Sir John F. W. Herschel papers
Notes, compositions, and correspondence of the British astronomer John Herschel focusing on double stars.
- Majority of material found in 1830-1866
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent3 linear feet (18 volumes and 2 metal boxes)
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.
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.
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.
- Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, 1792-1871. Sir John F. W. Herschel papers: Guide.
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