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Papers on Universal Time, 1885 - 1898

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/146

Scope and Contents

Canadian and North American Papers relating to Universal Time:

Printed notice from the Royal Society of Canada drawing attention to matters of time determination and nomenclature, 1890.

Letter from Wilhelm Prealt of Hamburg, in German, 1890.

Letter from Sandford Fleming, Ottawa, enclosing a Bill to be laid before the United States Senate regarding the reckoning of time in the United States, 1891.

Letter from [J.P. Sohiham] of Vienna sending a copy of a booklet by Dr R. Schram, 1891.

Correspondence with W. Daniels of Southampton concerning civil time, 1891.

Letter from the Treasury concerning legal aspects of time determination, with a memorandum from the Astronomer Royal giving his thoughts on the subject, 1891.

Notice, in French, from Paris concerning the adoption of Paris time throughout France, 1891.

Letter of thanks from R. Schram of Vienna for the Astronomer Royal's comments on his booklet and enclosing a further copy, 1891.

Letter from the Department of Science and Art enclosing reports from the American Society of Civil Engineers on the adoption of Universal Time, 1891.

Copy of an amended Bill of the Canadian Parliament titled 'An Act Respecting The Reckoning of Time', 1891.

Reprint of an article from 'Herapath's Railway Journal' of an article titled 'True and False Time', 1891.

Printed proof of the Report of the United Kingdom Delegates to the Washington Conference on meridian fixing, 1885.

Printed letter from the Society of the Navy, Washington, concerning changes of meridian and the Astronomer Royal's remarks, 1885.

Remarks on the proposed change of the astronomical day, prepared for the Board of Visitors, 1885.

Printed extract of correspondence concerning the Washington Prime Meridian, 1886.

Printed paper showing the proposed layout of the monthly pages of the 'Nautical Almanac', 1886.

Letter from the Foreign Office, with a copy of the Japanese Government's order for the adoption of the Greenwich Meridian, 1886.

Correspondence with R. Schram of Vienna concerning meridian location and time differentials, 1890.

Correspondence with the Foreign Office, with a letter from the Ambassador in Dresden concerning the adoption of Universal Time in Germany, 1893.

Circular letter from the Canadian Institute to all astronomers concerning the reckoning of an astronomical day, with a copy of the reply, 1893.

Correspondence with W. Forbes of Southampton enclosing a copy of a lecture on Universal Time, 1893.

Correspondence with Lloyds of London concerning changes in time and the adoption of standard times by European countries, 1893.

Correspondence with E. Arnold regarding the differences in meridional times between the countries of Europe, 1893.

Correspondence with Reale Museo of Turin regarding Universal Time and its effect on railway timetables, 1893.

Letter to Sir Charles [Todd] on receiving his knighthood, 1893.

Correspondence with S. Fleming concerning his visit to Australia and the adoption of Universal Time there, 1892.

Letter from the Science and Art Department enclosing correspondence from Holland and Germany concerning the adoption of Universal Time in these countries, 1892.

Correspondence with J.M. Lowther, M.P., concerning the decimal system of time reckoning, 1892.

Correspondence with the Foreign Office enclosing dispatches from the Chargé d'Affaires in Brussels relating to the adoption of Universal Time in Belgium, 1892. There is also a minute from the Foreign Office on the adoption of Universal Time in Switzerland.

Correspondence with S. Fleming concerning his visit to the Continent and also his visit to the Royal Observatory to inspect correspondence on the change of time, 1892.

Correspondence with R. Schram, Vienna, with enclosures in German, 1892.

Correspondence with W. Forbes, who requests a copy of the Astronomer Royal's lecture on Universal Time, 1892.

Letter from Dr Pechule of Copenhagen remarking that Mid-European Time has been adopted in Denmark, with a letter to Capt. W.J. Wharton informing him of this fact, 1892.

Letter from the Science and Arts Department enclosing a French circular concerning the adoption of Universal Time in Switzerland, 1892.

Letter from Dr McCarthy of London enclosing a cutting from 'Cassells' concerning the International Date Line, 1894.

Correspondence with the General Manager, Cambrian Railway, concerning the adoption of 24-hour notation and the division into 100 parts, 1894.

Letter from S. Fleming enclosing a circular titled 'Unification of Astronomical, Civil and Nautical Days', 1894.

Newspaper cutting, in German, from the second edition of the 'Frankfurt Journal' concerning the decimalization of time, 1894.

Letter from Major General Hutchinson requesting information on almanacs to use on the Greenwich meridian, 1894.

Correspondence with Professor Lumsdon, Toronto, concerning a change in the astronomical day, with a reply stating that there was no time available to consider the question, 1894.

Letter from T. McNeil asking if any change had yet been made to the almanac with regard to the astronomical day, with a reply in the negative, 1894.

Correspondence with Sydney Observatory concerning the time change in Australia, 1895.

Letter from S. Fleming, Ottawa, 1895, concerning the 'Definition of Time Act 1895'.

Correspondence with R. Schram concerning the change of time on Austrian State Railways, 1895.

Letter from W. Wesley and Sons asking for information about any papers published concerning the change in time, 1895.

Letter from the Australian General Post Office, Adelaide, concerning the change in time, 1895.

Letter from S. Fleming, Ottawa, enclosing a report to the Governor-General of Canada concerning the unification of time, 1895.

Letter from S. Fleming, Ottawa, concerning his visit to London and a submission by the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1895.

Letter from Collins, Colonial Office, concerning committee meetings, 1896.

Letter from W. Greenwood, Glasson Dock, enclosing a circular and petition signed by masters of British and foreign ships on the unification of time, 1896.

Correspondence with the Science and Art Department enclosing circulars and letters from the Colonial Office, 1896.

Letter from W. Greenwood, Glasson Dock, enclosing a petition of ships' masters and a paper on the unification of time, 1896.

Letter from the Foreign Office, 1896, enclosing a note from Belgium stating that 24-hour notation is to be adopted in that country from 1 May 1897.

Correspondence with the Hydrographic Department concerning the minutes of a special meeting of the Visitors, 1896-1897.

Letter from the Admiralty enclosing copies of the correspondence between the Admiralty, Colonial Office and Foreign Office, 1897.

Correspondence with the Shipmasters and Officers Federation, Leith, 1897, concerning the unification of time at sea, including correspondence with Lloyds of London.

Letter from the Royal Colonial Institute concerning the unification of time at sea and enclosing a letter from the Royal Society of Canada, 1896.

Correspondence with Lloyds of London concerning a committee of the Royal Society to investigate the unification of time at sea, 1897.

Memorial of the Royal Colonial Institute: a printed paper titled 'Unification of time at sea', 1897.

Cutting from 'The Times', 5 January 1897.

Correspondence with the Royal Society concerning the committee meeting to consider the unification of time, 1897.

Letter from the British Association concerning the resolution of the Royal Society of Canada on time at sea, 1898.

Cutting from 'The Advertiser', Adelaide, concerning the Standard Time Bill, 1898.





























































































































Dates

  • 1885 - 1898

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Extent

1 bundle(s) (1 bundle)

Language of Materials

English

French

German

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