Additional Papers of the Radcliffe Trust Concerning the Radcliffe Observatory

Scope and Content

Additional papers of the Radcliffe Trust concering the Radcliffe Observatory, including:

  • Notebook of extracts relating to the history of the Observatory, 1827-49
  • Reports of the Radcliffe Observer , 1861-1935
  • Visitors' book, 1920-35
  • Account book, 1913-49
  • Photographs of the Observatory, 19th-20th century

Administrative / Biographical History

John Radcliffe (1650-1714) was a physician who left money in trust for, among other things, the foundation of the Radcliffe Library, Radcliffe Infirmary and Radcliffe Observatory at Oxford. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were deposited by the Radcliffe Trustees in 1974.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A full description is available in the Library.

Related Material

See also Radcliffe Trust (MSS. D.D. Radcliffe a. 1-4, b. 1-8, c. 1-72, d. 1-39, e. 1, f. 1), Additional Papers of the Radcliffe Trust, 1834-1971 (MSS. D.D. Radcliffe a. 5-6 (R), b. 9-29, c. 76-92, e. 5-6), and Radcliffe Trust Manuscripts (MSS. Radcliffe Trust a. 1-25, b. 1-19, c. 1-45, d. 1-64, e. 2-32, f. 1-7, g.1).