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HUG 1691

Pickering, William H. (William Henry), 1858- Papers of William Henry Pickering, 1870-1907: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUG 1691
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Pickering, William H. (William Henry), 1858-
Title: Papers of William Henry Pickering, 1870-1907
Date(s): 1870-1907
Quantity: 2 cubic feet (3 folders and 9 boxes)
Abstract: William Henry Pickering (1858-1938) was an American astronomer. He was an enthusiastic explorer, charged with expeditions to view solar eclipses and with establishing observatories for Harvard University in Peru, Arizona, and Jamaica. The collection contains a mix of personal, family, and astronomical materials including letters, notes, data, drawings, and photographs.

Acquisition information:

Transfers from the Harvard College Observatory, 1940-1953.

Processing Information:

Material was first described in the Harvard University Archives shelflist in the mid-20th century.
This inventory created by Kate Bowers in March 2014 from shelflist information. Material not examined.

Access:

Open for research.

Online access:

Some material in this collection has been digitized and is available online. Links accompany descriptions.

Preferred Citation:

Pickering, William H. (William Henry), 1858- Papers of William Henry Pickering, 1870-1907. HUG 1691, Harvard University Archives.

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History/Biographical Note

William Henry Pickering (1858-1938) was an American astronomer and the brother of his fellow astronomer, Edward Charles Pickering.
William Henry Pickering was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University from 1889-1924. He was known for his energy and zeal. An enthusiastic explorer, he was charged with expeditions to view solar eclipses and with establishing observatories for Harvard University it Arequipa, Peru, Flagstaff, Arizona, and Mandeville, Jamaica. He retired from Harvard in 1924, at which time the Mandeville observatory became affiliated with him personally, rather than with Harvard.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains a mix of personal, family, and astronomical materials including letters, notes, data, drawings, and photographs.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 July 14.

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