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Correspondence from James Dwight Dana, 1873-1899

Identifier: Coll-74/11/11

Scope and Contents

The Correspondence from James Dwight Dana sub-series consists of:

  1. 29 letters in chronological order (1873-1892)
  2. 2 letters (1879 and 1888)
  3. 1 letter from unknown individual after the death of Dana (1899)


  • Creation: 1873-1899


Language of Materials


Physical Description

31 letters None which affect the use of this material

Biographical / Historical

James Dwight Dana (1813-1895) was a geologist, mineralogist and zoologist. He was co-proprietor of the American Journal of Science and Technology to which Sir Archibald Geikie contributed articles. Dana was appointed Silliman professor of natural history and geology at Yale University in 1850.

They corresponded extensively on many aspects of geology: research, opinions on published articles and texts, surveys, and papers and other contributions to professional associations. 29 of these letters, according to an enclosed note, were 'sent to President Gilman, 3rd March 1898', this most likely being Daniel Coit Gilman (1831-1908).


From the Fonds: 2 metres

Physical Description

31 letters None which affect the use of this material

Processing Information


Processing Information

Grant Buttars 09 October 2001

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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