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Department of Astronomy records, 1885-[ongoing]
15 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 52

Abstract:
Records include a history of the department, booklets, course and faculty information, diagrams, account books, notebooks and photographs of astronomical observations, information on observatory instruments, correspondence, and notes and photographs of astronomical societies. Student work is also included, as well as information on the Five College Program.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Records are open to research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright. Permission to cite the papers for publication of quotations beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection

SERIES I. OFFICE FILES consists of background information on the program of studies, account books, correspondence and course information. SERIES II. STUDENT WORK consists of rules, models and diagrams of observations, photographs and charts of eclipses and student notebooks. SERIES III. FIVE COLLEGE PROGRAM consists of faculty lists, Four-College Astronomy Department information, information on laboratory work, examinations, observatory visitor books, photographs and course notebooks. SERIES IV. OBSERVATORY RECORDS consists mostly of notebooks on charts and plates, mean and apparent star places, radial velocity, variable stars, the Meridian Circle, sunspots and transit instrument observations, but also contains correspondence and information on observatory instruments. SERIES V. SOCIETIES consists of information , photographs, records, notes and predictions of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), the Astronomy Club, Smith College Astronomical Society, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and Telescopium.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Records are open to research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright. Permission to cite the papers for publication of quotations beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Smith College Dept. of Astronomy Records, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection
Accruals:

Additions to the records are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Gayla Spaulding


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. OFFICE FILES



Sciences: General
1951-1996, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
History of Science Studies Program of Studies
1983-84

Box 1: folder 2
Astronomy



General
1939-1993, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Account book
1898-1934

Box 1: folder 4
Budget sheets
1911-1933

Box 1: folder 5
Code
1939, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Conferences
1929-1938

Box 1: folder 7
Correspondence
1885-1947, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8-9
Courses
1934-1986


11-37b


Box 1: folder 10
101-237


Box 1: folder 11
100-110


Box 1: folder 12
Astronomy Department



Reports
1888-1904

Box 2: folder 1
Annual Reports
1906-09

Box 2: folder 2
Reports and minutes
1919-1920

Box 2: folder 3
Secretary's book
1919-1920

Box 2: folder 4
SERIES II. STUDENT WORK



Rules, models and diagrams
1902-05

Box 3: folder 1
Comets: Telegrams re: observations
1939-1954

Box 3: folder 2
Eclipses: Photographs and charts
6/13/17, 5/14/38, 11/7/38

Box 3: folder 3
Five observation notebooks
1905-1915

Box 3
Eleven comet observation computer books
1902-1930

Box 4
SERIES III. FIVE COLLEGE PROGRAM



Course notebooks



Astronomy 11
1930

Box 5
Astronomy 10b (teaching course)
circa 1913

Box 5
Astronomy 22
1924-25

Box 5
Astronomy 8a
1906-08

Box 5
Astronomy (general)
1915

Box 5
Astronomy, Special Honors
1928-1930

Box 5
Smith College Observatory Notices
1955, 1973

Box 6: folder 1
Five-college observatory radio telescope
1976

Box 6: folder 2
Faculty list
n.d.

Box 6: folder 3
Four-College



Astronomy Department
1953-1965

Box 6: folder 4-5
Graduate program
1962-64

Box 6: folder 6
Faculty
1959

Box 6: folder 7
Observatory in Whately
1962-1974

Box 6: folder 8
General
1935-1966

Box 6: folder 9
Gifts and grants
1958

Box 6: folder 10
Laboratory work
n.d.

Box 6: folder 11
Library
1931-1948, n.d.

Box 6: folder 12
Examinations
1912-1939

Box 6: folder 13
National Science Foundation
1961-67

Box 6: folder 14
SERIES IV. OBSERVATORY RECORDS



Observatory visitor book
1955-58

Box 7
Open house
1933-1956

Box 7: folder 1
Order book
1896-1933

Box 7: folder 2
Smith College Observatory Notices
1977-1981

Box 7: folder 3
Parties
1977

Box 7: folder 4
Photographs



Classes
1890s-1900s, 1930s

Box 7: folder 5-6
Solar eclipse
April 7, 1940

Box 7: folder 7
Telescopes
1990-92

Box 7: folder 8
Meridian Circle observations, seven notebooks
1894-1904

Box 8
Meridian Circle reductions, four notebooks
1888-1957

Box 8
Correspondence
1885-86

Box 9: folder 1
Equipment
1888-1957

Box 9: folder 2
Instruments



Camera
1936

Box 9: folder 3
Chronograph
1887-1904

Box 9: folder 4
Chronometer
1934-1947

Box 9: folder 5
Clock
1887-89, 1960

Box 9: folder 6
Field glasses
1893-1908

Box 9: folder 7
Gaertner measuring machine
1943

Box 9: folder 8
Levels
1888-1903, 1945

Box 9: folder 9
Micrometer
1888-1907

Box 9: folder 10
Photographic reflectors
1847

Box 9: folder 11
Telescopes
1885-1920, 1957-59

Box 9: folder 12
Gaertner, 6"
1910-11

Box 9: folder 13
Portable
1890-1909, 1937

Box 9: folder 14
Information
1885, 1979

Box 9: folder 15
Observatory, position
1900-1914

Box 9: folder 16
Schedule book
1901, 1906-07

Box 10: folder 1
Science building
1945, n.d.

Box 10: folder 2
Notebooks: star observations
1893-1906, 1911

Box 10: folder 3
Notebooks


Box 10: folder 4
charts and plates
1918

Box 10
mean and Apparent star places
1905-1916

Box 10
Marjorie Williams



Radial velocities
1929, 1936-39

Box 10: folder 5
Variable stars



Correspondence
1934-1946

Box 10: folder 6
Photographs
1900, 1904, n.d.

Box 10: folder 7
Field 8
1930-38, n.d.

Box 10: folder 8
Field 8 plots
n.d.

Box 10: folder 9
Notebooks: Meridian Circle observations books I-III
1887-1894

Box 11
Notes: Meridian stones, lines, marks and gnomons
1901

Box 11: folder 1
Notebooks


Box 12
Sunspot observations books I-II
1908-1945

Box 12
Sunspot observations books III-IV
1945-1953

Box 12
AAVSU sunspot observations
1945-1951

Box 12
Equatorial telescope observations books I-IV
1891-1931

Box 12
Sky photographic observations



3" telescope
1933-1978

Box 13: folder 1-2
11" telescope
1930-1977

Box 13: folder 3-4
Notebooks: Transit instrument observations, books I-VIII
1904-08

Box 14
SERIES V. SOCIETIES



American Association of Variable Star Observers



Photos, records, notes and predictions
1929-1952

Box 15: folder 1
Memos, correspondence and notes
1976

Box 15: folder 2
Photographs
1920-1950, n.d.

Box 15: folder 3-4
Astronomy Club: Charter
1955

Box 15: folder 5
Smith College Astronomical Society



Annual letter
1900-1923

Box 15: folder 6
Constitution


Box 15: folder 7
Records
1891-1921

Box 15: folder 8
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
1993

Box 15: folder 9
Telescopium



Meeting notes, questionnaire
1913-1938

Box 15: folder 10
Minutes
1899-1940

Box 15: folder 11-13
Telescopium and Astronomical Society (visitor and graduate name book)
1907-1954

Box 15

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Subjects
  • Astronomy--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts
  • Astronomy--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Smith College--History--Sources.
  • Smith College. Dept. of Astronomy.

Contributors
  • Smith College Astronomical Society.
  • Smith College. Astronomy Club.


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