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Collection Overview

Creator:
Rockwood, Charles Greene, 1843-1913.
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Charles Greene Rockwood Collection on Earthquakes
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/xg94hp57n
Dates:
1872-1907
Size:
6 boxes and 3.25 linear feet
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-6
Language:
English

Abstract

Charles Greene Rockwood was a professor of mathematics from 1877 to 1905 at Princeton Unviersity, and had many interests in seismology and general scientific study. Consists of scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, letters, notes, and printed matter compiled by Charles Greene Rockwood, relating to earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanos, and unusual astronomical occurrences.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

This collection consists of scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, letters, notes, and printed matter compiled by Charles Greene Rockwood, relating to earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanos, and unusual astronomical occurrences. Included are four large scrapbooks of letters and newspaper clippings about earthquakes around the world, from 1872-1907, four other scrapbooks of clippings and notes on the Princeton Expedition to Denver in 1878 for the solar eclipse, the transits of Venus of 1874 and 1882, the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in the same year, and related scientific topics. There is also correspondence of William Morris Davis and E. A. Hill about the Philadelphia earthquake of Aug. 10, 1884, and a manuscript of a paper by Rockwood on "Krakatoa" read before a science club in 1890. There are letters to Rockwood spread throughout the collection.

In addition, there are three scrapbooks, 1870-1892, of newspaper clippings, notes, lists, and letters on earthquakes and volcanos compiled by John M. Batchelder (1811-1892), a civil engineer and scientific inventor. There scrapbooks were given to Charles Greene Rockwood in 1895 by Isabel Batchelder.

There are also 33 photographs (10" x 13") of the Charleston, S.C., earthquake of August 31, 1886. This set was given to Rockwood by the U.S. Geological Survey in recognition of his assistance in planning for the investigation of the quake. All are mounted on boards and captioned by hand

Collection Creator Biography:

Charles Greene Rockwood was a professor of mathematics from 1877 to 1905 at Princeton Unviersity, and had many interests in seismology and general scientific study. In 1878 he was a member of the Princeton Expedition to observe the solar eclipse at Denver, Colorado, and in 1886 he assisted the U.S. Geological Survey in the investigation of the major earthquake in Charleston, South Carolina. Rockwood was awarded an honorary degree from Princeton in 1896. He also published many articles on volcanology and seismology.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Newspaper clippings, etc. transferred from C0199. Photographs transferred from the Graphic Arts Division.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed in 2001. Finding aid written in 2001.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Charles Greene Rockwood Collection on Earthquakes; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/xg94hp57n
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184