Contents and Arrangement

Correspondence, 1866 August-September

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Includes letters about attempts to patent Roberts' torpedo in Canada.

Collection History


No material was separated during 2014 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in January 2014. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in January 2014.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Correspondence; Walter B. Roberts and Roberts Petroleum Torpedo Company Correspondence, C1469, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Drake Well Museum, Titusville, Pennsylvania: Roberts Family Business Records, 1896-1945.


American Oil and Gas Historical Society. "Shooter- A "Fracking" History." Petroleum History. April 20, 2013. Accessed January 18, 2014. Pees, Samuel T. Oil History. 2004. Accessed January 18, 2014. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. "The Shooting Stars of Drake Well." Accessed January 15, 2014.

Roberts Petroleum Torpedo Company.
Houghton, Roberts, & Company
Houghton, Lucius Lycurgus, 1819-1905
Roberts, E.A.L. (Edward Augustus Leonard), 1829-1881