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MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Adair, William
Dates:
1776-1788
Abstract:  

Meteorological observations taken at Lewes, Delaware. "The same instrument from which the book was taken, is at No. 94. South Third street Philadelphia."
Call #:  
Mss.551.5.Ad1
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Jacobs, M.(Michael),1808-1871.
Dates:
1839-1865
Abstract:  

These items contain observations made at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The entries for January 1860-September 1865 are duplicates. One series was made under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution and is on the printed forms supplied by that institution. With this are: 2 memoranda by Michael, undated; 2 broadsides, Pennsylvania College of Gettysburg. Order of exercises; April 15, 1851; and Smithsonian institution. Registry of periodical phenomena...
Call #:  
Mss.551.5.J12
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Swainson, William, 1789-1855
Dates:
Circa 1822-1824
Abstract:  

Detailed notes from Alexander Wilson's "American ornithology," including item numbers from Peale's museum. Also two loose pages in vol. 1 attributed to John Abbot; Case for 2 volumes says "George Ord -- Birds of North America. Original manuscript."
Call #:  
Mss.598.S1b
Extent:
2 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Featherstonhaugh, George William, 1780-1866
Dates:
1809-1840
Abstract:  

These are copies of letters, chiefly relating to the American Philosophical Society, from Peter S. Du Ponceau, John Vaughan, and James Mease. There are a few original letters, one to Benjamin Franklin Peale.
Call #:  
Mss.B.F31
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Coxe, John Redman, 1773-1864
Dates:
1812-1813
Abstract:  

This item also contains some newspapers clippings and a manuscript obituary of Julian Halliday Coxe (1833-1834), infant son of Daniel T. Coxe.
Call #:  
Mss.220.2.C836
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Anonymous
Dates:
1821
Abstract:  

This volume contains "solutions of the practical problems in [John] Gummere's astronomy."
Call #:  
Mss.520.As83
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Anonymous
Dates:
Circa 1820-1838
Abstract:  

This item, by an unknown author, presents an astronomical sketch of eclipses, some of which could be seen from Philadelphia and Canton, China.
Call #:  
Mss.521.8.Ec6
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Varley, Cromwell J.
Dates:
1845-1858
Abstract:  

A member of a family of early 19th century artists and instrument makers that included Cornelius, John, and William Fleetwood Varley, Cromwell J. Varley shared in the family interests in astronomy. The Journal of Astronomical Observations includes brief notes on telescopic observations of comets, stars, and planets conducted by Cromwell J. Varley between 1845 and 1858, accompanied by twenty ink and watercolor sketches.
Call #:  
Mss.522.1942.V42
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Freehauff, Daniel.
Dates:
1778-1779
Abstract:  

These volumes contain calculations and drawings of an eclipse of the sun, 24 June 1778, and of the moon, 29 May 1779, adjusted to the meridian of Philadelphia. There is also an incomplete duplicate of the calculations for the sun, and a duplicate of the calculations for the moon. An apparently personal reference in the text suggests that Freehauff was a native of Germany.
Call #:  
Mss.523.78.F87c
Extent:
2 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Van Vleck, J. H., (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980
Dates:
1923-1959
Abstract:  

These contain a few notes and memoranda by Van Vleck, but the bulk of the collection is letters to and from him. Correspondents include Raymond T. Birge, Gerhard H. Dieke, Paul A. M. Dirac, Edwin C. Kemble, and Robert S. Mulliken.
Call #:  
Mss.530.1.Ar2.2
Extent:
189 items



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Morton, Charles, 1627-1698
Dates:
Circa 1700
Abstract:  

Charles Morton's "System of Physicks" was among the most important texts in natural philosophy in early America, used to teach science and the scientific method to students at both Harvard and Yale from the late 1680s through the 1720s. This fair copy was probably transcribed at one of those institutions in about 1700, and is a fairly complete accounting of Morton's best known work.
Call #:  
Mss.530.Sy8
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Mulhern, Edward, d.1833?
Dates:
1829
Abstract:  

During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the American Philosophical Society regularly received letters, and occasionally full blown manuscripts, from members of the public regarding their ideas on science or technology. In 1829, Edward Mulhern of Philadelphia submitted a manuscript on terrestrial magnetism that he felt had implications for navigation. Little is known about Mulhern other than that he died before 1833. Mulhern's "Dissertation on the doctrine and principles of magnetism &" is an attempt to work through some fundamental issues in terrestrial magnetism, including the relative orientation and positions of the geographic and magnetic poles, with an eye toward their impact on navigation. The APS Minutes for April 15, 1833, read: "An application from Alex Mulhern to have returned to him a paper on the 'doctrine of Magnetism' laid before the society by his deceased father, was received and the Librarian was directed to return the same.'"
Call #:  
Mss.538.M91
Extent:
0.1 Linear feet



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Creator:
Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804
Dates:
1783
Abstract:  

This essay discusses Priestley's experiments concerning phlogiston, also called "the principle of inflammability," which was once thought to be a volatile substance that was part of all combustible matter and was released as flame in combustion.
Call #:  
Mss.540.1.P93
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Sager, A.
Dates:
Circa 1810
Abstract:  

A. Sager's brief notes provide an outline for a course of chemistry lectures, ca.1810. The notes, in Swedish, include sections on electricity and phlogiston.
Call #:  
Mss.540.Sa1
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Legaux, Peter, 1748-1827
Dates:
1787-1800
Abstract:  

One chart is addressed to Benjamin Franklin, "président de l'Etat de Pennsylvanie et président de la société phylosophique...1789." All or most of the material was sent to Thomas Jefferson as president of the United States and of the American Philosophical Society. Contains also an English translation of the above Observations... Contains also copies made by M. Legaux of tables 2-5.
Call #:  
Mss.551.5.L52
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Poyntell, William,1756-1811.
Dates:
1803
Abstract:  

This journal was kept on a voyage from the Downs to the Capes of Delaware on board the ship Three Sisters, 26 June-20 August, 1803. The volume includes "Observations on the storm glass," made on the same voyage. The storm glass, with an explanation of its use, and the journal of observations are at the American Philosophical Society.
Call #:  
Mss.551.5.P86
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Treat, John Breck.
Dates:
1805-1808
Abstract:  

Treat sent this volume to Thomas Jefferson in 1809 from "Arkansa in Louisiana," and wrote, "If from their perusal you can derive, either information or amusement, respecting the climate of this part of our country, your acceptance will be highly gratifying."
Call #:  
Mss.551.5.T71
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Nicklin, Philip Houlbrooke,178
Dates:
Circa 1831
Abstract:  

This volume was copied by Philip Holbrook Nicklin, a Philadelphia author and bookseller, from portions of the "London Quarterly Journal of Science Literature and the Arts" and partly from a translation of the original, to which is prefixed a short conchological introduction, containing descriptions of the Linnean genera, & of those species, from which Lamarck has formed most of his genera.
Call #:  
Mss.594.L16
Extent:
1 Volumes



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