Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
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A professor of astronomy at Princeton (1877-1905) and the first director of its Observatory, C. A. Young was an authority on the sun and a pioneer in spectrum analysis.
The collection consists, for the most part, of letters written to Young by other astronomers, such as N. M. Paul of the United States Naval Observatory and Leonard Waldo of Harvard, and by clock, astronomical, and scientific instrument manufacturers, including Howard Grubb, Fauth and Co., E. Howard and Co., and Edward Kahler. In addition, there are some drawings of astronomical instruments and a few bank books.
Further accessions include measures (1879) of the polar and equatorial diameters of the planet Mars by Prof. Young at the Observatory of the John C. Green School of Science, Princeton University, and an autograph manuscript with 12 sheets of figures on graph paper from the G. P. Kuiper Scientific Collection. Also included are letters from Simon Newcomb concerning discussions with Stephen H. Emmens in February and March 1897, and two letters from Young to Stephen Alexander discussing equipment for the astronomical observatory to be built on the "Olden lot" on Prospect Ave. in Princeton.
Arranged in alphabetical order.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family or subject.
The manuscript, charts, and graphs, were a gift of Mrs. Sarah Kuiper Roth, on August 20, 1979.
A list (2 pp.) of correspondents is available in the Dept.
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Folder inventory prepared by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2011.
No appraisal information is available.
- Princeton University
- Princeton University. John C. Green School of Science.
- Princeton University. Observatory
- Astronomers -- United States -- 19th century
- Astronomical instruments -- 19th century
- Astronomical observatories -- United States -- 19th century
- Astronomical research -- United States -- 19th century
- Astronomical spectroscopy -- 19th century
- Astronomy -- Charts, diagrams, etc
- Astronomy -- United States -- 19th century
- Manuscripts Division
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- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
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ALS and LS to Charles Augustus Young from S. Newcomb.Physical Description
Includes 3 charts concerning stars.Physical Description
Includes maps, lists, checks and formulas.Physical Description
AMs of lecture delivered at the Observatory of the John C. Green School of Science, Princeton University.Physical Description
Includes spectrograms of the Sun taken by Professor Young. Some of the spectra were taken lit at the solar limb and show prominences. A few of the plates have been labeled by Professor Young who scratched writing on them with a diamond. These plates were mostly taken about 1890.Physical Description
Inscription in Young's handwriting. Spectrograph taken with wide slit. Possibly one of the earliest photographs of the sun.Physical Description
Includes 12 sheets of figures on graph paper from the G.P. Kuiper Scientific Collection.Physical Description