Allegheny Observatory records, 1850-1967.


Allegheny Observatory records, 1850-1967.

The records contain correspondence and letterpress books belonging to eight of the observatory's directors, directors' miscellany, notes, articles, and correspondence. Records also include administrative files, notebooks, drawings, mechanical drawings, photographic prints and negatives, news releases, news clippings, a scrapbook, and historical documents and articles written about the Observatory. Additional notes and information are located at the series level including brief biographies of Directors. Series I (Correspondence of Directors and Acting Directors); Series II (Letterpress books of Directors and Acting Directors); and Series IV (Correspondence of affiliated astronomers) have been microfilmed. A detailed unpublished index to items in those series appear in Indexes to the Microfilmed Correspondence of Directors, Acting Directors and Selected Astronomers Among the Records of the Allegheny Observatory held by the Archives. In addition a large portion of the correspondence and letterpress books of Director Frank Schlesinger were microfilmed by the Center of History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics and the Archives of Industrial Society. The Schlesinger correspondence, ranging from 1905 through 1941, which was held by both the Archives of Industrial Society and the Center of History of Physics, Yale University Library was microfilmed as part of the project, "Sources for History of Modern Astrophysics."

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