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A History of the Steward Bequest


Reprinted with permission of the author, Evaline Jones Auerbach, Oracle Historian.

"Though people living in the clear, dark skies far from city lights have enjoyed their view of the sky in the Oracle area for many centuries, from the Native Americans to the Biosphere 2, one citizen, Mrs. Lavinia Steward, has left a lasting legacy with a donation to fund the first Observatory at the University of Arizona with a “very large” 36-inch telescope." 

That donation, just under one hundred years ago, fulfilled the wishes of Director Andrew Ellicott Douglass at the U of A. Since coming to the University in 1906, he had made do with small or borrowed telescopes in less-than-perfect quarters on campus. More.

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