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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1271-1271.5

Abbott Lawrence Rotch papers

Notes and correspondence of American meteorologist Abbott Lawrence Rotch.

Dates

  • circa 1876-1912

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

4 linear feet (6 boxes, 4 volumes)

Includes mostly Rotch's notes, 1879-1884, from various classes and laboratories taken as an undergraduate at M.I.T. and from Harvard graduate courses in natural history, 1884; as well as seven volumes of research notebooks, 1877-1885, recording information about trains and train trips. Also professional correspondence, 1895-1912, with colleagues, European and American book dealers, and organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation. Some of the correspondence, with related reports and notes, is about the Atlantic expedition. Other material includes manuscripts and notes about ballooning and Benjamin Franklin; manuscripts of lectures on ballooning and of the book, Conquest of the Air (1909); and notes, 1898-1900, on sunspot observations and kites.

Biographical / Historical

Rotch, a meteorologist, founded and was director of Blue Hill Observatory, near Boston, Mass. He took the earliest American measurements of cloud height and velocities. In 1906, Rotch became the first professor of meteorology at Harvard. In cooperation with Teisserenc de Bort, he sent an expedition to explore the atmosphere above the tropical ocean, 1905-1906; ascended Mont Blanc six times, reaching the summit thrice; and ballooned above Paris in 1889.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:
  1. I. bMS Am 1271: Graduate and undergraduate notes
  2. II. MS Am 1271.1: Lanza's Strength of materials
  3. III. MS Am 1271.2: Lanza's Third year mechanics
  4. IV. MS Am 1271.3: Mechanical Engineering notes
  5. V. MS Am 1271.4: MIT thesis
  6. VI. bMS Am 1271.5: Miscellaneous papers

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M-402, *42M-403, *42M-404, *42M-405, *42M-406, *42M-407, *42M-408, *42M-409, *42M-410, *42M-411, *42M-412, *42M-413, *42M-414, *42M-415, *42M-416, *42M-417, *42M-418, *42M-419, *42M-420, *42M-422, *42M-423, *42M-424, *42M-425, *42M-426, *42M-427, *42M-428, *42M-429, *42M-430.

Gift in Memory of Prof. and Mrs. A. Lawrence Rotch; received: 1942.
Title
Rotch, Abbott Lawrence, 1861-1912. Abbott Lawrence Rotch papers: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou00619

Repository Details

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