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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1310.1

Benjamin Franklin letters to Sir Joseph Banks


Letters of Benjamin Franklin to Sir Joseph Banks concerning ballooning.


  • 1783

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Consists of letters written by Benjamin Franklin to Sir Joseph Banks, giving accounts of various experiments in ballooning, as well as a Franklin autograph copy of a French pamphlet on Montgolfier's balloon.

Biographical / Historical

Franklin was an American writer, philosopher, inventor, amateur scientist, and diplomat.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

42M-452. Gift in memory of Prof. Abbot Lawrence Rotch and Margaret Randolph (Anderson) Rotch; received: 1942.

Processing Information

As part of a conscious and inclusive re-description effort, titles were updated to include a woman's first name when identified.

Prof. and Mrs. A. Lawrence Rotch changed to Prof. Abbot Lawrence Rotch and Margaret Randolph (Anderson) Rotch.
Link to catalog
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Benjamin Franklin letters to Sir Joseph Banks, 1783: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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