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Guide to the Frank P. Brackett Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biography of Frank P. Brackett
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Index Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank P. Brackett Collection
    Creator: Brackett, Frank P.
    Dates: 1887-1953
    Quantity: 7 feet (14 boxes)
    Repository: Libraries of the Claremont Colleges. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.
    800 N. Dartmouth Ave.
    Claremont University Consortium
    Libraries of the Claremont Colleges
    Claremont, California 91711
    Abstract: The Frank P. Brackett collection include his manuscript for Granite and Sagebrush and the History of Pomona Valley; documents about the Belgium Relief Fund; his students' papers, tests, and homework with the syllabi for the classes he taught at Pomona College; pamphlets written by and about Professor Brackett and the Brackett observatory; meteorological, weather, and sun observations recorded for the U.S. Weather Bureau at the Brackett Observatory on the Pomona College campus; maps; and catalogs for astronomical equipment; 52 wood blocks used for an article about astronomy observations.
    Collection Number: h2008.3
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Physical location: Special Collections. Honnold/Mudd Library.

    Information for Researchers

    Restrictions on Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights resides with Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Frank P. Brackett Collection. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift given from Allison Howell, 2004.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and processed by Russell Michalak


    No additions to the collection are anticipated.

    Separated Material

    For more information on Frank P. Brackett please refer to the Frank P. Brackett Papers, h073.

    Biography of Frank P. Brackett

    Dr. Brackett graduated from Dartmouth College in 1887. After he graduated he moved to California. He taught astronomy, mathematics, and Latin at Pomona College from 1892 to 1932. In 1912, he took a sabbatical. He travelled to Algeria to conduct experiments. During World War I, he took another leave of absence from teaching, to participate in the Belgium Relief Fund (also known as the Commission for Belgian Relief. Also, at that time, he worked closely with Captain A. W. Stevens in Los Angeles on the Selective Service during World War I. Brackett joined the R.O.T.C. at Angel Island, in the San Francisco harbor, during the 1920s. From 1892 to 1932 Dr. Brackett, his colleagues and his students, as well as members of the community observed climatical, meteorological, and solar observations at the Brackett Observatory on the Pomona College campus for the United States Department of Agriculture and later the Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    This collection includes astronomy equipment catalogs; student homework assignments, tests, and syllabi for a couple of courses from 1926 to 1932 and professional publications; government documents from the U.S. Weather Bureau from 1892 to 1949; scientific observations of the Leonid meteor, Perseid meteor, and sun spot observations; 52 wood blocks used for an article; a manuscript about the Brackett Observatory; maps of ranches in Los Angeles County California and celestial maps; catalogs from astronomy equipment companies; selective service documents from World War I; correspondence between Captain A. W. Stevens and himself; a biographical history of early pioneers of the Claremont area; lecture and class notes; and World War I documents.


    Series 1 Astronomy Equipment Catalogs
    Series 2 Pomona College
    Subseries 2.1 Astronomy students' homework
    Subseries 2.2 Astronomy curriculum
    Series 3 Meteor and Solar observations
    Subseries 3.1 Leonid and Perseid observations
    Subseries 3.2 Solar observations
    Series 4 Government documents
    Subseries 4.1 Los Angeles Flood Control,
    Subseries 4.2 U.S. Agricultural Department, Weather Bureau, Meteorological record, 1893-1945
    Series 5 Copper and lead printing blocks
    Series 6 Photographs
    Series 7 Correspondence
    Series 8 Walter T. Whitney

    Index Terms

    This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms
    Brackett, Frank Parkhurst, b. 1865-1951
    Watson, Fletcher G. (Fletcher Guard)
    Whitney, Walter T.
    Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
    Claremont, California. Climatological publications. Solar energy series
    United States Department of Agriculture. Weather Bureau. (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Brackett Observatory (Pomona College, Calif.)
    Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories.
    astronomy catalogs