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Photographs and Photocopies, 1934 - 2000

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 35

Scope and Contents

Photographs, photocopies, photostats and microfilms of a wide range of papers relating to the Royal Observatory or to individuals or subjects connected to it. The majority of the material relates to Nevil Maskelyne. This includes a large set of Maskelyne's correspondence (RGO 35/3-96), including letters he received from French correspondents; correspondence of family members, including his brother, Captain Edmund Maskelyne, and his daughter, Margaret Maskelyne; and letters he sent to colleagues and friends, including a large set of letters to Sir Joseph Banks. There are account books kept under Maskelyne at the Royal Observatory (RGO 35/134-136) and a set of his volumes of miscellaneous papers (RGO 35/137-148). There is also a series of letters written by David Kinnebrook to his father David and other members of his family, 1794-1796, which describe Kinnebrook's life as Maskelyne's assistant at the Greenwich Observatory (RGO 35/97-128). The rest of the series includes, among other material, copies of the letters of Observatory staff and other correspondents, and a set of microfilms (RGO 35/171-184), including the papers of the Herschel family (RGO 35/170).


  • Creation: 1934 - 2000


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 Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


5 archive box(es) (5 boxes) : paper/microfilm/photograph

43 item(s) (43 microfilms)

Language of Materials




Other Finding Aids

A handlist to RGO 35/1-150 is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources. RGO 35/1-150 were probably photocopied during the 1970s. The provenance of the remaining records is given, where it is known, at the relevant points in the catalogue.


This description was created by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, with additions by Dr Emma Saunders.

Finding aid date

2007-01-22 11:55:37+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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