Lecture Room Chairs
   The first dedicated spaces for the University of Mississippi physics department were created by Frederick A. P. Barnard in the last few years before the American War Between the States. He designed a large building with three domes to hold telescopes, with the largest to be an 18.5 inch refractor. This was never delivered because of the onset of the war, but the building was used by Natural Philosophy and Physics well into the 20th century. 

   Barnard designed cast-iron tablet-arm chairs for the physics classroom, a few of which still survive in the University Museum. They have leather seat pads and are more comfortable than one might expect. 

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