Skip to main content

Cambridge University Libraries are providing a blend of online and controlled in-person services. Please see our website for more details.

Astronomical observatories

 Subject
Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

 Series

Kew Observatory papers, 1829 - 1911

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 66
Scope and Contents The bulk of RGO 66 comprises the incoming and copy correspondence of the chief assistant, later superintendant, George Mathews Whipple during 1871-5. Much of it is with the chemist and astronomer Warren De La Rue whose photoheliograph was moved to and used at Kew in the early 1870s. The correspondence is largely concerned with solar photographs and the practicalities of their production. There are a few financial papers and some records of solar and lunar observations made both at Kew and...
Dates: 1829 - 1911
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).
 Series

Kew Observatory solar photographs, 1858 - 1872

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 67
Scope and Contents

RGO 67 largely consists of a good run of contact prints from glass plate negatives of the sun produced between January 1862 and January 1872. The most significant breaks are December 1862-May 1863 and August-September 1872. Additionally there are a handful of glass plate negatives and contact prints produced in 1858-9, and one further negative dated 1866. The sequence of images is essentially continued by RGO 51: RO and RGO Solar Plates Contact Prints.

Dates: 1858 - 1872
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).
 Series

Kew Observatory sunspot observations, 1858 - 1897

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 57
Scope and Contents

RGO 57 contains drawings of sunspots showing their development, size and grouping, with tables recording the number of sunspots for each year.

Dates: 1858 - 1897
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).
 File

Papers on British and Empire observatories, 1874 - 1910

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/156
Scope and Contents Papers relating to the appointment of the Radcliffe Observer at Oxford, 1897.Papers relating to the appointment of the Director of the Dunsink Observatory, 1897, including applications from the Royal Observatory staff.Correspondence with Professor Aldis concerning the establishment of the Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory at Auckland, New Zealand, 1890.Papers relating to Bidston Observatory, Liverpool, 1890-1893, including suitable work, 1890; the appointment of...
Dates: 1874 - 1910
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).

The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.