Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Title: University of Toronto. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics fonds

Date(s) of creation: ca 1884-2003

Physical description:   4.0 metres of textual,graphic and moving image records

Admin. history/ Biographical Sketch: Established as the Department of Astronomy in May 1906 in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Scope and content: Administrative files and directors' files from the time of C.A. Chant (ca. 1905-1953) including records on the opening and specifications of the David Dunlap Observatory, and correspondence and reports relating to the Observatory (ca. 1906-1936); records relating to the events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Copernicus including the visit of Dr. Wilhelmina Iwanowska of the Nicholaus Copernicus Observatory, University of Torum Polond.  Also records relating to Las Campanas Observatory, the Canadian Telescope in Chile consisting of correspondence, work diaries, nightly observing summaries, Time Application Committee files, and project files.

Other records include: personal records of Chant (ca. 1884-1950) including the manuscript of his autobiography; video copy of the "Dedication of the Helen Sawyer-Hogg Telescope" and accompanying Scrapbook; photographs, primarily of the observatory include early views of the David Dunlap Observatory and grounds, memorabilia such as clippings regarding its opening, as well as photographs of telescopes and related instruments.

Access/use:  Restricted;  Subject to review under Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Finding aids: Finding aids available in Reading Room

Related records in a different fonds: David Dunlap Observatory

Accruals:  Further accruals are expected.

Corresponding accessions: A1974-0027/ A1981-0061/ A1982-0004/ A1993-0010/ A2004-0023/ A2005-0011