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Collection Overview

Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
James P. Kimball Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/cf95jf50z
Dates:
1860-1919
Size:
2 boxes and 1.9 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Boxes B-000991; P-000085
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of a variety of materials, including photographs, correspondence, reports, and ephemera, related to James P. Kimball's life and work as a geologist and engineer around the turn of the 20th century, primarily in the American West.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

This collection consists of a variety of materials related to James P. Kimball's life and work around the turn of the 20th century, primarily in the American West, and particularly his involvement in mining, railroads, and geological surveys. There are also some materials related to his opposition to forest reserves around Yellowstone National Park, and his work in Northern Mexico and in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Materials include photographs, personal and business correspondence from throughout Kimball's career, geological reports, published writings by Kimball and others, official documents, news clippings, hand-drawn maps, and ephemera.

Many of the materials in the collection were originally kept in a scrapbook that was disassembled prior to the collection's acquisition. Materials that were still together were maintained as such.

Arrangement:

Materials are arranged by topic or genre.

Collection Creator Biography:

Kimball, James P. (James Putnam), 1836-1913

James Putnam Kimball (1836-1913) was a geologist, professor, engineer, and Civil War veteran. Having studied at Harvard and in Germany, Kimball held positions as a professor at the New York State Agricultural College at Ovid (now Cornell University), as an honorary professor at Lehigh University, as President of the Everett Iron Company, and later as a geologist for state and national geological surveys before serving as Director of the United States Mint from 1885 to 1889. Following that, he worked as a consulting geologist and conducted surveys and reports during the time of westward expansion.

In 1874, Kimball married Mary Elizabeth Farley (1851-1886). They had three children; Russell, Edith, and Farley. Kimball and his sons eventually relocated to Montana, and established a sheep ranch in Red Lodge. While there, Kimball became a vocal proponent for the interests of sheep grazing, in opposition to the forest reserves set aside by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2012 (AM 2013-43).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Kathryn Antonelli in July 2017. Finding aid written by Kathryn Antonelli with assistance from Faith Charlton in July 2017.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

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:

James P. Kimball Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/cf95jf50z
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184

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Subject Terms:
Engineering geologists -- United States -- 19th century -- Sources.
Engineering geologists -- United States -- 20th century -- Sources.
Forest reserves -- Yellowstone National Park Region -- 20th century -- Sources
Forestry law and legislation -- United States -- 20th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- Mexico -- 19th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- Mexico -- 20th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- Montana -- 19th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- Montana -- 20th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- New York -- 19th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- New York -- 20th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- Oregon -- 19th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- Oregon -- 20th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- Pennsylvania -- 19th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- Pennsylvania -- 20th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- United States -- 19th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- United States -- 20th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- Virginia -- 19th century -- Sources.
Geological surveys -- Virginia -- 20th century -- Sources.
Mines and mineral resources -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Mines and mineral resources -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Mining engineering.
Railroad engineering.
Sheep ranches -- United States -- 20th century -- Sources.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 19th century
Correspondence -- 20th century
Photographs -- 19th century.
Photographs -- 20th century.
Names:
Geological Survey U.S.
Geological Survey of Pennsylvania.
Villard, Henry, 1835-1900