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Papers of William Ellis, 1856 - 1916

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 54

Scope and Contents

RGO 54 contains correspondence, notes, and printed articles and lectures by Ellis, with a few other printed items and Ellis's tin box.


  • Creation: 1856 - 1916


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 (

Biographical / Historical

William Ellis (1828-1916) was born at Greenwich on 20 February 1828. He joined the Royal Observatory in 1841, where he was employed on reducing lunar observations before switching to observational work. After working as Observer at the University Observatory, Durham, 1852-1853, he returned to the Royal Observatory as a permanent member of staff. He took charge of the Chronometric and Galvanic Department in 1856, and became Superintendent of the Magnetical and Meteorological Department in 1875. He retired in 1893, and died on 13 December 1916.


2 archive box(es) (2 boxes) : paper

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A handlist is kept in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were collected or compiled by Ellis and transferred subsequently to the R.G.O. Archives.


This description was created by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on William Ellis in 'Who Was Who', Vol. II, 1916-1928 (London, 1967), pp. 327-328.


Ellis, William

Finding aid date

2007-05-11 10:04:02+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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