Letters, including family correspondence; diaries;
personalia; financial papers; manuscripts of his writings and speeches; notebooks;
lecture notes; computations and drawings; subject files; photographs; reports;
sketches; maps; clippings. Service with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Service and with
various commissions, governmental and private; interests in science, engineering,
geography and navigation, history of California, etc.; association with the
University of California as Regent and as professor. Included also: some papers of
his wife and children, and papers relating to his wife's family (Fauntleroy family
and Owen family).
George Davidson - geodesist, astronomer, geographer and engineer - was born in
Nottingham, England, on May 9, 1825. In 1832 he came to the United States with his
parents, who settled in Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from Central High School,
Philadelphia, he was appointed magnetic observer at Girard College Observatory.
Number of containers: 71 boxes, 27 cartons, 2 oversize volumes, 1 oversize
package, 11 oversize folders, 1 oversize portfolio.
Linear feet: circa 65.
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