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Council of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa


Minutes / Correspondence

 Minutes of the meetings.
The documents are part of the Archive of A.S.S.A. The original documents of the digital copies available here are curated on behalf of A.S.S.A. by the Special Collections Archive of the University of Cape Town. The original documents can be viewed by appointment. The A.S.S.A. manuscripts are indexed as BC1506
The Council Minutes are bound in a series of books which were digitized.

Twentieth Century
1920’s; 1930’s; 1940’s; 1950’s; 1960’s; 1970’s; 1980’s; 1990’s

Twenty First Century
2000; 2010

The minutes of the last ten years are not available to the public.

Housed at the Archive of the South African Astronomical Observatory (S.A.A.O.) is a book containing the correspondence of the Cape Astronomical Association (C.A.A.) as well as A.S.S.A. Following below are the correspondence for A.S.S.A. The rest of the correspondence can be found at the section for C.A.A.
Source: S.A.A.O. Archive; Royal Observatory Cape of Good Hope; S – Societies; 1907 – 1928. Image
List of documents:
Date of letter in brackets.


  015:                 Letter> Hough to Schonegevel – re Holcroft observations of Moon. (1922/9/28)
  016:                 Letter> Hough to Holcroft – re ASSA. (1922/9/28)
  017:                 Letter> Pilling to Mackenzie – copy of Earthquake on Chile for publication (1923/1/17)
  018:                 Letter> Mackenzie to Pilling – request list of occultations (1923/6/5)
  019:                 Letter> Pilling to Mackenzie – list of occultations (1923/6/9)
  020:                 Letter> Halm to Reid – question sighting on Magnetic storm on the Moon. (1923/6/11)
  021:                 Letter> Halm to Schonegevel – death of Hough (1923/7/12)
022:                 Letter> Halm to Long – details of publication (1923/10/20)
023:                 Letter> Innes to Houghton – proposal to form a South African National Astronomical Committee (SANAC) as integral part of the International Astronomical Union. Include proposal from Long (1924/7/29)
024:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Houghton – SANAC (1924/11/8)
025:                 Page 1: Proposed draft report on SANAC (attached to 024)
026:                 Page 2: Proposed draft report on SANAC (attached to 024)
027:                 Letter> Innes to Houghton – Another copy of 023 a/b
028:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Long – proposal SANAC (1924/11/8)
029:                 Letter> Innes to Houghton – Another copy of 023 a/b
030:                 Letter> Houghton to Spencer Jones – reply to proposal (1924/11/11)
031:                 Letter> Reid to Spencer Jones – details of proposal (1924/11/13)
032:                 Letter> Long to Spencer Jones – details of proposal (1924/11/13)
033:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Long – details of proposal (1924/11/21)
034:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Houghton – details of proposal (1924/11/21)
035:                 copy of 026
036:                Letter> Spencer Jones to Jolly – proposal ASSA on SANAC to Royal Society Minutes (1925/3/30)
037:                Letter> Crawford to Spencer Jones – SANAC (1925/3/29)
038:                Letter> Spencer Jones to Crawford – SANAC (1925/4/1)
039:                 Letter> Halm to Houghton – Universal Sun Dial (1925/8/5)
040:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Long – publication details (1925/10/27)
041:           Letter> Strachan to Spencer Jones – publication enquiry for article on sundial (1925/12/3)
042:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Strachan – approval of article (1925/12/10)
043:           Letter> Strachan to Spencer Jones – publication details (1925/12/13)
044:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Strachan – publication details (1925/12/21)
045:                 Circular lecture by Cameron Swan on Mars (1926/4/7)
046:                 Letter> Printing co. to Spencer Jones – technical details (1926/9/20)
047:                 Blueprint – Articulated Tripod Stand
048:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Forbes – requesting black and white version of blueprint (look 047) (1926/9/21)
049:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Schonegevel – request Prof Brown for occultation observations (1927/1/17)
050:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Troughton – request Prof Brown for occultation observations (1927/1/17)
051:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Houghton – nomination of Rossiter to Society (1927/01/24)
052:                 Letter> Troughton to Spencer Jones – reply occultations (1927/7/27)
053:                 Letter> Strathmore to Spencer Jones – thank you note (1927/2/11)
054:                 Letter> Dawson to Pilling – request copy JASSA for Finnish Prof. (1927/2/22)
055:                 Letter> Pilling to Dawson – reply JASSA (1927/2/23)
056:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Houghton – appointment of alternate at Council (1928/5/11)
057:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Forbes – cheque for membership fees of Obs personal to ASSA (1928/10/29)
058:                 Letter> Spencer Jones to Skewes – request to exchange publications with Armstrong College (1928/12/12)
059:                 Letter> Skewes to Spencer Jones – reply to exchange publications (1928/12/15)