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MS Eng 1415

Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, 1792-1871. Sir John F. W. Herschel papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Eng 1415
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, 1792-1871.
Title: Sir John F. W. Herschel papers,
Date(s): 1810-1917 (inclusive), 1830-1866 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (18 volumes and 2 metal boxes (3 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Notes, compositions, and correspondence of the British astronomer John Herschel focusing on double stars.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*67M-67. Deposited by Arthur A. Houghton Jr., '29,715 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1968 January; gift: 7 December 1970.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Sir John F. W. Herschel Papers (MS Eng 1415). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

John Herschel was a British astronomer and successor to his father, Sir William Herschel, in the field of stellar and nebular observation and discovery.

Scope and Contents

Includes John Herschel's notes, autograph compositions, and correspondence with his father and others, including the 1860 correspondence with Robert Fitzroy. Materials focus especially on double stars and include 2 boxes of "forms of registry of the micrometic measures of double stars." Also includes transcripts of his materials (1917), compositions of others, and correspondence of William Herschel with others.

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