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Record Unit 7152

Roebling, Washington Augustus, 1837-1926

Washington Augustus Roebling Papers, 1885-1926

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Roebling, Washington Augustus, 1837-1926
Title: Washington Augustus Roebling Papers
Dates: 1885-1926
Quantity: 0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Collection: Record Unit 7152
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These papers document Roebling's interest in mineralogy, and consist of correspondence with geologists and mineralogists including William F. Foshag, R. B. Gage, Samuel F. 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.

Historical Note

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.

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Descriptive Entry

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.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7152, Washington Augustus Roebling Papers

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Container List

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Folder 1 The American Mineralogist - Gordon. Correspondents include: William F. Foshag, 1923-1926; R. B. Gage, 1913, 1922-1926; Samuel G. Gordon, 1919-1926.

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Folder 2 Hamilton - Royal Ontario Museum of Mineralogy. Correspondents include: William F. Hillebrand, 1885, 1904-1906; George Frederick Kunz, 1903, 1923, 1926; Charles Palache, 1914, 1923-1926; Samuel Lewis Penfield, 1895-1897.

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Folder 3 Schaller, Waldemar Theodore, 1911-1926

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Folder 4 Seeber - Zambonin. Correspondents include: Earl V. Shannon, 1922-1926; Edgar Theodore Wherry, 1926; Herbert Percy Whitlock, 1910.

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Folder 5 Unidentified correspondence

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