Records, 1873-1966.


Records, 1873-1966.

Early letters and diaries record the founding, building and equipping of the observatory. In 1876 Captain Floyd, President of the Lick Trust, spent a year in Europe visiting observatories, instrument makers, and astronomers. It was a critical time in the development of the reflecting telescope and the letters of David Gill, Howard Grubb, and William Huggins present the way of thinking of that perod. The correspondence of C. Feil, Alvan Clark, John Brashear, Ambrose Swasey, Simon Newcomb and others documents in detail the planning and construction of the 36-inch refractor. Includes the diary of Thomas E. Fraser (superintendent of construction) written while the Observatory was being built, and correspondence between Lewis Boss, George E. Hale, and W.W. Campbell (members of the Committee on Southern and Solar Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington) and William J. Hussey, relating to their report of 1903. Includes correspondence of early directors of the observatory, E.S. Holden (Director, 1888-1897, 60 vols.); J.M. Schaeberle (Act. Director, 1897-1898, 3 vols.); J.E. Keeler (Director, 1898-1900, 6 vols.); W.W. Campbell, Director, 1900-1904). Also included in the early staff were Richard Tucker, Edward Barnard, and S.W. Burnham. Their letters record the pioneer work of the observatory, such as a meridian circle program, radial velocity work, and nebular photography. Tucker's letters also give. Interesting accounts of his nine years at the Argentine National Observatory at Cordoba and three years in charge of the Southern Station of the Carnegie Institution at San Luis. Continuing material includes correspondence of Directors Robert G. Aitken (1930-1935), William H. Wright (1935-1942), Joseph H. Moore (1942-1945), C. Donald Shane (1945-1958), and Albert E. Whitford (1958-1968).

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SNAC Resource ID: 8273057

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Floyd, Richard S. (person)

Campbell, William Wallace, 1862-1938 (person)

Huggins, William, Sir, 1824-1910 (person)

Educated at City of London School. After a few years of business he decided to devote himself to astronomy. F. R. A. S. 1854. In 1856 he built an observatory at Tulse Hill and applied to stars the methods of Kirchhofs researches into the chemical constitution of the sun. In conjunction with William Allen Miller (F. R. S. 1845) he devised the star spectroscope and showed that in structure the stars resemble the sun. F. R. S. 1865. Royal Medal 1866. Rumford Medal 1880. Copley Medal 1898. President...

Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938 (person)

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Burnham, S. W. 1838-1921. (person)

Boss, Lewis, 1846-1912 (person)

Holden, Edward S. (Edward Singleton), 1846-1914 (person)

Astronomer and librarian. From the description of Edward S. Holden letters to S.S. McClure [manuscript], 1886-1891. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 703435521 American astronomer. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Mount Hamilton, California, to the Art Editor of "Harper's Magazine", 1891 Dec. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270469962 ...

Moore, J. H. (Joseph Haines), 1878-1949 (person)

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Schaeberle, John Martin, 1853-1924 (person)

Lick Observatory (corporateBody)

Keeler, James Edward, 1857=1900 (person)

Aitken, Robert Grant, 1864-1951 (person)