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Records of the Harvard College Observatory Director's Office

Series Identifier: UAV 630.95.3
Scope and Contents: The Records of the Harvard College Observatory Director's Office contains memoranda, reports, minutes, budgets, and correspondence from the Physics, Astronomy, and Earth and Planetary Sciences departments. The series also includes documents from the Oak Ridge Observatory, the Donald Menzel Memorial Service, and the Space Infrared Telescope Facility. It includes materials for visiting committees, curriculum vitae, candidate evaluations, and other records concerning appointments, as well as...

Records of the Harvard College Observatory Time Service

Sub-Fonds Identifier: UAV 630.377
Overview: In 1872, under Director Joseph Winlock, the Harvard College Observatory established the world’s first public time service, which it provided as a commercial service until 1892. The Observatory sold its time service to railroads and businesses by sending hourly signals over Boston’s fire alarm system and distributing time across the region via Western Union telegraph lines; this work eventually resulted in the establishment of the country's first time zone. The Records of the Harvard College...

Margaret Mayall personal archive

Collection Identifier: HUM 294
Overview: Margaret Walton Mayall (1902-1995) was an American astronomer. After receiving her MA from Radcliffe College in 1928, she began working at the Harvard College Observatory. This collection contains 35 black and white photographs, which depict the Harvard College Observatory staff camping in southeastern Maine to watch the total solar eclipse on August 31, 1932. Also includes Mayall’s 1957 G. Bruce Blair Award and a copy of Mayall’s 1970 Manual for Observing Variable...

Papers of Donald Howard Menzel, 1931-1986

Collection Identifier: HUG 4567
Overview: Donald Howard Menzel (1901-1976) taught astronomy at Harvard, and was director of the Harvard College Observatory from 1952 to 1966. According to the National Academy of Sciences' Biographical Memoir, "Menzel was one of the first practitioners of theoretical astrophysics in the United States and pioneered the application of quantum mechanics to astronomical spectroscopy." These papers chiefly document Menzel's professional life of research, writing, and participation in professional...

Papers of Dorrit Hoffleit, 1906-2005

Collection Identifier: MC 529
Overview: Papers of Dorrit Hoffleit, astronomer at Harvard and Yale Universities and at the Maria Mitchell Observatory in Nantucket.

Papers of Helen Meriwether Lewis Thomas, 1890-1997

Collection Identifier: SC 142
Overview: Papers of Helen Meriwether Lewis Thomas, Radcliffe College Class of 1928.

Papers of Henrietta Hill Swope, 1917-1982

Collection Identifier: 82-M146 – 85-M7
Overview: Papers of astronomer Henrietta Hill Swope.

Photographs of Boyden Station in South Africa

Collection Identifier: HUY 178
Overview: Boyden Station was established by Harvard University in 1889 to allow for observations from the Southern Hemisphere. The observatory was originally located in Arequipa, Peru, but was relocated to a spot near Bloemfontien in the Orange Free State, South Africa in 1927 due to better weather. The collection includes 182 photographs, which probably date from the 1930s to 1950s. The images depict Boyden Station, as well as its surrounding areas, including employees, equipment, and local South...