Charles P. (Charles Pollard) Olivier correspondence, 1915-1962

Mss.B.OL45

Date: 1915-1962 | Size: 0.5 Linear feet, Ca. 400 items

Abstract

This collection pertains almost exclusively to Olivier's interest in meteors. Generally, there are only a few letters per person and for many correspondents, only one.

Background note

Charles P. Olivier was an astronomer who pioneered the scientific visual study of meteors, double stars, and variable stars. He attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate and doctorate degrees, graduating in 1911 with his Ph.D. in astronomy with a dissertation disproving the existence of stationary meteor radiants. He founded the American Meteor Society (AMS), an offshoot from the American Astronomical Society, the same year in order to visually observe meteors and meteor showers. The meteor plots collected from 1911 to 1931 by AMS members helped prove Olivier's doctoral dissertation. He was also known for appealing to student and amateur astronomers to volunteer their meteor observations.

His first teaching position, from 1912 to 1914, was as professor of astronomy at Agnes Scott College. During the summers, he volunteered at the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin. Olivier returned to the University of Virginia in 1914 to work at the McCormick Observatory until enlisting to serve in World War I. Leaving the University of Virginia in 1928, Olivier worked as the director of the University of Pennsylvania's Flower Observatory. There, he continued his studies on double stars, discovering more than 150, and was eventually made chair of the university's astronomy department before retiring in 1954.

The moon crater Olivier is named after him.

Collection Information

Physical description

Ca. 400 items.

Provenance

Presented by Charles Pollard Olivier and accessioned, 05/02/1967 (1967 883ms). Daily hourly meteor rates presented by Olivier and accessioned, 03/--/1975 (1975 526.a, .b ms).

Indexing Terms


Personal Name(s)

  • Abbe, Cleveland, 1838-1916
  • Astapovich, I. S. (Igorʹ Stanislavovich), 1908-1976
  • Barnard, Edward Emerson, 1857-1923
  • Barringer, Daniel Moreau, 1860-1929
  • Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966
  • Chapman, Sydney, 1888-1970
  • Conklin, Edwin Grant, 1863-1952
  • Doolittle, Eric, 1870-1920
  • Frost, Edwin Brant, 1866-1935
  • Hall, Asaph, 1829-1907
  • Harnwell, G. P. (Gaylord Probasco), 1903-1982
  • LaPaz, Lincoln
  • Menzel, Donald Howard, 1901-1976
  • Olivier, Charles P. (Charles Pollard), 1884-1975
  • Roy, Felix de
  • Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957
  • Schlesinger, Frank, 1871-1943
  • Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972
  • Struve, Otto, 1897-1963

Subject(s)

  • Astronomy.
  • Meteors.


Detailed Inventory

Abbe, Cleveland
  
Abbe, Cleveland
  

Custodial history: The following is a listing of the correspondents of the C. P. Olivier papers received April 19, 1974 and accessioned: 1974 455ms.

Abbe, Cleveland: Report
  
Aitken, R.G.
  
Allen, Edward W., Jr.
  
Amundson, Thomas
  
Arend, S.
  
Astapowitch, Igor S.
  
Baillaud, Jules
  
Baldauf, Richard J.
  
Barnard, E.E.
  
Barr, John U.
  
Barringer, D. Moreau
  
Barringer, P.B.
  
Barton, Samuel G.
  
Benyon, John F.
  
Berman, Horace N.
  
Billings, C.M.
  
Blaisdell, D.P.
  
Blanco, V.M.
  
Bloom, Julius
  
Bloggs, Isabel
  
Bonfield, Max
  
Bosler, Jean
  
Bosler, Jean
  
Boyd, Sylvia
  
Boyles, Alfred
  
Brockett, Paul
  
Brogan, Phil F.
  
Brogdon, J.S.
  
Brouwer, Dirk
  
Byrd, Harry F.
  
Burkel, Christian E.
  
Catharine, Irwin T.
  
Chant, C.A.
  
Chapman, Sydney
  
Conklin, Edwin G.
  
Cook, Gustavus Wynne
  
Colton, Barrows F.
  
Crommelin, C.D.
  
Davis, Watson
  
Dawson, Bernhard
  
Delinger, J.H.
  
DeWitt, Robert L., Reverand
  
Dirick, R.
  
Dobson, C.M.B.
  
Doolittle, Eric
  
Dubs, H.H.
  
Dudley, L.P.
  
Dunsink Observatory, Ireland
  
Eason, F.B.
  
Elsavor, Walter M.
  
Epner, Norman
  
Fahrney, D.S.
  
Farnum, Grace C.
  
Farquhar, Edgar S.
  
Fath, E.A.
  
Federer, Charles A.
  
Ferrell, Oliver Perry
  
Fisher, Clyde
  
Fisher, Willard J.
  
Fleming, John A.
  
Folio, Peter J.
  
Ford, Clinton B.
  
Foshag, W.F.
  
Fowler, A.
  
Fox, Phillip
  
France, Jennie V.
  
Franklin, Lindley M.
  
Free, E.E.
  
Frost, Edwin B.
  
Furcron, A.S.
  
Gillespie
  
Glowan, E.H.
  
Guigay, G.
  
Guth, Vladimir
  
Guthwick, G.
  
Haas, Walter
  
Halbach, Edward A.
  
Hall, Arthur
  
Hammer, Carl
  
Harding, A.M.
  
Harnwell, Gaylord P.
  
Harwood, Margaret
  
Hawkins, Gerald S.
  
Henderson, E.P.
  
Herlofson, N.
  
Hertzsprung, Ejnar
  
Hill, Charles M.
  
Hill, Lon C.
  
Himsel, D.V.M.
  
Hoffleit, Dorrit
  
Hoffmeister, C.
  
Hollowell, M.
  
Hope-Jones, Frank
  
Hufnagel, Fred
  
Humphreys, W.J.
  
Hurder, W.R.
  
Ingalls, Albert G.
  
Inonye, Hideo
  
International Research Council
  
Jacks, Maston M.
  
Johnson, Lyndon Baines, President
  
Kapenstein, Ira
  
Kerolyr, M. de
  
Khan, A.R.
  
Kimmel, Joseph W.
  
King, A.
  
Kline, James, Reverand
  
Kohman, Truman P.
  
Komaki, Koziro
  
Kuiper, Gerard P.
  
Kunz, George F.
  
LaPaz, Lincoln
  
Laeb, August L.
  
Leander McCormick Observatory, University of Virginia
  
Lindblad, Bertil-Anders
  
Lipman, Charles B.
  
Luesley, Earl E.
  
Lukkien, H.G.
  
Lutz, Edgar H.
  
Luyten, W.J.
  
McBain, Flora M.
  
McClenahan, Howard M.
  
McDannald, A.H.
  
McDuffie, E.M.
  
McIntosh, Ronald
  
Makemson, Maud W.
  
Marshall, Roy K.
  
Martindell, Jackson
  
Martinetz, Walter
  
Mary, Donald
  
Mayall, Margaret W.
  
Menzel, Donald H.
  
Menzies, A.
  
Merrill, George P.
  
Metzer, Eli
  
Metzger
  
Miller, F.D.
  
Millman, P.M.
  
Miner, Eunice Thomas
  
Mizwa, Stephen Pa
  
Mohler, Orren C.
  
Monnig, Oscar E.
  
Moore, Hugh
  
Moore, J.H.
  
Morrow, Glenn R.
  
Moulten, F.R.
  
Mowell, M.H.
  
Musser, Paul H.
  
Neathery, Robert W.
  
Nederlandse Vereniging Voor Weer En Sterrekunde
  
New York Times
  
Nicholson, T.D.
  
Nielson, Axel
  
Nininger, H.H.
  
Nogay, Frank
  
Noonan, Julia A.
  
Norries, L.B.
  
Nussbaum, Hans
  
Ohio State University
  
Olivier, Charles P.: "A History of Meteoric Astronomy"
  
Olivier, Charles P.: "Bibliography"
  
Olivier, Charles P.: Concerning Harry F. Byrd
  
Olivier, Charles P.: letter to the delegates of the Republican Convention
  
Olivier, Charles P.: letter to the editor of Life
  
Olivier, Charles P.: letter to the Shooting Star Commission
  
Olivier, Charles P.: letter to the Public Information Division, Air Force
  
Olivier, Charles P.: letter to the Commision Des Etioles Filantes of the International Astronomical Union
  
Olivier, Charles P.: "Meteors"
  
Olivier, Charles P.: Miscellaneous Notes
  
Olivier, Charles P.: "Nebula"
  
Olivier, Charles P.: "The August Meteors"
  
Olivier, Charles P.: Report from the Flower and Cook Observatories
  
O'Neill, John L.
  
Parker, Constance
  
Paterson, Fraser J.
  
Patton, John S.
  
Penniston, J.B.
  
Pepper, Aimon R.
  
Pickering, William H.
  
Pokzbvsky, K.
  
Pope, E.A.
  
Pope, Ida May
  
Pomeroy, John H.
  
Poulter, Thomas C.
  
Prager
  
Pratt, M.A.
  
Prentice, P.M.
  
Pickard, Greenleaf Whittier
  
Quinn, A.H.
  
Rand, Stephen
  
Reid, J.R.
  
Reimer, Walter J.
  
Rense, William A.
  
Rhodes, R.N.
  
Rifflard, Désiré C.
  
Ritchey, G.W.
  
Robbins, William J.
  
Robinson, L.J.
  
Rosa, Nicholas
  
Rosebrugh, D.W.
  
Rowe, Alan
  
Roy, Felix de
  
Russell, Henry Norris
  
Schiesinger, Frank
  
Schmidt, W.
  
Scientia
  
Scranton, William W.
  
Scranton, William W.
  
Serota, Sam
  
Shapley, Harlow
  
Sharda, Jean
  
Shaw, Quincy A.
  
Sherburne, E.G.
  
Siekman, Rosemary
  
Shatton, F.T.M.
  
Simpson, Clinton
  
Skumanich, Andrew
  
Slouka, Hubert
  
Smith, Franklin W.
  
Smith, Howard W.
  
Smith, J.J.
  
Spitz, Armand N.
  
Stanjukowitsch, K.
  
Stebbins, Joel
  
Stevenson, William H.
  
Stewart, Meldrum
  
Stewart, John Q.
  
Stokley, James
  
Stone, Ormand
  
Stratton, F.T.M.
  
Sturbridge, Richard V.
  
Struve, Otto
  
Sullivan, W.H.
  
Tacker, Lawrence J.
  
Talman, C.F.
  
Van Biesbrouk, G.
  
Van Den Bergh, Sidney
  
Van Doren, Gene
  
Venable, Francis P.
  
Ventor, S.C.
  
Vermilye, William M.
  
Vickers, Aw. V.
  
Wade, Alton F.
  
Wallace, George C.
  
Warner, W.P.
  
Washington, Henry S.
  
Watson, F.
  
Watson, T.C.
  
Weaver, Claire
  
Webb, Walter N.
  
Wend, Richard E.
  
Wesley, W.H.
  
Whipple, Fred L.
  
Whipple, T.J.W.
  
Whitney
  
Williams, Edwin B.
  
Williams, J.D.
  
Wilson, Herbert C.
  
Wilson, Ralph E.
  
Wilson, T.W.
  
Wirth, Lewis
  
Woolard, Edgar W.
  
Wood, Dorothy F.
  
Wood, Frank Bradshaw
  
Wright, Fred E.
  
Wright, W.H.
  
Wylie, C.C.
  
Young, Anne S.
  
Dugan, Raymond S.
  
Eddington, A.S.
  
Frost, Edwin B.
  
Hull, G.F.
  
Humphreys, W.J.
  
Innes, R.T.A.
  
King, A.
  
Kirkpatrick, R.
  
Lyman, Herbert
  
Merrill, George P.
  
National Academy of Sciences
  
[Opiek], J.E.
  
[Russell, Henry Morris], J.
  
Schlesinger, Frank
  
Shapley, Harlow
  
University of Sofia