University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Franklin E. Roach Papers, 1955-1972

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Roach, Franklin E.
Title: Franklin E. Roach Papers
Dates: 1955-1972
Abstract: Working papers of Franklin E. Roach. A bulk of the material includes research notes and publications.
Accession No.: 2002-142; 2013-233
Extent: 1 ft
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Franklin E. Roach (1905-1993) began his career as an astronomer working for the Yerkes Observatory while he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago. He was the first astronomer to be stationed at the University of Texas' McDonald Observatory. Roach worked there using a small camera to observe photographic photometry and polarimetry of reflection nebulae. This innovative program was Roach's start in quantitative photometric measurements of large, low surface-brightness areas, which he was to perfect in his later research on the night-sky light.

After two years at the McDonald Observatory, Roach left in 1936 to become an associate professor at the University of Arizona teaching astronomy and physics. In the course of his career, Roach produced over 100 publications. Such works included articles published in the Journal of Research of the National Bureau of Standards , the Journal of Geophysical Research, The Astrophysical Journal, and the Light of the Night Sky.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, research notes, technical reports, observations, photographs, assorted clippings, as well as publications document the work of Franklin E. Roach. The collected works of Roach's contemporaries which document observations and research on such topics as: the photometry of the aurora, the earth's orbit, brightness of moonlight, and airglow photometers, comprise the bulk of the papers.


Access Restrictions

No restrictions on papers.

Use Restrictions

No restrictions on use.

Index Terms

Roach, Franklin Evans
University of Texas at Austin
W.J McDonald Observatory
Airglow observations
Airglow observations periodicals
Photometry, Astronomical
Atmospheric transparency

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Franklin E. Roach Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers



4Zf304 Correspondence
Map of Alpine, Texas
National Bureau of Standards Reports
National Bureau of Standards Reports: technical notes
Undated and unpublished
Book, The Light in the Night Sky
Photographs (copied)
Research notes (booklet)
Technical Report 1964
Technical Report July 1968
White Mountain research station items
W.J. McDonald Observatory
Collected publications of Roach's contemporaries
Collected publications of Edward Ashburn (colleague)
Letter to Roach’s widow from Barry Scobee
Photos of McDonald Observatory
Book: Musings and Memoirs of Franklin Evans Roach, by Charlotte L. Roach Vedeler, 1999
3S16.4 Photographs