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   Thomas Egleston Papers 1857-1901.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Thomas Egleston Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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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 ft. (2 document boxes, 1 flat box)
Language(s):Material is in English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. Collection is shelved on-site.  More information »



This collection is arranged in 3 series:

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Scope and Content

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.

The 1996 addition the collection consists of large drawings and engravings from his student days at the Ecole Imperiale des Mines in Paris (both engineering and architecture) as well as 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, undated and 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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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

Collection is shelved on-site.

Restrictions on Use

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 (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material-- At Columbia

Columbia University School of Mines Records, Rare book & Manuscript Library

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 06/--/1989 Christina Hilton Fenn

Letterbook, 1864-6 Cataloged 1977 HR

Oversize drawings & engravings Processed 03/26/1997 HR

Series III: Metric System Materials processed 06/02/2011 by Carrie Hintz

Finding aid written 06/02/2011 by Carrie Hintz

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2011-06-03 File edited by Carrie Hintz to include the addition gift of Series III

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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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Architectural drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Letter books.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Technical drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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Chalmers, William James, 1852-1938.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Church, John A. (John Adams), 1843-1917.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College teachers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia College (New York, N.Y.).--School of Mines.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ecole nationale supérieure des mines de Paris.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Egleston, Thomas, 1832-1900PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Elder, Cyrus, 1833-1912.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Holley, Alexander Lyman, 1832-1882.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hotchkiss, Jedediah, 1828-1899.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hutton, William R., 1846-1906.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Low, Seth, 1850-1916.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mackintosh, James Buckton, 1856-1891.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mining engineering.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mining engineers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Potter, William Bleeker, 1846-1914.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ricketts, Palmer C. (Palmer Chamberlain), 1856-1934.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Waldo, Leonard, b. 1853.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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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.

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