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Special Collections & Archives: About Our Collections

Science Collections

Special Collections maintains the papers of many prominent UCSC science faculty, including:

36-inch refractor, the "Great Lick Refractor": view with H. D. Curtis and the Mills spectrograph

The Lick Observatory archives are a significant resource for scholars of the history of astronomy. They include records from about 1870 to the mid-twentieth century, describing the founding, construction, and operation of the observatory, and documenting all aspects of the early astronomical ambitions and achievements of its founders.

Click here for more information on the Lick Observatory Archives.

Special Collections & Archives also holds early printed books and selected manuscripts that originated from the Lick Observatory Library. Johannes Kepler's manuscript horoscope prepared for Hanns Hannibal Hütter von Hütterhofen is one unique example.

Image: 36-inch refractor, the "Great Lick Refractor": view with H. D. Curtis and the Mills spectrograph. Lick Observatory Records. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.