Records of the Harvard College Observatory Time Service
- 1877-1896 and undated
- Harvard College Observatory (Organization)
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Historical note on the Harvard College Observatory Time Service
During the next several years, the Observatory became an important center for astronomical training and research, and building relationships with other institutions. Harlow Shapley, director from 1921 to 1952, inaugurated a program of graduate study in astronomy. Mandating that public education be a part of the Observatory’s mission, Shapley required students in the Harvard program to present lectures on astronomy to public school children. Donald H. Menzel (1952-1966) arranged a cooperative relationship with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (founded in 1890) and its relocation to Cambridge in 1955. Financial support for the Observatory expanded under Leo Goldberg (1966-1970), and in 1973 George B. Field (1972-1983) created an administrative umbrella organization, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, to coordinate the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory’s programs. Today, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics continues studies in astronomy, astrophysics, earth and space sciences, and science education, while the Harvard College Observatory supports Harvard’s Department of Astronomy.
- Correspondence, 1877-1896
- Reports, data, notes, and bills, 1877-1892 and undated
- Pickering, Edward C. "Time-Service of Harvard College Observatory" in Science, 12 February 1892, Vol.19(471), pp.87-89.
- Astronomers -- United States.
- Astronomy -- 19th century.
- Harvard University -- Astronomy
- Letters (correspondence)
- Longitude -- Measurement -- History.
- Pickering, Edward C., (Edward Charles), 1846-1919.
- Time -- Systems and standards -- United States.
- Time measurements.
- Waldo, Leonard, 1853-
- Harvard College Observatory. Records of the Harvard College Observatory Time Service, 1877-1896 and undated: an inventory
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