Papers of C.C. Wylie
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Acquisition and Processing Information: These papers were transferred to the University of Iowa Libraries from the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 1989, with ownership transferred by his family in 1994. Processed by Fran Murphy and Earl M. Roger in October 1997. Guide posted to the Internet in 2000; updated January 2008.
Scope and Contents
The C. C. Wylie Papers consist of two document boxes of astronomical charts (Halley’s comet, 1910), correspondence, reports, rock chips (attached to correspondence, December 8, 1953, and March 3, 1954), and travel forms. The papers concern calendar reform, meteor and meteorite sightings, unidentified flying objects, and Lincoln LaPaz. Correspondents include George E. Collins, W. D. Frankforter, Moses Jung (former professor of religion at Iowa), Gerard Kuiper, Peter M. Millman, James R. Naiden, H. H. Nininger, J. Hugh Pruett, Harlow Shapley, and Otto Struve.
Charles Clayton Wylie was born in Idana, Kansas, June 18, 1886, and died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 5, 1976. His degrees were B.A., Park College, Parkville, Missouri, 1908; M.A., Missouri, 1912; and Ph.D., Illinois, 1922. Wylie was at the U.S. Naval Observatory, 1913 -- 1919, and the University of Illinois, 1922 -- 1925, before teaching astronomy at the University of Iowa from 1925 onward. The astronomy program was then part of the mathematics department. His interest in meteor and meteorite sightings involved extensive public contact. Wylie wrote several books and many articles on astronomy.
Folder, "Wylie, Charles Clayton," in Faculty and Staff Vertical Files Collection (RG 01.15.03)
Box Contents List
1931 -- 1951
January -- July 1952
August -- December 1952
January -- May 1953
June -- September 1953
October -- December 1953
Correspondence, 1955 -- 1960 and undated
Halley’s comet, May 1910
Logs of meteor trips and request for travel forms, 1951 -- 1954
Notes from the Department of Astronomy, 1953 -- 1954
Office of Ordnance research, 1952 -- 1954
Research on stone-dropping meteors, 1952 -- 1954
Study of stone-dropping meteors and their meteorites, 1951
Texas Observers’ Bulletin, no. 25 -- 32, 1933 -- 1934
Descriptive Astronomy , C.C. Wylie (2 copies)