Creator: Alexander Catlin Twining (1801-1884)
Extent: 3.5 ft. (16 boxes, 2,500 items)
Description: Civil engineer and professor of astronomy, mathematics, and natural philosophy at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. Chiefly correspondence with Twining's family and friends, particularly his wife, Harriet Amelia (Kinsley) Twining, his father, Stephen Twining, and his son, Kinsley Twining, relating to family and business affairs and his scientific interests; together with legal documents and correspondence relating to his inventions and educational, genealogical, religious, and scientific interests; and correspondence with C. J. Salter concerning the Waverly Purchase in Illinois, and Joseph Winchell and Company concerning land purchase in Missouri. Includes material relating to abolition, astronomy, occurrence of meteors, use of the parallactic eyepiece, Civil War, Colonization Society, Free Constitutional Union, French-German War, Indians, land speculation, New Haven Association for Architectural and Rural Improvements, the advent of railroads, and temperance.
Research Topics: Land speculation and settlement in the West; early engineering and railroad technology