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Crawford (Russell Tracy) papers
MS.265  
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Description
This collection contains the papers of Russell Tracy Crawford, an astronomer and professor at the University of California for several decades in the 20th century. Materials include personal and professional correspondence, research notes and charts related to his extensive work on comet orbits, travel diaries and photographs, and published writings. Also included are some collected clippings pertaining to Crawford's early academic career at the University of California, and biographical information written after his death in 1958.
Background
Russell Tracy Crawford was an astronomer and professor who was associated with the University of California for over 50 years. Earning his degrees in astronomy in 1897 and 1901, he then worked as a professor and astronomer for the university in various capacities until his retirement in 1946. Crawford earned one of the first fellowships granted by the Lick Observatory in 1897, and finished his doctoral work there using the meridian circle with astronomer R.H. Tucker. Crawford is well known for his work in theoretical astronomy, and his observations and computations of comet orbits. He published over a hundred articles and a book entitled The Determination of Orbits of Comets and Asteroids.
Extent
2.45 Linear Feet 3 boxes, 1 oversize box
Restrictions
Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.
Availability
Collection is open for research.