Sous-fonds - Ruth J. Northcott sous-fonds

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Ruth J. Northcott sous-fonds


  • 1922-1952 (Creation)

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0.47 m of textual and graphic records (3 boxes)

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Professor of Astronomy at the University of Toronto.

Ruth J. Northcott, long-time professional associate and close personal friend of Dr. Hogg, obtained her B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1934 and her M.A. from the same institution the following year (1935). She became a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Toronto in 1944, an assistant professor in 1954 and an associate professor in 1962, a position she held until her death in 1969. She was a member of the David Dunlap Observatory since its founding in 1935. She was also a member of the International Astronomical Union and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. In 1957 she became editor of that society's journal and of the observatory handbook. She was elected the third woman president of the society in 1963, and served in that post until 1965.

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Dr. Helen Hogg was executor of Prof. Northcott's estate and took custody of her records at that time.

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The bulk of this sous-fonds consists of records documenting Northcott's teaching activities covering nearly twenty-five years. It is principally comprised of lecture notes, laboratory exercises, tests and examinations, class observations and student lists encompassing the years 1945-69. The remainder of the sous-fonds contains correspondence with professional associations, primarily the R.A.S.C. and R.C.I., manuscripts, draft articles and scripts for radio programmes, as well as miscellaneous research materials. It includes a copy of Northcott's 1964 publication list.

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B1994-0002/078 - /080

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