Magnetic Observatory Discontinued at SI

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Summary

The magnetic observatory is discontinued at the Smithsonian Institution and the instruments are sent to Ft. Taylor, Key West, Florida, in care of the tidal station of the United States Coast Survey. During 1861, despite its proximity to active warfare, the observatory's work continued at the joint expense of the Coast Survey and the Smithsonian.

Subject

United States Coast Survey

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 836.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1860. Washington, D.C.: George W. Bowman, 1861, p. 42.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1861. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1862, p. 38.

Contact information

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

Date

December 31, 1860

Topic

  • Discontinued Programs
  • Wartime Activities
  • Interagency Transfers
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Facilities

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