Alexander von Humboldt miscellaneous correspondence, 1789-1859


Date: 1789-1859 | Size: 7 microfilm_reel(s)


This microfilm contains correspondence from scientists, including Friedrich Wilhelm Bissell, 1816-1846 [from Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin]; Matthew F. Maury, 1849-1859 [from National Archives, Washington, D.C.]; Paulus Usteri, 1789-1821 [from Bibliothèque Universitaire, Zurich; and Johann G. Galle, 1836-1858 [from Frau von Heinz, Schloss Tegal]. There is also correspondence from the Royal Society, London; Bibliothèque Nationale, Geneva; Göttingen University Library; British Museum; Massachusetts Historical Society; Bancroft Library of the University of California; Yale University; Henry E. Huntington Library; Library of Congress; the Alexander von Humboldt Kommission; Westdeutsche Bibliotek, Marburg; and Deutsche Staatsbibliotek, Berlin. The materials were, in general, collected by Helmut de Terra and contain correspondence with various scientists. A few items pertain to Humboldt's travels and general comments on American Indian linguistics.

Background note

Alexander von Humboldt was a traveler and naturalist.

Collection Information

Physical description

7 microfilm reels.


Acquired from Marburg Westdeutsche Bibliotek and accessioned, 09/16/1958 (1958 1791mf). See in-house shelf list for additional sources and accession dates.

Early American History Note

This is a microfilm of an early American collection that may be of interest to researchers at the APS and may complement an original manuscript collection at the APS.

Indexing Terms


  • Microfilm Collection

Personal Name(s)

  • Babbage, Charles, 1791-1871
  • Bancroft, George, 1800-1891
  • Bissell, Friedrich Wilhelm
  • Blagden, Charles, Sir, 1748-1820
  • Brown, Robert, 1773-1858
  • Buckland, William, 1784-1856
  • Galle, Johann Gottfried, 1812-1910
  • Herschel, John F. W., Sir (John Frederick William), 1792-1871
  • Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
  • Lieber, Oscar
  • Maury, Matthew Fontaine, 1806-1873
  • Usteri, Paulus, 1768-1831
  • Young, Thomas, 1773-1829


  • Astronomy.
  • Natural history.