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SUB-SERIES Identifier: UAV 630.110

Records of Boyden Station, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1907-1956

Overview

Harvard's first astronomical observatory was established in 1839 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and became the Harvard College Observatory. Boyden Station was established to allow for observations from the Southern Hemisphere and was originally located in Arequipa, Peru. The Station was moved to a spot near Bloemfontien in the Orange Free State, South Africa in 1927. Harvard stopped direct support of the site around 1966. Records of Boyden Station in Bloemfontein, South Africa consist chiefly of correspondence and reports.

Dates

  • 1907-1956

Creator

Researcher Access

Open for research.

Extent

7 cubic feet (21 boxes and two folders)
Records of Boyden Station in Bloemfontein, South Africa consist chiefly of correspondence and reports. Correspondence from South Africa is often addressed fromBloemfontein, South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, Worcester, Cape Colonyor Hanover, Cape Colony.

Historical note

Harvard's first astronomical observatory was established in 1839 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and became the Harvard College Observatory.

Boyden Station was established to allow for observations from the Southern Hemisphere and was originally located in Arequipa, Peru. The Station was moved to a spot near Bloemfontien in the Orange Free State, South Africa in 1927. Its first and longtime director in South Africa was John S. Paraskevopoulos, who held the post from 1927 to 1951. Harvard stopped direct support of the site around 1966.

The area in which Boyden Station was established was referred to as the Cape Colony at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was a British colony established in 1806 in what is now South Africa. When the Union of South Africa formed in 1910, the area of the Cape Colony became part of the province of the Cape of Good Hope, also called Cape Province.

Acquisition Information

Records transferred to the Harvard University Archives from the Harvard College Observatory.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some of the records have been digitized and are available online. Links to digital content accompany descriptions.

Related Materials

  1. Records of the Harvard College Observatory, Boyden Station, Arequipa, Peru (UAV 630.100) http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua04008
  2. Bailey, Solon I. (Solon Irving), 1854-1931. Papers of Solon Irving Bailey, 1889-1925, 1931. HUG 1191, Harvard University Archives http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua03008
  3. Records of the Harvard College Observatory: photographs (UAV 630.271) http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua04009

General note

This document last updated 2015 November 12.

Processing Information

This inventory was created in April 2014 by Kate Bowers from a variety of information sources. The records were not examined.

Titles were provided by the archivists unless otherwise noted.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard College Observatory. Records of Boyden Station, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1907-1956 : an inventory
Author
Harvard University Archives
EAD ID
hua24014

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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