Livestream Program: A Chance Encounter: The Pechell family and their interest in the stars

Part four of a four part conversation between the Society’s Librarian, Sian Prosser, and the Library’s Vice President for Special Collections, Jason W. Dean. For the final session, Sian and Jason will focus on their overlapping collections and specifically on a bound manuscript held by the Library written by Charlotte, Lady Brooke Pechell. Her youngest son, Samuel, was a fellow of the Royal Society. Sian and Jason will also discuss the development of astronomy education in Britain using two sets of cards in their collections.

Livestream Program: Different Objectives: Archival collections at the Royal Astronomical Society that led to printed works at the Linda Hall Library

Part three of a four part conversation between the Society’s Librarian, Sian Prosser, and the Library’s Vice President for Special Collections, Jason W. Dean. In this session, Sian and Jason will talk about the relationships between manuscript observations and their eventual printed publications. Specifically, they will focus on the connections between the archival collections of the Herschel family at the Society and their printed works at the Library.

Livestream Program: Things that Give You Stars in Your Eyes: Digitized collection highlights from the Royal Astronomical Society and the Linda Hall Library

Part two of a four part conversation between the Society’s Librarian, Sian Prosser, and the Library’s Vice President for Special Collections, Jason W. Dean. In this session, Sian and Jason will choose items from each institution that they find impressive and explore connections between their digitized collections. They will also discuss best practices for accessing digital collections.

Livestream Program: Overlapping Collections Across the Atlantic

Join the Linda Hall Library and the Royal Astronomical Society for a series exploring connections between our respective collections. The first session will introduce the two organizations and their histories. Sian Prosser, Librarian and Archivist for the Royal Astronomical Society and Jason Dean, VP of Special Collections for the Linda Hall Library will discuss the founding and purpose of each institution, their historical collections, and current collecting focuses. They will also highlight how their collections can be used today to inspire exploration in astronomical science for all.

Williamina Fleming

Williamina Fleming, born on May 15, 1857 in Dundee, Scotland, features in an oft-told but apocryphal tale about the introduction of women into the Harvard College Observatory. As that story goes, director Edward Charles Pickering grew disgusted with the sloppy work of...