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Young, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1834-1908
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
C. A. Young Collection
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes and 1.3 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-4


Consists, for the most part, of letters written to nineteenth-century Princeton astronomer C. A. Young by other astronomers and scientific instrument makers.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists, for the most part, of letters written to Young by other astronomers, such as N. M. Paul of the United States Naval Observatory and Leonard Waldo of Harvard, and by clock, astronomical, and scientific instrument manufacturers, including Howard Grubb, Fauth and Co., E. Howard and Co., and Edward Kahler. In addition, there are some drawings of astronomical instruments and a few bank books.

Further accessions include measures (1879) of the polar and equatorial diameters of the planet Mars by Prof. Young at the Observatory of the John C. Green School of Science, Princeton University, and an autograph manuscript with 12 sheets of figures on graph paper from the G. P. Kuiper Scientific Collection. Also included are letters from Simon Newcomb concerning discussions with Stephen H. Emmens in February and March 1897, and two letters from Young to Stephen Alexander discussing equipment for the astronomical observatory to be built on the "Olden lot" on Prospect Ave. in Princeton.


Arranged in alphabetical order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Young, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1834-1908

A professor of astronomy at Princeton (1877-1905) and the first director of its Observatory, C. A. Young was an authority on the sun and a pioneer in spectrum analysis.

Collection History


The manuscript, charts, and graphs, were a gift of Mrs. Sarah Kuiper Roth, on August 20, 1979 .

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

C. A. Young Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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