Edward Emerson Barnard Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0031

Overview

This collection contains the papers of astronomer and professor Edward Emerson Barnard (1857-1923). Barnard was a student and instructor at Vanderbilt University (1883-1887) and Professor of Practical Astronomy at the University of Chicago (1895-1923).

Dates

  • 1880 - 1923

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact specialcollections@vanderbilt.edu.

Chronology

Edward Emerson Barnard (Dec. 16, 1857 - Feb. 6, 1923).

Chronology:

1857 December 16: Born in Nashville, Tennessee

1879-1883: Nashville at Poole’s Studio

1881: Married Rhoda Calvert; discovered first comet

1883-1887: Student and instructor at Vanderbilt University

1888: Took position at Lick Observatory in California

1889: Discovered 4 comets, several new nebulae, first photographs of Milky Way, eclipse of one of Saturn’s moons

1890: First to observe return of d’Arrest’s comet

1892 September 2: Discovered Jupiter’s Fifth Satellite

1892: Lalande gold medal, Paris Academy of Sciences

1893: Arago gold medal, Paris Academy of Sciences

1895-1923: Professor of Practical Astronomy at University of Chicago

1897: Gold medal, Royal Astronomical Society

1900: Janssen gold medal, Paris Academy of Sciences

1917: Bruce gold medal, Astronomical Society of the Pacific

1923 February 6: Death in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Internment in Nashville, Tennessee

Extent

19.32 Linear Feet (46 Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives
Title
Finding Aid for the Edward Emerson Barnard Papers
Status
In Progress
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


 

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