Frank P. Brackett collection
Scope and Contents of the Collection
This collection includes astronomy equipment catalogs; student homework assignments, tests, and syllabi for a couple of courses from 1926 to 1932 and professional publications; government documents from the U.S. Weather Bureau from 1892 to 1949; scientific observations of the Leonid meteor, Perseid meteor, and sun spot observations; 52 wood blocks used for an article; a manuscript about the Brackett Observatory; maps of ranches in Los Angeles County California and celestial maps; catalogs from astronomy equipment companies; selective service documents from World War I; correspondence between Captain A. W. Stevens and himself; a biographical history of early pioneers of the Claremont area; lecture and class notes; and World War I documents.
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research.
Property rights resides with Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections staff.
Biography of Frank P. Brackett
Dr. Brackett graduated from Dartmouth College in 1887. After he graduated he moved to California. He taught astronomy, mathematics, and Latin at Pomona College from 1892 to 1932. In 1912, he took a sabbatical. He travelled to Algeria to conduct experiments. During World War I, he took another leave of absence from teaching, to participate in the Belgium Relief Fund (also known as the Commission for Belgian Relief. Also, at that time, he worked closely with Captain A. W. Stevens in Los Angeles on the Selective Service during World War I. Brackett joined the R.O.T.C. at Angel Island, in the San Francisco harbor, during the 1920s. From 1892 to 1932 Dr. Brackett, his colleagues and his students, as well as members of the community observed climatical, meteorological, and solar observations at the Brackett Observatory on the Pomona College campus for the United States Department of Agriculture and later the Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau.
Language of Materials
The Frank P. Brackett collection include his manuscript for Granite and Sagebrush and the History of Pomona Valley; documents about the Belgium Relief Fund; his students' papers, tests, and homework with the syllabi for the classes he taught at Pomona College; pamphlets written by and about Professor Brackett and the Brackett observatory; meteorological, weather, and sun observations recorded for the U.S. Weather Bureau at the Brackett Observatory on the Pomona College campus; maps; and catalogs for astronomical equipment; 52 wood blocks used for an article about astronomy observations.
Series 1 Astronomy Equipment Catalogs
Series 2 Pomona College
Subseries 2.1 Astronomy students' homework
Subseries 2.2 Astronomy curriculum
Series 3 Meteor and Solar observations
Subseries 3.1 Leonid and Perseid observations
Subseries 3.2 Solar observations
Series 4 Government documents
Subseries 4.1 Los Angeles Flood Control,
Subseries 4.2 U.S. Agricultural Department, Weather Bureau, Meteorological record, 1893-1945
Series 5 Copper and lead printing blocks
Series 6 Photographs
Series 7 Correspondence
Series 8 Walter T. Whitney
Special Collections. Honnold/Mudd Library.
Gift given from Allison Howell, 2004.
No additions to the collection are anticipated.
For more information on Frank P. Brackett please refer to the Frank P. Brackett Papers, h073.
General Physical Description note
Arranged and processed by Russell Michalak
- Astronomy -- Catalogs
- Brackett Observatory (Pomona College, Calif.)
- Claremont, California. Climatological publications. Solar energy series
- Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories.
- United States. Department of Agriculture. Weather Bureau. (Los Angeles, Calif.)
- Watson, Fletcher G. (Fletcher Guard) (Creator)
- Whitney, Walter Ticknor (Creator)
- Guide to the Frank P. Brackett Collection
- Finding aid created by Russell Michalak
- June 4, 2008
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in: English