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MS Eng 1414

Herschel, William, Sir, 1738-1822. Sir William Herschel papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Eng 1414
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Herschel, William, Sir, 1738-1822.
Title: Sir William Herschel papers,
Date(s): 1780-1822.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 volumes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Scientific papers of the German-born British astronomer William Herschel.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*79M-42. Deposited by Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., '29, 715 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1968.
Manuscripts purchased at Christie's sale, 14th June 1979, through Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 5-8 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London W1R 4AU with assistance from Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. and the Mumford Fund; received 1 July 1979. These manuscripts were formerly accessioned as *67M-67 (1-27) and (39), the deposit of Mr. A.A. Houghton, Jr. These MSS were returned to Mr. Houghton in January 1968 and finally purchased at the sale of his library. Item (28) was not previously deposited in this library.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Sir William Herschel Papers (MS Eng 1414). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Herschel was a German-born British astronomer. He discovered the planet Uranus and was a pioneer, along with his sister Caroline, of the systematic classification and investigation of the heavens.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Contents

Includes papers relating to the Bath Philosophical Society, transcripts in the hand of Caroline Herschel and Edmund Rack, manuscripts by William Herschel including scientific papers, materials on Uranus, his autobiograhical memoir, and letters from him.

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