This collection contains photographic prints, negatives, and slides that document the
history of the Lick Observatory from its inception through the early 2000s. The majority of
the images record scientific activity and residential life at the Observatory throughout the
late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This collection features portraits and snapshots of
scientists, their families, and Observatory personnel; images of instruments and celestial
objects and events; views of the Observatory and its environs; scenes from Lick Observatory
eclipse expeditions; and images that document the general history of astronomy. Although
most of the photographs reflect life at the Observatory on Mount Hamilton, also included are
scenes from the Chile Station of Lick Observatory, other sites associated with the
Observatory, and observatories around the world.
These photographs were produced or collected by Lick observatory staff and faculty, as well
as UCSC Library personnel. Many of the early photographs of the major instruments and
Observatory buildings were taken by Henry E. Matthews, who served as secretary to the Lick
Trust during the planning and construction of the Observatory.
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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
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Collection is open for research.