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MS Am 1271-1271.5

Rotch, Abbott Lawrence, 1861-1912. Abbott Lawrence Rotch papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1271-1271.5
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rotch, Abbott Lawrence, 1861-1912.
Title: Abbott Lawrence Rotch papers,
Date(s): 1876?-1912.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 linear feet (6 boxes, 4 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Notes and correspondence of American meteorologist Abbott Lawrence Rotch.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*42M-402, *42M-403, *42M-404, *42M-405, *42M-406, *42M-407, *42M-408, *42M-409, *42M-410, *42M-411, *42M-412, *42M-413, *42M-414, *42M-415, *42M-416, *42M-417, *42M-418, *42M-419, *42M-420, *42M-422, *42M-423, *42M-424, *42M-425, *42M-426, *42M-427, *42M-428, *42M-429, *42M-430.
Gift in Memory of Prof. and Mrs. A. Lawrence Rotch; received: 1942.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Abbott Lawrence Rotch Papers (MS Am 1271-1271.5). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Rotch, a meteorologist, founded and was director of Blue Hill Observatory, near Boston, Mass. He took the earliest American measurements of cloud height and velocities. In 1906, Rotch became the first professor of meteorology at Harvard. In cooperation with Teisserenc de Bort, he sent an expedition to explore the atmosphere above the tropical ocean, 1905-1906; ascended Mont Blanc six times, reaching the summit thrice; and ballooned above Paris in 1889.


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Scope and Contents

Includes mostly Rotch's notes, 1879-1884, from various classes and laboratories taken as an undergraduate at M.I.T. and from Harvard graduate courses in natural history, 1884; as well as seven volumes of research notebooks, 1877-1885, recording information about trains and train trips. Also professional correspondence, 1895-1912, with colleagues, European and American book dealers, and organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation. Some of the correspondence, with related reports and notes, is about the Atlantic expedition. Other material includes manuscripts and notes about ballooning and Benjamin Franklin; manuscripts of lectures on ballooning and of the book, Conquest of the Air (1909); and notes, 1898-1900, on sunspot observations and kites.

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