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Simms, William, 1793 - 1860 (scientific instrument maker)

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Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

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Astronomical methods, 1851 - 1859

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/169
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous astronomical methods concerned primarily with the altazimuth and equatorial telescopes and the construction of piers for the transit circle, and mentioning mirrors, lenses and barrel and pendulum clocks. The correspondents include T. Barnaby, W.C. and G.P. Bond, I.K. Brunel, W. De La Rue, C.P. Smyth, C.A.F. Peters, J.T.R. Robinson, C. Wheatstone, J. Challis, E. Dunkin, M. Faraday, T. Grubb, W. Lassell, O.M. Mitchel, Lord Rosse and W. Simms. The volume includes a photograph of a...
Dates: 1851 - 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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Business correspondence, 1821 - 1830

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/805
Scope and Contents

Airy's business correspondence, volume 1, including letters from Amyott, Baldwin, Banks, Barlow, Barton, Clowes, Cubitt, Dolland, Easton, Faraday, Furlong, Gilbert, Jones, Lowry, Simms, Smedley, Stevenson, Tully, Williams, Watkins and Woolf, with an index to the correspondents at the end.

Dates: 1821 - 1830
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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Business correspondence, 1831 - 1835

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/806
Scope and Contents

Airy's business correspondence, volume 2, including letters from Baldwin and Co., Children, Deighton, Dolland, Faraday, Hardy, Jones, Knight, Lowry, Mitchell, Ryder, Sheepshanks, Simms, Taylor, the University Press, Watkins and Woolgar, with an index to the correspondents at the end.

Dates: 1831 - 1835
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 standard bars, 1854 - 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/353
Scope and Contents

Comparisons of bars made by R. Sheepshanks and W. Simms for the Standards Commission. The bars were of different metals and alloys, and in some cases scales and end-bars were used. Some of the papers are disordered.

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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Correspondence on Liverpool Observatory, 1838 - 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/155
Scope and Contents Correspondence on the establishment of the observatory at Liverpool, covering the financing of the venture, its advantages to navigators, plans of the docks, a telescope and a water-powered mechanism. The principal correspondents are J. Aiken, W.T. Jones and J. Franklin. There is also printed correspondence between R. Sheepshanks, J. Taylor and Sir J. South. The letters include correspondence with W. Simms, London, and G. Mertz, Munich, on the instruments. There are also articles from...
Dates: 1838 - 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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Correspondence on transit of Venus, 1868 - 1878

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/278
Scope and Contents Correspondence on instruments used in observing the transit of Venus. The correspondents include W.B. Birt, A.V. Auwers, A. de Morgan, W. De La Rue, W. Huggins, J.N. Lockyer, Miss Naylor, Mr Troughton and W. Simms. The papers include thermometer examination certificates issued by Kew Observatory; lists of instruments used in the transit of Venus observations; reports on the Altrincham (Naylor) and Hartwell (Lee) Equatorials; an illustrated single page catalogue of the theodolites made by Mr...
Dates: 1868 - 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 with tradesmen, 1835 - 1840

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/716
Scope and Contents

Correspondence with tradesmen, initials N-W, including letters from booksellers; a shipping agent; instrument makers, including W. Simms, regarding improvements to the telescopes; clock repairers; horologists; coal merchants; stationers; chandlers; auctioneers; builders; and parcel carriers. The letters cover requests; accounts; bills; receipts; tenders; invoices; routine repairs; adjustments; and improvements.

Dates: 1835 - 1840
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 tradesmen, 1856

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/731
Scope and Contents Correspondence with tradesmen, initials N-W, including letters from booksellers; clock repairers; horologists; draughtsmen; instrument makers; opticians; parcel carriers; engineers; chemists; the Phoenix Gas Company; the Gutta Percha Company; customs; journeymen; ironmongers; a scrap-metal dealer; the Post Office; a stove maker; and an auditor. The letters cover various instructions; requests; accounts; bills; receipts; circulars; tenders; invoices; routine repairs; and adjustments and...
Dates: 1856
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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Harton pendulum experiments, 1854 - 1877

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/213
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, letters M-W, regarding pendulum experiments at Harton, featuring, among others, Col. E. Sabine, the Revd R. Sheepshanks, W. Simms and Dr W. Whewell. The volume also includes Airy's hotel bills, E. Dunkin's book of expenses and journal, drawings of one of the pendulums as mounted, a printed copy of a memoir of the Royal Society (with map and diagrams), a lecture by Airy given in the Central Hall of South Shields, and an extract from 'Punch'.

Dates: 1854 - 1877
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 transits, 1832 - 1833

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 5/13
Scope and Contents

Original transit observations, 6 June 1832 - 10 September 1833, with adjustments to, reversal of, and repairs to the transit instrument involving Messrs Troughton and Simms; adjustment of the transit clock; meridian marks at Chingford and Blackwall; and observations of Saturn's rings.

Dates: 1832 - 1833
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 lectures on ship's magnetism, 1864 - 1865

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/690
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers regarding the preparations for Airy's lectures at the Royal School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering on magnetic errors, compensations and corrections. The volume includes texts, notes, annotations and corrections of Airy's lectures to the students; the syllabus for the course of lectures; plans of the old lecture theatre at the South Kensington Museum; instructions to W. Carpenter, J. Simmons and W. Simms for demonstration models; and various points of...
Dates: 1864 - 1865
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 Sheepshanks' Memorial, 1859 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/223
Scope and Contents

Material concerning Sheepshanks' Memorial, including correspondence with Miss Sheepshanks, W. Sharp, the seniority of Trinity and other Cambridge University colleges, Professor J. Challis and W. Simms. There is also correspondence on the examination of 1859 and 1861, with related papers and results.

Dates: 1859 - 1861
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 standards reform, 1838 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/347
Scope and Contents Various manuscripts relating to the investigations into reforms of the standards. There are draft reports of the Standards Commission and a duplicate report of the Commissioners for the restoration of standards of weights and measures. The volume includes Airy's remarks on a proposed decimal system, questions put to civil engineers, abstracts from the standards papers, proposed metric systems, German weights and measures, and correspondence on printing the report. There is also...
Dates: 1838 - 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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Papers on the Geodetic Zenith Sector, 1836 - 1846

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/416
Scope and Contents

Material concerning work with the Geodetic Zenith Sector for the trigonometrical survey of the United Kingdom. There are observations of stars with the zenith sector; papers on adjustments and equipment alterations to the instruments; sketches of instruments; zenith distances; proceedings of the Royal Astronomical Society; and a map of principal triangles in the United Kingdom. There is also correspondence with T.W. Colby, W. Denison, W. Yolland, W. Simms, J. Hornby and D.J.F. Arago.

Dates: 1836 - 1846
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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