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Metrial is arranged into three series: Series I: Correspondence, 1868-1901; Series II: Research and Documents, undated and 1868; Series III: Metric System Materials, 1893-1895.
Professional correspondence of Egleston, consisting of incoming letters and technical reports relating to mining engineering and metallurgy; and carbon copies of correspondence between Egleston and Seth Low for the years 1890 to 1900.
1996 Addition: Large drawings and engravings from his student days at the Ecole Impériale des Mines in Paris (both engineering and architecture). Large maps of coal and iron land in Virginia and West Virginia.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Thomas Egleston papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Selected Related Material-- At Columbia
Columbia University School of Mines Records, Rare book & Manuscript Library
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn.
Letterbook, 1864-6 Cataloged HR 1977.
Series III processed CH 06/02/2011.
Oversize drawings & engravings Processed HR 03/26/1997.
2009-06-26 File created.
2011-06-03 File edited by Carrie Hintz to include the addition gift of Series III
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Thomas Egleston was a noted metallurgist and professor of metallurgy and mineralogy at Columbia University's School of Mines, which he helped found along with Charles F. Chandler and Francis Vinton in 1864.
Egleston was born in New York City in 1900 and received his scientific training first at Yale, and then at the Ecole Imperiale des Mines in Paris. He worked for several years at the Smithsonian Institute before returning to New York City to join the faculty of Columbia University.
He was instrumental in founding the Columbia University School of Mines, one of the earliest schools devoted to practical and applied science in the country. He continued to teach at Columbia until his death in 1900.