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Astronomy

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 109 Collections and/or Records:

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18th century Korean astronomical screen held at the Whipple Science Museum, Cambridge, 1960 - 1983-06-01

Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/76
Scope and Contents The screen was purchased by the Museum from Chang Chung-Ti of Beverly Hills, California in 1966. Joseph Needham and Lu Gwei-Djen then published a paper on the screen. The paper was subsequently revised and included as a chapter of 'Hall of Heavenly Records: Korean Astronomical Instruments and Clocks, 1380-1780', (Cambridge University Press, 1986).
Dates: 1960 - 1983-06-01
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1926 eclipse, Sumatra, 1893 - 1932

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 169/3
Scope and Contents Files relating to the British Expedition to observe the Total Solar Eclipse of 14 Jan. at Benkoelen, Sumatra. The British Expedition party included Col. Frederick John M. Stratton, C. Davidson and Mr Barton. The eclipse was of particular astronomical interest because of its relatively long duration, 3-4 minutes, and because the sun was almost at its maximum sunspot period. In addition to the British party, three American parties were sent from Swarthmore College, the United States Naval...
Dates: 1893 - 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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'A Table of the fixed Starrs of the yeare 1671' and other astronomical notes, c 1665-c 1672

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.3958.2: 38-44
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: The Portsmouth Collection is the principal collection of Isaac Newton's scientific and mathematical papers, including early drafts of the Principia, and his correspondence with Oldenburg, Halley Flamsteed and many of the other most prominent scientists of his day.
Dates: c 1665-c 1672
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Due to the fragile nature of the material access to the collection is restricted. It is available to view in the Cambridge University Digital Library at https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/newton/1 with the exception of MS.Add.4007, which is open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.
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Accounts of the Board of Longitude, 1782 - 1829

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/2
Scope and Contents Includes information regarding salaries of members and imprest monies, financial reports and correspondence with the Admiralty.
Dates: 1782 - 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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Anglo-Australian Telescope papers, 1947 - 1983

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 47
Scope and Contents The bulk of the papers in RGO 47 date from the mid 1960s-mid 1970s beginning with the papers of a UK Department of Scientific and Industrial Research funded feasibility study for the building project. The class is an artificial, and indeed unofficial, one consisting of records derived from a variety of sources. Primary depositors were the RGO staff who had been closely involved in planning or construction of the telescope. Members of the RGO staff were formally seconded to work on the project...
Dates: 1947 - 1983
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).
 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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Astronomiae, c 1665-c 1727

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4005.8: 43-44
Scope and Contents MS copy of an astronomical treatise, containing a drawing and description of a quadrant or sextant for measuring angles by reflexion.
Dates: c 1665-c 1727
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Due to the fragile nature of the material access to the collection is restricted. It is available to view in the Cambridge University Digital Library at https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/newton/1 with the exception of MS.Add.4007, which is open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.
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Astronomical observations made during Captain Cook's last voyage., 1776 - 1780

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/61
Scope and Contents Observations from Captain Cook's last voyage.
Dates: 1776 - 1780
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).
 Fonds

Astronomy, c 1695-c 1720

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.3969
Scope and Contents Astronomical notes, communications, observations and tables received from Flamsteed, Halley, de Louville, Pound and others, in various hands, including some notes in Newton's hand.
Dates: c 1695-c 1720
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Due to the fragile nature of the material access to the collection is restricted. It is available to view in the Cambridge University Digital Library at https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/newton/1 with the exception of MS.Add.4007, which is open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.
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Astronomy, c 1650-cc 1800

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9597/6
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: The Macclesfield Collection principally comprises the archives of John Collins (1625-1683) and William Jones (1675-1749). As well as being mathematicians in their own right, both men corresponded with leading scientific figures of their day and so the collection includes autograph material by Isaac Newton, Edmond Halley, Henry Briggs, Roger Cotes, Henry Oldenburg and Robert Hooke.
Dates: c 1650-cc 1800
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Please enquire at the Manuscripts Reading Room desk if you would like to view items from the Macclesfield Collection.
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Astronomy 1, 1942 - 1992

Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/67
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Fonds: This series contains files on each topic set out in Joseph Needham's grand plan for 'Science and Civilisation in China'.
Dates: 1942 - 1992
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Astronomy 2, 1944-04-11 - 1990-04-16

Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/68
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Fonds: This series contains files on each topic set out in Joseph Needham's grand plan for 'Science and Civilisation in China'.
Dates: 1944-04-11 - 1990-04-16
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Astronomy 3, 1913 - 1990-07-20

Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/69
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Fonds: This series contains files on each topic set out in Joseph Needham's grand plan for 'Science and Civilisation in China'.
Dates: 1913 - 1990-07-20
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Astronomy 4: Special subjects, 1941-12 - 1992-08-19

Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/70
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Fonds: This series contains files on each topic set out in Joseph Needham's grand plan for 'Science and Civilisation in China'.
Dates: 1941-12 - 1992-08-19
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Astronomy 5: Instruments, 1943-04-22 - 1987-07-30

Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/71
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Fonds: This series contains files on each topic set out in Joseph Needham's grand plan for 'Science and Civilisation in China'.
Dates: 1943-04-22 - 1987-07-30
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Astronomy 6: Instruments, 1940 - 1989

Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/72
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Fonds: This series contains files on each topic set out in Joseph Needham's grand plan for 'Science and Civilisation in China'.
Dates: 1940 - 1989
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Astronomy 7, 1946 - 1988-09-09

Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/73
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Fonds: This series contains files on each topic set out in Joseph Needham's grand plan for 'Science and Civilisation in China'.
Dates: 1946 - 1988-09-09
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Audio-Visual Records, 1947 - 2014

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 86
Scope and Contents The collection includes four sets of oral history recordings: interviews with staff involved in site testing for the Northern Hemisphere Observatory Project, conducted by Jim Olsen (1971-1976) and Keith Tritton (1985-1986); interviews by Dr S.R.C. Malin of the National Maritime Museum with RGO astronomers (1983-1986); and the interviews by the Laurie Project (1986-1987) with RGO staff members recounting their memories of the Observatory. The remainder of the collection comprises audio-visual...
Dates: 1947 - 2014
Conditions Governing Access: Please note that Cambridge University Library Manuscripts Department would need to make special arrangements for audio-visual viewing or listening so advance notice is essential. Our email address is mss@cam.ac.uk. The following classes of material are awaiting digitisation and are not currently accessible: MS.RGO.86/5, MS.RGO.86/6/1/1, MS.RGO.86/6/1/2, MS.RGO.86/6/1/6, MS.RGO.86/6/1/13, MS.RGO.86/6/2/1, MS.RGO.86/6/2/2, and MS.RGO.86/7. Item MS.RGO.86/4/13 is restricted.
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Book on nautical astronomy, 1774

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/288
Scope and Contents A book concerning nautical astronomy, including finding longitude at sea by means of the Moon's distance from the fixed stars, illustrated by examples from 1774. The items include the astronomical observations of Willem Barents, 1596-1597; a comparative table of thermometer scales; and a list of flora.
Dates: 1774
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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Captain Cook's journal of voyage to the South Seas, 1776

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/60
Scope and Contents Captain Cook's journal of his voyage to the South Seas, including observations of variation of the compass and observations for chronometer rates.
Dates: 1776
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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Carlsberg Automatic Meridian Circle (CAMC), La Palma: publications, 1984 - 2005

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 189
Scope and Contents This series comprises publications of meteorological data and of catalogues of observations of the stars and planets obtained with the Carlsberg Automatic Meridian Circle (CAMC). The publications were produced by the Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada en San Fernando, Copenhagen University Observatory and Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, and latterly, solely by ROA.
Dates: 1984 - 2005
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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Carlsberg Automatic Meridian Circle, La Palma: meteorological data, 1984 - 1996

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 189/1
Scope and Contents A series of booklets containing measurements of the meteorological conditions, astronomical seeing and atmospheric extinction made at the site of the Carlsberg Automatic Meridian Circle (CAMC) in the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma, Islas Canarias.
Dates: 1984 - 1996
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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Carlsberg Meridian Catalogues, La Palma: observations of stars and planets, 1985 - 2005

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 189/2
Scope and Contents A set of catalogues of observations of positions of stars and planets, obtained with the Carlsberg Automatic Meridian Circle on La Palma.
Dates: 1985 - 2005
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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Confirmed minutes, 1780 - 1801

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/6
Scope and Contents Minutes of Board of Longitude meetings regarding, among other matters, the rates of various chronometers; Charles Hutton's tables of products, powers and roots of natural numbers; the voyages of HMS 'Resolution' and HMS 'Discovery' and the examination of their log books; John Arnold's improvements to his watches; a suitable site for the Board of Longitude's instruments after the burning of the cupola of the Greenwich Hospital where they had been kept; improvements to reflecting telescopes; the...
Dates: 1780 - 1801
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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Confirmed minutes, 1823 - 1829

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/8
Scope and Contents Minutes of Board of Longitude meetings regarding, among other matters, experiments to discover the longitude of Falmouth; instruments required by Fearon Fallows at the Cape of Good Hope; Sir Humphrey Davy's suggestion of publishing a catalogue of double stars by John Herschel and Sir James South; Johann Tiarks's trip to Heligoland to discover the longitude of the island and its relative position to both the coast of Germany and Greenwich; the purchase of a 14-foot reflecting telescope for the...
Dates: 1823 - 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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