The Papers of Jan Schilt
Date Range: 1931-1963.
Size of Collection: 23.5 linear ft (ca.13,500 items in 27 boxes).
Date of Acquisition: Transfer from the Physics Department, 1992.
Astronomer and administrator. Schilt was Rutherford Professor
Columbia, invented the Schilt photometer, and helped clarify the
stars in the Milky Way. He was director of the Yale-Columbia Southern
in Johannesburg and Canberra, Australia. He served as chairperson of
Columbia's department of astronomy from 1936 until 1962.
Collection consists of Schilt's correspondence as chairperson
Columbia's department of astronomy and director of the Yale-Columbia
Station as well as the Rutherford Observatory at Columbia. The majority
arranged office files are comprised of memoranda, documents, some
correspondence, committee reports, course material including material for
student laboratory exercises. Thers is also a small sampling of Schilt's
early notes as a student and reports of oo-site testing done under the
auspices of the National Science Foundation.
Permission to quote or
publish must be obtained in writing from the Director of The Rare Book and
- 1930 - 1960
- Committees & course
- Some 1930s, mostly early
- Early 1960's
- Lab materials (graphs,
maps, tables and materials for lab exercises)
- Early notes of Schilt
- Off-site testing, National