Guide to the Sidney Dean Townley Papers

Stanford University Library Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Overview

Call Number: SC0273
Creator: Townley, Sidney Dean, 1867-1946.
Title: Sidney Dean Townley papers
Dates: circa 1827-1939
Physical Description: 7.5 Linear feet
Summary: Personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, research notes including astronomical observations and geological measurements, articles, lectures, personal diaries, family genealogy, and a collection of family photographs including glass plate negatives and a glass plate negative format camera.
Language(s): The materials are inEnglish.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Astronomer. Studied at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, California, and at the Universities of Berlin and Munich. Before becoming a Professor of Applied Mathematics at Stanford Unviersiy in 1907, Townley taught at U.C. Berkeley and was Astronomer at the International Latitude Observatory in Ukiah, California. He became Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Geodesy at Stanford in 1932. In addition to practical astronomy, his research interests included asteroids, comets and variable stars, latitude measurements, and seismology.

Description of the Collection

Personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, research notes including astronomical observations and geological measurements, articles, lectures, personal diaries, family genealogy, and a collection of family photographs including glass plate negatives and a glass plate negative format camera.

Access Terms

Stanford University. Dept. of Mathematics--Faculty.
Townley, Sidney Dean, 1867-1946.
Astronomy.
Diaries.
Geodesy.
Glass plate negatives.
Latitude variation.
Photoprints
Seismology.
Social history--19th century.
Social history--20th century.


Collection Contents

 

Papers 1886-1939

 

Articles and Lectures

Box 1, Folder 1

Address of the Reitiring President of the Society in Awarding the Bruce Gold Medal to Mr. Edward Emerson Barnard 1917 April

Physical Description: Reprint
Box 1, Folder 2

Automobile Routes from California to the Path of Totality for the Solar Eclipse of June 8, 1918 1918 April

Physical Description: Reprint and clippings
Box 1, Folder 3

Branner, John Casper Undated

Physical Description: Typescript
Box 1, Folder 4

Comstock, George Gary 1934 August

Physical Description: Reprint
Box 1, Folder 5

The Contribution of Astronomy to Practical Religion and the Broader Aspects of Human Welfare Undated

Physical Description: Typescript
Box 1, Folder 6

Diary of a Student of the University of Wisconsin 1886-1892

Physical Description: Publication
Box 1, Folder 7

Earthquakes - the California Earthquake of 1906 with special reference to the Earth displacements Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 1, Folder 8

Earthquakes - Earthquakes felt in San Francisco from January 1, 1907 to December 10, 1931, of intensity III or greater Undated

Physical Description: Typescript
Box 1, Folder 9

Earthquakes - Earthquakes of the Pacific Coast of the United States 1919 September

Physical Description: Reprint
Box 1, Folder 10

Earthquakes - Earthquakes and Variations in Latitude Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 1, Folder 11

Earthquakes - Report on Certain Earthquakes in California, as affecting insurance Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 1, Folder 12

Earthquakes - the San Jacinto Earthquake of April 21, 1918 1918 September

Physical Description: Reprint
Box 1, Folder 13

Eclipse Stations in Oregon and Washington 1918 February

Physical Description: Reprint
Box 1, Folder 14

Excursion to La Honda and Moss Beach Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 1, Folder 15

Halley's Comet Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 1, Folder 16

Light Curve of Nova Persei, 1901 Undated

Physical Description: Typescript
Box 1, Folder 17

Light of All the Stars Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 1, Folder 18

Measurement of Celestial Distances Undated

Physical Description: Typescript
Box 1, Folder 19

Miscellaneous Undated

Box 1, Folder 20

Other Worlds Than Ours Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 1, Folder 21

The Palo Alto Union High School Undated

Box 1, Folder 22

The Probability of Collisions Among the Stars Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 2, Folder 1

Reform of the Calendar Undated

Physical Description: Notes and reference studies
Box 2, Folder 2

Resultate des Internationalen Breitendienstes 1907 June

Physical Description: Reprint
Box 2, Folder 3

The Shifting of the Earth's Axis 1909 November

Physical Description: Reprint
Box 2, Folder 4

Solar Eclipses Undated

Physical Description: Lecture
Box 2, Folder 5

Some Problems of Astronomy Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 2, Folder 6

Some Remarks on Dr. Lawson's paper Undated

Physical Description: Typescript
Box 2, Folder 7

The Sun's Heat Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 2, Folder 8

Variable Stars Undated

Physical Description: Manuscript
Box 2, Folder 9

Variable Stars - Miscellaneous Undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Variable Stars (Notes on Variable Stars Catalog) Undated

Box 2, Folder 11

Variation of Latitude Undated

Physical Description: Lecture
 

Calculations

Box 2, Folder 12

Altitude and Azimuth of the Sun 1930

Box 2, Folder 13

Latitudel Hot Springs, Nevada 1920

Box 2, Folder 14

Miscellaneous Undated

 

Conferences

Box 2, Folder 15

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division - Committee on Arrangements 1923-1925

Box 3, Folder 1

AAAS - Programs and Meeting Announcements 1921-1936

Box 3, Folder 2

AAAS - Preliminary Announcements 1921-1926

Box 3, Folder 3

Miscellaneous Undated

Box 3, Folder 4

Pacific Science Congress 1939

 

Miscellaneous material

Box 3, Folder 5

Miscellaneous Undated

Box 3, Folder 6

Personal - Clippings Undated

Box 3, Folder 7

Physical Sciences, School of Undated

Box 3, Folder 8

Primary and Grammar School Undated

Box 3, Folder 9

Student Reports - Astronomy 165 1929

Box 3, Folder 10

University of Chicago, Quarter System Undated

 

Accession ARCH-1986-049 Additional Papers 1827-1934

Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence - Automobiles Undated

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence - family Undated

Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence - Prairie Home Cemetery Undated

Box 4, Folder 4

Correspondence Undated

Box 4, Folder 5

Astronomy (manuscript): p. 1-98 Undated

Box 4, Folder 6

Astronomy (manuscript): p. 99-128 Undated

Box 4, Folder 7

Astronomy (manuscript): p. 129-306 Undated

Box 4, Folder 8

Planters Almanac, vols. 1898-1902 1898-1902

Box 4, Folder 9

Memorial Resolution Undated

Box 4, Folder 10

Family genealogy Undated

Box 4, Folder 11

Wright and Townley Genealogies by Lucille Townley Clark Undated

Box 5, Folder 1

Pitkin Family of America: A genealogy of the Descendents of William Pitkin by A.P. Pitkin 1827

Box 5, Folder 2

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1903-1904

Box 5, Folder 3

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1905-1906

Box 5, Folder 4

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1907-1908

Box 5, Folder 5

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1909-1910

Box 6, Folder 1

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1911-1912

Box 6, Folder 2

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1913-1914

Box 6, Folder 3

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1915-1916

Box 6, Folder 4

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1917-1918

Box 6, Folder 5

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1919-1920

Box 6, Folder 6

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1921-1922

Box 6, Folder 7

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1923-1924

Box 6, Folder 8

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1925-1926

Box 7, Folder 1

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1927-1928

Box 7, Folder 2

Townley, S.D.: Diaries 1929

Box 7, Folder 3

Townley, S.D.: Honeymoon diary and photo record (2 vol.) 1894

Physical Description: Inventory for glass negatives included in collection
Box 7, Folder 4

Memoirs/Essays Undated

Box 7, Folder 5

Photographs Undated

Box 7, Folder 6

Photographs - family Undated

Box 7, Folder 7

Photographs - family Undated

Box 7, Folder 8

Personal ephemera Undated

Box 7, Folder 9

Senior Contest Oration Undated

Box 7, Folder 10

Memory Book (S.D. Townley's mother? -- Isabel) Undated

Box 7, Folder 11

S.D. Townley birthday book Undated

Box 7, Folder 12

Miscellaneous Undated

Box 7, Folder 13

Family - baby toys Undated

Box 8, Folder 1

Townley, Francis Wright - correspondence Undated

Box 8, Folder 2

Townley, Francis Wright - correspondence Undated

Box 8, Folder 3

Townley, Francis Wright - correspondence Undated

Box 8, Folder 4

Wright, Francis: Diary 1895

Box 8, Folder 5

Wright family photo album Undated

Box 8, Folder 6

Townley, Francis Wright memory book 1888

Box 8, Folder 7

Townley, Francis Wright - textbooks - Mills College 1888

Box 8, Folder 8

Townley, Francis Wright - miscellaneous Undated

Box 9, Folder 1

Townley, Sidney: Diary 1885-1897

Physical Description: Also includes Photograph of University of Wisconsin baseball team
Box 10, Folder 1

Astronomical file cards - Catalogued observations Undated

Box 11

Astronomical file cards - Catalogued observations Undated

Box 12, Folder 1

Correspondence, professional 1929-1932

Box 12, Folder 2

Correspondence, professional 1929-1934

Box 12, Folder 3

Lick Observatory Notebook, Number 1 1892 August 19-December 10

Box 12, Folder 4

Lick Observatory Notebook, Number 2 1892 January 2-

Box 12, Folder 5

Lick Observatory Notebook, "Variable Stars" 1902 May 22-July 12

 

Accession ARCH-1986-049 Glass Plate Negative Collection Undated

Scope and Content Note

Sidney D. Townley's Glass plate camera and Tripod (stored in original case). Glass negs (inventory available in manuscript collection Box 7 folder 3)
Box 1

5 x 7" Glass Negatives #1-108 Undated

Box 2

5 x 7" Glass Negatives #109-204 Undated

Box 3

5 x 7" Glass Negatives #204-307 Undated

Box 4

5 x 7" Glass Negatives #308-390 Undated

Box 5

4 x 5" Glass Negatives #326-335; 4 x 5" Glass negatives "Babies" #244, 245, 248, 263, 265, 270, 271, 289, 274; 3 x 4" Lantern slides; 20 5 x 7" Glass negatives - separate Undated