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Astronomical observatories

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

 Fonds — Obsy

Archives of the University Observatory, its sister body the Solar Physics Observatory, and their successors, the combined Observatories and Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, 1818 - 1999

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/Obsy
Scope and Contents

The archives comprise the records of internal governance, finance, building and equipment development and astronomical observation, together with several small assortments of personal papers of individuals associated with the University Observatory, its sister and successor bodies, such as G.B. Airy, H.F. Newall and R.O. Redman.

Dates: 1818 - 1999
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: The University Archives are generally freely available to the holder of a reader's ticket for the Department of Archives and Modern Manuscripts, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR. Restrictions on access are imposed on certain categories of sensitive record: financial, governmental and personal, by order of the originating body or under data protection legislation. Access information, including opening hours and how to obtain a reader's ticket, appears as part of the Library's web site (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letters from observatories, 1847 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/141
Scope and Contents

Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, grant testimonials and orders for observations to be performed. The correspondents include W.C. Bond, J. Challis, O. Struve, O.M. Mitchel, C.P. Smyth, Lord Wrottesley, the Earl of Rosse, W.H. Sykes, P.P. King, Sir B. Hawes, R. Sheepshanks, Sir H.G. Ward and C. Pasley. Some of the later names were associated with the government. The volume also includes two copies of a report by C.P. Smyth on the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

Dates: 1847 - 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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Letters from observatories, 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/142
Scope and Contents Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, requests for information and for advice on instruments, and the formation of new observatories. The correspondents include J.R. Hind, C. Pasley, T. Maclear (a testimonial), J. Challis, W.S. Jacob, R. Sheepshanks, C.P. Smyth, G. Fisher, C. Pritchard, O.M. Mitchel, Captain P.P. King, Sir J.F.W. Herschel, W.R. Dawes and J.P. Nichol. There are communications with J.D. Forbes on the possibility of time balls at Edinburgh; reports by the...
Dates: 1849
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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Letters from observatories, 1848 - 1852

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/143
Scope and Contents Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, building new observatories at Blackheath and the West Midlands, and improving existing observatories (e.g. by erecting new time balls in Quebec). The correspondents include R. Sheepshanks, J.F.W. Herschel, J.D. Forbes, C.P. Smyth, Sir B. Hawes, M.J. Johnson, W.H. Miller, J. Challis, Sir F. Beaufort and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. There are reports on the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, and two reports on Liverpool Observatory...
Dates: 1848 - 1852
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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Letters from observatories, 1853 - 1855

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/144
Scope and Contents Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, the construction of time balls at Sydney and New Brunswick (with a plan), and the establishment of new observatories at Nottingham, Bristol and other locations. The correspondents include J. Challis, Sir W. Denison, C.E. Trevelyan, J.R. Hind, R. Stephenson, C.P. Smyth, C. Pritchard and M.J. Johnson. There are also two reports on Liverpool Observatory, a paper on Brussels Observatory, and a piece from 'Le Moniteur Universel' on the...
Dates: 1853 - 1855
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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Letters from observatories, 1852 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/145
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies, explanation of the mechanism and construction of time balls at Copenhagen and Edinburgh, the establishment of an observatory at Quebec, and the purchase of chronometers for the Lisbon Observatory. The correspondents include Admiral Radstock, B.A. Gould, J. Glaisher, J. Challis, C.P. Smyth, M.J. Johnson, J.F.W. Herschel and C. Frodsham. There are reports on the Brussels Observatory, 1852-1853, by L.A. Quetelet;...
Dates: 1852 - 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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Letters from observatories, 1859 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/146
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies, plans for new improvements at Madras, and the formation of new observatories at Williamstown, Victoria, and other locations. The correspondents include E. Dunkin, J. Challis, R.C. Carrington, O.M. Mitchel, J.D. Forbes, R. Grant, Sir E. Sabine, Lord Wrottesley, N.R. Pogson, Professor Baden Powell, J.F.W. Herschel and R.L.J. Ellery. There are also tracings for the proposed Adelaide Observatory; a piece from 'The...
Dates: 1859 - 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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Letters from observatories, 1860 - 1863

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/147
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies, new equipment and the new observatory at Williamstown, Victoria. The correspondents include C. Todd, R.C. Carrington, J. Challis, C.P. Smyth, R. Grant, W. Lassell, N.R. Pogson, J.M. Gillis, W.S. Jacobs and R.L.J. Ellery. There is also a report on the Glasgow Observatory by R. Grant; a report on the Liverpool Observatory by J. Hartrup; a Spanish account by R.R. de Sousa Pinto on the Madrid, Paris, Brussels and...
Dates: 1860 - 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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