Guide to the Papers of William Barton Rogers II
MC.0003

Summary Information

Repository
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
Creator -
Rogers, William Barton II, 1833-1893
Title
William Barton Rogers II papers
ID
MC.0003
Date [inclusive]
1838-1919
Extent
0.3 cubic feet (1 manuscript box)
Language
English

Citation

William Barton Rogers II Papers, MC 3, box 1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Biography

William Barton Rogers II, 1833-1893, son of James Blythe Rogers, and nephew of William Barton Rogers, the founder and first president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was an amateur scientist who worked as an assistant to another uncle, geologist Henry Darwin Rogers, on the Pennsylvania Geological Survey from 1852 to approximately 1857. He later became a banker and served the Western Savings Fund Society of Philadelphia for 30 years.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The substance though not the bulk of the papers consists of letters from Henry Darwin Rogers to his nephew William Barton Rogers II, son of James Blythe Rogers. From 1852 to about 1857 William Barton Rogers II worked as an assistant to Henry D. Rogers on the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, and the papers of are interest because they shed light on the working methods of the Geological Survey of Pennsylvania.

The collection includes correspondence from Henry Darwin Rogers instructing William Barton Rogers II in survey methods, and requesting progress reports on his work with the survey. Also included is William Barton Rogers II's personal correspondence with his father, James Blythe Rogers, and uncle, Robert Empie Rogers; papers concerning family history; and pamphlets about family members and on scientific subjects.

The value of this collection is also in its use in conjunction with the William Barton Rogers papers, MC 1, the Rogers family papers, MC 2, and the published volumes of The Life and Letters of William Barton Rogers.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections (Copyright 1978)

MIT Libraries
Building 14N-118
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-4307
617.253.5690
mithistory@mit.edu

Revision Description

  2010

Access Note

This collection is open for research.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of collection.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

MC 1
 William Barton Rogers papers, Institute Archives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
MC 2
 Rogers family papers, Institute Archives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Rogers, Henry D. (Henry Darwin), 1808-1866
  • Rogers, James B., 1803-1852
  • Rogers, R. E. (Robert Empie), 1813-1884
  • Rogers, William Barton II, 1833-1893
  • Rogers, William Barton, 1804-1882

Subject(s)

  • Geological surveys--Pennsylvania.

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Bibliography

Rogers, Henry D. Geological Survey of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1858.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Correspondence 1838, 1846 

1 1

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Correspondence 1850-1852 

1 2

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Autograph book 1850-1852 

1 3

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Correspondence 1855 

1 4

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Correspondence 1856 January to June 

1 5

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Correspondence 1856 July to November 

1 6

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Correspondence 1857 

1 7

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Correspondence 1859-1884 

1 8

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Correspondence 1886, 1912, 1917-1919 

1 9

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"A memoir of the life and character of James B. Rogers, M.D. delivered by request of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania," by Joseph Carson. 1852 October 

1 10

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"On the geology and physical geography of North American. Account of a lecture before a weekly evening meeting of the Royal Institution of Great Britain," by Henry Darwin Rogers. 1856 February 

1 11

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"Notice of William Barton Rogers. Founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology," by Josiah P. Cooke. Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, XVIII, p. 426. 1883 

1 12

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"William Barton Rogers, LL.D.: An address delivered before the Society of alumni of the University of Virginia," by William Cabell Rives. Cambridge: John Wilson & Son. 

1 13

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"Sketch of the life and scientific work of Dr. John Lawrence Smith," by Benjamin Silliman. National Academy of Sciences Memoirs. Washington, D.C.: Judd & Detweiler, Printers. 

1 14

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"A notice of William Barton Rogers," by W. S. W. Ruschenberger. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, XXXI, October 1893. 

1 15

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"Henry Darwin Rogers: An address to the Glasgow University Geological Society," by J. W. Gregory. Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons. 1916 

1 16

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