Department of Astronomy Records, 1880-1917.


Department of Astronomy Records, 1880-1917.

The Department of Astronomy and the Observatory Records document the origins of the modern astronomy department and the construction of the early observatories at Columbia University. The correspondence and writings of faculty members illustrate the growth of the department in its formative years and highlight contemporary scholarly interests within the field.

5 linear ft. (4 record storage cartons, 2 document boxes)


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