John Ericsson papers
Scope and Contents
The John Ericsson papers consists of two letter-size folders of material and one oversize indenture. Included are letters, 1853-1879, written by Ericsson, primarily addressed to John O. Sargent, with whom Ericsson appears to have shared a close friendship. Ericsson kept Sargent updated on his inventions and professional activity, including his application for a patent in 1853, his renewed interest in solar physics and a desire to continue working after the Civil War, and his work on a submarine torpedo in 1876. Also included is a carte de visite of a woman identified as [Venella?] Emanuelson (the first name is illegible), and an 1865 indenture between Ericsson and Sargent granting Sargent 150 shares of an air machine invented by Ericsson. The indenture may be referring to Ericsson's caloric engine.
- Ericsson, John, 1803-1889 (Person)
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John Ericsson was a Swedish-American inventor and mechanical engineer. He is perhaps best known for designing the Civil War ship U.S.S. Monitor, an ironclad warship with a revolutionary rotating turret. He also invented the caloric (or hot air) engine in the 1820s, which was safer and more practical than existing steam powered engines.
0.3 Cubic Feet (/ 1 box and 1 oversize folder)
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John Ericsson was a Swedish-American inventor and mechanical engineer. He is perhaps best known for designing the Civil War ship U.S.S. Monitor, an ironclad warship with a revolutionary rotating turret. The John Ericsson papers consists of two letter-size folders of material and one oversize indenture. Included are letters, 1853-1879, written by Ericsson, primarily addressed to John O. Sargent.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection apparently transferred from the Augustana College and Theological Seminary Museum. One unidentified letter originally donated by Axel B. Olson of Denver, Colorado, in 1912.
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The John Ericsson papers have been digitized and made accessible in Digital Special Collections at the following link: http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/search/collection/aug_eric
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Processed by Samantha Crisp, August 2014. Revised by Atticus Garrison, August 2015.
- John Ericsson papers, 1853-1879.
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- August 2015
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