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COLLECTION — Volume: 1 Identifier: MS Fr 331

France. Comité de l'instruction publique papers concerning the establishment of the metric system

Overview

Letters and manuscripts concerning the establishment of the metric system in France and the measurement of the arc of the meridian.

Dates

  • 1792-1796

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Extent

.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Contains letters and manuscripts discussing the introduction and regulation of the new metric system in France, as well as autograph letters from Pierre Francois André Méchain and Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, reporting their respective progress on measuring the arc of the meridian.

Biographical / Historical

France adopted the metric system in 1795 and supported research concerning the valid survey of the arc of the meridian to assist in the measurement of the earth's curvature.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-99F. Purchased with the Degrand fund from E. Weil, 28 Litchfield Way, London NW 11 England; received: 1951 November 30 and December 3.
Title
France. Comité de l'instruction publique. France. Comité de l'instruction publique papers concerning the establishment of the metric system, 1792-1796: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou01215

Repository Details

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