Frank Schlesinger Bibliography

Papers, etc.

Schlesinger’s papers are at Yale University and the University of Pittsburgh. The papers are on 31 reels of microfilm. There are copies at Yale University Library and at the AIP Center for History of Physics.

Other References: Historical

Hoffleit, Dorrit, “The Quest for Stellar Parallax,” Popular Astronomy 57, 259-273 (1949).

Hoffleit, Dorrit, Some Firsts in Astronomical Photography (Harvard College Observatory, Cambridge, MA, 1950)

Dyson, Frank Watson, “The Stars around the North Pole,” [or “Advances in Astronomy”] Royal Institution Library of Science: Astronomy, 239-242. (lecture delivered 29 April 1921)

Hoffleit, Dorrit, Astronomy at Yale 1701-1968 (Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, New Haven, CT, 1992). An excerpt appears online at

Hunter, A. & E.G. Martin, “Fifty Years of Trigonometric Parallaxes,” Vistas in Astronomy 2, 1023-30 (1956).

Lankford, John, American Astronomy: Community, Careers, and Power, 1859-1940 (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1997).

Lyon, John, “The Allegheny Observatory in Riverview Park&$150;a History,” Northside Chronicle

Schlesinger, Frank, “Recollections of George William Hill,” PASP 49, 5-12 (1937).

van Altena, William F. & E Dorrit Hoffleit, “Schlesinger’s Telescope,” Astronomy & Geophysics 44, 5.09-5.13 (2003).

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Other References: Scientific

Schlesinger, Frank, “The Praesepe group: measurement and reduction of the Rutherfurd photographs,” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 10, article #6 (1898). [Ph.D. dissertation]. Also in Contributions from the Observatory of Columbia University, New York, no. 15, 189-286 (1898).

Schlesinger, Frank, “Programme of the International Geodetic Association for Observing Variations of Latitude,” PASP 11, 230-39 (1899).

Schlesinger, Frank, “Suggestions for the Determination of Stellar Parallax by Means of Photography,” Ap.J. 10, 242-45 (1899).

Schlesinger, Frank, “On the Relative Accuracy of Certain Methods for Reducing Stellar Photographs,” Astronomical Journal 22, 67-68 (1901).

Schlesinger, Frank, “Photographic Determinations Of Stellar Parallax Made with the Yerkes Refractor,” Ap.J. 32, 372-87 (1910), 33, 8-27, 161-184, 234-259, 353-374, 418-430; 34, 26-36 (1911).

Schlesinger, Frank, “The Determination of Star Places with a Wide-Angle Camera,” Observatory 38, 129-33 (1915).

Schlesinger, Frank, “Spherical Abberation in Astronomical Objectives Due to the Changes of Temperature,” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 1, 13-14 (1915).

Schlesinger, Frank, “The Probable Errors of Proper-Motions Expressed in Polar Coordinates,” Astronomical Journal 32, 99 (1919).

Schlesinger, Frank, “Photographic Determinations of Parallaxes at the Allegheny Observatory,” Astronomical Journal 33, 9-16 (1920).

Schlesinger, Frank, “On Progressive Changes in Latitude,” Astronomical Journal 34, 42-44 (1922).

Schlesinger, Frank, “Photographic Determinations of Stellar Parallaxes,” in , 1924 (Carnegie Institution, Washington, 1924), 422-37.

Schlesinger, Frank & Ida Barney, “Catalogue of the Positions and Proper Motions of 8359 Stars — Reobservation by Means of Photography of the Astronomische Gesellschaft Zone between Declinations +50° and +55°,” Transactions of the Astronomical Observatory of Yale University 4, 2-174 (1925).

Schlesinger, Frank, “A New Type of Measuring Engine for Photographic plates, MNRAS 86, 372-78 (1926).

Schlesinger, Frank, “The Effect of a Star’s Color upon its Photographic Position,” Astronomical Journal 36, 169-72 (1926).

Schlesinger, Frank, C.J. Hudson, Louise Jenkins, & Ida Barney, “Catalogue of 1275 Stars: Re-Observation by Means of Photography of Astronomische Gesellschaft Stars Between Declinations +1° and +2°, Reduced to 1875.0 Without Applying Proper Motions,” Transactions of the Astronomical Observatory of Yale University 3, 135-51 (1926).

Schlesinger, Frank, “A Simple Machine for Comparing Two Celestial Photographs,” Astronomical Journal 37,45-47 (1926).

Schlesinger, Frank, “A Short Method for Deriving Positions of Asteroids, Comets, etc., from Photographs,” Astronomical Journal 37,77-84 (1926).

Schlesinger, Frank, “The Yale Telescope at Johannesburg, South Africa,” PASP 38, 141-47 (1926).

Schlesinger, Frank, “Some Aspects of Astronomical Photography of Precision” (George Darwin Lecture), MNRAS 87, 506-23 (1927).

Schlesinger, Frank, “Reduction of Trigonometric Determinations of Parallax to a Uniform System,” Astronomical Journal 38,189-93 (1928).

Schlesinger, Frank, Catalogue of Bright Stars, containing all important data known in June, 1930, relating to all stars brighter than 6.5 visual magnitude, and to some fainter ones (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, New Haven, CT, 1930).

Schlesinger, Frank, Ida Barney, & Jan Schilt, Catalogue of the Positions and Proper Motions of 10358 Stars (Yale University Observatory, New Haven, CT, 1933).

Schlesinger, Frank & A.L. Bennett, “Trial of a Projection Method for Measuring Photographs,” MNRAS 93, 382-89 (1933).

Schlesinger, Frank, General Catalogue of Stellar Parallaxes, 2nd ed., 1935

Schlesinger, Frank, “Two Historical Notes: On the Variation of Latitude , and on Ptolemy’s Catalogue,” Observatory 59, 191-96 (1936).

Schlesinger, Frank, “On the Origin of Accidental Errors in Photographs for Astrometry,” Astronomical Journal 46, 85-90 (1937).

Schlesinger, Frank & Ida Barney, “An Effect of a Star’s Color upon its Apparent Photographic Position,” Astronomical Journal 47, 86-88 (1938).

Barney, Ida & Frank Schlesinger, “New Reductions of Astrographic Plates with the Help of the Yale Photographic Catalogues,” Astronomical Journal 49, 39-40 (1940).

Schlesinger, Frank & Louise F. Jenkins, Catalogue of Bright Stars (The New Haven Printing Co., New Haven, Conn., 1940)

Schlesinger, Frank & Ida Barney, Catalogue of the Positions and Proper Motions of 9455 Stars (Yale University Observatory, New Haven, CT, 1943).

Schlesinger, Frank, “The Trigonometrical Parallaxes of 472 Stars: Determined from Photographs Secured with the Twenty-Six Inch Photographic Refractor of the Yale Station, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Measured at Johannesburg and New Haven,” Transactions of the Astronomical Observatory of Yale University 15, pt. 1, 1-130 (1943).

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Other Works: Popularizations, Fiction, History, etc.

Schlesinger, Frank, “The Apparent Figure of the Sky,” Pop. Astr. 7, 117-24 (1899).

Schlesinger, Frank & Robert H. Baker, “Spectroscopic and Visual Binaries,” Pop. Astr. 18, 401-19 (1910).

Schlesinger, Frank, “The Responsibilities of an Observatory Staff,” JRASC 6, 283-89 (1912) [Address delivered at dedication of new Allegheny Observatory, 1912].

Schlesinger, Frank, “Some Pioneer Observers,” PASP 41, 212-23 (1929).

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