from the Millington-Barnard Collection
An International Workshop on
Historic Scientific Instrument Collections in the University
21-24 June 2007
Oxford, Mississippi


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The Millington Barnard Collection
The collection of historic scientific instruments at the Unversity of Mississippi is named for its first professors of natural philosophy, John Millington and Frederick Barnard. This Collection of nearly 500 pieces dates from the beginning of the University in 1848. Some of the earliest instruments were made by Millington before and during his tenure here. The majority of the apparatus was purchased in 1856-1858 by Chancellor Barnard from the best instrument makers and workshops in France, Germany, England, and the United States.  The Collection narrowly survived the Civil War, when the campus served as both a Confederate and a Federal hospital. 
Much of the apparatus was used for teaching physics until the 1970's.
The bulk of the Collection is now housed at the University Museum, with some pieces on display in Barnard Observatory and others remaining in the Department of Physics and Astronomy's exhibit space in Lewis Hall.
**An expanded exhibition of the Collection will be on display for the SICU2 Workshop.  After the Opening Dinner, participants and guests are invited to the University Museum to view the Collection and hear a brief presentation of its history.

Barnard Observatory
Barnard Observatory was completed in 1859 and is modeled after Russia's Poulkovo Observatory.  It was built to house the Department of Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, and Civil Engineering, along with the scientific apparatus.  The central dome's inhabitant was to be a 19-inch telescope, the largest in the world at the time.  This instrument was ordered by Barnard in 1857 from Alvan Clark and Sons but was not completed until 1861, too late to be delivered to Mississippi due to the onset of the Civil War.
On its first use, this great telescope discovered Sirius's predicted companion star, a testament to the lens's perfection. It was purchased  from Alvan Clark in 1863 by the Chicago Astromical Society, then went to Northwestern University's Dearborn Observatory, where it was used to discover "a long list of difficult double stars."
It is known in astronomical research as "the great Dearborn Refractor."
**The Opening Session and Keynote address of the the SICU2 Workshop will be held in the original lecture hall of Barnard Observatory.  Guided tours of the building, now the home of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, will also be available. 

Kennon Observatory
Kennon Observatory was built in 1939 and designed by long-time astronomy professor William Lee Kennon.  The smaller dome was built for the department's "comet seeker."  The larger dome houses a  Grubb twin equatorial telescope purchased by the department in 1892.  This instrument consists of a 15-inch aperture visual telescope carried on the same mounting with a 9-inch photographic telescope.  It is the largest Grubb telescope in the U. S. and has a remarkable driving mechanism made by Grubb for only three telescopes.
**Tours of Kennon Observatory will be available to Workshop participants.  A Friday evening Astronomy Open House at Kennon Observatory is also planned, weather permitting.

Memory House
This Greek Revival home was built sometime between 1853 and 1859 by James and Sarah Stockard, one of the couples who donated the land on which the University was raised.  Memory House is now the headquarters of the University Foundation.
**The Opening Reception and Dinner will take place at historic Memory House.

Carrier House
Carrier House became the  residence of University of Mississippi Chancellors in 1971.  Prior to this, beginning with F. A. P Barnard, University Chancellors and their families had lived in the east wing of Barnard Observatory.
**On Friday evening,
Workshop participants will dine at the home of the University's current leader, Chancellor Robert C. Khayat. 

Rowan Oak
William Faulkner, Nobel Prize winning novelist, resided in Oxford for many years at Rowan Oak.  His Greek Revival-style home was given to the University by his daughter, and the entire property remains much as it was when he lived there.  For example, the plot outline of A Fable is still visible on the walls of Faulkner's writing room.  Rowan Oak is now part of the University Museum and is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday.
**The Closing Dinner of the SICU2 Workshop will take place on the lawn of Rowan Oak.  Participants will have an opportunity to tour the house and grounds beforehand.

About the University
Chartered by the Mississippi Legislature in 1844, The University of Mississippi opened in 1848. The main campus is located in the rolling hills of North Mississippi and now includes 220 major buildings. The Lyceum, completed in 1848, is the institution's landmark and is featured on it’s logo. Two other antebellum buildings are extant: Barnard Observatory (1859) and the Croft Building (the Chapel, 1853).  Ventress Hall, completed in 1889 as a library, is a singular example of Victorian architecture.  Now the home of the College of Liberal Arts, it has a stained glass window memorializing the University Greys, the students who joined the Confederate army.
The University of Mississippi also operates campuses in Southaven and Tupelo, MS, and The University of Mississippi Medical Center campus is located in Jackson.
The University's nickname is Ole Miss, and the athletics teams are the Rebels.

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