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Astronomical observatories

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 90 Collections and/or Records:

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Correspondence with U.S. institutions, 1962-10-05 - 1967-01-20

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/569
Scope and Contents Correspondence with American observatories and universities, including Donald H. Menzel of the Harvard College Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts; A.R. Sandage of the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories, Pasadena, California; Mrs J. Wardlaw of the University of Texas, Austin; R. Zander of the John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Professor S.W. McClusky of the Warner and Swasey Observatory, East Cleveland, Ohio; John R. Isbell of the Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland,...
Dates: 1962-10-05 - 1967-01-20
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 U.S. institutions, 1969-07-10 - 1972-08-03

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/577
Scope and Contents Correspondence with United States observatories and universities, including P. van de Kamp of the Sproul Observatory, Swartmore, Pennsylvania; Mrs H.F. Czaplicki of the Hale Observatories, Pasadena, California; Miss P. Hughes and T. Thomas of the Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, Florida; G.E. Kron of the United States Naval Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona; A.A. Hoag of the Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, Arizona; C.B. Waff of the John Hopkins...
Dates: 1969-07-10 - 1972-08-03
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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David V. Thomas Papers, 1956 - 1979

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 147
Scope and Contents The papers of David Thomas cover the years 1956-1979. They include correspondence files, draft articles for publication, administrative papers, and a selection of digitised slides. The administrative papers date from Thomas’s time as Chairman of the RGO section of SRC branch of IPCS. They give an important insight into RGO staff concerns about the future of the organisation and of British Astronomy in general. Particularly significant are the files on the separation of the posts of...
Dates: 1956 - 1979
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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Ely Observatory Solar Plates Contact Prints: from Canon William Selwyn's observatory, 1863-02-11 - 1874-02-25

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 202
Scope and Contents

The prints span an eleven year period ostensibly to record a whole solar or sunspot cycle. That the purpose of the exercise may have been to investigate the supposed effect of planetary configuration on the abundance of solar spots is indicated by the presence of charts of planetary positions pasted on the verso of the mount boards and corresponding in date precisely to the prints.

Dates: 1863-02-11 - 1874-02-25
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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Fair minutes, 1765 - 1828

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/4
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...
Dates: 1765 - 1828
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Isaac Newton Group, La Palma: Technical Notes, 1984 - 1998

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 200
Scope and Contents

An incomplete series of ING Technical Notes.

Dates: 1984 - 1998
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Isaac Newton Group, La Palma: User Manuals, 1984 - 1993

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 199
Scope and Contents

20 volumes of typed or photocopied texts bound with green covers, with 14 duplicate copies. The following abbreviations are used in the titles: ISIS: Intermediate Dispersion Spectroscopic Imaging System; LDSS: Low Dispersion Survey Spectrograph; WHT: William Herschel Telescope; INT: Isaac Newton Telescope; MPF: Multi Purpose Fotometer; ADAM: Astronomical Data Acquisition Monitor; and CCD: Charge-coupled device.

Dates: 1984 - 1993
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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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
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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).
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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).
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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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Letters from observatories, 1861 - 1865

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/148
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies at Sydney; requests for new instruments from Madras and other places; and the possible establishment of new observatories at Bristol and other locations. The correspondents include C.P. Smyth, J.C. Adams, R. Grant, N.R. Pogson, R.L.J. Ellery, O. Struve, W. De La Rue, F.A.T. Winnecke, Sir F. Galton, R.C. Carrington, A. de Morgan, J.C. Maxwell and T. Maclear. There is also a photograph of Fletcher's Observatory;...
Dates: 1861 - 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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Letters from observatories, 1864 - 1869

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/149
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies, requests for new instruments at Sydney, and covering letters to reports. Approximately half the correspondence is concerned with the possible closures and alternative uses of the Madras, Bombay and Colaba observatories; reports on the Madras and Colaba observatories and their history; and governmental recommendations for the Indian observatories. The correspondents on these matters include E.B. Eastwick,...
Dates: 1864 - 1869
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, 1869 - 1872

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/150
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies; the foundation of new observatories at Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand; requests for astronomical works; and recommendations for the Indian observatories. The correspondents include H. Merivale, N.R. Pogson, C.E. Delaunay, Sir W. Denison, J.A. Broun, R.L.J. Ellery, B.A. Gould, the Earl of Rosse, R. Grant, Sir D. Gill, W.M. Maskell, J.C. Adams, A.R. Clarke and W. Harkness. There are proceedings and...
Dates: 1869 - 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).
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Letters from observatories, 1872 - 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/151
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on the subject of filling vacancies, requests for new instruments at Oxford, and information on recent work performed at various centres. The correspondents include J.C. Adams, U.J.J. Le Verrier, C. Pritchard, W. Huggins, G. Salt, H. Merivale, R.L.J. Ellery, Lord Lindsay, the Earl of Rosse, Sir R.S. Ball, N.R. Pogson, F.A.T. Winnecke and L. Mallet. There are various additional papers, including 'Le Revue Scientifique'; the history...
Dates: 1872 - 1875
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Letters from observatories, 1875 - 1878

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/152
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies, an enquiry into the transfer of Edinburgh Observatory, requests for new instruments, and the current state of work carried out at various centres. The correspondents include Sir H. Grubb, Lord Lindsay, C.P. Smyth, L. Mallet, Sir C.R. Markham, G.G. Stokes, N.R. Pogson, R.L.J. Ellery, W. De La Rue, C. Pritchard and F.A.T. Winnecke. There are numerous reports from observatories at Adelaide (1875), Dearbourne...
Dates: 1875 - 1878
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Letters from observatories, 1878 - 1879

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/153
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies, the foundation of new observatories in Jamaica and Japan, requests for instruments for New Zealand, and reports from various centres. The correspondents include C.P. Smyth, R. Herbert, L. Mallet, W.H.M. Christie, Sir D. Gill, C. Pritchard, N.R. Pogson, E.J. Stone, A.E.B. Mouchez, the Earl of Rosse, O. Struve and E.B. Baillaud. There are also reports from the Edinburgh, Colaba, Oxford University and Strasbourg...
Dates: 1878 - 1879
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Letters from observatories, 1880 - 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/154
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies, with enclosed testimonials; the foundation of a new observatory in Hong Kong; work at Indian observatories; covering letters to reports; and observatory reports. The correspondents include J.L.E. Dreyer, E.J. Stone, C. Pritchard, Earl Rosse, Sir H. Thompson, E.J. Cooper, W. Spottiswoode, L. Mallet, N.R. Pogson, T.H. Huxley, E. Dunkin, O. Struve, G.G. Stokes, Earl Portsmouth, R.S. Churchill, Earl Kimberley,...
Dates: 1880 - 1890
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Newspaper cuttings on the RGO and astronomy, 1922 - 1998

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 190
Scope and Contents A set of press cuttings on the subjects of astronomy, the RGO, its move to Herstmonceux Castle and later to Cambridge, and its subsequent closure. Significant cuttings include coverage of the Moon landings (1968), the Space Race, the Apollo 13 disaster (1970), Halley's Comet (1986), images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, Comet Shoemaker-Levi’s collision with Jupiter (1994), Comet Hale-Bopp (1997), and the Galileo mission to Jupiter.Early coverage is sporadic, with cuttings...
Dates: 1922 - 1998
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