University of Chicago, Yerkes Observatory, Office of the Director records 1891-1946 (inclusive)


University of Chicago, Yerkes Observatory, Office of the Director records 1891-1946 (inclusive)

This collection contains records of the Office of the Director of Yerkes Observatory, documenting the administrative history of the observatory and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics from 1891-1946; the collection also contains editorial and administrative records of Astrophysical Journal. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence of the director from 1891-1946, during which time the position was held by George E. Hale, Edwin B. Frost, and Otto Struve. Typical correspondents included faculty, staff and students at Yerkes Observatory; university administrators; and scientists and organizations outside the university.

118 linear feet (236 boxes)


SNAC Resource ID: 7915495

University of Chicago Library

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Yerkes Observatory (corporateBody)

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 t...

Struve, Otto, 1897-1963 (person)

Astronomer (astrophysics of stars, spectroscopy, interstellar studies, origin of universe) and administrator. On the staff of Yerkes Observatory, 1921-1932, director, 1932-1950; editor, ASTROPHYSICS JOURNAL, 1932-1947; on the astrophysics faculty, department chair, and director, Leuschner Observatory, University of California, Berkeley, 1950-1959; and director, National Radio Astronomy Observatory from 1959. From the description of Selected correspondence [microform], 1932-1945. (Unk...

Frost, Edwin Brant, 1866-1935 (person)

Astronomer. Dartmouth College, A. B. 1886; A. M. 1889; D. Sc. 1911; D. Sc. (hon.) Cambridge University, 1912; studies physics and astonomy, Princeton, Strassburg (Germany), Astrophysical Observatory, Potsdam, Germany. Taught physics and astronomy at Dartmouth, 1887-1898; professor of astrophysics, University of Chicago, 1898- (and director of observatory, 1892); director of Yerkes Observatory, 1905-1932, emeritis. From the description of Papers, 1899-1904; 1908, 1923-1924. (Unknown)....

Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938 (person)

George Ellery Hale was an astrophysicist. He was the organizer and director of the Mount Wilson Observatory of the Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1904-1923, and was honorary director until his death in 1938. His principal scientific researches were made in stellar spectroscopy. From the description of Papers, 1903-1935. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82798019 From the description of Papers, 1882-1937. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122523501...

McDonald Observatory (corporateBody)

University of Chicago. Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics (corporateBody)