1860-1879

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Engraving of James Buchanan
1877

Engraving based on a daguerreotype of James Buchanan by New York's H. B. Hall & Sons.

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-36

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Engravings and Illustrations

Time Period: 1860-1879

Engraving of Joseph Priestley Statue
1877

Engraving by G. Stodart from the Dr. Joseph Priestley statue by J. F. Williamson, from The Art Journal (New York: D. Appleton & Co.), 3: 57.

Location: I-BassertD-2004-1

Subject: Visual and Performing Arts

Format: Engravings and Illustrations

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to Robert Bell
May 12, 1877

Naturalist and Smithsonian administrator Spencer Fullerton Baird writes to Professor Robert Bell of the Geological Survey of Canada, regarding a paper Bell ordered that was lost in the mail. Baird writes that he will send another and adds: "Any...

Location: I-Friends-1987-4

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to Robert Bell
May 21, 1877

Naturalist and Smithsonian administrator Spencer Fullerton Baird writes to Professor Robert Bell of the Geological Survey of Canada, regarding books that were lost in the mail.

Location: I-Friends-1987-4

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Charles Deems to Mrs. Lausing Thurber
January 7, 1878

Charles F. Deems thanks Mrs. Lausing Thurber for her "kind note" and asks for her attention "to Frank Leslie Sunday Magazine." Deems, a member of the Class of 1839, explains how he is "now editing" that publication. Transcript included...

Location: I-AsbellY-2005-4

Subject: Business and Industry, Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to Horatio Storer
April 9, 1878

Spencer F. Baird writes to Horatio R. Storer about collecting specimens of fish. Baird describes how to outfit a boat with trawls, dredges, and nets to collect fish for study. He thanks him for his help and explains that "although by the kind...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-10

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from William Sherman to Horatio Collins King
May 11, 1878

Commanding General of the United States Army William Tecumseh Sherman writes Horatio Collins King to discuss the military's political tensions with Congress that exist despite the fact that US Army "Regulars... are surrounded by Indians and...

"Dante," by Raphael Benham
May 24, 1878

Raphael Benham prepared this oration, entitled "Dante," for the Union Philosophical Society's Sophomore Contest held May 24, 1878. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1878-B466dX

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Broadside of "Lecture on the Telephone"
June 13, 1878

This broadside announces that Professor Charles F. Himes will deliver a lecture on "The Telephone" in Carlisle on June 13, 1878.

Location: OC 2000.1, F4

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Science and Technology

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 1860-1879

Carlisle Herald, "Telephonic Entertainment"
June 20, 1878

The Carlisle Herald describes Dickinson College Professor Charles F. Himes' lecture on the telephone, held the previous week on June 13, 1878, in this report. 

Letter from Spencer Baird to Brantz Mayer
August 3, 1878

Spencer F. Baird asks Brantz Mayer to consider "turning over" his collections to the Smithsonian Institution. Baird, who is particularly interested in the "Mexican Collection," promises Mayer that the items would be on exhibit in "the finest...

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-3

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"A Sketch of Dickinson College," by Charles F. Himes
1879

Publisher: Harrisburg: Lane's Hart

In this first comprehensive history of the school, Charles F. Himes details the first century of Dickinson College, giving the science program particular attention. Himes, a member of the...

Broadside of "Lecture on Edison’s Phonograph"
February 18, 1879

This broadside announces that Professor Charles F. Himes will deliver a lecture on Thomas Edison's phonograph and the "speaking telephone" at Rheem's Hall in Carlisle on February 18, 1879.

Location: OC 2000.1, F4

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Science and Technology

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Montgomery Meigs to Spencer Baird
June 23, 1879

Civil engineer Montgomery C. Meigs writes to Smithsonian Secretary Spencer Fullterton Baird, regarding building plans with offices for science professors, laboratories, a library, and a museum.

Location: I-Original-1879-1

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Abbey to George Boughton
August 13, 1879

Edwin Austin Abbey writes to George Henry Boughton apologizing for not having said goodbye before leaving. Abbey further seeks forgiveness for having disliked Moncure Conway prior to formally meeting him with Boughton. Abbey describes the time he...

Location: I-Purchase-1954-2

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Death of Hon. M. J. Parrott," by Anonymous
October 1879

An anonymous author writes this obituary for Marcus J. Parrott soon after his death in Dayton, Ohio on October 4, 1879. "Mr. Parrott," as the author observes, "was known all over Kansas as one of the most eloquent men in the state and when...

Location: I-Friends-2004-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Miscellaneous

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Jacob Thompson to Jeremiah Black
November 27, 1879

Jacob Thompson, Secretary of the Interior in President James Buchanan's administration, writes Jeremiah Sullivan Black and asks for advice on what to do about the slander in John Bonner's Child's History of the United States. Black also...

Location: I-Friends-1991-12

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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