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Papers on the Indian Observatories Committee, 1890 - 1935

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/159

Scope and Contents

(1) General papers

Papers and correspondence with the Indian Office, 1893-1901, including annual reports from observatory directors and a report by the Astronomer Royal on the reorganisation of Indian observatories.

Correspondence with members of Indian Observatories Committee, 1894-1899.

Correspondence concerning the meeting of 9 December 1903.

Correspondence concerning the meeting of 16 May 1905.

Correspondence concerning the meeting of 7 February 1906.

Correspondence concerning the meeting of 21 June 1906, including the appointment of a Third Assistant to the meteorological reporter.

Correspondence concerning the meeting of 6 June 1907, including a report from the Superintendent at Madras on committee recommendations.

Correspondence concerning the meeting of 7 November 1907, including letters on the establishment of meteorological stations on the Indian Ocean islands and a report on the strengthening of staff at Kodaikanal and extra observing work.

Correspondence concerning the meetings of June and July 1908.

Article from 'Engineering', 10 April 1896, giving a description and drawings of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

'Reports to the Board of Visitors of the Oxford University Observatory', 1908-1927, with correspondence of H.H. Turner up to 1930, and with H.H. Plaskett up to 1935, including the offer of the Radcliffe 24-inch telescope when the observatory closed, with the reasons for the offer being declined.

Seven miscellaneous letters concerning the Radcliffe Observatory, 1922-1924.

(2) Madras Observatory

Correspondence regarding the observations of T.G. Taylor of Madras Observatory and their return to Greenwich, 1890.

Papers concerning the Indian Observatories Committee meeting of 27 February 1890.

Papers concerning the Indian Observatories Committee meeting of 2 July 1891.

Correspondence, mainly with the Secretary of State, India Office, concerning the maintenance of the Madras Observatory, 1891.

Papers and correspondence regarding the meeting of the Indian Observatories on 3 May 1892, including applications for the post of Director to succeed N.R. Pogson.

Papers and correspondence relating to the proposed establishment of an Imperial Observatory in Southern India and the appointment of a Director, 1892.

Correspondence of 1893 relating to the transfer to the Astronomer Royal's charge of a number of volumes of observations taken at Madras by Goldingham and Taylor between 1797 and 1840.

Correspondence with members of the Indian Observatories Committee, 1893, calling a meeting to consider the annual report of the Madras Observatory for 1892-1893.

Report of the meeting of the 20 July 1893, a copy of the Madras Annual Report and resolutions and minutes of the meeting, 1893. The correspondence makes reference to the founding of the Solar Physics Observatory at Kodaikanal.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1935


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Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:45:04+00:00

Includes index.

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