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Metrology

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

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Correspondence on decimal coinage, 1846 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/349
Scope and Contents Correspondence on decimal coinage. The correspondents include Sir J.F.W. Herschel, J.G.S. Lefevre, Sir J.W. Lubbock, Professor W.H. Miller, the Revd G. Peacock, the Earl of Rosse, the Revd R. Sheepshanks, Lord Wrottesley and A. de Morgan. The papers include many printed documents on decimal coinage; weights and measures; the coinage of copper; questions asked by Lord Overstone to the Decimal Coinage Commissioners, with answers; a French paper on bronze money; and newspaper and magazine articles...
Dates: 1846 - 1858
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on standards, 1858 - 1862

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/357
Scope and Contents Official and general correspondence on standards. The correspondents include Sir J.F.W. Herschel, Sir J.W. Lubbock, Professor W.H. Miller, W. De La Rue, A. de Morgan and General E. Sabine. The subjects covered include 'distribution of copies of the Accounts of Construction of the National Standards to the countries and institutions to which copies of the standards were sent' and 'payment of expenses for printing the Account of Construction of Standards'. There are printed papers, including...
Dates: 1858 - 1862
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on standards, 1862 - 1865

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/358
Scope and Contents Official and general correspondence on standards. The correspondents include Sir J.F.W. Herschel, Sir J. Lefevre, J.W. Lubbock, Professor W.H. Miller, Lord Monteagle, the Earl of Rosse, Lord Wrottesley, W. De La Rue and A. de Morgan. The volume includes printed 'Notes for the Committee on Weights and Measures, 1862' by Airy; an Act for the amendment and consolidation of the Custom Tariff Acts; printed copies of letters and reports on standards; and newspaper cuttings on the question of...
Dates: 1862 - 1865
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on Standards Commission, 1848 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/348
Scope and Contents Correspondence on printing and accounts relating to the Standards Commission. The volume includes a printed memoir from Airy titled 'Account of the construction of the New National Standard of Length, and of its principal copies'; 'Catalogue of a portion of the Library of the late Stanesby Alchorne'; columns of numbers for 'Airy's Gauging scale'; and a copy of a letter by Sir Isaac Newton from 'The Daily Courant', 30 December 1717, on the value of the sovereign.
Dates: 1848 - 1858
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on the Standards Commission, 1849 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/344
Scope and Contents General correspondence on the Standards Commission. The correspondents include M. Biot, E.W. Brayley, A. de Morgan, W. De La Rue, M. Faraday, J.P. Gassiot, T. Maclear, E. Sabine, C.A. Peters and G.G. Stokes. The volume includes a galley proof titled 'Proposals to increase the gross weight of the Sovereign to 125 grains by making a small addition to the alloy, but preserving 113 grains of fine gold contained therein'; a copy of 'A Bill for regulating Weights and Measures'; a paper titled...
Dates: 1849 - 1858
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on weights and measures, 1838 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/342
Scope and Contents General correspondence, letters A-H, on proposals to reform or decimalise the standards of weights and measures. The correspondence takes the form of questionnaires to respected parties and asks opinions on proposed improvements. Those questioned include D.F.J. Arago, A.D. Bache, F.W. Bessel, S.H. Christie, T. Colby, W. Cubitt, A. de Morgan, M. Faraday, J. Field, W.H. Fitton, Sir W.R. Hamilton and T. Henderson. There are also newspaper extracts from 'The London Mercantile Journal and Weekly...
Dates: 1838 - 1848
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on weights and measures, 1829 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/343
Scope and Contents General correspondence, letters J-Y, on proposals to reform or decimalise the standards of weights and measures. The correspondence takes the form of answers to questionnaires to respected parties and asks opinions on proposed improvements and on systems used abroad. There is also a pamphlet called 'The Mechanic and Chemist' and a poster on the 1845 law of weights and measures as applicable to Ireland. The correspondents include J.V. Lamont, the Earl of Liverpool, W.H. Miller, C.W. Pasley, R....
Dates: 1829 - 1848
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence with the Standards Commission, 1838 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/340
Scope and Contents Correspondence with the following members of the Standards Commission: F. Baily, C.R.D. Bethune, F. Gilbert, Sir J.F.W. Herschel, Sir J.W. Lubbock, J.G.S. Lefevre, W.H. Miller, the Marquis of Northampton, the Revd G. Peacock, the Revd R. Sheepshanks and Lord Wrottesley. The volume includes copies of printed papers from the Standards Commission and several diagrams of spirit barrels.
Dates: 1838 - 1848
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence with the Standards Commission, 1848 - 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/341
Scope and Contents Correspondence with the following members of the Standards Commission: Sir J.F.W. Herschel, J.G.S. Lefevre, Sir J.W. Lubbock, J.C. Miller, the Revd G. Peacock, the Earl of Rosse, the Revd R. Sheepshanks and Lord Wrottesley.
Dates: 1848 - 1857
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Oliver Claude Pell: Collections on Weights and Measures

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6462
Scope and Contents Papers of Pell connected with historical weights and measures, and in particular with his contribution to P.E. Dove, ed., Domesday studies, I (London, 1888), pp. 227-385, on 'The Geldable Unit of Assessment of Domesday' (223 folios). I. Letters to Pell, 1888-1889, from the following: A.N. Palmer (nos 1-3); W.L. de Gruchy (4-7); C. Elton (8); C.F. Keary (9 and 11); F.W. Maitland (10, 12 and 14); [Sir] John Evans (13, 16 and 18); and C. Roach Smith (15 and 17), 30 September and 3 October 1889....
Dates: 1884-1889
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on standards, 1809 - 1843

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/345
Scope and Contents Printed papers on standards, including English Acts of Parliament; conversion tables for Scottish Measures; Russian, Bavarian and Sardinian Laws concerning weights and measures; and newspaper cuttings. There are also unprinted petitions, reports and comparisons, including petitions from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, and a draft of a former bill (1758) relating to weights and measures.
Dates: 1809 - 1843
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on standards, 1867 - 1871

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/365
Scope and Contents Printed and manuscript papers from various countries, unconnected with the Standards Commission, concerning metric and decimal systems and weights and measures. There are also several reports from different commissions and associations on standards.
Dates: 1867 - 1871
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on standards reform, 1848 - 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/346
Scope and Contents Various manuscripts relating to the investigations into reforms of the standards. The volume includes R. Sheepshanks' handwritten papers on the imperial yard, correct measurement of yards and other lengths, comparisons of bars, the general history of standards and his own comparisons of standards, the selection of standard bars and his opinions on the Standards Committee. There are also memoranda on standard troy weights; reports of weights and measures for Manchester, 1850, 1852-1855 and 1857;...
Dates: 1848 - 1857
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on standards reform, 1838 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/347
Scope and Contents Various manuscripts relating to the investigations into reforms of the standards. There are draft reports of the Standards Commission and a duplicate report of the Commissioners for the restoration of standards of weights and measures. The volume includes Airy's remarks on a proposed decimal system, questions put to civil engineers, abstracts from the standards papers, proposed metric systems, German weights and measures, and correspondence on printing the report. There is also correspondence...
Dates: 1838 - 1848
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on the Standards Commission, 1838 - 1847

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/338
Scope and Contents Official correspondence and rough and neat minutes of the Standards Commission. There are also summons to meetings and papers circulated with the summons, including suggestions of standards, with annotated remarks; a draft and the report of the Commissioners; and letters to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Dates: 1838 - 1847
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on the Standards Commission, 1848 - 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/339
Scope and Contents Official correspondence and rough and neat minutes of the Standards Commission, with summons to meetings. The volume includes all correspondence on the distribution of the standards authenticated by Act of Parliament, the changing of the manner of charging the customs duties from per 112 lbs to 110 lbs, and correspondence with the Treasury on accounts and printing. There are also letters from astronomers, including Sir J.F.W. Herschel, J.F. Encke and T. Maclear.
Dates: 1848 - 1857
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on the Standards Commission, 1866 - 1871

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/363
Scope and Contents Printed papers relating to the Standards Commission, including a list of documents laid before the Commission; papers by the Warden of the Standards on weights and measures and metrication; clearing house returns; plans for measuring apparatus; a copy of the Commission's findings; drafts of the Commission's reports; a watercolour of proposed standards of length; a letter in 'The Times'; and four reports of the Warden of the Standards of the weights and measures department at the Board of Trade,...
Dates: 1866 - 1871
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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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William Thomson, Lord Kelvin: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7342
Dates: 1840-1907 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Access to the original papers is restricted. A set of microfilms is available for consultation, reference CM04807-CM04856

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