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Benjamin Silliman family letter collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0030
Benjamin Silliman and Benjamin Silliman, Jr. were both 19th century American chemists and original members of the National Academy of Sciences. The collection spans the years 1816-1871 and consists of 28 autograph letters from both Benjamin Silliman and Benjamin Silliman, Jr., and one eulogy of Benjamin Silliman.

Dates

  • 1816-1871

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

0.167 Cubic Feet (28 letters)

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Silliman, Jr., chemist was born in 1816. He became his father's teaching assistant at Yale; Associate Editor (1838) and later Editor of the American Journal of Science. With John P. Norton he established at Yale a school of applied chemistry which later became the Sheffield Scientific School. He was Professor of Chemistry at Yale from 1853. He was one of the original members of the National Academy of Sciences (1863). He died in 1885.
Biographical / Historical Benjamin Silliman, American chemist and geologist and Professor at Yale, was born in 1779. He entered Yale in 1792 and graduated in 1796. In 1797 he became a Tutor and was appointed Professor of Chemistry and Natural History in 1804. He held this post until his retirement in 1853. In 1818 he founded and edited the American Journal of Science and Arts, usually called Silliman's Journal. He was active in the organization of the Yale Medical School. He was one of the original members of the National Academy of Sciences (1863). In 1864 Benjamin Stillman died, aged 85 years.

Scope and Contents note

The collection spans the years 1816-1871 and consists of 28 autograph letters from both Benjamin Silliman and Benjamin Silliman, Jr, and one eulogy of Benjamin Silliman. There is one letter in French and one letter in German.

Arrangement

The letters are filed alphabetically by author of letter.

Custodial History note

The Silliman Collection consists of autograph letters to Benjamin Silliman and his son Benjamin Silliman, Jr. Originally these letters formed a part of the Daniel Coit Gilman Papers (MS.0001). Letters from Benjamin Silliman and Benjamin Silliman, Jr. remain in the Gilman Collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The original collection from which this collection was separated was apparently donated by Daniel Coit Gilman's daughter, Elisabeth Gilman.

Related Materials

Related material which includes the correspondence of Benjamin Silliman and Joseph Henry can be found in the Daniel Coit Gilman Papers MS.0001.

Processing Information note

This is no known processing information for this collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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