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UAV 630.271

Harvard College Observatory. Records of the Harvard College Observatory : Photographs : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAV 630.271
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard College Observatory.
Title: Records of the Harvard College Observatory : Photographs, 1887-approximately 1930? and undated
Date(s): 1887- 1930? and undated
Quantity: 1200 photographs
Quantity: 4.7 cubic feet
Quantity: 47 flat boxes
Abstract: These photographs depict the activities, personnel, and research of the Harvard College Observatory, including Observatory personnel, buildings, equipment, and surrounding landscape in Cambridge and at observatory stations in Colorado, California, possibly Jamaica, and South America (chiefly Peru). Research was primarily astronomical, but involved some meteorological observation to determine where the Observatory stations should be sited. Approximately 600 of the photographs depict South America.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Exact date of acquisition is unknown. It is assumed that these photographs were transferred to the University Archives from the Harvard College Observatory in two or more transfers between approximately 1920 and 1975.

Processing Note:

If possible, archivists transcribed titles and dates in the list of images. Where information was lacking, archivists supplied it. Information supplied by the archivist is in square brackets. Transcriptions came from the captions written on the images or on their cardboard supports, or from partial list that forms a part of the Records of the Harvard College Observatory (UAV 630.271.5).
Archivists organized the photographs into series. Some series follow the original alpha-numeric plate classification scheme of the Harvard College Observatory. Archivists attempted to approximate the Observatory's original classification as they organized the images lacking Observatory numbers.
This inventory was created by Patrice Donoghue and Kate Bowers in 2008-2009.

Conditions on use and access:

The collection is open for research. Permission of the University Archives is required for photocopying or publishing.

Online access:

Most of the photographs have been digitized and are available online. Links accompany detailed descriptions.

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Scope of the collection

These are a subset of the records of the Harvard College Observatory. These photographs depict the staff activities including travel and research, of the Harvard College Observatory as well as the the landscape, buildings, and equipment in Cambridge and at observatory stations in Colorado, California, Jamaica, and South America (chiefly Peru). Research was primarily astronomical, but also included some meteorological observation.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 July 1.

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