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Latimer J. Wilson papers and photographs

Identifier: RG-2022-029

Content Description

Photographs, negatives, glass plates, drawings and observations of planets, principally Venus and Mars, made by amateur astronomer Latimer J. Wilson, of Nashville, Tennessee, during the 1920s and 1930s. Also contains correspondence between Wilson and publishers of Popular Astronomy and The Sky magazines regarding articles written by Wilson for those publications. Wilson's typed copies of the articles are also in the collection. Some correspondence with professional astronomers, including Charles F. Olivier, of Leander McCormick Observatory, University of Virginia; Mary Calvert and Frank Ross, of Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin, mostly on technical photographic questions. Also letters to the Cramer Dry Plate company and Hamer Dry Plate company are included. One notebook contains sign-in sheets for Wilson's astronomy classes, 1936-1937. There are some miscellaneous newspaper clippings, four issues of Dutch publications on World War II from 1940 and 1943, and an undated paper of unknown authorship, assumed from the University of Arizona, titled "notes on L.J. Wilson material" evaluating the materials (primarily for their scientific value).

Acquisition Type




Restrictions Apply



  • 1920 - 1940


1 Linear foot

1000s Photographic Prints