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Papers of C.C. Wylie
RG 99.0146
Collection Dates: 1910-1960; bulk, 1950-1955
0.5 ft.

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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.

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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.

Biographical Note

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.

Related Materials

Folder, "Wylie, Charles Clayton," in Faculty and Staff Vertical Files Collection (RG 01.15.03)

Box Contents List

Box 1

Calendar reform


1931 -- 1951

January -- July 1952

August -- December 1952

January -- May 1953

June -- September 1953

October -- December 1953


Box 2

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)