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Papers on the solar eclipse, 1905

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/203

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to the solar eclipse of 30 August 1905, seen at Sfax, Tunisia:

Correspondence and memoranda concerning E.W. Maunder's expedition to Labrador.

Correspondence with steamship companies regarding travelling arrangements for getting to Sfax.

Pamphlets and booklets of steamship lines relating to services useful to the eclipse expedition.

Correspondence with the Foreign Office and Treasury regarding the passage through Customs for eclipse expedition equipment.

Correspondence concerning the loan of instruments for the eclipse expedition.

Correspondence with the makers of photographic plates, with estimate forms and orders for the supply of plates to the eclipse expedition.

Correspondence with W. Otway and Son concerning the loan to them of a 16-inch coelostat as a pattern for a new construction.

Correspondence with J.W. Leadbetter of Tripoli regarding apparent errors in the 'Nautical Almanac' grid reference for the eclipse time of totality, including calculations showing that the 'Nautical Almanac' is correct.


  • Creation: 1905


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1 bundle(s) (1 bundle)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Q3 (12)

Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:46:31+00:00

Includes index.


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