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Letters to Elias Loomis

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 2110

Scope and Contents

Circa 800 autograph letters, mostly signed, addressed to Elias Loomis, 1828-1889. Letters pertain chiefly to Loomis's teaching and research in astronomy and meteorology. Correspondents are primarily scientists and other scholars.

Dates

  • circa 1828-1889

Creator

Language of Materials

Chiefly in English. Some materials in French and German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Letters to Elias Loomis is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Related Materials

Associated material: Elias Loomis Family Papers (MS 331), Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

Extent

2.09 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.eliasloomisletters

Overview

Circa 800 autograph letters, mostly signed, addressed to Elias Loomis, 1828-1889. Letters pertain chiefly to Loomis's teaching and research in astronomy and meteorology. Correspondents are primarily scientists and other scholars.

Biographical / Historical

Elias Loomis (1811-1889) (Yale 1830) was an astronomer, meteorologist, teacher, and author of scientific and mathematical texts. He was a tutor at Yale College from 1833 to 1836 and was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Western Reserve College from 1836 to 1844 and at the University of the City of New York from 1844 to 1860. Loomis became professor of natural philosophy at Yale in 1860.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

During processing, letters were removed from the 13 volumes to which they were previously adhered to better facilitate use of the collection. The order established in these volumes (alphabetical) has been maintained.

Former call number: Z117 00113.
Title
Guide to the Letters to Elias Loomis
Status
Completed
Author
Sarah Lerner
Date
September 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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Location

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New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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