Josiah Vincent Meigs Notebook
MC.0083

Summary Information

Repository
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
Creator -
Meigs, Josiah Vincent, 1840-1907
Title
Josiah V. Meigs notebook
ID
MC.0083
Date [inclusive]
1854-1866
Extent
0.3 cubic feet (1 flat storage box, 1 microfilm box)
Location
Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains a notebook created by Josiah Vincent Meigs, including sketches and notes related to various of his inventions including sketches of cartridges and guns produced by the United States Cartridge Company in Lowell, Massachusetts; and sketches of railway chairs and couplings later used as part of the Meigs Elevated Railway (built in the 1880s). The notes and sketches are dated from 1854 to 1866. Josiah Meigs grew up in Tennessee, was an appretice to his brother James, an engineer; and also served in the Union Army before moving to Massachusetts in 1866.

Citation

Josiah Vincent Meigs notebook, MC 83. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Biography

Josiah Vincent Meigs, 1840-1907, was an inventor, widely known for the Meigs Elevated Railway built in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the 1880s. Josiah Meigs was born and grew up in Tennessee, was an appretice to his brother James, an engineer; and also served in the Union Army before moving to Massachusetts in 1866.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections (Copyright 1981)

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

Revision Description

  2009, 2013

Access note

The 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.

Source of Acquisiton

The notebook was given to the MIT Libraries by the Friends of the Library in 1954. It was originally cataloged as a rare book, then recataloged as a manuscript in 1981.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Yale University Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Josiah Vincent Meigs papers, http://mssa.library.yale.edu/findaids/stream.php?xmlfile=mssa.ms.0334.xml

Meigs, Joe V. (Joe Vincent). The Meigs railway : the reason for its departures from the ordinary practice, its departures, and how and why a safe railway is possible : a general description of it, a crucial discussion of its mechanics : its comparison with the ordinary surface and elevated road : the report of, and its approval by, the state engineer appointed by the honorable Board of Railroad Commissioners : a parallelism between the Meigs and ordinary 4 foot 8 1/2 inch gauge railways : the recital of the tests at East Cambridge, which proved that no fatal accident can occur from ordinary breakage of rail or parts. Boston: C.H. Whiting ..., 1887. Location: MIT Institute Archives TF695.M55 1887

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Meigs Elevated Railway Project
  • United States Cartridge Company

Personal Name(s)

  • Meigs, Josiah Vincent, 1840-1907

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Bibliography

Robert Campbell and Peter Vanderwarker. "Meigs Elevated Railway, Changing Tracks." Boston Globe Cityscapes column, Sunday, February 23, 1992.

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Collection Inventory

Box

No. 1, A Few Miscellaneous Inventions, J.V.M. 

1

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Microfilm: No. 1, A Few Miscellaneous Inventions, J.V.M. 

2

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