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1Author:  Collinson, Peter, 1694-1768Requires cookie*
 Title:  Peter Collinson letters, [ca. 1740]-1770     
 Dates:  1740-1770 
 Abstract:  The APS has a number of Collinson collections on microfilm. Its primary source holdings contain approximately thirty-seven letters written to Peter Collinson, a prominent figure in the eighteenth century British scientific community. Because of his networks in trade and science, he served as an important node in the conveyance of knowledge throughout the Atlantic World.The majority of the letters involve discussions of natural history. The letters offer a range of correspondence. There is a letter written about the culture of bathing in Wales in the 1730s to extended correspondence between Collinson and Lady Petre on the botanical gardens on the Petre's estate, and a series of letters from Spanish officials in the Caribbean relaying information to Collinson. There is also a notable amount of correspondence between Collinson and various nobility discussing horticultural issues.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.C692 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Natural history | Science and technology 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Scientific Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Natural history. 
2Author:  Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878Requires cookie*
 Title:  Joseph Henry letters, 1836-1878     
 Dates:  1836-1878 
 Abstract:  This small collection contains an assortment of Joseph Henry correspondence, mostly from prominent Americans writing to Henry. Most of the early letters are relatively short notes, with longer, more detailed letters beginning in the correspondence from the 1850s. The most prominent topics of discussion are the Smithsonian Institution, the establishment of Colorado as a territory, and Humboldt's work. Among the prominent correspondents are Robert Hare, Louis Aggasiz, and Alexander Dallas Bache. Two letters are addressed to Mrs. Henry.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.H39p 
 Extent:  47 item(s) 
 Topics:  Colony and State Specific History | Science and technology 
 Genre:  General Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Natural history. | Physics. 
3Author:  AnonymousRequires cookie*
 Title:  Scientific copybook, [n.d.]     
 Dates:  Circa 19th c. 
 Abstract:  This scientific copybook is like a commonplace book. It has various essays on a range of scientifc topics. The essays had been printed in various journals that were then copied in manuscript form in this notebook. Some entries note the source from which they were copied. The partially filled notebook was likely compiled sometime in the early nineteenth century.

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 Call #:  Mss.500.Cop79 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Science and technology 
 Genre:  Commonplace Book | Educational Material | Manuscript Essays | Notebooks | Scientific Data 
 Subjects:  Astronomy. | Natural history. | Zoology. 
4Author:  Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859Requires cookie*
 Title:  Alexander von Humboldt papers, 1801-1859     
 Dates:  1793-1859 
 Abstract:  This collection of Humboldt's correspondence touches on his travels throughout the Americas. Of note are his letters with prominent Americans--namely Thomas Jefferson, Rembrandt Peale, and Peter Du Ponceau--about his observations. Many letters are in French. Some have translations.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.H88 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Science and technology | Travel 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Travel Narratives and Journals 
 Subjects:  Natural history. | Science publishing. | Scientific expeditions. 
5Author:  Nicklin, Philip Houlbrooke,178Requires cookie*
 Title:  Lamarck's genera of shells, [ca. 1831]     
 Dates:  Circa 1831 
 Abstract:  This volume is a manuscript copy of of Lamarck's Genera of Shells. It was copied from various sources, including the "London Quarterly Journal of Science."

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 Call #:  Mss.594.L16 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Natural history | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Manuscript Essays 
 Subjects:  Mollusks. | Natural history. | Zoology. 
6Author:  Stauffer, Jacob,b. 1808.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Jacob Stauffer Papers, 1844-1879     
 Dates:  1844-1879 
 Abstract:  The Jacob Stauffer Collection contains correspondence about science and scientific institutions in the United States. Only one letter dates to before the 1850s (1844).

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 Call #:  Mss.B.St15 
 Extent:  0.5 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Science and technology 
 Genre:  Scientific Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Botany. | Learned institutions and societies. | Natural history. | Paleontology. | Zoology. 
7Author:  Silliman, Benjamin, 1779-1864Requires cookie*
 Title:  Benjamin Silliman correspondence, 1808-1859     
 Dates:  1808-1859 
 Abstract:  This small collection contains a range of documents relating to the career of Benjamin Silliman, chemist and professor at Yale. Much of the correspondence dates to the 1830s and is from Silliman himself. There are a few letters in French from Jons Berzelius. Science, especially chemistry and geology, and other scientists are often discussed.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.Si4 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Education | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Scientific Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Blowpipe. | Chemistry | Ether | Geology. | Natural history. | Telegraph 
8Author:  Wright, William D.Requires cookie*
 Title:  William D. Wright notebooks, 1843-1847     
 Dates:  1843-1847 
 Abstract:  The William Wright Collection is beyond the geographic scope of this guide, but scholars of early America, especially science and technology, may find this collection useful.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.W936 
 Extent:  6 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Beyond Early America | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Educational Material 
 Subjects:  Geology. | Mechanics. | Natural history. | Steam-engines. 
9Author:  Say, Thomas, 1787-1834Requires cookie*
 Title:  Thomas Say papers, 1819-1883, 1955     
 Dates:  1819-1883 
 Abstract:  The Thomas Say Collection contains correspondence and scientific material relating to Say's work as a conchologist. The correspondence has a few items written to the New Harmony utopian community before Say decided to live there. The scientific correspondence contains letters to prominent fellow natural historians, such as Charles Lucien Bonaparte. The data includes sketches of shells, some in color. There is also a relatively detailed biographical profile, likely written in the late-nineteenth century.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.Sa95.g 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Land and Speculation | Natural history | Science and technology | Surveying and Maps 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Maps and Surveys | Scientific Data | Sketchbooks 
 Subjects:  Entomology. | Mollusks. | Natural history. 
10Author:  Le Conte, John Eatton, 1784-1860Requires cookie*
 Title:  Entomological drawings, n.d.     
 Dates:  n.d. 
 Abstract:  These eight volumes of John LeConte's work contain thousands of entomological drawings, some in color and others in black and white. A couple of drawings have been attributed to Titian Peale.

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 Call #:  Mss.595.7.L493 
 Extent:  8 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Science and technology 
 Genre:  Art | Scientific Data | Sketchbooks 
 Subjects:  Beetles. | Diptera. | Entomology. | Flies. | Hemiptera. | Hymenoptera. | Insects. | Lepidoptera. | Myriapoda. | Natural history. | Spiders. 
11Author:  unknownRequires cookie*
 Title:  John Torrey papers, 1819-1864     
 Dates:  1819-1864 
 Abstract:  The John Torrey Papers consist of two separate collections. The first contains original documents, often from John Torrey, a prominent botanist in the nineteenth century. Torrey's letters often discuss natural history, books, and flora. Amos Eaton is his most regular correspondent, and the letters are often of a personal nature in which Torrey gives Eaton support for his scientific pursuits. Mention is also made of temperance. This portion of the collection is relatively small. The second part of the collection contains various notes and transcriptions Chapman Robbins made for a study she undertook on Torrey. This larger part of the collection consists of over two boxes of transcriptions of Torrey correspondence and provides a far more complete picture of Torrey.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.T63.1 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Natural history | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Scientific Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Botany. | Geology -- New York (State) -- Surveys. | Insects. | Mineralogy. | Natural history. | Temperance. 
12Author:  Morgan, John, 1735-1789Requires cookie*
 Title:  John Morgan correspondence, 1749-1788     
 Dates:  1749-1788 
 Abstract:  The John Morgan Collection consists of photocopies of Morgan's correspondence, 1763-1768. Many of the letters discuss medicine and medical education.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.M82 
 Extent:  26 item(s) 
 Topics:  Education | Medicine | Natural history | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Scientific Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Medicine -- Study and teaching. | Natural history. | Paleontology -- North America. 
13Author:  Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873Requires cookie*
 Title:  Louis Jean Rodolph Agassiz papers, 1833-1873     
 Dates:  1833-1873 
 Abstract:  The collection of Louis Agassiz correspondence consists of approximately fifty letters that discuss a wide range of topics at the fore of scientific thought in the mid to late nineteenth century. Many letters are short acknowledgements sent to various friends and acquaintances. Some letters are in French, although most are in English and are addressed to American correspondents. Topics of longer letters include his views on the origins of mankind and races, plant life in the Caribbean, and the possible scientific causes for "spiritual manifestations." Most letters date from 1850 onward and are thus outside the scope of this guide.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.Ag12.ms 
 Extent:  50 item(s) 
 Topics:  Religion | Science and technology 
 Subjects:  Fossils -- Collection and preservation. | Geology -- Research -- United States. | Mineralogy - Research - United States | Natural history museums -- Massachusetts. | Natural history. | Naturalists. | Scientific expeditions. | Zoological museums -- Massachusetts. | Zoology. 
14Author:  Fabbroni, Giovanni Valentino Mattia, 1752-1822Requires cookie*
 Title:  Giovanni Valentino Mattia Fabbroni papers, ca. 1770s-1875     
 Dates:  Circa 1770-1875 
 Abstract:  This Collection of Giovanni Fabbroni letters contain a range of correspondence that Fabbroni carried on with fellow scientists throughout Europe. Although much of Fabbroni's travel and correspondence focused on Continental Europe, his wide-ranging correspondence can offer insight into the British Atlantic World and the flow of ideas and information within it.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.F113 
 Extent:  8 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Beyond Early America | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Foreign Language | Scientific Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Agriculture | Botany. | Bridges. | Coinage. | Geology. | Locks (Hydraulic engineering) -- Middle Atlantic states -- History. | Machinery -- Drawings. | Manufacturing processes. | Museums -- History. | Natural history. | Tools -- Drawings. | Weights and measures. 
15Author:  Le Conte, John Eatton, 1784-1860Requires cookie*
 Title:  John Eatton Le Conte papers, 1816-1877     
 Dates:  1816-1877 
 Abstract:  The John Le Conte Papers contain a range of correspondence, most of which deals with discussions of natural history. Le Conte was a scientist whose interests were in natural history, especially entomology. Le Conte worked at the United States Army Corp of Topographical Engineers, and his correspondence relating to their surveys provide details on the state of eastern seaports and harbors in the mid-eighteenth century. Most of the correspondence is incoming and it is often either orders from superiors to Le Conte or field reports from subordinates to LeConte. The orders for Le Conte to organize an expedition to explore Florida are included.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.L493.3 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Education | Exploration. | Military History | Science and technology 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Military Records | Official Government Documents and Records 
 Subjects:  Harbors -- United States. | Military topography. | Natural history. | Topographical surveying -- United States. 
16Author:  Wheatley, Charles M. (Charles Moore), 1822-1882Requires cookie*
 Title:  Charles M.(Charles Moore) Wheatley papers, 1840-1882     
 Dates:  1840-1882 
 Abstract:  This collection contains the correspondence of Charles Wheatley. The correspondence captures his scientific undertakings in the mid/late-nineteenth century. Wheatley was based in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and he was active in Philadelphia's scientific community.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.W558 
 Extent:  0.5 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Education | Philadelphia History | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Scientific Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Mineralogy. | Mines and mineral resources -- Pennsylvania -- Phoenixville. | Mining engineers. | Natural history. | Paleontology. | Shells. 
17Author:  Hays, Isaac,1796-1879.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Isaac and I. Minis Hays papers     
 Dates:  Circa 1820-1925 
 Abstract:  Isaac Hays was a Philadelphia ophthalmologist who was also deeply involved in natural history. The Isaac Hays material has two discreet sections: a volume of correspondence for 1824-1855 and a collection of loose manuscripts. The first part of the collection is a bound volume that contains the correspondence Hays carried on with other prominent naturalists in the nineteenth century from 1824–1855, although the bulk come from the 1820s and early 1830s. Prominent correspondents in this series include Charles Lucien Bonaparte, George Ord, Thomas Say, and Charles Lesueur. All of the correspondence is incoming, addressed to Hays. Occasionally the correspondence involves commentary on other current events in addition to the obvious scientific nature of the correspondence. A letter from Bonaparte, for instance, discusses the rivalry between the Philadelphia and New York orchestras. The Ord correspondence, written mostly from Europe, makes reference to Audubon, Ord's ornithological rival, and scientific publications and thought prominent in Europe. The Say correspondence, written from New Harmony, also provides insight on that utopian experiment and his relationship with Lesueur, who also settled in New Harmony. There are only a few Lesueur letters, all of which are in French and written from New Harmony.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.H334 
 Extent:  1.75 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Natural history | Science and technology | Social Life and Custom 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Scientific Data 
 Subjects:  Medical publishing -- United States -- 19th century. | Medical publishing -- United States. | Medicine -- Societies, etc. | Medicine -- United States -- 19th century. | Medicine -- United States. | Natural history. | Paleontology. 
18Author:  Frazer, John Fries, 1812-1872Requires cookie*
 Title:  John Fries Frazer papers, 1834-1871     
 Dates:  1834-1871 
 Abstract:  John Fries Frazer was a prominent Pennsylvania scientist in nineteenth century America, serving as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and very active in both the Franklin Institute and the APS. This large collection of his correspondence provides a snapshot of the growing scientific community in mid-nineteenth century America. Frazer's correspondence involves a wide range of topics: science and scientific institutions (shipbuilding, mechanical engineering, geology, geography, astronomy, chemistry, among others), although there are fragments of personal correspondence. His range of correspondents is as diverse as the topics, but there is a notably large collection of letters from scientific heavyweights Titian Ramsey Peale, Louis Aggasiz, Joseph Henry, and Alexander Dallas Bache.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.F865 
 Extent:  3 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Education | Philadelphia History | Science and technology 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Scientific Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Boilers. | Education -- United States. | Electricity. | Geology -- United States. | Haida Indians | Magnetism. | Natural history. | Paleontology. | Scientific apparatus and instruments. | Scientists -- United States. | Solar eclipses. | Tsimshian Indians | Weights and measures. 
19Author:  Bache, A.D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867Requires cookie*
 Title:  A. D. Bache Collection     
 Dates:  1833-1873 
 Abstract:  This collection consists of a wide-range of general correspondence to and from Alexander Dallas Bache from 1833-1865. The correspondence includes letters to many prominent scientists, such as Louis Agassiz, Maria Mitchell, and Charles Babbage. The content reflects the wide range of Bache's scientific activity and his extensive contacts. Topics range from cartography to lighthouses to education reform to phrenology.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.B123 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Antebellum Politics | Early National Politics | Science and technology 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Official Government Documents and Records | Scientific Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Cooper Union | Education | Geological Survey of the State of New Jersey | Geology | Girard College | Lighthouses | National Academy of Sciences | Natural history | United States Coast Survey