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William Barton Rogers Papers

Identifier: SC 01482

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 5 items.

The first is a printed circular from Rogers and addressed to Colonel Tompkins of Matthews Co. and dated May 13, 1835. It was printed while Rogers was a faculty member at William & Mary. The circular asks for help regarding his "Geological Reconnoissance," procuring specimens and answering a list of questions provided.

The second letter is addressed to C. J. Richards of Richmond, though a Mr. Walker is also an intended recipient, dated January 7, 1839 and written while Rogers was a faculty member at the University of Virginia. He apologies for his delayed reply, stating his reason is includes his absence from home combined with "a mistake of my servant." Both recipients are associated with the Lyceum from whom Rogers declines an invitation to visit.

The third item is dated April 20, 1862 and is written by Rogers while in Boston to William T. Brigham. Rogers declines an invitation by the Harvard Society for Natural History to speak at their anniversary event.

The fourth item is a letter written by Rogers in Boston to Samuel Eliot and dated November 4, 1868. It discusses an address Roger's previously delivered.

The fifth item is dated November 9, 1881 and written by Rogers in Boston to Professor Harkness. It discusses a cooperative including the National Academy and others.


  • Creation: 1835-1881


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

William Barton Rogers served on the faculty of both William & Mary and the University of Virginia prior to founding the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was also a graduate of William & Mary.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The 1868 letter to Samuel Eliot presented by Stuart W. Jackson of Montclair, NJ

Related Materials

University Archives Faculty-Alumni File Collection

Faculty Assembly Records


Removed from the Faculty-Alumni File Collection in June 2016


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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository