Box Containing Index Cards

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2018.ast.104

Description:

This is a rectangular lidded cardboard box with reinforced edges containing index cards. Half of the box is full of organised index cards with plate exposure records written on them. These are ordered into labelled sections with paper dividers or organised by being clipped together with paper clips. The other half of the box contains blank cards. Some of these are loose. The rest are a set of 100 “Butin Gillies” brand cards, still in their plastic packaging.

Primary Materials: Cardboard, Paper, Plastic, Metal

Markings:

On the original paper sticker on the front of the box: “Weis
1000 351DG
Horizontal Ruled Cards
3 x 5 D G Grade BUFF”

On a piece of paper inside the unopened package of cards:
“Style of Ruling – See Reverse of Package
INDEX CARDS
CARTES D’INDEX
~100~
3″ x 5″
8x13cm
BUNTIN GILLIES
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 3E2”

Stamped on most of the cards (which have then been filled out) in purple ink: “PURPOSE:
QUALITY:
REMARKS:
PLATE No.____________
DATE____________
EXPOSURE________________
R.A. ___________________
DEC. __________________
EM._____________________
FILTER_______________________
TEL.___________________________

Dimensions (cm):

Length = 23.8, Width = 13.5, Height = 8.9

Function:

These cards have been used to record exposures of some kind, possibly spectroscopy-related. They may be associated with testing equipment rather than records of exposures for astronomical purposes.

Condition:

Good: The cardboard box is damaged around the edges in places, stained on one side and appears to have had something peeled off the lid which has caused some damage to the cardboard.

Manufacturer:

Box: Weis; Wrapped cards: Buntin Gillies

Date of Manufacture: 1949-1950

Provenance:

This object was likely moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.