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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1415

Sir John F. W. Herschel papers


Notes, compositions, and correspondence of the British astronomer John Herschel focusing on double stars.


  • 1810-1917
  • 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.


3 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.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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