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Correspondence on Australian observatories, 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/452

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

The collection contains a wide range of correspondence and papers relating to the activities of the Royal Observatory during Harold Spencer Jones' time in office, with some additional material from later periods. The subjects covered include the history and internal affairs of the Observatory, including staffing, meetings, visitations, visits abroad and annual reports; the Observatory's instruments; relations with the Admiralty and H.M. Dockyards; the Observatory's moveable property, including acquisitions, gifts and loans; relations with tradesmen; stationery and the printing of Observatory publications; chronometers; the acquisition of equipment; magnetism; meteorology; motor transport; the Cape Observatory; general astronomy, including material concerning other observatories; various institutions, such as the Royal Society, Royal Astronomical Society and the International Astronomical Union, including personal correspondence of Observatory staff; and the measurement of time. There are also papers throughout the collection relating to the Observatory's transfer to Herstmonceux.


  • Creation: 1963


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


1 bundle(s) (1 bundle)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Finding aid date

2006-06-07 12:28:54+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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