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MS Am 2896

Negatives of John Jeffries' balloonist's suit, 1971-1979: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2896
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Negatives of John Jeffries' balloonist's suit,
Date(s): 1971-1979.
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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Claudia B. Kidwell, Curator of the Division of Costume of the National Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution; received: 1979 March 22.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Negatives of John Jeffries' Balloonist's Suit, 1971-1979 (MS Am 2896). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also: MS Am 2789 for John Jeffries balloonist's suit; and MS Am 1220-1220.25 for John Jeffries Papers.

Biographical / Historical

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).

Bibliography

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).

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

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.

General

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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