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COLLECTION Identifier: KG11365-6

Harvard College Observatory observations, logs, instrument readings, and calculations

Scope and Contents

This collection contains over 2500 logbooks and notebooks produced by the Harvard Computers and early Harvard astronomers, many of which feature datasets and processing observations relating to the HCO’s collection of astronomical glass plate photographs. The Harvard Computers were a team of women who worked for the Harvard College Observatory under the supervision of Director Edward Charles Pickering (1877-1919). Notable women include: Annie Jump Cannon, Williamina Fleming, Antonia Maury, Henrietta Leavitt, and Florence Cushman. Other historic logbooks feature the work of early HCO Directors, including both William Cranch Bond and George Phillips Bond, as well as the work of observatory assistants Richard Bond, Truman Henry Safford, Philip Sidney Coolidge, Charles W. Tuttle, Horace P. Tuttle, and Asaph Hall. The entire collection spans more than a century, with the earliest materials dating to the mid-19th century and the latest materials dating to the early 1970s.

Dates

  • 1848-1973

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Extent

120 cubic feet (120 boxes)
2531 Volumes
Title
Harvard College Observatory observations, logs, instrument readings, and calculations: an inventory
Status
under_revision
Language of description
eng
EAD ID
wol00001

Repository Details

Part of the Wolbach Archives, Wolbach Library, Harvard University Repository

Contact:
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street
Cambridge MA 02138 United States