1878 - 1879
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 and speeches, 1910 - 1980

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/160
Scope and Contents A miscellaneous collection of papers relating to Frank Dyson:1. Envelope containing letters to Dyson from W.H.M. Christie, 9 September 1910, A. Montagu Butler, 9 September 1910, and James [ ], 12 September 1910, regarding Dyson's appointment as Astronomer Royal.2. Undated photocopy of a letter from Dyson, Weld Club, Perth, W. Australia, to his wife Carrie, 2-3 August 1914.3. Printed booklet containing Latin pieces assigned to various individuals, including Dyson,...
Dates: 1910 - 1980
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 of Airy, Christie and others, 1876 - 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/786
Scope and Contents Correspondence between Airy and W.H. Christie on a great range of business and scientific matters, including computer's salaries, photographic measurements with micrometers, reduction of the 1874 transit of Venus, star position errors, spectral lines, the Time Ball, the Robert Medal, transit instruments, German longitudes, staff leaves of absence, standards, the tides of Malta, Navy telescopes, tradesmen's bills, a holiday forwarding address, chronograph sheets, distribution lists for...
Dates: 1876 - 1890
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, 1868 - 1872

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/602
Scope and Contents Correspondence on the rates of, repairs to, trials of, sales of, regulations of, requests on, and ownership of chronometers. The volume covers chronometers for ascertaining a ship's speed; regulations for the testing of chronometers at Liverpool Observatory; mail guards' watches; accounts for chronometers and relevant charges; chronometers for the Indian Department and the Austrian government; the Burdett-Coutts prize for the best essay on balance-springs; and a Swiss report on chronometers and...
Dates: 1868 - 1872
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, 1875 - 1876

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/604
Scope and Contents Correspondence on the ownership of, rates of, accounts of, listings of, repairs to, and packing of various chronometers. The volume includes papers on the defects and repairs to the Portsmouth sidereal clock; trials of new deck clocks; a report on the establishment and inspection of a new electric turret clock for London University; and enquiries on the Greenwich sidereal standard clock by J.W. Reffitt. The correspondents include F.J.O. Evans, R. Hall, W.B. Carpenter and W.H.M. Christie.
Dates: 1875 - 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 instruments, surveys and publications, 1880 - 1929

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/76
Scope and Contents Correspondence on different aspects of the work of the Cape Observatory:(1) Cape Observatory InstrumentsCorrespondence between G.B. Airy, W. De La Rue and D. Gill regarding the proposed large equatorial for the Cape, 10 April - 13 November 1880, with Airy's report to the Admiralty of 10 November 1880.Correspondence between G.B. Airy and J. Simms regarding iron stands for small transits, including diagrams, 21-28 July 1880.Correspondence between G.B. Airy and the...
Dates: 1880 - 1929
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 longitude, 1902 - 1928

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/148
Scope and Contents Correspondence relating to longitude and its determination, including the following material:(1) Correspondence regarding the Potsdam-Greenwich Longitude via Emden and Bracton, 1902-1904.There is correspondence with C.T. Albrecht regarding accommodation, equipment and arrangements with the General Post Office (G.P.O.); correspondence with the G.P.O. regarding the line between the Royal Observatory and Potsdam; and a copy of 'Longitude Difference between Potsdam and Greenwich', a...
Dates: 1902 - 1928
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 publications, 1894 - 1911

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/79
Scope and Contents Correspondence relating to publications of the Cape Observatory, including correspondence between W.H.M. Christie and the West India Docks and agents, 30 September 1896 - 9 December 1901; requests for copies of various Cape publications and arrangements made with the Observatory to meet these requests, 3 March 1903 - 17 July 1911; correspondence between the Admiralty, Christie and D. Gill on the distribution of publications and whether it should be increased to include more observatories and...
Dates: 1894 - 1911
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 solar eclipse, 1871 - 1874

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/135
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerned primarily with following the solar eclipse of 14 December 1871. The papers include the announcement of the eclipse by N.R. Pogson; a report by Captain A.B. Fyers; observations by Sir J.N. Lockyer and Pogson, with 9 photographs taken at Madras; an Italian newspaper article by L. Respighi in the 'Gazzetta Officiale'; a French newspaper article; and a piece in 'The English Mechanic and World of Science' by R.A. Proctor. There are papers by Sir J.N. Lockyer on the 1871...
Dates: 1871 - 1874
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 staff appointments, 1880 - 1911

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/77
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the appointment of staff at the Cape Observatory:Letter on the appointment of a mechanic and two Kroomen, 24 August 1880.Correspondence regarding the appointment of W.H. Cox as Junior Assistant, January-September 1883.Correspondence concerning the appointment of J. Read, R. Woodgate and A. Cochrane as computers, and general correspondence between D. Gill and W.H.M. Christie on the difficulty of finding computers, March 1889 - February...
Dates: 1880 - 1911
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 star catalogues, 1917 - 1934

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/98
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding star catalogues, including requests for copies of catalogues and of information from them, and correspondence with other observatory astronomers drawing attention to errors:Miscellaneous correspondence, 1917-1926, including correspondence with the Harvard College Observatory regarding Pickering's catalogue, the preparation of the Royal Observatory's 1910 catalogue and the reduction of the Paramatta catalogue. There is also a copy of Dyson's 'Analysis of the...
Dates: 1917 - 1934
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 Cape Observatory and Survey, 1875 - 1879

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/97
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the Cape Observatory and Survey, divided into eight sections:Official correspondence between G.B. Airy, E.J. Stone and the Admiralty, 28 March 1876 - 3 November 1877, including a report on the Cape Observatory by Stone for 11 August 1874 to 31 August 1876, with remarks by Airy; a copy of the 'Cape Catalogue of Stars for 1840'; and letters concerning the salaries of those working at the Cape.Official correspondence, 31 January - 12 December 1879,...
Dates: 1875 - 1879
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 time balls and signals, 1870 - 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/617
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers on the time signal and time ball service, including the failures of the Greenwich time signal; requests for information on time balls; the establishment of time balls or guns at Queenstown, Sheffield, Bristol and Manchester; a paper by S.P. Langley 'On the Allegheny system of electrical time signals'; experiments with the Post Office chronopher; corrections and errors of the Post Office and Westminster clocks; the system of operation employed by the London...
Dates: 1870 - 1875
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 time balls and signals, 1875 - 1878

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/618
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers on the time signal and time ball service, including the failures of the Greenwich time signal; notes and a report on the time signals at Portsmouth Dockyard; questions and answers on the Edinburgh time signals; a list of British time signal stations; enquiries from various individuals and the Norwegian and Swedish governments on time signals; time balls proposed for Calcutta and the West Indies; errors and corrections in the Westminster and Post Office clocks;...
Dates: 1875 - 1878
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 visitor admissions, 1868 - 1876

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/711
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding admissions to visit the Royal Observatory. The volume is divided broadly into requests by the Admiralty to visit the Royal Observatory, introductions on behalf of visitors, personal requests to visit the Observatory, and instructions to assistants on receiving guests. The correspondents include F.J.O. Evans, G.H. Richards, R. Hall, T.H. Stafford, A. Cayley, J. Glaisher, F.N.M. Moigno, O. Struve, E.J. Routh, T.A. Hirst, F.A.T. Winnecke, W. Spottiswode, E.J.A. Gautier, G....
Dates: 1868 - 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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