A Shelter for Observers on Mount Whitney

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Describes the construction of a shelter for astrophysical observers at the summit of Mount Whitney in California in 1909. Traces the original idea for the shelter to his predecessor, Samuel P. Langley, who visited the site in 1881 and discusses the role of W. W. Campbell, director of the Link Observatory in its construction and early research.


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Campbell, W. W
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Field stations


Smithsonian History Bibliography

Citation information

Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Vol. LII, No. 1921


Includes several images of the shelter and a floor plan. Abbot was director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu




  • Observatories
  • Astrophysics
  • Instruments
  • Secretaries
  • Construction (Buildings)
  • Astronomy


Whitney, Mount (Calif.)

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Number of pages : 08; Page numbers : 499-506

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