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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2896
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Negatives of John Jeffries' balloonist's suit,
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Negatives of the balloonist's suit worn by Dr. John Jeffries. Also includes 1 photograph of a stipple engraving of Jeffries in the suit and a copy of a letter to Houghton from the Smithsonian.
See also: MS Am 2789 for John Jeffries balloonist's suit; and MS Am 1220-1220.25 for John Jeffries Papers.
John Jeffries (1745-1819) was a Boston physician, surgeon, scientist, and the first man (with Jean-Pierre-François Blanchard) to fly a balloon across the English Channel between England and France (on January 7, 1785).
Kidwell, Claudia. "Apparel for ballooning with speculations on more commonplace garb." From Costume. The Journal of the Costume Society, No. 11, 1977, p.73-87. (Copy in curatorial file under call-number MS Am 2789).
Organized into the following series:
- I. Negatives
- II. Other material
Black-and-white negatives taken by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of History and Technology from 1971-1976, of John Jeffries ballonists's suit owned by the Houghton Library. Also includes 1979 copy of letter from Smithsonian curator Claudia Kidwell to Houghton and a photograph of a stipple engraving depicting Jeffries in the suit.
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