Biography and History

Charles Allen Munn (1859-1924), a member of the Princeton Class of 1881, was associated with Scientific American for forty-three years, becoming publisher and editor. He was the son of Orson Desaix Munn, who had purchased Scientific American from its founder and founded Munn and Co. He succeeded his father as editor in 1907. Munn became an enthusiastic collector of Americana shortly after graduation. Upon his death, he left a large collection of American silver, paintings, and prints related to the history of the United States to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and a collection of Revolutionary War artifacts to a niece, who later left it to Fordham University.

Source: From the finding aid for C1360