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Astronomical observatories

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 104 Collections and/or Records:

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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
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, 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
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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Maps, Plans and Technical Drawings, c.1715-1998

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 101
Scope and Contents Cataloguing and conservation of this class is still in progress. For all queries and requests for access, please contact the RGO Archivist, Dr Emma Saunders, at els57@cam.ac.uk.A large collection of technical drawings and plans of telescopes, instruments and buildings of the Royal Observatory Greenwich and RGO Herstmonceux.The largest series (RGO 101/1) comprises drawings made internally by the RGO's Drawing Office, and later, 'Drawing and Design Offices', based at...
Dates: c.1715-1998
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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'Marshal Pilsudski Memorial photographs', August 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 113/4/3
Scope and Contents Four photographs captioned on the back as follows: 1. 'Aug. 1938 "Pop Ivan" View from the Dome Parapet'. 2. 'Aug. 1938 "Pop Ivan" Cosmopolitan Crew. Polish, Russian, Romanian and Czechoslovak' (group shot showing seven individuals standing and seated in a doorway). 3. 'Aug. 1938 "Pop Ivan" Laying gold leaf on the Memorial Tablet to Marshall Pilsudski in the dome entrance'. 4. 'Aug. 1938 On top of "Pop Ivan" Ruthenia "Poland". A French artist who painted the murals inside the...
Dates: August 1938
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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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
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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Observations and correspondence, 1786 - 1829

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/48
Scope and Contents

Observations and correspondence regarding miscellaneous astronomical matters.

Dates: 1786 - 1829
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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Overseas Observatories including Saudi Arabian Telescope Project Papers, 1963 - 1985

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 135
Scope and Contents Files concerning RGO advisory work with overseas observatories, particularly in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Most concern the RGO's involvement with the Saudi Arabia Telescope Project, a project to set up a new National Observatory in Saudi Arabia and a proposed large radio telescope for Riyadh University. There are also two files relating to RGO advisory work with Helwan Observatory and Kottamia Observatory in Egypt, including an inspection of instruments carried out in 1965. The final file...
Dates: 1963 - 1985
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 of 'The Observatory' magazine, 1922 - 1983

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 84
Scope and Contents The collection comprises an incomplete archive of the business papers of ‘The Observatory’ from 1922 to 1983 (mostly covering 1939-1975). The papers are arranged in four series: financial records, general correspondence and business files, reprints files, and miscellaneous print material. The bulk of the collection consists of editorial correspondence with contributing authors, mainly concerning submissions for publication (RGO 83/2) and reprints (RGO 83/3). Some files include...
Dates: 1922 - 1983
Conditions Governing Access: The provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 apply to many of these records.
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Papers on an observatory for Chile, 1961 - 1962

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/921
Scope and Contents

Correspondence regarding a proposed observatory in Chile to be run as a joint European establishment, with minutes of meetings, a drawing and specification of a 40-inch telescope, and a short letter from A. Hunter stating that British participation has been withdrawn.

Dates: 1961 - 1962
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 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).
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Papers on Indian observatories, 1892 - 1902

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/158
Scope and Contents (1) General papersEnvelope containing memorandum and correspondence on the Indian observatories committee meetings, 1892-1899, with plans for new observatories at Kodaikanal and Bombay and a memorandum.Envelope containing undated micrometer sketches.(2) Papers relating to the Indian Government ObservatoryCorrespondence and memoranda relating to the supply of two 18-foot domes for the Kodaikanal Observatory, including plans and estimates,...
Dates: 1892 - 1902
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 observatories, 1896 - 1913

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/160
Scope and Contents (1) Papers on appointments at various observatoriesAssistant at Helwan, 1907.Mechanical Assistant at Helwan, 1908.Ceylon Survey Department, Assistant Astronomer, 1908.Government Astronomer, New South Wales, 1911-1912.First Assistant at Hong Kong, 1912.Candidacy of A.C.D. Crommelin for the Directorship of the Dunsink Observatory, 1912.Appointment of J.E. Evans as Second Assistant at Ceylon, 1912.Appointment of Assistant...
Dates: 1896 - 1913
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 overseas observatories, 1909 - 1927

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/157
Scope and Contents (1) Papers regarding various overseas observatoriesPapers relating to the closure of Perth Observatory, Western Australia, 1912-1913, including letters from the Royal Society, the Royal Astronomical Society and Sir David Gill and correspondence with Downing Street and the Agent General for Western Australia.Papers relating to the comparison of Greenwich and Helwan Observatory photographs on the introduction of the new telescope at Helwan, 1909-1912.Correspondence with...
Dates: 1909 - 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 overseas observatories, 1891 - 1908

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/161
Scope and Contents Correspondence with the Colonial Office and various individuals concerning the post of Chief Assistant at the Hong Kong Observatory and a request for the loan of an altazimuth, 1891.Correspondence with Dr Dobeck concerning the Directorship of the Melbourne Observatory, 1892.Correspondence with the Colonial Office concerning the use of the Hong Kong Observatory, 1892.Correspondence with the Tekhtasingi Observatory, Poona, 1895-1901.Article from the 'Town and...
Dates: 1891 - 1908
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 Observatories Committee, 1890 - 1935

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/159
Scope and Contents (1) General papersPapers and correspondence with the Indian Office, 1893-1901, including annual reports from observatory directors and a report by the Astronomer Royal on the reorganisation of Indian observatories.Correspondence with members of Indian Observatories Committee, 1894-1899.Correspondence concerning the meeting of 9 December 1903.Correspondence concerning the meeting of 16 May 1905.Correspondence concerning the meeting of 7 February...
Dates: 1890 - 1935
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 Sydney and Johannesburg Observatories, 1903 - 1925

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/162
Scope and Contents (1) Papers relating to the Sydney Observatory, New South WalesCorrespondence with W.E. Cooke concerning the depressed state of the observatory and his ideas for improvements in the transit of observations, 1913-1914; the Report of the Board of Visitors, 1916; and a report of an investigation into the staff and work in 1917, with a reply from the Director.Correspondence with W.E. Cooke concerning alterations to astrographic charts, 1924-1925.Letter from W.E. Cooke...
Dates: 1903 - 1925
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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Records of Cambridge University Astronomical Society, 2008 - 2011

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.111
Scope and Contents

Comprise: agenda for committee meeting on Oct. 2010; minutes of committee meetings, Apr. 2008 and May 2011; Chairman's annual report, Apr. 2011; print-out of Chairman's e-mail communications to the membership, 2010-11; calendars of society events, 2009-10, 2010-11; almanac, 2009-10; observing guide, 2009; posters advertising talks, 2009-11; dinner menu, Mar. 2011; design for society T-shirt and sweatshirt, n.d.

Dates: 2008 - 2011
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: The University Archives are generally freely available to the holder of a reader's ticket for the Manuscripts Reading Room at 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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Requests for Astronomical Information: celestial phenomena and unidentified flying objects, 1968-1975, 1978

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 83
Scope and Contents This class consists of requests for astronomical information sent to the Royal Greenwich Observatory between 1968 and 1975. It includes letters from the public, both in the UK and worldwide. Both incoming letters and carbon copies of official responses are preserved, with replies generally signed by Humphry Smith or William (Bill) Nicholson who were joint Press Officers from 1968.The first nine files are letters from the UK, deemed ‘general’ or ‘special’, and each organised in...
Dates: 1968-1975, 1978
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 La Palma Operations Division and the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory: Papers and Records, c.1980-2015 (mainly to 1998)

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 100
Scope and Contents

Papers, records and photographs for the RGO La Palma Operations Division and the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory. Includes paper files recording day to day administration, a large series of photographic records in albums, various sets of publications relating to telescopes and instruments and a small set of press cuttings.

Dates: c.1980-2015 (mainly to 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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RO and RGO Solar Plates, 1918 - 1979

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 50
Scope and Contents RGO 50 is the product of a solar observation programme begun in 1873 at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and continued, from 1953 to 1979, at Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceux. It primarily consists of a sequence of glass plate negatives of daily observations. Where no plate was produced at Greenwich or Herstmonceux the gap has been filled by sourcing plates from observatories elsewhere around the world, particularly the Indian observatories at Kodaikanal and Dehra Dūn. Observation...
Dates: 1918 - 1979
Conditions Governing Access: N.B. THIS SERIES IS NOT STORED AT CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. Requests for access may be directed to the Royal Greenwich Observatory Archivist by sending an email to mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Items RGO 50/747a, 1155a, 50/14971 and 22230 are marked as missing in the original manuscript listing.
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RO and RGO Solar Plates Contact Prints, 1873-06-02 - 1972-08-02

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 51
Scope and Contents The 1873-1917 prints in this class were made from glass plate negatives which are no longer extant. The plates were the product of a solar observation programme begun in 1873 at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich but are thought to have been destroyed in the First World War. The sequence of images is a continuation of RGO 67: Kew Observatory solar photographs (1858-72) and is itself continued by RGO 50: Royal Observatory Greenwich and Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceux Solar Plates...
Dates: 1873-06-02 - 1972-08-02
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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Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO
Scope and Contents The RGO archives collection is now deposited in the University Library and consists of all the surviving historical paper records of the Royal Observatory from 1675 until circa 1980, though many later records are held and the collection accrues as material is deposited. The records are public records under the 1958 Public Records Act and are subject to the provisions of the 1958 and 1967 Acts, including the 'thirty-year rule'; at present all records created before 1992 January 01 are open...
Dates: 1675 - 2019
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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Scrapbook relating to the career of Tom Broadbent at Grubb Parsons, compiled c.1982

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 113/4/2
Scope and Contents Family scrapbook recording Broadbent's career for Grubb Parsons, including photographs, official documents (including travel passes) and handwritten explanatory notes by Broadbent [and a son/daughter]. It covers: 1. Broadbent's 1938 visit to Mount 'Pop Ivan', Poland, and the opening day of the Observatory there. Broadbent had designed the dome and telescope there and was sent by Grubb Parsons to complete the telescope mounting. He personally did the electrical wiring and fitted...
Dates: compiled c.1982
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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St John's College, Cambridge: Observatory Notes

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6229
Scope and Contents

Notes of observations made in the observatory of St John's College, Cambridge, compiled by a member of the college, probably Thomas Catton.

Dates: 1823
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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