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Records of the United States Naval Observatory, 1830-1900.

Author: United States Naval Observatory.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Official correspondence and administrative records of offices of the Observatory, located in Washington, D.C., including those of the Superintendent, Nautical Almanac, Librarian, and the Superintendent of Compasses and Instruments, concerning the various activities of the observatory and tracing its development from its origin in the Depot of Charts and Instruments, U.S. Navy Dept. Principal topics include the
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Named Person: Matthew Fontaine Maury; George Manning; Henry Grinnell; William Lewis Elkin; William Ferrel; Asaph Hall; Joseph Henry; Edward S Holden; Albert A Michelson; Maria Mitchell; Christian Henry Frederick Peters; Edward C Pickering; Edward Charles Safford; Ormond Stone; David P Todd; Alexander C Twining; Charles A Young; William Ferrel; Henry Grinnell; Asaph Hall; Joseph Henry; Edward S Holden; Matthew Fontaine Maury; Albert A Michelson; Maria Mitchell; Edward C Pickering; David P Todd; Alexander C Twining; Charles A Young
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: United States Naval Observatory.
OCLC Number: 79640966
Description: 8,000 items. 29 containers, plus 1 oversize.

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Official correspondence and administrative records of offices of the Observatory, located in Washington, D.C., including those of the Superintendent, Nautical Almanac, Librarian, and the Superintendent of Compasses and Instruments, concerning the various activities of the observatory and tracing its development from its origin in the Depot of Charts and Instruments, U.S. Navy Dept. Principal topics include the acquisition, maintenance, testing, and distribution of instruments and charts, the distribution of observatory publications, the eclipse expeditions of 1860, 1869, and 1878, the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, astronomical observations and computations, and experiments to measure the velocity of light.

Includes correspondence of Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873), Superintendent (1842-1855, 1858-1861), with ship captains who collected data on ocean winds and currents from which navigation charts were assembled. Maury's correspondence with George Manning reflects his interest in Atlantic soundings, an Atlantic telegraph cable, trade on the Amazon and other South American rivers, and an expedition to the Arctic by Henry Grinnell. Correspondents of the Nautical Almanac Office include W.L. Elkin, William Ferrel, Asaph Hall, Joseph Henry, Edward S. Holden, Albert A. Michelson, Maria Mitchell, C.H.F. Peters, Edward C. Pickering, T.H. Safford, Ormond Stone, David Todd, Alexander Twining, and C.A. Young.

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