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    Bill Barton
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    I have a copy of the ‘Index to the Journal of the British Astronomical Associatio, volumes 51-100’ which I make great use of.

    I read somewhere recently that the index to volumes 1-50 wasn’t published until the nineteen-sixties, but there was no reference given.

    Can someone tell me where it published? Was it as a ‘Memoir’ or as part of the Journal? Is it available on-line?

    #577926
    Dr James Dawson
    Participant

    Bill,

    In “The British Astronomical Association: The Second Fifty Years” publication (BAA Memoirs Volume 42 Part 2, 1990 December) on page 24, it says:

    “… The Index to volumes 1-50 of the Journal was published in June [1963]. It had been compiled in 1940 by Mrs Reade who was then Librarian. Part of the Merlin bequest was used to finance its publication…”

    Looking at the SHAs catalogue it looks like it is a separate publication, and not a memoir. The catalogue suggests there is a copy in the SHA library. I am going on Tuesday if there is something specific you want me to look up.

    James

    #577927
    Dr James Dawson
    Participant

    Ah, there is also a full copy of the index on the JBAA DVDs. 

    Again let me know if there is something specific you want to look up.

    James

    #577928
    Denis Buczynski
    Participant

    There is a printed copy of the index for the first 50 years of the JBAA. I had a copy which I sent (along with a large set of old JBAA’s) for the scanning project for the DVD’s. My old JBAA’s and the index were part of the library which Reggie Waterfield left me in his will. I got the  JBAA’s back (these have now been donated to the BAA Archive with Richard McKim) but my copy of the Index was never returned. Sheridan Willams (who did the scanning) said that ther were only two copies in the BAA Library. It was pity that my copy never made it back to me. If it does turn up let me know.

    Denis Buczynski

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