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About this collection

The Archives of the Lick Observatory, named in honor of astronomer and archivist Mary Lea Shane, document one of the most historically important observatories in the world, and are a unique resource for the study of the history of modern astronomy. The digital collection contains digitized historical photographs and includes portraits of astronomers, telescope and lens makers and other prominent scientists, scenes of life at the observatory on Mount Hamilton, instruments, and documentation of expeditions. The physical archive consists of 450 linear feet of archival material including records beginning in 1870 describing the founding construction and operation of the observatory and documenting all aspects of the early astronomical ambitions and achievements of its founders. Correspondence, copybooks, drawings, diaries and logs, and the personal papers of resident and visiting astronomers make up a large portion of the Archive. For assistance locating or accessing Lick archival material or in using Lick findings aids, specialized databases, or Cruzcat catalog entries, please contact Special Collections and Archives (speccoll@library.ucsc.edu).

 



Additional information about materials in the physical collection (UA 36) can be found in the Finding Aid in the California Digital Library.

This digital collection currently contains images from two series:

Series 6: Glass Negatives (1168 items)

Series 7: Photographs: Astronomer Portraits (454 items)

 
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