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Papers on computers, 1880 - 1934

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/139

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous papers relating to supernumerary computers:

Correspondence concerning militant behaviour by J. Toms, 1880.

Written list of the names of computers, 1836-1872, compiled c. 1880.

Application from F. Willoughby to be transferred to the Spectroscopic Department, 1885.

Application from E. Finch to be transferred to the Physical Department, 1886.

Correspondence with A. Bowden concerning computing work done at home, 1886.

Letter from F.C. Robinson regarding extra work, 1890.

Request from C. Martin to live at Battersea, 1890.

Request from E. Finch to transfer, 1891.

Letter from J. Power requesting a testimonial, 1890.

Correspondence with J. Power regarding his future prospects at the Royal Observatory, 1890.

Correspondence with J. Power regarding his unsuccessful application for promotion to 2nd Assistant, 1890.

Written statement concerning the ages of the computers employed at the Royal Observatory, 1893.

Cumulative statement of the years of service of computers, 1893.

Statement of the service and ages of computers, 1895.

Statement of computers' ages and service, 1895.

Correspondence with C. Davies concerning his failure to make observations, 1899.

Correspondence with the headmaster of St Olive's School concerning C. Ralph, 1900.

Letter from W.M. Mitchell concerning his failure to make observations, 1900.

Unsigned memorandum regarding Mr Higgett's eye trouble, 1903.

Statement of the number of computers in various departments, 1903.

Memorandum from T. Lewis concerning the attendance book, 1906.

Memorandum to C. Cody regarding bad behaviour, 1906.

Memorandum from A. Crommelin regarding bad behaviour, 1906.

Report of failure to make observations, 1908.

Memorandum concerning damage in the upper computing room, 1909.

Report of computer numbers, 1894-1909 inclusive, compiled 1909.

Cutting from 'John Bull', 13 May 1911.

Correspondence with Professor Gutton of V.C. London regarding computers, 1916.

Correspondence with S. Sgt Major G.F. Cryer regarding the death of a computer, 1917.

Correspondence with N. McLeod regarding lady computers, 1917.

Memorandum from the Senior Computer regarding status and future prospects, 1919.

Letter from A. Howich regarding references given him, 1919.

Correspondence with solicitors regarding W.G. Davies, 1920.

Letter from G. Baldwin concerning a testimonial, 1921.

Letter from A.R. Score regarding the computers' examination, 1921.

Correspondence with A. Howitch concerning sickness certificates and pensions, 1921.

Letter from C.R. Varney concerning his war service and pension, 1923.

Correspondence with A. Sillows regarding his son's possible career in astronomy, 1929.

Report from Woolwich Polytechnic regarding the attendance of Royal Observatory staff, 1930.

Correspondence with several companies regarding possible employment for computers, 1933-1934.


  • Creation: 1880 - 1934


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Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:44:11+00:00

Includes index.

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