Records pertaining to the Apparatus of the Rumford Professorship and Lectureship on the Application of Science to the Useful Arts
- 1835-1836, 1851.
- Harvard University (Organization)
Extent.22 cubic feet (1 legal half-document box)
The records were assembled as an archival collection by the archivist at an unknown date from various sources without regard to original provenance in order to document University professorships.
Historical Note on the Rumford Apparatus
Demonstration experiments were designed to apply scientific principles in the classroom and lead to a discussion of larger questions concerning the ultimate nature of things and their primary causes. As the collection of apparatus and models increased, the accompanying demonstrations improved in quality and quantity. Instruments for the early apparatuses at Harvard were almost exclusively obtained in England in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In some cases, the instruments were returned to England for repair.
During the nineteenth century, the apparatus connected with the Rumford professorship was used in the Lawrence Scientific School and was exchanged or used by related departments such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, and mineralogy.
One item was received as a gift in 1959:
- Account of purchases and money expended for the Apparatus in the Rumford Professorship in Harvard University, Gift of Judge Elijah Adlow, 1959 October 5.
- Bentinck-Smith, William and Elizabeth Stouffer. "Rumford Professorship, 1816." In Harvard University, History of Named Chairs: Sketches of Donors and Donations. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Secretary to the University, 1991.
- Cohen, I. Bernard. Some Early Tools of American Science: An Account of the Early Scientific Instruments and Mineralogical and Biological Collections in Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1950.
- James, Mary Ann. "Engineering and Environment for Change: Bigelow, Peirce, and Early Nineteenth-Century Practical Education at Harvard." In Science at Harvard University: Historical Perspectives. London: Associated University Presses, 1992.
- Quincy, Josiah. The History of Harvard University. Vol. II. Cambridge, Massachusetts: John Owen, 1840.
- Shapiro, Richard Alan. "The Rumford Professorship: An Analysis of the Development of Practical Science in Nineteenth-Century America." Bachelor's thesis, Harvard University, 1985.
This finding aid was created by Dominic P. Grandinetti in July 2011.
- Harvard University. Records pertaining to the Apparatus of the Rumford Professorship and Lectureship on the Application of Science to the Useful Arts, 1835-1836, 1851: an inventory
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