Guide to the Jewett Observatory Records 1948-1956
Archives 363

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Jewett Observatory Records
ID
Archives 363
Date [inclusive]
1948-1956
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.25 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, plans, specifications, drawings, and other documents relating to the construction of the James Richard Jewett Observatory on the Washington State University campus.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Jewett Observatory Records, 1948-1956 (Archives 363)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

While Washington State College had previously had one telescope, mounted on top of Carpenter Hall, it had fallen into disrepair. In 1948 Sidney Hacker of the WSC Mathematics Department put together a proposal for a campus observatory. With most of the funding coming from a gift from George F. Jewett in honor of his father, Richard, the observatory was constructed on the southeast edge of campus. It was dedicated on the evening of May 14, 1953.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of correspondence and documentation either created or collected by Sidney G. Hacker of Washington State College’s Department of Mathematics between 1948 and 1956. It deals with the planning and creation of the George Jewett Observatory on the Washington State University campus.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in subject order. The only real series in the collection is the Correspondence, 1950-1956, and folders in that series are ordered chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The records were donated to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) in 1984 by Evelyn Hacker, and retained as MS1984-09.

Processing Information note

In 2016, these observatory papers were separated out of Sidney Hacker’s papers, the majority of which dealt with unrelated instructional and personal matters. Hacker had been the first director of the Jewett Observatory. The observatory papers were processed by University Archivist Mark O’English in July, 2016

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Material from this and other Hacker donations, primarily instructional, research, and personal in nature, remains in WSU MASC as MSSM.074.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University

Subject(s)

  • Astronomy.
  • Campus buildings -- Washington (state)-- Pullman -- Jewett Observatory
  • Colleges and Universities.
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Folder

Blueprint, 32" & 30" reflector mounting 1949 

1

Construction expenditures 1953 

2

Correspondence 

 1950 

3

 1951, Jan. 

4

 1951, Feb. 

5

 1951, Mar.-Apr. 

6

 1951, May-Jun. 

7

 1951, Aug.-Nov. 

8

 1952 

9

 1953-1956 

10

Dedication - programs & clippings 1953 

11

Drawings & plans 1951 

12

Financial estimates undated 

13

History 1953 

14

A Report Regarding Proposals for The Observatory of The State College of Washington 1948 

15

Set-up instructions for telescope [1952] 

16

Specifications 1951 

17