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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James E. Keeler papers
    Dates: 1868-1944
    Collection number: MS 271
    Creator: Keeler, James E.
    Collection Size: 2 document boxes
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: Contains correspondence, family photographs, school papers, drawings, diary and notebooks, academic papers, articles & lectures. Also contains William F. Keeler's Mayport diaries, from 1878-1886.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    James E. Keeler papers. MS 271. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Cora Keeler and Mrs. Elizabeth Breneiser in 1978.


    James Edward Keeler (September 10, 1857 - August 12, 1900) was born in La Salle, IL to William F. and Anna Dutton Keeler. He married Miss Cora S. Matthews at Oakley Plantation, Louisiana, on June 16, 1881.
    Keeler worked at Lick Observatory beginning in 1888 but left after being appointed director of the University of Pittsburgh's Alleghenny Observatory in 1891. He returned to Lick Observatory as its director in 1898.
    James Keeler died unexpectedly on August 12, 1900 leaving his widow and two children.

    Accomplishments and Honors

  • Director of Allegheny Observatory, Allegheny City, Pennsylvania(1891)
  • Director of Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton, California(1898)
  • Co-Founder(in 1895) and Co-Editor, with George Ellery Hale, of the Astrophysical Journal.
  • Served as President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • One of the Founders of the American Astronomical Society(1899)
  • Astronomical and Physical Society of Toronto: Corresponding(Foreign) Member(1894).
  • With discovery of particle nature of Saturn's rings, elevated to Honorary Member(1895) National Academy of Sciences(member)
  • Royal Astronomical Society(Fellow)
  • Rumford Medal of the American Academy
  • Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains correspondence, family photographs, school papers, drawings, diaries, academic papers, articles & lectures. Also contains Mayport diaries, 1878-1886 from Wm. F Keeler, father of James Keeler.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Keeler, James E. (Edward)--Archives
    Astronomy--United States--History
    Keeler, William F. (Frederick)
    Astrophysics--United States--History

    Other Finding Aids

    UA 36 Lick Observatory Archive

    Related Material

    James E. Keeler, pioneer American astrophysicist, and the early development of American astrophysics by Donald E. Osterbrock. QB36.K37 O88 1985