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Record Unit 7152
Roebling, Washington Augustus, 1837-1926
Washington Augustus Roebling Papers, 1885-1926
Washington Roebling (1837-1926) was a civil engineer and industrialist. He assisted and succeeded his father, John A. Roebling, in the family firm and is probably best known for his completion of the Brooklyn Bridge. Roebling was an avid collector of minerals and left his collection of over 15,000 specimens to the Smithsonian Institution on his death.
These papers document Roebling's interest in mineralogy, and consist of correspondence with geologists and mineralogists including William F. Foshag, R. B. Gage, Samuel G. Gordon, William F. Hillebrand, George Frederick Kunz, Charles Palache, Samuel Lewis Penfield, Waldemar Theodore Schaller, Earl V. Shannon, Edgar Theodore Wherry, and Herbert Percy Whitlock. Most of the correspondence concerns the sale or acquisition of mineral specimens by Roebling. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Roebling, Washington Augustus, 1837-1926
- Foshag, William F. (William Frederick), 1894-1956
- Gage, R. B.
- Gordon, Samuel George, 1897-1952
- Hillebrand, W. F. (William Francis), 1853-1925
- Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932
- Palache, Charles, 1869-1954
- Penfield, Samuel Lewis 1856-1906
- Schaller, Waldemar T. (Waldemar Theodore), 1882-
- Shannon, Earl V. (Earl Victor), 1895-
- Wherry, Edgar Theodore, 1885-
- Whitlock, Herbert P.
- Roebling, John A.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7152, Washington Augustus Roebling Papers