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Astrophysical Sciences Department Records

Consists of correspondence, observational record books, astrophysical texts,
oversized telescopic observations, glass plates, and a small number of photographs.
The collection documents both the scientific achievements and academic program of the
Astrophysical Sciences Department, formerly the Astronomy Department, and its
faculty. Included is the departmental correspondence of such notable faculty members
as Raymond S. Dugan, Lyman Spitzer, Jr., John Q. Stewart and Charles A. Young. Some
correspondence pertains to the department’s relationship with the U.S. Navy during
World War I. The collection also contains observational records of physical phenomena
including the Eros asteroid and the Transit of Venus (1882). Observations of the
Princetonia asteroid, Total Lunar Eclipse of 1891, and various comets and satellites
are also recorded here.