Thomas P. Smith journal in Europe, 1800-1802


Date: 1800-1802 | Size: 5 volume(s), 5 volumes, ca. 450 p., copy


This set of journals, copied legibly but with many excisions into the last volume, 914 Sm61, is from a tour of Germany, Denmark, Sweden, France, and England, to inspect technological improvements in manufacturing and mining. There are accounts of visits with C.D. Ebeling, Friedrich Klopstock, J.A.J. Reimarus, Anders Sparmann, and Karl P. Thunberg. Smith bequeathed this journal to the American Philosophical Society with the request that it be published if found to contain information "useful to the manufactories of my country."

Background note

Thomas P. Smith was a chemist and mineralogist, and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1799.

Collection Information

Physical description

5 volumes, ca. 450 p., copy.


Custodial history:

Presented by Thomas P. Smith, 1802; accessioned, 1900. See in-house shelf list for additional accession numbers.

Early American History Note

These five volumes contain the travel journal of Thomas Peters Smith during his tour through Europe from 1800-1802. He was interested in learning about new technology in Europe. The journals record his observations. He often discusses the engineering developments he sees, sometimes drawing crude diagrams, as well as making observations on European society and culture. Countries visited include Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France, England.

Indexing Terms


  • Journals (notebooks).
  • Scientific Data
  • Travel Narratives and Journals

Geographic Name(s)

  • Denmark -- Description and travel.
  • England -- Description and travel.
  • France -- Description and travel.
  • Germany -- Description and travel.
  • Sweden -- Description and travel.

Personal Name(s)

  • Ebeling, Christophe Daniel, 1741-1817
  • Klopstock, Friedrich Gottlieb, 1724-1803
  • Reimarus, Johann Albert Heinrich, 1729-1814
  • Smith, Thomas P. (Thomas Peters)
  • Sparmann, Anders
  • Thunberg, Carl Peter, 1743-1828


  • Americans Abroad
  • International Travel
  • Manufacturing processes -- Europe.
  • Mines and mineral resources -- Europe.
  • Science and technology

Detailed Inventory

Vol. 1 Thomas P. Smith journal, (May 27-September 11, 1800)
1800 1 volume(s) volume 1
Vol. 2 Thomas P. Smith journal, (September 13, 1800-July 1, 1801)
1800-1801 1 volume(s) volume 2
Volume 3 Thomas P. Smith journal, (July 2, 1800-[i.e. 1801]-September 25, 1801)
1800-1801 1 volume(s) volume 3
Vol. 4 Thomas P. Smith journal, (October 10, [1801]-February 19, [1802])
1801-1802 1 volume(s) volume 4
914 Sm61 Thomas P. Smith journal, 1800-1802
1800-1802 1 volume(s) volume 1