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Correspondence on the solar eclipse, 1897 - 1898

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/197

Scope and Contents

Correspondence relating to the solar eclipse seen in India on 22 January 1898:

Correspondence between the Secretary of the Asiatic Society of Bengal and the Secretary of the Joint Permanent Eclipse Committee regarding travel and accommodation arrangements, 1897, including a copy of correspondence with railway offices and a meteorological report.

Preliminary correspondence with Captain E.H. Hills regarding arrangements for the eclipse expedition and the selection of an observing station, 1897.

Correspondence with Dr A.A. Common regarding the re-silvering of mirrors for the Indian expedition, 1897.

General correspondence concerning the eclipse, 1897-1897, including a letter from Amherst College, United States, requesting a possible letter to influence the American participation, correspondence on the development of the plates, and a request from A.A. Common for prints of the eclipse plates.

Correspondence concerning travel arrangements with regard to the solar eclipse, 1897-1898, including letters from Indian railway companies and receipts from agents and bankers.

Papers regarding the Astronomer Royal's lectures to the Royal Institution, 22 April 1898, and the Royal Photographic Society, 10 May 1898.

Correspondence with the Royal Institution concerning arrangements for the Astronomer Royal's lecture, 1898, including uncorrected and corrected proofs and the 1898 lecture arrangements at the Royal Institution.

Correspondence with the Royal Photographic Society concerning arrangements for the Astronomer Royal's lecture, 1898, including a proof of the lecture given for publication in the Society's Journal.

Manuscript notes of the Astronomer Royal's lecture, with lists of lantern slides and illustrations, 1898.

Correspondence with Sir J.N. Lockyer concerning the loan of lantern slides, 1898.

Correspondence with H.H. Turner concerning the loan of slides and queries on their return, 1898.

Correspondence with Captain Hills concerning the loan of slides, etc., 1898.

Correspondence with the Royal Astronomical Society concerning the loan of lantern slides, 1898.

Miscellaneous correspondence with various individuals regarding the Astronomer Royal's lecture, 1898, including arrangements for transport and a request from 'Nature' for a proof of the lecture.

Newspaper cuttings regarding the eclipse, 22 January 1898.


  • Creation: 1897 - 1898


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Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Q3 (6)

Related Materials

Further material on the eclipse can be found in RGO 7/195 and 7/198.

Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:46:19+00:00

Includes index.


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