Roebling Collection of Minerals Received

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The Roebling Collection of 16,000 minerals and an endowment of $150,000 for its maintenance are received from John A. Roebling II of Bernardsville, New Jersey, in memory of his father, Washington Roebling, who died in July 1926, willing the collection to his son. Washington Roebling was a civil engineer who led the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. His mineral collection was an extremely important gift to the U.S. National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History, and included several samples of type specimens.


  • Roebling, John Augustus, II 1867-1952
  • Roebling, Washington Augustus 1837-1926
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1927. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1928, p. 4, 145.

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