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Downing, Arthur Matthew Weld, 1850 - 1917 (Superintendent of the Nautical Almanac)

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Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

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Correspondence on the Annual Visitation, 1879 - 1903

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/14
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers concerning the Annual Visitations of the Board of Visitors to the Royal Observatory and Visitation Dinners:Correspondence arranging the annual dinner for the Board of Visitors, including correspondence with the caterers, Messrs Spicer and Pond, and letters accepting and declining invitations to the dinner. The correspondents are A. Carpenter, W.D. Cronin, A.A. Common, W.B. Gibbs, E.H. Griffiths, the Rajah of Jugga Row, N. Langton, A. Siemens, C. Smith...
Dates: 1879 - 1903
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 Admiralty, 1891 - 1922

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 16/3
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous correspondence with the Admiralty and related papers:Correspondence between J.R. Hind and the Admiralty, 1891-1878, including a letter from the Shipmasters' Society concerning the new 'Nautical Almanac', correspondence on salaries and Civil Service Certificates.Papers concerning administrative matters, 1892-1899. The correspondents include A.M.W. Downing, the Admiralty, W.J. Harding, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Astronomer Royal, F. Nansen and the United...
Dates: 1891 - 1922
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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Equatorial observations of comets, 1888 - 1892

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/280
Scope and Contents Equatorial observations of comets and computation of parallax in R.A and N.P.D, with remarks on 'seeing': Comet Barnard, 1888-1889; Comet Davidson, 1889; Comet Brooks, 1889-1890; the conjunction of Mars and Saturn, 1889; Comet Wolf, 1891; and Comet Swift, 1892. Inside the front cover is a note from Christie to Mr Downing, 4 October 1890, on giving the magnifying power used in comet observations in communications to the Royal Astronomical Society and in the Greenwich Observatory.
Dates: 1888 - 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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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1872 - 1920

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/28
Scope and Contents Correspondence between the Astronomer Royal and A. Downing, assistant, on the subject of eyepieces, lenses and the principles of the telescope, 1874.Report to the Astronomer Royal on the work of E.W. Maunder, assistant, 1874.List of addresses of Royal Observatory staff, 1872.Request from W.G. Thackeray, assistant, for a testimonial from the Astronomer Royal, 1877.Letter from F. Galton and a reply informing him that in E. Dunkin's absence his letter was being...
Dates: 1872 - 1920
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 correspondence, 1880 - 1891

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/118
Scope and Contents Correspondence with Dr Shettie concerning terrestrial magnetism, 1880.Correspondence with F.M. Almond concerning the effects of fog on a compass, 1880.Correspondence with F.B. Heate concerning his theory that terrestrial magnetism could be caused by electricity, 1880.Request from the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1881, on behalf of Captain Count Oscar Cassini, Austrian Naval Attaché, for information on how to obtain a copy of 'Instructions for observations on Earth's...
Dates: 1880 - 1891
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 computers' orders, 1881 - 1919

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/136
Scope and Contents Papers concerning occasional orders given to supernumerary computers:(1) Granting of certificatesRecommendations from staff that certain individuals be granted a certificate asserting their competence to use particular pieces of equipment and notes from the Astronomer Royal announcing these grants, with an index at the beginning:Memorandum by W.H.M. Christie to E. Dunkin recommending a certificate for W.A. Peat, 1881.Note by Airy stating that on...
Dates: 1881 - 1919
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 annual leave, 1879 - 1909

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/20
Scope and Contents List of the number of days of leave of absence allowed to Royal Observatory staff each year, 1903.List of the number of days of leave of absence allowed to Royal Observatory staff each year, 1909.List of the number of leave days carried forward for the years 1905-1909.General order on revised scales of sick leave, 1912.Memorandum on leave arrangements for Royal Observatory staff, 1898.Applications from Royal Observatory staff for leave of absence and sick...
Dates: 1879 - 1909
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 the appointment of assistants, 1880 - 1894

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/8
Scope and Contents Correspondence between Sir George Airy and the Admiralty on the difficulty of obtaining a sufficient number of suitable applicants for the post of Second Class Assistant to the Astronomer Royal, 1880. The correspondence covers discussion of the postponement of the examination of applicants, the suitability of the existing examination requirements, and the possibility of revising them. The correspondents are Sir George Airy, S. Butler, W.H.M. Christie, A. Fowler, R. Hall, E. Headlam, M. Howlett,...
Dates: 1880 - 1894
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 loan and return of property, 1875 - 1927

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/69
Scope and Contents Correspondence and other papers regarding the loan and return of property belonging to the Royal Observatory:Correspondence concerning the loan and return of Observatory instruments, both to institutions and to private individuals such as E. Knobel, Sir George Airy, Captain Abney and others, 1875.Correspondence concerning the photographs sent by the Astronomer Royal to the Potsdam Photographic Exhibition, 1886.Correspondence concerning the loan to Captain W.J. Wharton,...
Dates: 1875 - 1927
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 Nautical Almanac Office, 1894 - 1918

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/171
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning stars to be added to the apparent place list, including the listings, 1894.Request from the Nautical Almanac Office for a proof copy of the 5-Year Catalogue, 1894.Request for observations of the occultation stars for the 1898 'Nautical Almanac', with listings and observational results, 1894.Observations of the minor planet Flora for the 'Nautical Almanac', 1894.Correspondence on the existence of star BAC 5255, 1894.Request for...
Dates: 1894 - 1918
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 Observatory's history, 1862 - 1909

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/1
Scope and Contents Correspondence and other papers relating to different aspects of the history of the Royal Observatory:Copy of John Flamsteed's will.Copy of Edmond Halley's will.Correspondence from F. Streatfield asking for a list of Astronomers Royals and other information, and a letter from W.S. Granville Richards asking for any information about T. Taylor in the Royal Observatory records, 1878.Correspondence with Captain S.P. Oliver on the subject of Halley's monument,...
Dates: 1862 - 1909
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 Royal Society, 1879 - 1910

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/239
Scope and Contents (1) Notices of Royal Society meetings, 1893-1909Notices of Royal Society meetings for the election of Council Officers, 1893-1909.Notice of an informal meeting to consider the claim of 'Physical and mathematical candidates for the Fellowship' and the office of President, 1900.Anniversary dinner notices, 1900-1901 and 1904-1909.Notice of the special meeting of the Council of the Royal Society, 1901.Committee recommendations on modifications in the six...
Dates: 1879 - 1910
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 time balls, 1885 - 1910

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/257
Scope and Contents (1) Papers on time balls at various places, 1894-1910Correspondence and papers on the following subjects:Request by G.H. Hills to see the Greenwich time ball for guidance on the erection of a timeball at Chatham, answered by Christie, 1894.Letter of thanks for C.F. Close's visit to inspect the time ball, 1894.Arrangements for the fall of the Bremen time ball, reported by 'Normal Zeit' and acknowledged by F.W. Dyson, 1895.P. Stevens on the difference in...
Dates: 1885 - 1910
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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