Yerkes Observatory

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Yerkes Observatory, located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, is a facility of the University of Chicago's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The observatory opened in 1897 as the joint creation of three founders: William Rainey Harper, the first president of the University of Chicago; Professor George E. Hale, the observatory's first director; and Charles T. Yerkes, a wealthy Chicago businessman who provided funds for the erection of the observatory building. Known as the home of the last of the great refracting telescopes, the observatory housed the university's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until the 1960s, and was the site of some of the most significant research in modern astronomy and astrophysics.

From the description of University of Chicago, Yerkes Observatory, Office of the Director records 1891-1946 (inclusive) (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 645642788

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referencedIn Jones, Burton Fredrick, 1942-. Oral history interview Burton Fredrick Jones, 1977 July 16. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Yerkes Observatory. Slides, transparencies, and prints made from negatives taken at the Yerkes observatory. A collection of all price lists and catalogues issued prior to May, 1923. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn William A. Hiltner papers, 1942-1991 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Todd, David P. (David Peck), 1855-1939. David Peck Todd papers, 1862-1939 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Osterbrock, Donald E. The California-Wisconsin axis in American astronomy, 1978. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Chamberlain, Joseph W. (Joseph Wyan), 1928-2004. Papers, 1952-1980. American Institute of Physics
referencedIn Chandrasekhar, Subrahmanyan. Papers, 1928-1995 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Edmondson, Frank K. (Frank Kelley), 1912-. Oral history interview with Frank K. Edmondson, 21 April 1977 and 2 February 1978. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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referencedIn Weitbrecht, Robert H., 1920-1983. Robert Weitbrecht papers, 1931-1982. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Yerkes Observatory. Astrophysical Journal Collection, 1912-1916. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Crump, Clifford C. (Clifford Charles), 1891-1969. Papers, ca. 1920-1969. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Yerkes Observatory. McDonald Observatory Collection, 1932-1939. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Blaauw, Adriaan. Oral history interview with Adriaan Blaauw, 1979 August 19. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Osterbrock, Donald E. Oral history interview with Donald E. Osterbrock, 1982 January 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Wesselink, Adriaan J., 1909-. Oral history interview with Adriann J. Wesselink, 1977 September 23 and 1978 June 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995. Papers, 1928-1995. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn David Peck Todd papers, 1862-1939 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Roman, Nancy Grace, 1925-. Oral history interview with Nancy Grace Roman, 1980 August 19. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Adams, Walter S. (Walter Sydney), 1876-1956. Autobiographical notes, 1954. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938. Papers, 1882-1938. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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referencedIn Greenstein, Jesse L. (Jesse Leonard), 1909-2002. Oral history interview with Jesse Leonard Greenstein, 1982 February 25, and March 16 and 23, 1982. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn George Ellery Hale papers, 1882-1938 California Institute of Technology. Archives. Pasadena, California 91125
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referencedIn Kraft, Robert P. (Robert Paul), 1927-. Oral history interview with Robert P. Kraft, 2002 August 1, 2. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Hall, J. L. (John L.), 1934-. Oral history interview with John L. Hall, 1979 February 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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creatorOf Yerkes Observatory. University of Chicago, Yerkes Observatory, Office of the Director records 1891-1946 (inclusive) University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Struve, Otto, 1897-1963. Selected correspondence [microform], 1932-1945. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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referencedIn Pettit, Edison, 1889-1962. Papers of Edison Pettit, 1920-1969. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Moffitt, George Wilbur. Papers, 1908-1965 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Barnard. Edward Emerson. Papers, 1846-1926 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Weaver, Harold Francis, 1917-. Oral history interview with Harold F. Weaver, 1991 September 3-13. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Swings, P. (Polydore), 1906-1983. Curriculum vitae: Liste et analyse des publications, ca. 1970. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Weizsäcker, Carl Friedrich, Freiherr von, 1912-2007. Oral history interview with Carl Friedrich Weizsacker, 1984 February 15. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Robert Weitbrecht papers, 1931-1982 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Chang, Yü-che. Oral history interview with Yü-che Chang, 1979 August 18. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Münch Galindo, Guido. Oral history interview with Guido Münch, 1977 July 7. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Herzberg, Gerhard, 1904-1999. Oral history interview with Gerhard Herzberg, 1989 February 28 and 1 March. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Warner & Swasey Company. Records, 1850-1919. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Unsöld, Albrecht, 1905-. Oral history interview with Albrecht Unsöld, 1984 February 24. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Hiltner, W. A. (William Albert), 1914-. William A. Hiltner papers, 1942-1991. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Fox, Philip. Collection, 1905-1933 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Strömgren, Bengt, 1908-. Oral history interview with Bengt Georg Daniel Strömgren, 1976 May 6 and 13. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Morgan, W. W. (William Wilson), 1906-1994. Oral history interview with W.W. Morgan, 1978 August 8 and 9. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Herget, Paul, 1908-. Oral history interview with Paul Herget, 1977 April 19 and 20. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Moffitt, George Wilbur. Papers, 1908-1965 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Greenstein, Jesse L. (Jesse Leonard), 1909-2002. Oral history interview with Jesse Leonard Greenstein, 1977 April 7 to 1978 May 19. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Burbidge, E. Margaret. Oral history interview with Margaret Burbidge, 1978 July 13. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-. Oral history interview with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, 1987 October 6. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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referencedIn Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-. Oral history interview with S. Chandrasekhar, 1977 May 17 to October 31. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Roman, Nancy Grace, 1925-. Papers, 1931-1993, (bulk 1950-1980). American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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referencedIn Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996. Oral history interview with Carl Sagan, 1991 August 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Yerkes Observatory. Office of the Director. Letterbooks and correspondence ca. 1892-1947. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Babcock, Horace W. Oral history interview with Horace W. Babcock, 1977, July 25. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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associatedWith Adams, Walter S. (Walter Sydney), 1876-1956. person
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associatedWith Babcock, Horace W. person
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associatedWith Burbidge, Geoffrey R. person
associatedWith Chamberlain, Joseph W. (Joseph Wyan), 1928-2004. person
associatedWith Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995. person
associatedWith Chang, Yü-che. person
associatedWith Crump, Clifford C. (Clifford Charles), 1891-1969. person
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associatedWith Edmondson, Frank K. (Frank Kelley), 1912- person
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associatedWith Greenstein, Jesse L. (Jesse Leonard), 1909-2002. person
associatedWith Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938. person
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associatedWith Moffitt, George Wilbur. person
associatedWith Moffitt, George Wilbur. person
associatedWith Morgan, W. W. (William Wilson), 1906-1994. person
associatedWith Münch Galindo, Guido. person
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associatedWith Pettit, Edison, 1889-1962. person
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associatedWith Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996. person
associatedWith Strömgren, Bengt, 1908- person
associatedWith Struve, Otto, 1897-1963. person
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associatedWith Unsöld, Albrecht, 1905- person
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associatedWith Weaver, Harold Francis, 1917- person
associatedWith Weitbrecht, Robert, 1920-1983 person
associatedWith Weitbrecht, Robert H., 1920-1983. person
associatedWith Weizsäcker, Carl Friedrich, Freiherr von, 1912-2007. person
associatedWith Wesselink, Adriaan J., 1909- person
associatedWith Wilson, Olin, C., 1909-1994. person
associatedWith Yerkes Observatory. Office of the Director. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Williams Bay (Wis.)
Wisconsin
Illinois
Lake Geneva (Wis.)
Subject
Astronomy--Lantern slides--Catalogs
Astronomical observatories--History--Sources
Astrophysics--Research--History--Sources
Astronomers--Correspondence
Astrophysicists--Correspondence
Refracting telescopes--History--Sources
Astronomy--Photographs--Catalogs
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Active 1939

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