Special Collections’ Online Exhibit: Edward Emerson Barnard – Star Gazer

Born into extreme poverty prior to the Civil War, Edward Emerson Barnard rose to prominence as an astronomer. Credited as being the world’s greatest observer, Barnard began his career at the Vanderbilt University Observatory in 1883 before moving on to larger observatories at the University of California and the University of Chicago. This exhibit, titled “Edward Emerson Barnard: Star Gazer,” features photographs, letters, publications and ephemera from the Edward Emerson Barnard Papers manuscript collection. The exhibit also includes two screensavers – one is composed of images from the exhibit, and the other is composed of astronomical photographs from the Edward Emerson Barnard Papers.

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