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Correspondence on eclipses, 1951 - 1954

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/503

Scope and Contents

Correspondence regarding eclipses, including the following items:

Correspondence with the Joint Permanent Eclipse Committee, including minutes and agendas of the meetings of May 1952, June 1952, November 1952 and May 1953.

Paper by R. Atkinson on eclipse photography, 1951, including two 6½" x 3 7/8" film strips with sidereal marks.

Correspondence with, and meteorological data from, Dr Madwar of Egypt, 1951-1952, regarding the eclipse of February 1952.

Correspondence on instruments for the Royal Greenwich Observatory, 1952.

Certificates for apparatus and for members of expeditions on official observatory duty, 1952.

Letter from A.C. Fry, Superintendent of Police, Somaliland, regarding two half-plate negatives, March 1952.

Papers listing various expenses of eclipse expeditions, 1952.

Correspondence with various people, including A.R. Michaelis, Helwan Observatory, Egypt, concerning the eclipse expedition, 1952.

Letters of thanks sent to authorities in Kuwait, Sudan and Iraq, 1952.

Correspondence on the shipment of instruments back to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, 1952.

Correspondence with C.B. Watts on photographs of the eclipse, 1952.

Correspondence with A. Danjon on B.F. Lyot's death, 1952.

Correspondence with the Royal Air Force and others on the loan and return of aerial masts, 1952.

Correspondence with H.A. Brück on damaged apparatus, 1952.

Printed circular from Argentina on the 1952 eclipse.

Correspondence on the lunar eclipse of 29 January 1953.

Correspondence on the eclipse of June 1954, concerning eclipse expeditions to various places, including the Royal Greenwich Observatory expedition to Sweden, with lists of the members of the expedition and the apparatus used. The correspondents include the Stockholm Observatory, J.D. Pope, Dr Gee and various people in Sweden.

Correspondence on the eclipse of November 1948, 1953.

Material on the method devised by R. Atkinson for use on the 1954 eclipse to observe the Moon's position, 1953-1954.

Correspondence with Father F. Heyden regarding Royal Greenwich Observatory staff joining an American eclipse expedition, 1953-1954.

Correspondence and accounts for the 1954 eclipse expedition.

Letters of thanks for assistance, 1954.

Correspondence on the return of equipment from Sweden, 1954.

Correspondence with Professor D. Menzel, 1954, concerning the International Astronomical Union Commissioner's Report on the eclipses of November 1948, February 1952 and June 1954.

Inventories of the equipment of eclipse expeditions to Persnas, Simrishamn and Sydkoster, 1954.


  • Creation: 1951 - 1954


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1 bundle(s) (1 bundle)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Finding aid date

2006-06-07 12:32:02+00:00

Includes index.

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