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Geodesy

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

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Correspondence and theories on geodesy, 1868 - 1873

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/424
Scope and Contents Correspondence and theories of J.C. Adams, A. d'Abbadie and Mr Sawitsch regarding geodesy. The papers includes a manuscript titled 'Observations made at Schiehallion June 1775' written by Dr Maskelyne and an assistant; a resumé of the career of Captain Basevi; plans of platforms for pendulums in a Russian observatory and in the Royal Society; a printed paper titled 'Gegenbericht an die permanente Commission der Europaischen Gradmessung' (Reply to the permanent European Commission on the size of...
Dates: 1868 - 1873
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 geodesy, 1862 - 1868

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/423
Scope and Contents Correspondence on geodesy with related papers. The correspondents include H. James, W. De La Rue, C. Pritchard, B.A. Gould, O. Struve, F.A.T. Winnecke, C.F. Varley, W.G. Armstrong, J.T. Chance, W. Smyth, A.R. Clarke, R.L.J. Ellery, J.J.V. Littrow, A. d'Abbadie and C.V. Walker. There is material concerning experiments to find the Earth's density; a paper on a geological survey of Britain; drawings of two portable transit instruments and a zenith sector; departmental orders for a trigonometrical...
Dates: 1862 - 1868
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 triangulation and geodesy, 1896 - 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/118
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding Arc of Meridian work, triangulation and geodesy, divided into the following sections:'Correspondence with Surveyor-General's Department Cape Town': letters relating to D. Gill's annual reports and the geodetic survey, 1898-1900.'Completion of African Arc of Meridian': letters of 1898-1899, including D. Gill's application to the Royal Geographical Society for assistance in completing a geodetic survey of South Africa from South to North along the 30th...
Dates: 1896 - 1900
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 regarding geodesy, pendulum experiments and the longitude of Madeira, 1786 - 1830

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/49
Scope and Contents From the Series: The first part of collection is comprised of papers concerning the internal affairs of the Board of Longitude, including the granting of awards, accounts, minutes, committee papers, petitions and memorials, the loan of instruments, publications and the payment of staff. These are followed by a wide range of papers relating to the Board's work, concerning clocks, chronometers and other instruments; longitude and latitude; magnetic variation; schemes and inventions; tables; pendulum experiments;...
Dates: 1786 - 1830
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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Official correspondence on standards, 1877 - 1932

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/147
Scope and Contents Correspondence with the Board of Trade concerning the custodianship of standards, 1877.Correspondence with H.W. Chisholm, Warden of Standards, 1877.Letter from the Board of Trade concerning arrangements for viewing the weights room, 1877.Copy of the Weights and Measures Bill of 1878, with the Astronomer Royal's comments, 1878.Correspondence with the Board of Trade concerning the Weights and Measures Bill, 1878.Correspondence with G.G. Stokes, Royal...
Dates: 1877 - 1932
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 geodesy, 1874 - 1895

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/145
Scope and Contents (1) Papers relating to the North American BoundaryCorrespondence with C. Frodsham and Co. concerning clocks by Lindsay Russell on trial at the Royal Observatory, 1874.(2) Papers relating to the North American Boundary west of Lake in the WoodsCorrespondence with Captain L. Anderson, Royal Engineers, concerning the determination of the 49th Parallel and the methods to be used, with a map of the area, a memorandum of progress and the Astronomer Royal's reply.Letter...
Dates: 1874 - 1895
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 geodesy and geophysics, 1897 - 1931

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/81
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous material relating to geodesy and geodynamics, including a report on terrestrial magnetism and atmospheric electricity work at Greenwich and Abinger, 1927-1929; reports and notes to members of the Committee for Geodesy and Geodynamics, 1928 and 1930; correspondence regarding the possibility of establishing a permanent Department of Geodesy and Geophysics at Cambridge University; and a copy of the International Association of Geodesy 'Rapport du Secrétaire Perpétuel', 1909.
Dates: 1897 - 1931
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 geodesy pendulums, 1874 - 1927

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/144
Scope and Contents (1) Miscellaneous papers concerning geodesy pendulumsCorrespondence with Kew Observatory, 1874, concerning the correction of the sidereal clock and the extending of the period of transmission of time signals.Printed extract from Walker's report of the survey of India, 1874.Letter from W. Harkness of the U.S. Naval Observatory concerning pendulum swings at the Transit of Venus stations and asking what base stations to use, 1874.Correspondence with Captain...
Dates: 1874 - 1927
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 geodetic surveys, 1855 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/420
Scope and Contents Papers relating to geodetic surveys, including a map and calculations of the British Isles showing trigonometrical bases; a printed 'Report of the progress of the Ordnance Survey and Topographical Depot, to the 31 December 1858'; a photograph of Lt. Colonel James R.E.; an extract from a printed work, including sections on the description of instruments used for the triangulation of Great Britain, the reduction of observations and the observations of the principal triangulations; a list of...
Dates: 1855 - 1861
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 geodetic surveys and longitudes, 1836 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/417
Scope and Contents Material concerning work on the geodetic surveys and longitudes in Britain, Europe and India. The papers include two maps of triangulations in Ireland (one on a smaller scale); a plan of principal triangles in Britain; a map of triangulations in Germany; a sketch of triangulations at Royston, Bedfordshire; calculations to find the latitude and longitude of Ben Lomond; triangulations in Scotland and on the Shetland Isles; disturbances of gravity of Shanklin Down, Isle of Wright, with a list of...
Dates: 1836 - 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 British Geodetic Survey, 1847 - 1850

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/418
Scope and Contents Papers relating to the British Geodetic Survey, including a map of the Shetland stations; a paper by Airy on 'Curvature Excess', sent to the 'Philosophical Magazine and Journal'; calculations relating to a falling body in a mine shaft; and a copy of the Australian Colonies Government Bill.
Dates: 1847 - 1850
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 British Geodetic Survey, 1851 - 1854

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/419
Scope and Contents Papers relating to the British Geodetic Survey, including comparisons of the Ordnance standard thermometer with other thermometers; a map of the Trigonometrical Points in the Lerwick area; a paper titled 'Notes on the proper method to be used for Reduction of the Grand Triangulation of the British Survey, by G B Airy'; prints of Airy's zenith sector in position for observing and in plan; a copy of a printed paper by Matthew Collins on Clairaut's Theorem; a printed paper by J.L. Murphy on the...
Dates: 1851 - 1854
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 British Geodetic Survey, 1876 - 1904

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/141
Scope and Contents Request from Sir George Airy for a copy of 'Report of the Progress of the Ordnance Survey', with a reply from the Secretary of H.M. Office of Works, 1876.Letter from Sir George Airy to Col. Clarke R.E. requesting a contour map of the Malvern Hills, with a letter of rejection, 1877.Correspondence relating to the death of General Cameron, 1878.Correspondence relating to the retirement of Col. Clarke, 1881.Cuttings from 'The Times' relating to the Ordnance Survey,...
Dates: 1876 - 1904
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 Geodetic Association, 1883 - 1927

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/142
Scope and Contents (1) Papers relating to the Geodetic AssociationLetter to the Admiralty concerning the Geodetic Association Conference in Rome, 1883.Correspondence with Colonel A.R. Clarke concerning the Rome conference, 1883.Letter to Dr Hirsch concerning resolutions passed at the Rome conference, 1883.Letter to Col. Donnelly concerning copies of the proceedings of the Rome conference, 1883.Telegram from Col. Donnelly stating that engineers are visiting him,...
Dates: 1883 - 1927
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 Geodetic Zenith Sector, 1836 - 1846

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/416
Scope and Contents Material concerning work with the Geodetic Zenith Sector for the trigonometrical survey of the United Kingdom. There are observations of stars with the zenith sector; papers on adjustments and equipment alterations to the instruments; sketches of instruments; zenith distances; proceedings of the Royal Astronomical Society; and a map of principal triangles in the United Kingdom. There is also correspondence with T.W. Colby, W. Denison, W. Yolland, W. Simms, J. Hornby and D.J.F. Arago.
Dates: 1836 - 1846
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 Indian Geodetic Survey, 1874 - 1879

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/143
Scope and Contents Letter to the India Department concerning Professor Benjamin Peirce's request for a sight of the survey reports from India, 1874.Reply from the India Office stating that copies have been sent to Professor Pierce, 1874.Letter from Col. Walker concerning the survey of India and the differences between different surveyors' calculations, 1875.Letter from Col. Walker sending copies of survey reports II, III and IV, 1879.Printed extract titled 'Preface to the Great...
Dates: 1874 - 1879
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 International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics, 1936 - 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/609
Scope and Contents Minutes of meetings of the Sub-committee for Geodesy and Oceonography of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, including draft minutes of a meeting to discuss tidal stations, 1936; a report on the 'National Responsibilities for Geodetic Work', 1939; general correspondence concerning meetings; and a report titled 'The International Association of Geodesy and its relation to the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics'.
Dates: 1936 - 1939
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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RGO and Aston University Hewitt Camera Project: papers, 1978 - 1986

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 98
Scope and Contents In 1975 the Science Research Council approved proposals from the Universities of Aston and Leicester for a new UK programme of optical tracking of satellites for geodetic analysis. The Hewitt Camera near Evesham (later referred to as 'the Malvern site') was initially manned by the Ordnance Survey and the SRC proposed that a second observing team from the University of Aston would also participate in the tracking. The Ordnance Survey, however, stopped using the Malvern Hewitt Camera in 1976 and...
Dates: 1978 - 1986
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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RGO Satellite Laser Ranger Project and PIMS Project papers, 1976-1988 and 1995-1998

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 93
Scope and Contents Laser ranging is one of the most accurate techniques for observing orbits of artificial satellites. The state-of-the-art Satellite Laser Ranging System (SLR) at RGO Herstmonceux began operations in October 1983 and is considered one of the best installations of its kind worldwide. As part of the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS), the data obtained with the RGO’s SLR system is made available to researchers worldwide within 1-2 hours. On average during the year the SLR system observes...
Dates: 1976-1988 and 1995-1998
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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Triangulation map of Europe, 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/421
Scope and Contents A map titled 'Carte de l'Europe' inside a case marked 'Geodetic Map of Europe'. The map is a political map of Europe on which triangulations have been indicated.
Dates: 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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Triangulation map of Europe, 1863

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/422
Scope and Contents A map showing triangulations undertaken over Europe.
Dates: 1863
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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