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At a Glance
This collection is arranged into 5 series.
Collection consists of Schilt's correspondence as chairperson of Columbia's department of astronomy and director of the Yale-Columbia Southern Station as well as the Rutherford Observatory at Columbia. The majority of arranged office files are comprised of memoranda, documents, some departmental correspondence, committee reports, course material including material for student laboratory exercises. Thers is also a small sampling of Schilt's early notes as a student and reports of oo-site testing done under the auspices of the National Science Foundation.
Using the Collection
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Jan Schilt papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Ownership and Custodial History
Transfer from department of Physics, 1989.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--astronomy department. Method of acquisition--gift; Date of acquisition--02/23/89. Accession number--M-89-2-23.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
processed JSM 10/23/92.
2010-03-05 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Astronomer and administrator. Schilt was Rutherford Professor Emeritus at Columbia, invented the Schilt photometer, and helped clarify the motions of stars in the Milky Way. He was director of the Yale-Columbia Southern Station in Johannesburg and Canberra, Australia. He served as chairperson of Columbia's department of astronomy from 1936 until 1962.