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Palomar Observatory

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1928 (date of establishment)

Palomar Observatory is located in Pasadena, California, and is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology. Built in 1928, it boasts several telescopes. However, the most famous is the 200-inch Hale Telescope built using a Pyrex blank manufactured by Corning Glass Works. The Hale Telescope was installed in 1948 and became fully operational and open to researchers in 1950.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

John Clyde Hostetter Collection on the 200" Disk

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0072
Scope and Contents The collection consists largely of photographs documenting the creation of the 200” glass disk made by Corning Glass Works. Materials are divided into two series:

(1) Photographs, 1934-1936

(2) Miscellaneous Materials, 1831-1943
Dates: Circa 1912-1943; Majority of material found within Circa 1934-1936

George V. McCauley Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0098
Scope and Contents The papers of George V. McCauley, research physicist at Corning Glass Works accumulated at his workplace and were given to the Rakow Research Library by Corning Incorporated. The papers primarily document his work on the 200" disk and are divided into three series:

(1) Correspondence and Subject Files, 1913-1965

(2) Photographs and Drawings, Circa 1931-1996

(3) Artifacts, Circa 1925
Dates: 1913-1996; Majority of material found within 1930-1965