This collection contains the papers of Charles Donald Shane, director of the Lick
Observatory from 1945-1958, and his wife, Mary Lea Shane. Most of the materials are from
Charles Donald Shane's professional work at the Lick Observatory and with the University of
California, and include professional and personal correspondence, subject and research
files, his autobiography, biographical materials on other astronomers, speeches and essays,
site reports from Chile and other trips outside the United States, photographs of family
members and travels, and some of his original research materials. The series of Mary Lea
Shane papers contain her research on the Lick Observatory, and correspondence related to her
work as the curator of the Lick Observatory Archives throughout the last half of the 20th
Charles Donald Shane and Mary Lea Heger Shane were key figures at the Lick Observatory
during the 20th century. Both were trained in astronomy and were married in 1920, and lived
on Mount Hamilton for several years. Donald served as the director of the Lick Observatory
from 1945 to 1958, and was integral in the planning and development of the 120-inch
reflector telescope, which was named after him in 1978. He is also known in the field of
astronomy for his work supporting the existence of aggregated clusters of galaxies, now
known as superclusters. Donald married Mary Lea Heger in 1920, who had been working at Lick
Observatory since 1919 and went on to earn her Ph.D. in astronomy in 1924. Mary did not
pursue a career as an astronomer, but was very involved in the Mount Hamilton community and
welcomed visitors from all over the world to the Lick Observatory. She later initiated the
preservation and organization of the archives of the Lick Observatory.
11.2 Linear Feet
17 boxes, 5 oversize boxes
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