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Title: University of Denver Professor and Administrator Herbert A. Howe Abstract: Herbert A. Howe (1858-1926) was Professor of Astronomy and Applied Mathematics, Director of Chamberlin Observatory, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. He was instrumental in building the University of Denver's Chamberlin Observatory (1890) named after Humphrey B. Chamberlin. Howe oversaw the installation of the Observatory's Saegmuller telescope with its 20-inch Clark refractor. Howe's notebooks contain astronomical observations made at the campus observatory from 1897 to 1925 including Halley's Comet in 1910. His papers also contain correspondence, scrapbooks, as well as blueprints related to the building of the observatory.

Creator: Howe, Herbert A.--(Herbert Alonzo),--1858-1926

+/- Biographical/Organizational History: Herbert Alonzo Howe was born November 22, 1858 in Brockport, New York, the son of Alonzo J. Howe and Julia M. Osgood. Herbert A. Howe graduated from the University of Chicago at the age of 16 and received his master's degree from the University of Cincinnati. While at the University of Cincinnati, he was an assistant in the Cincinnati Observatory. He also held a Doctor of Science Degree from Boston and LL.Ds from two other schools. Herbert Howe married Fannie Shattuck in 1884 and the couple had four sons. Fannie was the daughter of Joseph Shattuck, Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Denver, Denver. Colorado.

Arrangement and Organization: This collection is arranged into eight series:
+/- 1. Correspondence, 1875-1941.
+/- 2. Chamberlin Observatory Materials, 1888-1925.
+/- 3. Diaries, 1876-1926.
+/- 4. Diary Transcriptions and Howe History, 1913-2002.
+/- 5. Class Record and Lesson Books, 1856-1925.
+/- 6. Expense Books and Daily Calendars, 1879-1926.
+/- 7. Observation Books: Notes and Reference Materials, 1881-1955.
+/- 8. Scrapbooks, 1881-1900.

Separated Materials: Three blueprints of the Chamberlain Observatory, Saegmuller 20-inch telescope and the Clark lens have been transferred to the University of Denver Building Plans Collection.

Inclusive Dates: 1856-2002

Scope and Content: The Herbert Alonzo Howe papers contain personal and professional correspondence, a scrapbook, drafts of published articles, mathematics lesson plans, newspaper clippings and diaries. The collection also contains blueprints and drawings related to the building of the Chamberlin Observatory at the University of Denver, including the installation of the Saegmuller 20-inch telescope with a Clark lens. Observation notebooks contain astronomical observations made at the Chamberlin Observatory from 1897 through 1925, including Halley's Comet in 1910.

Collection Number: M010

Size: 8.5 - linear feet, 14 boxes

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