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Thomas Egleston papers, 1857-1901

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0385
Bib ID 4078728 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Egleston, Thomas, 1832-1900
Title Thomas Egleston papers, 1857-1901
Physical Description 4.5 linear feet (2 document boxes and 1 flat box)
Language(s) English .

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This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.



Material is arranged into three series.



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.

  • Series I: Correspondence, 1868-1901

    The Correspondence series consists of professional correspondence. Most of the letters are incoming correspondence, but the series does include one letterbook of Egleston's outgoing correspondence, and carbons of some of his correspondence with Seth Low, President of Columbia University during the latter part of Egleston's tenure at the school.

  • Series II: Research and Documents, 1868

    The Research and Documents series is comprised of printed material related to metallurgy that Egleston collected, as well as Egleston's professional work such as metallurgical analyses and some of his student work from his time at the Ecole Imperiale des Mines, Paris.

  • Series III: Metric System Materials, 1893-1895

    This series consists of material arguing in favor of the United States moving to the metric system. The series includes correspondence between Egleston and other metric advocates, as well as published pamphlets, speeches, and reports relating to the metric system and its uses and advantages.

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Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn.

Letterbook, 1864-6 Cataloged HR 1977.

Series III: Metric System Materials processed 06/02/2011 by Carrie Hintz. Finding aid written 06/02/2011 by Carrie Hintz.

Oversize drawings & engravings Processed HR 03/26/1997.

Revision Description

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.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Architectural drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Checks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diagrams Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Engravings (prints) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Invoices Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letter books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prospectuses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Technical drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
blueprints (reprographic copies) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Architecture Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catalogs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chalmers, William James, 1852-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Church, John A (John Adams), 1843-1917 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia College (New York, N.Y.). School of Mines Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Elder, Cyrus, 1833-1912 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Holley, Alexander Lyman, 1832-1882 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hotchkiss, Jedediah, 1828-1899 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hutton, William R., 1846-1906 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Low, Seth, 1850-1916 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mackintosh, James Buckton, 1856-1891 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Metallurgists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Metallurgy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mineralogists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mining engineering Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mining engineers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Potter, William Bleeker, 1846-1914 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ricketts, Palmer C (Palmer Chamberlain), 1856-1934 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Waldo, Leonard, 1853- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

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.