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MS Fr 331

France. Comité de l'instruction publique. France. Comité de l'instruction publique papers concerning the establishment of the metric system, 1792-1796: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Fr 331
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: France. Comité de l'instruction publique.
Title: France. Comité de l'instruction publique papers concerning the establishment of the metric system,
Date(s): 1792-1796.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French.
Abstract: Letters and manuscripts concerning the establishment of the metric system in France and the measurement of the arc of the meridian.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

51M-99F. Purchased with the Degrand fund from E. Weil, 28 Litchfield Way, London NW 11 England; received: 1951 November 30 and December 3.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

France. Comité de l'instruction Publique Papers Concerning the Establishment of the Metric System, 1792-1796 (MS Fr 331). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

France adopted the metric system in 1795 and supported research concerning the valid survey of the arc of the meridian to assist in the measurement of the earth's curvature.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Scope and Contents

Contains letters and manuscripts discussing the introduction and regulation of the new metric system in France, as well as autograph letters from Pierre Francois André Méchain and Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, reporting their respective progress on measuring the arc of the meridian.

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