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).
Conditions Governing Access
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).