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University of London Observatory

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 UoL/OB
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: University of London Observatory
Date(s): 1926-1951
Level of description: Subfonds of the University of London
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Extent: 5 folders
Name of creator(s): University of London | University Observatory
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Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1926 Mr. J G Wilson offered to the University a 24-inch Reflector Telescope. Certain schools of the University undertook for a specified period to contribute to the maintenance of an University Observatory, and the Senate accepted Mr. Wilson's offer and made a capital grant from general funds of 5000 for the building and the establishment of the Observatory. The University Observatory was opened in 1929 and was situated in Mill Hill Park. From 1951 University College London has administered the Observatory.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes of the Committee of Management, excerpts of reports by the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Academic Council and various appendices including financial information, annual reports and details of the transfer of administrative control of the Observatory to University College.

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Open except for records exempt under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Special Collections Reading Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Fully catalogued online and a handlist is held in the Special Collections reading room. A pdf version of the handlist is attached to the description.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
1999-09-01 Simon McKeon, 2011-02-14 Jane Kirby

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