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Cambridge University Library: Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives

Repository details
By an agreement between the Public Record Office, the University of Cambridge and the Science and Engineering Research Council, at that time the RGO's parent organization, the RGO Archives, comprising all the Observatory's records excluding the glass plate photographs and computer readable records, was transferred in 1990 to Cambridge University Library. In 1998 the Royal Greenwich Observatory was closed by its parent organisation, the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, and its functions dispersed or discontinued. At this juncture, large series of modern records were taken into the collection in the University Library as potential public records for retention. Further accruals of modern records will continue for some years. The collection will also continue to receive deposits of relevant personal papers and has an ongoing commitment to receiving items of the HMNAO (Nautical Almanac Office) publications series.

RGO Archives collections are in the process of being catalogued. As a consequence, only a part of the archives can currently be viewed on Janus.
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RGO Archives contains:
RGO 1 Papers of John Flamsteed.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Flamsteed, John.
155 volumes, 8 folders, 4 boxes + 1 envelope; paper.
circa 1550-circa 1923
RGO 10 Papers of Sir Richard Woolley.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Woolley, Richard van der Reit.
68 boxes; paper/photograph.
1927–1987
RGO 104 The Nautical Almanac, Part 1, and the Abridged Nautical Almanac.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Nautical Almanac Office; United States Naval Observatory.
92 volumes; paper.
1892–1957
RGO 11 Papers of Margaret Burbidge.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Burbidge, Eleanor Margaret.
8 boxes; paper/photograph.
circa 1961-circa 1975
RGO 12 Papers of Alan Hunter.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Hunter, Alan.
11 boxes; paper/photograph.
1934–1978
RGO 126 Airy's Transit Circle: observation and reduction ledgers and associated papers.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich; Royal Greenwich Observatory.
160 bundles of bound gatherings; 31 files; 513 volumes; [series /5 not accounted for]; paper.
1850–1982
RGO 127 Greenwich Reduction Registers.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
89 volumes; paper; The volumes have been exposed to damp conditions and show foxing, mould damage and insect damage. There is considerable surface dirt, the bindings are generally loose or broken and there are numerous small losses particularly from the spines..
1835–1930
RGO 128 Groombridge's Catalogue: new reductions.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Dyson, Frank Watson; Thackeray, William Grasset ; Airy, George Biddell.
61 volumes; paper; The spines of /1-/42 have red rot..
1832–1905
RGO 129 Greenwich Star Catalogues and Ledgers.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
289 volumes; 2 unbound items; 1 notebook; paper; The collection has been exposed to damp conditions and shows some red rot degradation..
1743–1925
RGO 13 Papers of Francis Graham Smith.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Smith, Francis Graham.
3 boxes; Paper.
1970–1981
RGO 14 Papers of the Board of Longitude.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Board of Longitude.
68 volumes + 1 box; paper.
1605–1830
RGO 15 Papers of the Cape Observatory.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.
128 boxes + 1 envelope; paper/photograph/watercolour.
1820–1978
RGO 16 Papers of the Nautical Almanac Office.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Nautical Almanac Office.
334 boxes, 4 envelopes + 1 bundle; paper/photograph.
1817–1989
RGO 17 Reports of the Royal Observatory.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich; Royal Greenwich Observatory.
4 boxes; paper.
1836–1995
RGO 18 Greenwich Observations.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich; Royal Greenwich Observatory.
637 volumes, 4 booklets + 4 bundles; paper.
circa 1756–1961
RGO 180 The Nautical Almanac from 1960.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Nautical Almanac Office; United States Naval Observatory.
50 volumes + 5 binders; paper.
1958–2009
RGO 181 Apparent Places of Fundamental Stars.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Nautical Almanac Office.
22 volumes; paper.
1940–1958
RGO 182 Astronomical Phenomena.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Nautical Almanac Office; United States Naval Observatory.
62 volumes; paper.
1950–2009
RGO 19 Separate publications of the RGO.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich; Royal Greenwich Observatory.
8 boxes; paper.
1893–2006
RGO 2 Papers of Edmond Halley.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Halley, Edmond.
15 volumes + 4 folders.
circa 1670–1767
RGO 20 Royal Observatory Annals.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Greenwich Observatory.
14 volumes; paper.
1961–1981
RGO 202 Ely Observatory Solar Plates Contact Prints: from Canon William Selwyn's observatory.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Selwyn, William.
1627 contact prints on 245 mount boards; photograph/card; The collection has been exposed to damp conditions and shows some foxing, mould damage, minor insect damage and bleeding of colour from the planetary charts into the surfaces of the prints..
11 Feb. 1863–25 Feb. 1874
RGO 205 Edward Walter Maunder and Annie Scott Dill Maunder: papers.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Maunder, Edward Walter; Maunder, Annie Scott Dill; Maunder and Giles family.
2 boxes; 1 loose item; paper; metal; glass; wood; photograph.
1877–2008
RGO 21 Royal Observatory Bulletins.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Greenwich Observatory.
4 boxes; paper.
1958–1984
RGO 22 Greenwich Time Reports.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Greenwich Observatory.
50 volumes; paper.
circa 1968-circa 1981
RGO 23 Cape Meridian Observations.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.
16 volumes; paper.
1897–1921
RGO 24 Cape Observatory Catalogues.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.
3 boxes; Paper.
circa 1849-circa 1953
RGO 25 Cape Observatory Annals.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.
58 volumes; Paper.
1896–1968
RGO 26 Cape Astrographic Zones.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.
11 volumes; Paper.
1913–1926
RGO 27 Cape Mimeograms.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.
12 volumes; Paper.
1953–1963
RGO 28 The Nautical Almanac.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich; Royal Greenwich Observatory.
101 volumes + 19 booklets; Paper.
1766–1957
RGO 29 The Astronomical Ephemeris.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Greenwich Observatory; United States Naval Observatory.
21 volumes + 1 booklet; paper.
1958–1979
RGO 3 Papers of James Bradley and Nathaniel Bliss.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Bradley, James, and Bliss, Nathaniel.
43 volumes, 10 folders + 1 envelope; paper.
1700–1804
RGO 30 The Star Almanac for Land Surveyors.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Greenwich Observatory.
48 volumes; paper.
1950–2009
RGO 31 The Air Almanac.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Greenwich Observatory.
168 volumes; paper.
1937–2009
RGO 32 HMNAO Technical Notes.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Greenwich Observatory.
1 envelope; paper.
1986–1997
RGO 33 Separate Publications of HMNAO.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Nautical Almanac Office.
15 boxes + 1 envelope; cd/paper/disk.
circa 1827–2006
RGO 34 HMNAO Journal Reprint Series.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Nautical Almanac Office.
2 boxes; paper.
circa 1946-circa 1980
RGO 35 Photographs and Photocopies.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives.
5 boxes and 43 microfilms; paper/microfilm/photograph.
circa 1934-circa 2000
RGO 36 Microfilms of RGO Archives Collections.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives.
358 microfilms; microfilm.
1964–2004
RGO 37 Papers of Roderick Redman.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Redman, Roderick Oliver.
22 boxes; paper/photograph.
circa 1928-circa 1975
RGO 38 Inventories of Manuscripts.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
3 notebooks; paper.
1911
RGO 39 Inventories of Instruments, Art, Furniture, etc.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich; Royal Greenwich Observatory.
9 volumes, 5 folders + 3 envelopes; paper.
1840–1990
RGO 4 Papers of Nevil Maskelyne.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Maskelyne, Nevil.
52 boxes + 1 bundle; paper.
circa 1706-circa 1843
RGO 40 Rules and Regulations.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich; Royal Greenwich Observatory.
1 box; paper.
circa 1853-circa 1971
RGO 41 Cape of Good Hope Publications.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.
1 box; paper.
1851–1965
RGO 45 Papers of John Guy Porter.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Porter, John Guy.
3 boxes; paper/photograph.
circa 1925–1981
RGO 46 Papers of Leslie John Comrie.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Comrie, Leslie John.
2 boxes; Paper.
1912–1952
RGO 47 Anglo-Australian Telescope papers.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Anglo-Australian Telescope Project Office.
24 boxes; paper/photograph.
1947–1983
RGO 48 Papers of the Radcliffe Observatory.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford; Radcliffe Observatory, Pretoria.
2 boxes; paper.
1929–1968
RGO 5 Papers of John Pond.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Pond, John.
232 volumes, 7 bundles, 4 envelopes + 3 folders; paper.
1801–1836
RGO 50 RO and RGO Solar Plates.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich; Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceux.
20374 glass plates; 54 contact prints, prints or photographs; 3 photoheliographs; 33 positive films; 7 cellulose items; 1 transparency + 3 paper sheets; glass plate/photograph/paper; The plates from Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, India are in poor condition. Many show mould damage..
1918–1979
RGO 51 RO and RGO Solar Plates Contact Prints.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Greenwich; Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceux.
7437 contact prints; photograph; The 1886 and 1892-4 prints from India are in poor condition..
2 June 1873-2 Aug. 1972
RGO 52 The Astronomical Almanac.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Nautical Almanac Office; United States Naval Observatory.
31 volumes; paper.
1980–2008
RGO 54 Papers of William Ellis.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Ellis, William.
2 boxes; paper.
circa 1856–1916
RGO 55 Papers of the Board of Visitors.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory Board of Visitors.
1 box; paper.
circa 1830-circa 1964
RGO 56 Papers of Herstmonceux Conferences.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Greenwich Observatory.
3 boxes; paper/photograph.
1960–1996
RGO 57 Kew Observatory sunspot observations.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Kew.
14 volumes; paper.
1858–1897
RGO 58 Sunspot drawings of H.S. Schwabe.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Schwabe, Samuel Heinrich.
14 volumes; paper.
1869–1880
RGO 59 Papers of George Lyon Tupman.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Tupman, Gerald Lyon.
10 boxes, 1 bundle, 1 envelope + 1 photograph; paper/photograph.
1864–1925
RGO 6 Papers of George Airy.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Airy, George Biddell.
12 cubic metres; paper.
1710–1890
RGO 61 Papers of the North American Boundary Commission.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: North American Boundary Commission.
2 boxes; paper.
circa 1854–1862
RGO 62 Papers of the Standards Commission.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Standards Commission.
2 boxes; paper.
1834–1872
RGO 66 Kew Observatory papers.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Kew.
1 box; paper.
1829–1911
RGO 67 Kew Observatory solar photographs.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Observatory, Kew.
270 items; paper.
1858–1872
RGO 7 Papers of William Christie.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Christie, William Henry Mahoney.
3 cubic metres; paper.
1823–1952
RGO 73 Papers of Warren De La Rue.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Rue, Warren De La (1815-1889) chemist and astronomer.
1 box; paper.
1862
RGO 74 Papers of Philbert Melotte.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Melotte, Philbert Jacques.
5 boxes; paper/photograph/lantern slide.
circa 1750-circa 1966
RGO 8 Papers of Frank Dyson.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Dyson, Frank Watson.
1 cubic metre; paper.
1875-circa 1980
RGO 82 Custodians' Report Books.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Royal Greenwich Observatory.
2 volumes; paper.
1952–1972
RGO 9 Papers of Harold Spencer Jones.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives. Creator: Jones, Harold Spencer.
3.5 cubic metres; paper/photograph.
1910–1967

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