Sir William Herschel papers
Scientific papers of the German-born British astronomer William Herschel.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent1 linear feet (4 volumes)
Includes papers relating to the Bath Philosophical Society, transcripts in the hand of Caroline Herschel and Edmund Rack, manuscripts by William Herschel including scientific papers, materials on Uranus, his autobiograhical memoir, and letters from him.
Biographical / Historical
Herschel was a German-born British astronomer. He discovered the planet Uranus and was a pioneer, along with his sister Caroline, of the systematic classification and investigation of the heavens.
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
*79M-42. Deposited by Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., '29, 715 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1968.
Manuscripts purchased at Christie's sale, 14th June 1979, through Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 5-8 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London W1R 4AU with assistance from Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. and the Mumford Fund; received 1 July 1979. These manuscripts were formerly accessioned as *67M-67 (1-27) and (39), the deposit of Mr. A.A. Houghton, Jr. These MSS were returned to Mr. Houghton in January 1968 and finally purchased at the sale of his library. Item (28) was not previously deposited in this library.
- Herschel, William, Sir, 1738-1822. Sir William Herschel papers: Guide.
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