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Guide to the Sidney Dean Townley Papers
SC0273  
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  • Biographical/Historical Sketch
  • Description of the Collection
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0273
    Creator: Townley, Sidney Dean, 1867-1946.
    Title: Sidney Dean Townley papers
    Dates: circa 1827-1939
    Physical Description: 7.5 Linear feet
    Summary: Personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, research notes including astronomical observations and geological measurements, articles, lectures, personal diaries, family genealogy, and a collection of family photographs including glass plate negatives and a glass plate negative format camera.
    Language(s): The materials are inEnglish.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
    Stanford University Libraries
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

    Biographical/Historical Sketch

    Astronomer. Studied at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, California, and at the Universities of Berlin and Munich. Before becoming a Professor of Applied Mathematics at Stanford Unviersiy in 1907, Townley taught at U.C. Berkeley and was Astronomer at the International Latitude Observatory in Ukiah, California. He became Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Geodesy at Stanford in 1932. In addition to practical astronomy, his research interests included asteroids, comets and variable stars, latitude measurements, and seismology.

    Description of the Collection

    Personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, research notes including astronomical observations and geological measurements, articles, lectures, personal diaries, family genealogy, and a collection of family photographs including glass plate negatives and a glass plate negative format camera.

    Access Terms

    Stanford University. Dept. of Mathematics--Faculty.
    Townley, Sidney Dean, 1867-1946.
    Astronomy.
    Diaries.
    Geodesy.
    Glass plate negatives.
    Latitude variation.
    Photoprints
    Seismology.
    Social history--19th century.
    Social history--20th century.