Joseph Winlock letterbook, 1857-1875


Date: 1857-1875 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 340 p.


This item contains much information about his various posts and about conflicts, personalities, and the politics of science. There are also many references and comments about scientific technology of the day, and of such people as Matthew F. Maury. There are numerous letters to A. D. Bache, James Henry Coffin, Charles Henry Davis, and William H. Willcox.

Background note

Joseph Winlock was an astronomer and mathematician. Winlock was the superintendent of the "American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac" (1858-1859), head of the Department of Mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy (1859), and Director of the Harvard College Observatory, as well as being a professor of astronomy at Harvard (1866-1875).

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 340 p.


Purchased from Kenneth W. Rendell ($1850.00) and acccessioned, 03/03/1980 (1980 376ms).

Naval History Note

Naval historians may be interested in correspondence in relation to Winlock's time at the Naval Academy.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Harvard College Observatory
  • Harvard University--Faculty
  • United States Naval Academy. -- Dept. of Mathematics -- Faculty.

Family Name(s)

  • Makepeace, William.


  • Letterbooks.

Personal Name(s)

  • Bache, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867
  • Ballard, John T.
  • Bowditch, Henry I. (Henry Ingersoll), 1808-1892
  • Chauvenet, William, 1820-1870
  • Cochran, Thomas Childs
  • Coffin, James Henry, 1806-1873
  • Davis, Charles Henry, 1807-1877
  • Gould, Benjamin Apthorp, 1824-1896
  • Gray, Asa, 1810-1888
  • Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878
  • Hill, Thomas, 1818-1891
  • Hubbard, Joseph Stillman, 1823-1863
  • Jenkins, Thornton A. (Thornton Alexander), 1811-1893
  • Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906
  • Maury, Matthew Fontaine, 1806-1873
  • Silsbee, Nathaniel
  • Waller, William J.
  • Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878
  • Willcox, William Henry, 1821-1904
  • Winlock, Joseph,1826-1875.


  • Astronomy.
  • Mathematics.
  • Technology.