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Washington University Observatory Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Washington University Observatory Collection, 1879-2003Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/01/wua00330

Primary Creator: Washington University Observatory

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of historical materials from the Washington University Observatory.  This includes records of observations, plans of the Observatory, and reports.  Many items in the collection are extremely fragile and require special handling.

Collection Historical Note

At the inaugural ceremonies of Washington University in 1857, William Greenleaf Eliot, the first chancellor, announced that the local philanthropist James Yeatman had donated $1,500 for the making of a superior telescope. The lenses for the 6-inch refractor, made by Henry Fitz & Co., and refigured in 1882 by Alvan Clark & Sons, are still in use today. Fitz and Clark were two of the most noted American telescope makers of the 19th century.

During the latter part of the 19th century, the Observatory, at that time located at 18th and St. Charles Streets in downtown St. Louis, served as a source of standard time for the region. A network of some 50,000 miles of telegraph wire existed. Henry W. Pritchett and other Observatory astronomers made several valuable determinations of longitude. In 1905, as the University moved to the present location from downtown, the Observatory moved to a site where Louderman Hall (chemistry) now stands. In 1954, the present dome atop Crow Hall was completed. The present electric drive for the telescope was installed in the mid-1960s, replacing the original pendulum drive.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: Accruals are interfiled with collection.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Physical Access Note: Some of these materials are fragile and may require special handling.

Acquisition Method: Accession number WUA2014-076

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Updated by Sarah Gabriel in June 2016

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated by Sarah Gabriel in June 2016


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: History],
[Series 3: Student Materials],
[Series 4: Publications],
[Series 5: Data],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous],
[Series 7: Photography],
[All]

Series 3: Student MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "Apparent Motion of Sun in Heavens. Mean Solar Time", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 11: "Astronomical Coordinates", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 12: Astronomical Symbols, n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 13: "Checking of Clocks", n.d.Add to your cart.
Master with Ditto copy sheets, two additional copies
Folder 14: Checklist--Observatory Closing Procedure, 1971Add to your cart.
Original with Ditto copy sheet, 1 additional copy
Folder 15: Constellations, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Conversion of Mean Solar into Sidereal Time, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "Data for May 18, 1956", 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "Declination and Hour Circles of the Yeatman Refractor", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: "Determination of the Solar Constant", c.1953Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "Elements of Planetary Orbits", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Evening Sky Guides, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Filar Micrometer, 1957Add to your cart.
"Calibration and Use of" Manual, Data sheets
Folder 23: "Graphical Study of the Orbital Motion of the Moon", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 24: "Graphical Study of Planetary Motion", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 documents
Folder 25: Instruction Manuals--Bound, 1948-c.1955Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Instruction Manuals--Unbound, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: "Instructions and Procedures for Using the 6" Refractor, 1969Add to your cart.
2 modern copies
Folder 28: Instruction Sheet, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Inventories, c.1912-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 30: "Julian Day Number and Algol", n.d.Add to your cart.
"Julian Day
Folder 31: "Latitude and Longitude Terrestrial Globe", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 32: "Mid-Term Laboratory Exam", 1958Add to your cart.
with Ditto copy sheets
Folder 33: "Motion of the Moon", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 34: "North Circumpolar Constellations", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 35: Notice of Phone Number Change, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Notes on Determination of Latitude, c.1870s-1880sAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Notes on Time and Checking Clocks by Radio Time Signals, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 38: "Observation Program for Jupiter", 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 39: "Observing Star Clusters and Nebulae", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 40: "Observing Sun Spots", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 41: "Optical Properties and Mechanical Adjustments of The 6" Refractor", 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Instruction Manual (2 bound copies, one "Quad Shop" copy) and Student Work
Folder 42: Physics Observing Session Guide, 1971Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Physics Observing Session" November 15 1971, 1971Add to your cart.
Original with Ditto copy sheet, 2 additional copies
Item 2: "First Observing Session", c.1971Add to your cart.
2 copies
Item 3: "Second Observing Session--Spring 1971", 1971Add to your cart.
2 copies
Item 4: Loose pages, c.1971Add to your cart.
2 copies each
Item 5: "The Surface of the Moon", n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 6: "The Maryland Academy of Sciences Graphic Time Table of the Heavens", 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 43: "Preliminary Inventory", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 44: "Right Ascension and Declination, Celestial Globe, Sidereal Time", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 45: "A Selected Bibliography--Man and Cosmos", c.1975Add to your cart.
Folder 46: "Solar System Positioner", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 47: "Special Notes Concerning Comet 1956h", 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 48: "Special Notes Taken by J.Y.S.", c1930sAdd to your cart.
Camera Instruction Manual, Notes
Folder 49: "The Spectrometer", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Star Chart, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 51: "Star Maps", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 52: "Study of Lenses on the Optical Bench", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 53: Study of Uranus Semidiameter, n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 54: "Telling Time by the Stars", n.d.; 1958Add to your cart.
Two separate documents, both with Ditto copy sheets; one n.d., one labeled "Paul A Smith 11-6-58"
Folder 55: "Temperature of Stars", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 56: "Times of Visibility of the Planets", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 57: "Total Eclipse of the Moon", c.1956Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 58: "Transit Instrument", 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 59: "Use of the 6th Refractor Setting Circles", n.d.Add to your cart.
Master with Ditto copy sheets, one bound copy
Folder 60: "Use of Bubble Sextant", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 61: "Use of a Detailed Star Atlas", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 62: "Use of the Slide Rule", n.d.Add to your cart.
2 Copies
Folder 63: Venus Phases Project Log, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 64: "The Washington University Observer's Guide", 1975Add to your cart.
2 copies

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: History],
[Series 3: Student Materials],
[Series 4: Publications],
[Series 5: Data],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous],
[Series 7: Photography],
[All]


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