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COLLECTION Identifier: HUG 1691

Papers of William Henry Pickering

Overview

William Henry Pickering (1858-1938) was an American astronomer. He was an enthusiastic explorer, charged with expeditions to view solar eclipses and with establishing observatories for Harvard University in Peru, Arizona, and Jamaica. The collection contains a mix of personal, family, and astronomical materials including letters, notes, data, drawings, and photographs.

Dates

  • 1870-1907

Creator

Access

Open for research.

Extent

2 cubic feet (3 folders and 9 boxes)
The collection contains a mix of personal, family, and astronomical materials including letters, notes, data, drawings, and photographs.

History/Biographical Note

William Henry Pickering (1858-1938) was an American astronomer and the brother of his fellow astronomer, Edward Charles Pickering.

William Henry Pickering was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University from 1889-1924. He was known for his energy and zeal. An enthusiastic explorer, he was charged with expeditions to view solar eclipses and with establishing observatories for Harvard University it Arequipa, Peru, Flagstaff, Arizona, and Mandeville, Jamaica. He retired from Harvard in 1924, at which time the Mandeville observatory became affiliated with him personally, rather than with Harvard.

Acquisition information

Transfers from the Harvard College Observatory, 1940-1953.

Online access

Some material in this collection has been digitized and is available online. Links accompany descriptions.

Related Materials

  1. Pickering, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1846-1919. Papers of Edward Charles Pickering, 1847-1922. HUG 1690, Harvard University Archives.
  2. Harvard College Observatory. Records of the Harvard College Observatory, 1845- . UAV 630, Harvard University Archives
  3. Harvard College Observatory. Records of the Harvard College Observatory Director Edward Charles Pickering, 1854-1926: an inventory. UAV 630.14, Harvard University Archives. (Includes four letterbooks containing William H. Pickering's correspondence to his brother Edward regarding Williams's involvement in solar eclipse expeditions and the selection of mountaintop sites for astronomical observations stations from 1887-1901.)
  4. William Henry Pickering notebooks, 1901-1936. Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University. (Fifteen notebooks containing astronomical and meteorological observations recorded chiefly in Jamaica.)

  • Martz, E. P., Jr. Professor William Henry Pickering, an appreciation. Popular Astronomy, (June-July, 1938) Vol. XLVI, No. 6, pp. [298]-310.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2019 September 25.

Processing Information

Material was first described in the Harvard University Archives shelflist in the mid-20th century.

This inventory created by Kate Bowers in March 2014 from shelflist information. Material not examined.
Link to catalog
Title
Pickering, William H. (William Henry), 1858- Papers of William Henry Pickering, 1870-1907: an inventory
EAD ID
hua09014

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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