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Letter from Joseph Priestley to William Frend
November 1790

Joseph Priestley writes to Rev. William Frend about various publications that he is interested in as well as "the difficulties" involved in translating works to produce "an improved and improvable...

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F11

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Unknown Recipient
July 26, 1791

Joseph Priestley writes an unknown recipient and notes that he has enclosed "two copies of my Paper for the Philosophical Transactions." In addition, Priestley requests a "fresh stock of retorts,...

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F11

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Unknown Recipient
August 10, 1791

Dickinson President Charles Nisbet discusses in what appears to be a postscript how a farmer in Chambersburg has discovered a great body of iron ore. Nisbet also discusses new treaties with Native American tribes as well as the large number of French citizens arriving in the United States. "The...

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Thomas Wedgwood
October 18, 1791

Joseph Priestley writes to Thomas Wedgwood about supplies for the laboratory that Priestley is building after his previous one was destroyed and discusses invitations to move from England to France. Wedgwood's family operated the Etruria Works ceramics factory. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Edwards
October 16, 1792

Dr. Joseph Priestley writes to Rev. John Edwards and discusses their recent publications as well as a publication that they are both working on. "I have read 40 pages of your fourth no., and am surprised that any person should object to its publication," as Priestley explains. Transcript...

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F11

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Benjamin Barton
September 15, 1797

Dr. Joseph Priestley writes to Dr. Benjamin Smith Barton regarding Antiphlogistion enemies, a yellow fever outbreak, and scientist Dr. John Maclean. "I wish that you would give me any information that you may get of the notions of my Antiphlogistion enemies," as Priestley explains. Priestley...

Location: I-BeachW-1975-10

Subject: Health and Medicine, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Samuel Mitchill
August 15, 1799

Joseph Priestley writes to Samuel Latham Mitchell and invites him to come visit at Northumberland as well as asks about a package that was supposed to have been sent. Priestley also promises to "draw up an account of other experiments" and send them to Mitchell. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Catalog of Books Written by Joseph Priestley
1816

A six page bibliography of 75 books written by Dr. Joseph Priestley.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F1

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Thomas Cooper to Parker Cleveland
July 20, 1817

Former Dickinson College Professor Thomas Cooper writes Parker Cleveland, a Professor of Mineralogy at Bowdoin College, and asks for advice regarding about his plans to teach a class on mineralogy at the University of Philadelphia. "I propose using your book as the manual for my class," as...

Location: I-Purchase-1950-1

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Thomas Hambly to James Hamilton
February 9, 1831

Thomas C. Hambly writes James Hamilton Jr. to express his opposition to a proposed railroad "running... from the River Susquehanna to [York] by any route above the Codoms creek." Transcript included.

Location: I-ValeM-1947-28

Subject: Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Synopsis of the Birds of Pennsylvania compiled by Spencer F. Baird
June 10, 1839

"Synopsis of the Birds of Pennsylvania" compiled by Spencer F. Baird from John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, and Nuttal in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Includes sections on land and water birds.

Location: I-Original-1839-4

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Reports

Time Period: 1820-1839

List of Carlisle Birds Compiled by Spencer Baird
December 1840

Spencer Fullerton Baird compiles a "List of the Birds of the United States (from Aububon), prefixed to which is a List of the Birds found near Carlisle, Pennsylvania" The document contains the type of bird, time when first shot, and "when known."

Location: I-Original-1840-2

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Science and Technology

Format: Reports

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Contributions Towards a Catalogue of the Trees and Shrubs of Cumberland County," by Spencer Baird
February 1845

Spencer F. Baird, a Professor of Natural Sciences at Dickinson, publishes "Contributions Towards a Catalogue of the Trees and Shrubs of Cumberland County, PA" in the Literary Record and Journal of the Linnaean Association of Pennsylvania College (Vol. 1, No. 4) in February 1845.

Location: I-Original-1845-1

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Science and Technology

Format: Essays and Dissertations

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Catalogue of Birds Found in the Neighborhood of Carlisle," by Spencer Baird
October 1845

Spencer F. Baird, a Professor of Natural Sciences at Dickinson, publishes "Catalogue of Birds Found in the Neighborhood of Carlisle, Cumberland County, PA" in the Literary Record and Journal of the Linnaean Association of Pennsylvania College (Vol. 1, No. 12) in October 1845. 1845.

Location: I-Original-1845-1

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Science and Technology

Format: Essays and Dissertations

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Henry Harman to Andrew Harman
January 3, 1846

Henry Martyn Harman writes to his father, Andrew Harman, about classes starting at Dickinson. After he "overtook the class in Algebra," Harman explains that he is "now in the second class in college, which is the Sophomore." Harman notes "I have a great deal of hard studying" as a result of...

"General Directions for Collecting and Preserving Objects of Natural History" by Spencer Baird
circa 1848

Spencer F. Baird (Class of 1840), the Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, publishes "General Directions for Collection and Preserving Objects of Natural History" in 1848. Baird, who is responsible for the Natural History Department, also includes an overview ("Special Desiderata...

Location: I-Friends-1975-18

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William P. Smith
November 13, 1851

Roger Brooke Taney, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, writes to Mr. William Prescott Smith: "Accept my thanks for the 'Scientific American,' and the two pamphlets.... I was so much impressed with what I saw in my brief visit to the Institute a few evenings ago...." An engraving...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Joseph Henry
April 16, 1858

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes Professor Joseph Henry, the first Smithsonian Secretary, to explain that he cannot meet with the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. As the Supreme Court Justices are meeting to decide cases, Taney explains that "every one of us must...

Location: I-SpahrB-1969-7

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Spencer Baird to A. Haen & Company
May 29, 1859

Spencer Fullerton Baird writes to A. Haen & Company about the redrawing of some plates. Dr. John Newberry has left, and Baird has no authority in the matter but will write to Newberry.

Location: I-BeachW-1983-2

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Spencer Baird to Osmond Tiffany
October 8, 1859

Spencer Fullerton Baird (Class of 1840) writes to Osmond Tiffany, responding to the latter's request for documents about the Pacific Rail Road and the Mexican Boundary.

Location: I-Friends-1982-7

Subject: Business and Industry, International Affairs, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to T. Apolian Cheney
June 10, 1864

Former President James Buchanan writes to abolitionist T. Apolian Cheney regarding Henry Darwin Roger's Geological Survey of Pennsylvania, a book Buchanan is struggling to find a copy of.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-14

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from George Lawrence to Spencer Baird (Drafts)
January - December 1868

George Lawrence drafts six letters to Spencer Fullerton Baird, the Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, that include a list of avian specimens from Costa Rica and Panama to be sent to Baird, as well as other specimens requested by the author. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F18

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Mar. 1868)
March 1868

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes two brief letters to George Lawrence in which he mentions sending out fish specimens as well as the possible arrival of a new collection from Costa Rica. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F1

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence
December 10, 1868

Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Spencer Baird writes to George Lawrence regarding a description of a bird. As Lawrence's description "does not seem to differ much from [Thomas C.] Eyton," Baird recommends that Lawrence "send it to [Philip L.] Sclater for his opinion."

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-14

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Total Eclipse of the Sun," by Charles F. Himes
1869

Natural Science Professor Charles F. Himes (Class of 1855) describes his experience in photographing the solar eclipse in Ottumwa, Iowa on August 7, 1869 . "Never before had such an event promised so much of a revelation," Dr. Himes explains.

Location: MC 2000.1, B25, F20

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1860-1879

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