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Papers on British and Empire observatories, 1874 - 1910

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/156

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to the appointment of the Radcliffe Observer at Oxford, 1897.

Papers relating to the appointment of the Director of the Dunsink Observatory, 1897, including applications from the Royal Observatory staff.

Correspondence with Professor Aldis concerning the establishment of the Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory at Auckland, New Zealand, 1890.

Papers relating to Bidston Observatory, Liverpool, 1890-1893, including suitable work, 1890; the appointment of a Director, 1892; and the Observatory's rating, 1893.

Plan of the Magnetic Observatory, Bombay, 1890.

Correspondence regarding A.A. Rambant as a candidate for the position of Director of the Dunsink Observatory, 1892.

Correspondence with Dr Dryer regarding the appointment of the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, 1888.

Correspondence with C. Pritchard, Radcliffe Observatory, including invitations to meetings of the Board of Visitors of the Royal Observatory, 1890-1892.

Printed memorial to the Scottish Universities Commission regarding changes to the chair of Astronomy at Glasgow, 1891.

Request from the Kew Observatory for information on regulations regarding admission to the Royal Observatory, 1891.

Letter from the Director of the Lick Observatory offering the use of its telescope for spectroscopic work, 1891.

Cutting from 'Engineering', 2 October 1874, showing the dome at Orwell Park.

Correspondence with Henry Defty concerning his proposals for an international observatory, 1889.

Letter from F.W. Petter, Barnstaple, concerning the mountings for his telescope, 1892.

Correspondence of 1897 concerning the financial crisis at Armagh Observatory, with the Astronomer's annual report on the observatory for the years 1883-1896, published 1896.

Invitation to the opening of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 1896.

Proposal from the Kew Observatory to cease making sunspot drawings in view of better equipment being used at other places, 1897.

Papers concerning the periodical opening and closing of the Ben Nevis Observatory, 1898-1902.

Proposals for an observatory at Lincoln and the restoration of the observatory at Crowborough, 1899.

Papers relating to the transfer of an old observatory at the Royal Naval College to the Royal Hospital School, 1904-1905.

Papers relating to the death of the Astronomer Royal for Scotland and correspondence concerning his successor, 1905-1906, with an application from E.W. Maunder.

Papers relating to the death of Professor Joly, with an application from A.C.D. Crommelin to succeed him, 1906.

Papers relating to the applications for an assistant at the Radcliffe Observatory, 1907.

Papers relating to the appointment of an assistant at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 1908.

Papers relating to the Observations Committee meetings of 27 April and 18 May 1904.

Papers relating to the Observations Committee meeting of 18 January 1910.


  • Creation: 1874 - 1910


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Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:44:59+00:00

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