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Papers mostly pertaining to chemistry, 1837-1886.

Author/Creator:
Wetherill, Charles Mayer, 1825-1871.
Publication:
1837-1886.
Format/Description:
Manuscript
212 items (237 leaves and 10 volumes).
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Other Title:
Charles Mayer Wetherill Papers, 1837-1886.
Arrangement:
Consists of 8 boxes, containing 122 folders and 10 bound volumes.
Subjects:
University of Pennsylvania.
United States. Department of Agriculture.
Smithsonian Institution.
Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Lehigh University.
Chemistry -- Research -- 19th century.
Chemistry -- Study and teaching.
Metallurgy -- 19th century.
Form/Genre:
Lecture notes.
Scrapbooks.
Biography/History:
After graduating from U. of Pennsylvania in 1845, Wetherill studied with James C. Booth and Martin H. Boyé in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as in Giessen and Paris. Wetherill then worked as a consulting chemist in Philadelphia and in Lafayette, Ind. He was the first chemist in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and chemist for the Smithsonian Institution. He also lectured on chemistry at the Franklin Institute, University of Maryland, and Lehigh University. Wetherill was a member of American Philosophical Society and served as a judge at New York Exhibition of the Industry of all Nations, 1853-1854.
Summary:
Letters, telegrams, lecture notes, manuscripts, documents including diplomas, one patent, and printed materials comprise Wetherill's papers.
Includes 156 letters and telegrams (217 leaves), 1 drawing of Wetherill by his father, 1 patent, 7 printed items (5 pamphlets and 2 leaves), 5 manuscripts, a pin (Grand Union Club), an envelope, diplomas, and a family tree. Letters from A. D. Bache, J. Henry, J. C. Booth, W. Gibbs, Joseph Henry, copy of letter from Abraham Lincoln. See also lecture notes printed in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1868, in Smith Collection.
Also includes: Scrapbook of "Papers Published by Charles M. Wetherill, from 1845 to 1867" (with obituaries and other materials, to 1886). Some of the oversized pages were folded to fit into the scrapbook; these pages are tearing at the folds.
Also includes: Chemical Lectures by Charles M. Wetherill. Lafayette, Ind., Jan. 15, 1857 to Dec. 1858. 5 volumes of manuscript lecture notes.
Also includes: Franklin Institute Lectures by Charles M. Wetherill. 1851. Metals. One volume of manuscript lecture notes.
Also includes: Franklin Institute Lectures by Charles M. Wetherill. 1850 and 1852. Metalloids. One volume of manuscript lecture notes.
Also includes: Syllabus. Chemistry of Building Materials. Lectures by Charles M. Wetherill. One volume with manuscript notes of 10 lectures, 1863 or later (see year added to text of lecture 1). Topics include porcelain, paint, stone, and chemical preservation of wood.
Also includes: Lectures on Organic Chemistry, by Prof. Frazer. Transcribed by Chas. M. Wetherill, Last Term Senior. Finished in ten lectures, Feb. 4, 1845. Wetherill graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1845.
Notes:
Forms part of: Edgar F. Smith Memorial Collection.
Penn Provenance:
Gift of Richard B. Wetherill, 1932.
Contributor:
Bache, A.D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867.
Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878.
Booth, James Curtis, 1810-1888.
Gibbs, Wolcott, 1822-1908.
Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Frazer, John Fries, 1812-1872.