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Robert B. Ariail Papers, 1803-2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collection: MSS 2011:1

 

 

 

 

 

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Descriptive Summary

 

Title: Robert B. Ariail Papers, 1803-2011

 

         Collection Number: MSS 2011:1

 

         Creator: Robert B. Ariail

 

         Extent: 9 Boxes (11 cubic feet)

  

Administrative Information

 

         Provenance: Gift of Robert B. Ariail, 2010.

        

         Processed by: James Risk, Doctoral Student, History Department, University of South Carolina

 

         Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research

 

         Preferred Citation: [Item], Robert B. Ariail Papers, Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries.

 

         Publication Rights: All rights reside with the creator/repository. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections.

 

 

Chronology

 

                                    Born

 

1956                            Graduated University of South Carolina, majoring in English.

                                    Joined U.S. Air Force serving in Fairbanks, AK.

Returned to Columbia and began business as an insurance broker / agent.

 

1971                            Obtained an 1895 Henry Fitz telescope from Erskine College on loan.

 

1984                            Completed the restoration of the 1895 Fitz telescope and returned it to Erskine College.

 

1995                            Publication of co-authored revision of Deborah Jean Warner’s Alvan Clark and Sons: Artists in Optics.

 

1999                            Assisted U.S. District Attorney with the recovery of an Alvan Clark and Sons refractor lens that was stolen from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society 18 years earlier.

 

2011                            Donated collection of historical telescopes and history of astronomy library to the South Carolina State Museum and Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries.

 

 

Scope and Contents Note

 

     The Robert B. Ariail Collection contains the personal papers of Robert Ariail, a Columbia, South Carolina amateur astronomer, businessman, civic leader and historian of telescopes and scientific instruments. As a businessman, Ariail was the Chief Financial Officer and partner in Elliott-Ariail & Associates Insurance Company. Ariail’s love for astronomy led him to historical research of telescopes and scientific instruments with an emphasis on Alvan Clark and Sons of Boston, Massachusetts. Ariail partnered with Deborah Jean Warner of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to co-author the revision of Warner’s Alvan Clark & Sons: Artists in Optics (1995, original 1968), which chronicles the history of the first domestic telescope manufacturers in the United States. Ariail’s extensive research and interest in Alvan Clark and Sons led him to become a respected expert despite his keeping interest in astronomy a hobby. As an expert on Alvan Clark and Sons optics, Ariail was called assist the United States District Attorney in prosecuting the 18 year old theft of an 1896 Alvan Clark and Sons telescope lens from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. Additionally, Ariail was called upon by other amateur astronomers to identify various telescopes and their manufacturers.

            In 1981 Ariail came across a Henry Fitz telescope at Erskine College that was in very bad shape. Ariail spent the next 13 years restoring the historic telescope and returned it to Erskine College in 1994. Erskine proceeded to donate the telescope to the South Carolina State Museum. In 2011, Ariail donated his extensive collection of telescopes and astronomy books to the joint partnership between the South Carolina State Museum and the University of South Carolina.

            In documenting the Ariail’s papers, every effort has been made to retain Ariail’s original filing system including file titles. In many cases related materials will be found across series and boxes. 
    

 

 

Related Materials

 

The Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy. See library catalog.

The Richard Lemay Collection of Medieval and Arabic Philosophy and Science (500 titles). See library catalog.

The Richard Lemay Papers, 1962-2004. See library catalog.

 

Subject Headings

 

Alvan Clark & Sons – History.

Astronomical instruments – Catalogs.

Astronomy – Charts, Diagrams, etc.

Astronomy – History.

Astronomy – Popular works.

Clark, Alvan Graham, 1832-1897.

Optical materials.

Solar telescopes.

Telescope makers – United States.

Telescopes – Amateurs’ manuals.

Telescopes – Guidebooks.

Telescopes – History.

 

 

Series                                                                       Box

 

I.            Publications                                                                      1

II.          Photocopies and Printouts                                                           1-2

III.        Catalogues, Price Lists, and Offprints                              2-4                              

IV.        Photographs and Postcards                                              5

V.          Historical Optical Manufacturers                                     5-6

VI.        Star Charts                                                                                    6

VII.         Personal Correspondence                                                 7

VIII.       Newsletters, Magazines, and Booklets                            7

IX.       General Papers                                                                  7-8

X.         Oversize                                                                            9

 

 

Container List

 

Series 1          Publications

 

This series contains original article manuscripts and offprints of Ariail’s publications. Series is arranged chronologically with undated items at the end.

 

Box     Folder

 

1          1          Alvan Clark and His Sons, Artists in Optics. Uncorrected printout of manuscript by Deborah Jean Warner and Robert B. Ariail. Originally published in 1995 by Willmann-Bell. 1995.

 

2          Alvan Clark. Partial copy of uncorrected printout of manuscript Alvan Clark and His Sons, Artists in Optics by Deborah Jean Warner and Robert B. Ariail. Copy includes pages 45 – 210. 1995.

 

3          Alvan Clark and Sons: Artists in Optics – Marked. Corrected partial manuscript copy of Alvan Clark and His Sons, Artists in Optics by Deborah Jean Warner and Robert B. Ariail. Manuscript includes all pages through 242. 1995.

 

4          Alvan Clark and Sons: Artists in Optics – Marked II. Complete corrected manuscript copy of Alvan Clark and His Sons, Artists in Optics by Deborah Jean Warner and Robert B. Ariail. 1995.

 

5          Alvan Clark and Sons Index and Images. Index and images of Alvan Clark and His Sons, Artists in Optics by Deborah Jean Warner and Robert B. Ariail. 1995.

 

6          Book Review. Ariail’s review of Patricia Whitesell’s A Creation of His Own: Tappan’s Detroit Observatory (1998) published by the Antique Telescope Society. 1998.

 

7          Fitz Restoration. Typed copy of an article Ariail submitted to Sky & Telescope on his restoration of the Henry Fitz telescope at Erskine College. No date.

 

8          Article on CAS Theft. Undated, untitled paper written by Ariail about his role in prosecuting the theft of an Alvan Clark lens from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. No date.

 

 

Series 2          Photocopies and Printouts

 

This series contains photocopies and printouts of articles, books, e-mail communications, and web pages relating to astronomy and telescopes. This series retains Ariail’s original file order.

 

Box     Folder

 

1         9           History of Optics. Photocopies of articles, book chapters, and lectures on the history of optics. 1858-1999.

 

10        Newsletter on Optics. Photocopies of a typewritten newsletter on manufacturing optics. Newsletter contains no title, but one issue refers to the newsletter as the “Occasional Gossip Sheet.” Newsletter is geared toward amateur opticians. Some copies are incomplete issues. Newsletter dates March 1, 1942 – April 9, 1943.

 

11        Optical Catalogues A-K. Photocopies of early catalogs and price lists for purchasing binoculars and telescopes. Catalogues included:

Bardou & Son (via Sussfeld, Lorsch & Co. – NY)     1911

John Bliss & Co.                     New York       No date

Broadhurst, Clarkson & Co.   London            No date

John Browning                        London            1876

Chadburn Brothers                 Sheffield          1851

Cooke, Troughton & Simms   London            No date

W. C. Edgecomb                     Mystic, CT     1898

Fauth & Co.                            Washington DC          1876

Carl Fritsch                             Germany         1888

Wm. Gaertner & Co.               Chicago           1908

M. Hensoldt (via R. Mohr & Sons - San Francisco)  1922

M. Hensoldt                           Germany         1938

Kershaw                                  London            1937

Keuffel & Esser Co.                New York       1915

 

12        Optical Catalogues L-Z. Photocopies of early catalogs and price lists for purchasing binoculars and telescopes. Also unknown Chinese catalog,  advertisements, and order sheets. Catalogues included:

 

Lerebours & Secretan              Paris                1925

O. L. Petitdidier                     Chicago           No date

O. L. Petitdidier                      Chicago           1899

Ross                                        England           No date

Skinner                                    Boston                        1997

C. A. Steinheil Söhne              München         1894

Selsi E. Vion                            New York       1928

Paul Weiss                              Denver                        No date

Paul Weiss                              Denver                        circa 1920

W. Wray                                 London            No date

Carl Zeiss                                Jena, Germany                        No date

Carl Zeiss                                Jena, Germany                        1911

 

13        Descriptive Catalogue of Telescopes, E. Engbert. Photocopy of the complete edition of E. Engbert’s Descriptive Catalogue of Telescopes, 1970

 

14        Museum Exhibits. Photocopies of museum brochures and collection holdings at the Bologna Astronomical Museum, the Optical Museum in Jena, and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. No date.

 

15        Out of this World. Photocopy of an exhibition catalogue at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, MO. No date.

 

16        Biographies. Photocopies of articles, book chapters and essays on astronomers and important opticians. Some of the individuals included in the biographies are Alvan Clark, Maria Mitchel, James Short, and  Reverend Thomas William Webb. No date.

17        Konkoly. Partial copy of the book Practische Anleitung zur Himmelphotographie by Nicolaus von Konkoly. Copy includes pages 20 – 372. Original book date 1887.

18        H. Dennis Taylor. Photocopies of articles by and about H. Dennis Taylor. Taylor was a prominent member of the Royal Astronomical Society. Original article dates 1891-1926.

 

19        On the Main Line T. R. Williams. Photocopy of a conference presentation by Thomas R. Williams to the American Astronomical Society (AAS). 1991.

 

20        First Saw Saturn. Photocopy of Chapters 1 – 6 of Walter Bell’s First Saw Saturn (circa 1886) with notes. Book includes directions and diagrams concerning telescope mounts.

 

21        History of Planetary Cartography. Photocopy of Chapter 2 of Planetary Mapping (1990).

 

22        Telescopes. Photocopies of articles, book sections, and other papers on telescopes. Some items are in languages other than English. No date.

 

2          1          Astronomy. Photocopies of articles, book sections and other papers on astronomy. No date.

 

2          Correspondence. Copies of personal correspondence between Ariail and professional colleagues. Includes copies of some articles and catalogs that were part of the correspondence. 1982-1995.

 

3          The Reflector. Photocopy of the journal of the Astronomical League. 1976.

 

4          Misc. Articles & Papers. Photocopies of articles and papers. No date.

 

5          E-mail Listserv Communication and Misc. Web Print Outs. Copies of an online listserv conversations, e-mail communications, excerpt from Publications of the Washburn Observatory, handwritten notes, web images of telescopes, conference registration form, article in Amateur Astronomy, eBay images, and correspondence from the Bentley Historical Library. 2002-2011.

 

 6         Copies of Publications. Photocopy of 1926 Carl Zeiss Catalog, article on history of British optical industry, article on Royal Institution of Great Britain, proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and instruction guide for cleaning historical optics. Original article dates 1890 – 1995.

 

7          Copies of Publications II. Photocopies of a listing of purchasers of Clark Refractors, partial November 1991 issue of Rittenhouse, Clave optical catalog, title page of Secretan Catalog, image of Clark refracting telescope, and article on German binoculars of World War II. Original article dates 1975 – 1991.

 

8          E-mails / Web Print Outs. Copies of e-mail conversations, web images of telescopes, online news articles, Amazon.com book lists, and eBay auctions. 1998 – 2006.

 

9          E-mails / Web Print Outs II. Copies of e-mail conversations, particularly around the publication of Deborah Warner and Robert B. Arial’s co-authored book on Alvin Clark and Sons. Also print outs of eBay auctions, web images, and web news articles. 2000-2008.

 

10        E-Mails / Web Print Outs III. Copies of e-mail conversations, book purchase invoices, eBay auctions, web images, and web encyclopedia articles. 2005-2008

 

11        Mail. Book catalogs, serial newsletters, photographs of telescopes and mass mail advertisements. 1989 – 2001.

 

12        Mail II. Book catalogs, serial newsletters, photographs of antique globes and personal correspondence. 1991 – 2001.

 

13        Mail III. Newsletters, personal correspondence, photographs of telescopes and lenses, and astronomy almanacs. 1978 – 2000.

 

14        Appraisal. Photocopies of photographs of telescopes and copy of an appraisal for six astronomical instruments (4 telescopes, 2 piers). 2007.

 

15        Kodak Photo CD System. Photocopies of telescope catalogues and specifications. No date.

 

16        1760 Astronomical Telescope. Printout of eBay auction for 12 foot 1760 astronomical telescope. 2001

 

See also Oversize Box 9.

 

 

Series 2          Catalogs, Price Lists, and Offprints

 

This series contains original historic optical catalogs and price lists as well as offprints of articles on astronomy, observatories, and optical manufacturers. The series retains Ariail’s original filing order. Box 3 is arranged alphabetically, but contains some overlap between adjacent folders. Box 4 is arranged chronologically and also contains some overlap between adjacent folders.

 

Box     Folder

 

2          17        Astronomy Books. Book catalogs and serial newsletters. 1985 – 2004.

 

18        Astronomy Books II. Book catalogs. 1987 – 2004.

 

3         1           Catalogs, Price Lists, and Offprints A - B. Telescope brochures, catalogs,  flyers and offprints of articles. 1908 – 2000.

 

2          Catalogs, Price Lists, and Offprints C - G. Optical catalogs, offprints of articles and star observations. 1900 – 1949.

 

3          Catalogs, Price Lists, and Offprints F - L. Optical catalogs and offprints of articles. 1858 – 1940.

           

4          Catalogs, Price Lists, and Offprints H - P. Offprints of articles and optical catalogs. 1843 – 1986.

 

5          Catalogs, Price Lists, and Offprints P - S. Offprints of articles and optical catalogs. 1924 – 1954.

 

6          Catalogs, Price Lists, and Offprints P - Z. Optical catalogs and offprints of articles. Contains some Alvan Clark and Sons catalogs. 1907 – 1996.

 

7          Carl Zeiss. Carl Zeiss Jena catalogues. No date.

 

4         1           Catalogs, Offprints, and Price Lists 1938-1947. Optical catalogs and offprints of articles. 1938 – 1947.

 

2          Catalogs, Offprints, and Price Lists 1940-1961. Optical catalogs and offprints of articles. 1940 – 1961.

 

3          Catalogs, Offprints, and Price Lists 1964-1973. Offprints of articles. 1964 – 1973.

           

4          Catalogs, Offprints, and Price Lists 1967-1977. Optical catalogs and offprints of articles. 1967 – 1977.

 

5          Catalogs, Offprints, and Price Lists 1980-1987. Optical catalogs and offprints of booklets. 1980 – 1987.

 

6          Catalogs, Offprints, and Price Lists 1989-1992. Optical catalogs, price lists, offprints of articles. 1989 – 1992.

 

7          Catalogs, Offprints, and Price Lists 1992-1998. Optical catalogs, price lists, journals and booklets. 1992 – 1998.

 

8          Catalogs, Offprints, and Price Lists 1998-2004. Optical catalogs, price lists, journals, and newsletters. 1998 – 2004.

 

 

Series 3          Photographs and Postcards

 

This series contains historic photographs and postcards of observatories, telescopes and telescope parts. Most are related to Ariail’s research and restoration of the Henry Fitz telescope from Erskine College. Others are inquiries from amateur astronomers asking for Ariail’s opinion on the make and model of a particular telescope. Also included are personal and professional correspondence. Photographs and postcards are undated and therefore have no particular arrangement.

 

Box     Folder

 

5          1          Photos. Photographs of observatories, telescopes, telescope parts. Photograph sizes range from 4 x 6 to 8 ½  x 10. Some photos are identified on back, however, most are not. No date.

 

2          Photos II. Photographs of observatories, telescopes, telescope parts. Photograph sizes range from 4 x 6 to 8 ½  x 10. Some photos are identified on back, however, most are not. No date.

 

3          1921 Photo with Albert Einstein. Photo of Albert Einstein and others at the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin. May 6, 1921.

 

4          Smithsonian Photographs. Two black and white photographs of unidentified men sent to Ariail by Deborah Warner of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Possibly images of Alvan Clark’s sons. No date.

 

5          Postcards depicting observatories and telescopes. Some postcards contain personal correspondence sent to Ariail, however, most are un-canceled / un-mailed postcards bought specifically for the image. Also includes an uncut block of four stamps depicting astronomical phenomenon. No date.

 

                        See also Oversize Box 9.

 

 

Series 4          Historical Optic Manufacturers

 

This series contains information on nineteenth-century optic manufacturers. The series is arranged alphabetically by the manufacturer.

 

Box     Folder

 

5          6          A.S. Aloe Company. Photocopy of optic catalogue for Albert Sidney Aloe of St. Louis. Original catalogue dates 1895 – 1920.

 

7          Carl Bamberg. Single sheet with reference to Werkstatten Fur Prazisions-Mechanik Und Optik 1904 price list.

 

8          Bardou & Sons, Paris. Photocopies of pricelist, catalog and images of A. Bardou & Sons Paris telescope and personal correspondence with Steve Whitehead of North Carolina regarding Whitehead’s acquisition of an A. Bardou telescope. 1993.

 

9          L. Bartlett. Correspondence pertaining to and photocopy of image of 1894 L. Bartlett St. Louis telescope. No date.

 

10        Bausch & Lomb. Letter from Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. to Mr. L. C. Leighter and photocopies of Bausch and Lomb optic catalogs. 1931.

 

11        John Brashear Company, Ltd. 1906 Optical catalog, photographs of telescopes, transcription of correspondence between W. Thaw and Mr. Brashear, photograph of John Brashear, photocopies of the following items: articles, schematic drawings of telescope parts, 51 images from the Science Museum’s glass plate collection of Brashear telescopes and instruments, correspondence from Brashear, correspondence from Warner & Swasey, and Warner & Swasey invoice to Yankton College. List of known Brashear instruments, and miscellaneous papers. Date of original items 1887 – 1959.

 

12        Broadhurst, Clarkson & Co. Photocopies of an optical instrument catalogs with printout of company history. No date. 

 

13        Emil Busch. Printout of listserv conversation with Peter Abrahams on the German optical shop of Emil Busch. 1999.

 

14        John Byrne. Printout of e-mail communication with John D. Koester and  photocopies of the following items: John Byrne catalog, John Byrne correspondence, and articles on John Byrne. 2002.

 

15        George Calver. Photocopy of an article on George Calver Mirrors. Original article date 1962  or 1966.

 

16        John Clancy. Photocopies of an article on John Clancey and images of telescopes. No date.

 

17        Alvan Clark Catalog Material. Photocopies of various Alvan Clark & Sons catalogs and price lists. No date.

 

18        Alvan Clark Material. Photocopies of the following items: George B. Clark’s last will and testament, Clarke – Clark genealogy, Alvan Clark’s last will and testament, articles on Alvan Clark and Sons, Alvan G. Clark’s last will and testament, correspondence from George B. Clark, correspondence from Alvan Clark, 1878 photograph of the moon taken by Alvan Clark. Also correspondence with John G. Augustine, papers relating to a presentation at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C., offprints of images from Ariail’s co-authored book with Deborah Warner on Alvan Clark & Sons. Dates of original items 1876 – 1897. No date.

 

19        Alvan Clark and Sons. Offprint and photocopy of articles on Alvan Clark, notes on Alvan Clark and Sons, paper and correspondence on the restoration of a Clark telescope at the University of the South in Tennessee, and miscellaneous correspondence and papers. Dates of correspondence 1982 – 1990. No date.

 

20        Alvan Clark and Sons II. Photocopies of the following items: various articles on Alvan Clark and Sons and various correspondence from Alvan Clark and Sons. Also offprints of images from Ariail’s co-authored book with Deborah Warner on Alvan Clark & Sons and handwritten notes. Dates of original items 1873 – 1929. 2000 – 2004.

 

21        Clark Genealogy. Photocopies of census records, business directories, and birth records (Ancestry.com) for Alvan Clark and sons, Henry Fitz, and John Byrne. No date.

 

22        Alvan G. and George B. Clark. Photocopies of primary source documents relating to Alvan Clark and Sons optical business. Included are copies of probate court records and financial statements of the company’s transactions. Dates of original items 1891 – 1909.

 

23        Cooke, Troughton and Simms, LTD. Photocopies of Cooke, Troughton & Simms optical catalogues. No date.

 

6          1          Dollond & Co. Ltd. Printouts of eBay auctions Dollond telescopes, article on Dolland counterfeit telescopes (vs. Dollond originals), and photocopies of Dollond catalog. 1999 – 2005.

 

2          William C. Edgecomb. Printout of eBay auction for 1880 scientific instrument catalog and photocopies of a spec sheet and images for W. Edgecomb binoculars. 2006.

 

3          Carl Ellis. Article on Carl Ellis from History Today. 1996.

 

4          Fauth and Co. Photocopies of Fauth & Co. optical catalogs. See also Geo. N. Saegmuller (Box 6, Folder 20). No date.

 

5          Fauth and Co. II. Photocopies of Fauth & Co optical catalogs. See also Geo. N. Saegmuller (Box 6, Folder 20). No date.

 

6          J. W. Fecker. Photocopies of an article on James Walter Fecker of Pittsburgh, PA and price sheet. No date.

 

7          Henry Fitz. Photocopies of articles on Henry Fitz. No date.

 

8          Carl Fritsch. Photocopies of Carl Fritsch vorm Prokesch optical catalogs. No date.

 

9          William Gregg. Photograph and photocopy of telescope with brief note from Steve Burgess. 1997.

 

10        Grofson. Photocopy of a German optical catalog. Catalogue date 1826.

 

11        Lerebours and Secretan. Photocopies of Lerebours & Secretan optical catalogs. No date.

           

12        Lohmann Brothers. Correspondence relating to the location of various Lohmann Brothers telescopes, and particularly the Lohmann Brothers telescope at The Citadel. 1992 – 1996.

 

13        Mann & Ayscough London. Printout of an eBay auction for a Mann & Ayscough London 1744 telescope. 1999.

 

14        William Mogey and Sons. Photocopy of a W. D. Mogey optical catalog. No date.

 

15        Octave Leon Petitdidier. Photocopy of a price list of O. L. Petitdidier, optician. No date.

 

16        G. Simon Plossl. Printout of an eBay auction for an “Antique Original Plossl Dialytic Telescope”. 1999.

 

17        Porter Garden Telescope. Photocopies of a Porter Garden Telescope catalog. Catalogue date 1921.

 

18        Jesse Ramsden. Photocopy of “Life and Labours of the Late Mr. Ramsden,” Philosophical Magazine XVI (1803).

 

19        Geo. N. Saegmuller. Web print out biography of George N. Saegmuller and photocopies of Saegmuller optical catalogs. See also Fauth and Co. and Fauth and Co. II (Box 6, Folders 5 & 6). No date.

 

20        Steinheil Söhne. Web printouts and photocopies of telescope catalogs for C. A. Steinheil Söhne München. Catalogue dates 1867 – 1922. 2006.

 

21        Swift and Anderson. Clippings of advertisements for German binoculars from the American Legion Magazine. Majority are advertisements for Swift and Anderson. 1926.

 

22        Takahashi. Photocopy of binocular catalogue, cashier’s check, and handwritten notes on prices. 1997.

 

23        Tinsley Laboratories. Photocopy of an optic catalog for Tinsley Laboratories. No date.

 

24        Tulley and Sons. Photocopies of book section and images on Charles Tulley and Sons London, correspondence with Kevin Johnson regarding Charles Tulley and Sons London, sales receipt and customs declaration for a Charles Tulley and Sons London telescope, circa 1810 – 1833. 1999.

 

25        Warner and Swasey. Printout of an eBay auction for a 1909 Warner and Swasey Astronomy Book. 2003.

 

26        Joseph M. Wightman. Photocopies of natural philosophy catalogs and experiments. Catalogue dates 1853 – 1858.

 

27        Word and Works. Printout of an eBay auction for a telescope from the Words and Works newspaper office in St. Louis and correspondence to Bob Ridley of Texas. 1997 – 2003.

 

See also serials for Deutsche Optik catalogues 1994 – 2001.

 

 

Series 5          Star Charts

 

This series contains astronomical charts, star maps and alert notices for visible astronomical events.

 

Box     Folder

 

6          29        AAVSO. Correspondence, flyers and star charts of The American Association of Variable Star Observers. 1993 – 2005.

 

30        AAVSO II. Correspondence, flyers and star charts of The American Association of Variable Star Observers. 1993 – 2005.

 

31        Charts. Unbound copy of Thomas M. Sarna’s Sarna Deep Sky Atlas 2nd Edition (Richmond: Willmann-Bell, 1984) containing 102 star chart maps. 1984.

 

32        Maps. Maps of the moon, the heavens and South Carolina’s American Revolution Battlefields. 1970 – 1976.

 

 

Series 6          Personal Correspondence

 

This series contains astronomical charts, star maps and alert notices for visible astronomical events. Series is arranged with general correspondence first in a reverse chronological order, with some overlap between folders, followed by individual correspondence arranged alphabetically, by sender.

 

Box     Folder

 

7          1          Letters / Correspondence. Personal and professional correspondence, book invoices, photographs of telescopes. 1992 – 2009.

 

2          Letters / Correspondence II. Personal correspondence. Most are inquiries relating to the purchase of Alvan Clark telescopes or parts for Alvan Clark telescopes, of which Ariail was a collector. 1973 – 1992.

 

3          Correspondence. Personal and professional correspondence; serial newsletters; information on Questar Corporation; book invoices; photocopies of correspondence between John J. Pons of Burbank, CA and James G. Baker of Bedford, NH, an optical lens maker with itemized expense lists; and parts invoices. 1956 – 2003.

 

4          Peter Abrahams. Photocopies of images of La Grande Lunette at Gare de Nord, Warner and Swansey catalog, and image of Professor Hale. No date.

 

5          Jon Slaton. Correspondence from Jon Slaton with photocopies of newsletter articles, historical correspondence, and images of telescopes relating to Ariail’s research on Alvan Clark. Original items dates 1942- 1996.

 

6          Whitesell. Offprint of an article and personal correspondence from Patricia S. “Sandy” Whitesell. 2001.

 

7          Wingate. Correspondence and two photographs of an Alvan Clark & Sons 1905 telescope. 1993.

 

 

Series 7          Newsletters, Magazines, and Booklets

 

This series contains newsletters from amateur astronomy clubs and societies of which Ariail was a member, single issues of astronomy magazines, and offprints of booklets. Series is arranged alphabetically by topic.

 

Box     Folder

 

7          8          Antique Telescope. Newsletters of the Antique Telescope Society, correspondence on membership renewals, and flyers to society events. 1992 – 2006.

 

9          Antique Telescope Society. Minutes, treasury reports, and convention notices of the Antique Telescope Society. 1994 – 2003.

 

10        AAVSO 74th Annual Meeting. Folder with conference proceedings. 1985.

 

11        Brochures. Brochures on science museums, observatories, amateur astronomer associations and groups, astronomy cruises, binoculars, James Hartness, and books. No date.

 

12        Magazines and Booklets. Single issues of Astronomy, blink, Deutsche Optik, Innovation, Parade, and Sky and Telescope. Also product catalogs, newsletters, and price lists. 1986 – 2009.

 

13        Magazines and Booklets II. Book, camera, instrument, and product catalogs, brochures from cruises and museum exhibits, camera instruction manual, and South Carolina regional magazines. 1990 – 2004.

 

14        Newsletters. 1938 – 2002.

 

15        Newspaper Clippings. Clippings and photocopies of newspaper articles. Many document the recovery of a stolen Alvan & Clark lens from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society in 1981. Other depict Ariail with the 1895 Henry Fitz telescope that he spent thirteen years restoring. Includes photocopy of Alvan Clark’s obituary. 1993 – 2010.

 

16        Royal Astronomical Society. Book order, membership information and newsletter for the Royal Astronomical Society. 1999.

 

17        The Zeiss Historica. Flyers and correspondence of the Zeiss Historica Society. 1994 – 1997.

 

18        Fitz Restoration and Donation. Papers regarding Ariail’s restoration of the Henry Fitz 1896 telescope from Erskine College and its donation to the South Carolina State Museum by the college. Included are handwritten notes, Ariail’s presentation as keynote speaker at the acceptance ceremony. 1985.

 

19        Columbia Univ. 12 3/8-Inch Refr. Correspondence, photocopies of images and information on the telescope and observatory at Columbia University in New York City. Columbia University sold their telescope to the SC State Museum. Ariail was instrumental in that process. 1996 – 1997.

 

20        Certificates. Three certificates of inspection for telescopes purchased by Ariail. No date.

 

21        Arizona. Unbound optics specification guide from Optical Design Service of Tucson, AZ and photographs of dismantled telescope. No date.

 

 

Series 8          General Papers

 

This series contains Ariail’s general files consisting of book invoices, parts receipts, information on Ariail’s donation to the South Carolina State Museum, information regarding Ariail’s assistance to the U.S. District Attorney in prosecuting the theft of an 1896 Alvan Clark optic, papers relating to Ariail’s co-authored revision of Deborah J. Warner’s book Alvan Clark and Sons: Artists in Optics, and other papers. Series is arranged by Ariail’s original filing order.

 

Box     Folder

 

8          1          Receipts, Papers, Other. Book invoices, flyers from lectures and scientific instrument fairs, correspondence with U.S. District Attorney and police detective in the case of the Clark refractor lens stolen from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society, newsletters, and papers. 1960 – 2003.

 

2          Receipts, Papers, Other II. Notes on Alvan Clark & Sons including an evolution of the company’s signature imprint, bibliographies and book lists, newsletters, listing of all known Alvan Clark instruments and their locations, and papers. 1991 – 2002.

 

3          Receipts, Papers, Other III. Camera parts catalogs, star charts, list of the names of minor planets, and papers. 1955 – 1989.

           

4          Receipts, Papers, Other IV. Copies of instrument listings for revision of Ariail’s co-authored book with Deborah Warner, receipt from the SC State Museum for donation of Alvan Clark and sons telescope, correspondence from the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club regarding the donation of a telescope, and papers. 1993 – 2008.

 

5          Receipts, Papers, Other V. Minutes from OPT organization, photocopies of images of telescopes, newsletters, flyers for scientific instrument shows, photocopy of an excerpt from a Ph.D. Dissertation by William Beardsley, book invoices, articles, accessory price lists, product flyers and catalogs, correspondence regarding the Adams Telescope Works in Massachusetts, and miscellaneous papers. 1921 – 2006.

 

6          Receipts, Papers, Other VI. Correspondence on the donation of the Alvan Clark telescope to the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club, notes on Alvan Clark and Sons, miscellaneous optic price lists, correspondence between Jon Pons of California and Unitron Scientific of Massachusetts regarding a bad telescope purchase, biographical index to Sky & Telescope magazine from 1941 to 1996, copies of instrument listings for revision of Ariail’s co-authored book with Deborah Warner, newsletters. 1975 – 2007.

 

7          Receipts, Papers, Other VII. Photocopies of optic catalogs and price lists, listing of existing Alvan Clark & Sons instruments, newsletters, personal correspondence, copy of U.S. District attorney’s charges in the case of the stolen Alvan Clark lens from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society, photocopies of optic catalogs, personal correspondence and miscellaneous papers. 1974 – 1999.

 

8          Receipts, Papers, Other VIII. Optics price lists, photocopies of catalogs, book invoices, and papers. 1994 – 2011.

 

9          Receipts, Papers, Other IX. Miscellaneous correspondence and papers. 1994 – 2011.

 

 

Series 9          Oversize Material

 

Box     Folder

 

9         1           (Loose Item) Photo Album. Photo album with pictures of astronomical instruments, observatories, telescopes and other items relating to astronomy. No date.

 

2          (Loose item) Photographs. Box of 4 x 6 color photographs of telescopes, exhibits, and awards dinner. No date.

 

3          Instructions for Building Telescopes. Offprint of an article by John Pierce on building telescopes and making lenses for amateur astronomers. Includes several schematic drawings. No date.

 

4          Family of the Sun. Newspaper article on the demotion of Pluto as a planet. No date.

 

5          Hale-Bopp. Color photocopy of images of the Hale-Bopp Comet from an unidentified book. No date.

 

6          USNO-A2.0. Black and white poster plot of the sky. No date.

 

7          Bausch & Lomb I. Oversized photocopy of a Bausch & Lomb binocular catalog. Catalogue date 1930.

 

8          Bausch & Lomb II. Oversized photocopy of a Bausch & Lomb binocular catalog. Catalog date 1930.

 

9          Theodolites d’Observatoire. Oversized photocopy of an excerpt from an unidentified astronomical instrument catalog. No date.

 

10.       Secretan I. Oversized photocopy of a Secretan optical catalog. No date.

 

11.       Secretan II. Oversized photocopy of a Secretan optical catalog. No date.