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Ramsay Family Papers

Collector:
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Author:
Ramsay, William, 1716-1785 (minister)  Search this
Names:
Alexandria Dyeing and Cloth Dressing Establishment  Search this
Alexandria Turnpike Co  Search this
Snicker's Gap Turnpike Co  Search this
Washington National Monument Society  Search this
Ramsay family -- 18th century -- Virginia  Search this
Bartleman, William  Search this
Carlyle, John  Search this
Dalton, John  Search this
Dinwiddie, Robert  Search this
Dixon, John  Search this
Fairfax, George William  Search this
Fauquier, F.  Search this
Frazier, Joseph  Search this
Gilpin, G.  Search this
Gilpin, Thomas  Search this
Gilpin, William  Search this
Henry, Patrick, Jr  Search this
Irving, Washington  Search this
Johnston, George  Search this
Lee, Richard  Search this
Madison, James  Search this
McCarthy, Daniel  Search this
McCarty, Dennis  Search this
Ramsay, Anthony  Search this
Ramsay, Betty ("Betsy")  Search this
Ramsay, Dennis  Search this
Ramsay, Edward  Search this
Roberts, M.  Search this
Rumsey, James  Search this
Sanford, Capt. Edward  Search this
Stewart, James  Search this
Stoddert, Benjamin  Search this
Washington, George, 1732-1799  Search this
Wythe, George  Search this
Extent:
3.5 Cubic feet (9 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Genealogical tables
Account books
Financial records
Correspondence
Family papers
Wills
Legal documents
Obituaries
Tickets
Manuscripts
Insurance policies
Place:
Alexandria (Va.) -- 18th century
Virginia -- 18th century
Date:
1749-1924; 1957
Scope and Contents:
Original and photocopied correspondence, financial papers, newspaper clippings, legal documents, insurance policies, account book, genealogical notes, wills, lottery tickets, and currency, documenting the activities of the Ramsay family of Alexandria, Virginia and related families.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged topically.
Biographical / Historical:
William Ramsay (1716-1785), a Scottish Presbyterian minister, played a major role in the establishment of Alexandria, Virginia and later served as its mayor. His son, Dennis, also served as mayor and as a colonel in the Continental Army. Other descendants remained active in local affairs.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Heirs of William and Dennis Ramsay,1962, April 30.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Clergy -- 18th century -- Virginia  Search this
Domestic relations -- 18th century -- Virginia  Search this
City and town life -- 18th century -- Virginia  Search this
Community life -- 18th century -- Virginia  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings -- newspaper -- Virginia
Genealogical tables -- Virginia
Account books -- 18th century
Financial records -- 18th century
Correspondence -- 18th century
Family papers -- 18th century
Wills -- Virginia
Legal documents -- Virginia
Obituaries
Tickets -- Lottery
Manuscripts -- 18th century
Insurance policies -- Virginia
Citation:
Ramsay Family Papers, 1749-1924, 1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0088
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Ramsay Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0088
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John A. Roebling Collection

Creator:
Roebling, Charles Gustavus, 1849-1918  Search this
Roebling, Ferdinand W. (Ferdinand William), 1842-1917  Search this
John A. Roebling's Sons Company  Search this
Roebling, John Augustus, 1806-1869  Search this
Roebling, Washington Augustus, 1837-1926.  Search this
Collector:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Extent:
18.5 Cubic feet (62 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photograph albums
Specifications
Reports
Price lists
Photographs
Newsletters
Letterpress books
Correspondence
Blueprints
Ledgers (account books)
Genealogies
Notebooks
Patents
Date:
1836-1975
bulk 1930-1950
Summary:
Collection documents the work of the John A. Roebling's Sons Company, builders of bridges. The materials consist primarily of photograph albums documenting some of the bridges, tramways, ski lifts and chair lifts that Roebling's Sons Company was involved with. The documentation also includes specifications, patents, and reference materials about the engineering process of building bridges and bridges in general.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the work of the John A. Roebling's Sons Company, builders of bridges. The materials consist primarily of photograph albums documenting a variety of bridges, mostly in the United States. The documentation also includes specifications, patents, and reference materials about the engineering process of building bridges and bridges in general.

Series 1, Historical background materials, 1895-1958, is divided into two subseries: Subseries 1, John A. Roebling's and Sons Company materials, 1895-1949 and Subseries 2, Newsletters, 1929-1931.

Subseries 1, John A. Roebling's and Sons Company materials, 1895-1949, contains a variety of items related to the company such as historical narratives, correspondence, price lists, testing data, and a ledger with cost estimates. The correspondence is partially bound (pages 1 to 104) from a letter press book (handwritten and typescript) belonging to John A. Roebling's and Sons Company. William Hildebrand and Charles G. Roebling are the chief correspondents. The correspondence documents daily activities related to the design and erection of bridges as well as finances and supplies. Charles G. Roebling's notebook, undated, contains calculations and notes about various bridge projects.

Subseries 2, Newsletters, 1929-1931, contain copies of Blue Center and Wire Engineering, which were John A. Roebling's and Sons Company publications intended for employees. The newsletters were apparently used as scrapbooks, with black-and-white photographs pasted into the pages. Found among the pages of Blue Center are photographs of the Hudson River Bridge and in Wire Engineering, there are photographs of the Maysville, Kentucky Bridge.

Series 2, Photographs, 1926-1975, comprises the largest series in the collection. The photographs are primarily black-and-white and document aerial tramways, tramways for logging or mining, chair lifts, ski lifts, floods, and bridge construction projects. The latter makes up the majority. Most photographs were assembled into albums with corresponding captions and dates, and almost all of the photographs document bridges in the United States. There is one exception, the Yauricocha Tramway in Peru. In some instances, the captions are recorded on the back of the photographs, and others were recorded on album pages. The series is arranged alphabetically by name of bridge and/or project.

Series 3, Specifications, 1855-1962, consists of printed textual documents (both bound and loose) that contain information for bidders, proposals, contracts, and bonds, and the detailed specifications. This series is arranged alphabetically by bridge name.

Series 4, Reports, 1928-1938, contains bound reports (both progress and final) detailing problems, requirements, research, manufacture, plant installation, cable equipment, strand adjustments, and Roebling Company developments. This series is arranged alphabetically by bridge/and/or project.

Series 5, Patent materials, 1849-1952, consists of issued patents (to a variety of individuals) for cable and cable appliances, cables, and cable apparatus, cableways and tramways, and grips. The patents are arranged by subject area, then by patent number.

Series 6, Reference materials, 1836-1964, contains a wide range of materials—articles, biographical files, drawings, photographs, newspaper clippings, advertising, correspondence, notes—documenting all aspects of bridges. This series is arranged alphabetically by topic.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1, Historical background materials, 1895-1958, undated

Subseries 1, Biographical, 1900-1958, undated

Subseries 2, John A. Roebling's and Sons Company materials, 1895-1949

Subseries 3, Newsletters, 1929-1931

Series 2, Photographs, 1926-1975

Series 3, Specifications, 1855-1962

Series 4, Reports, 1928-1938

Series 5, Patent materials, 1849-1952

Series 6, Reference materials, 1836-1964
Biographical / Historical:
John Augustus Roebling (1806-1869) was the founder and proprietor of John A. Roebling's Sons Company. Born in Mühlhausen, Germany, he was a civil engineer famous for his wire rope suspension bridge designs, in particular, the design of the Brooklyn Bridge. Roebling married Johana Herting in 1836 and they had nine children: Washington A. Roebling (1837-1926); Laura R. Methfessel (1840-1873); Ferdinand W. Roebling (1842-1917); Elvira R. Stewart (1844-1871); Josephine R. Jarvis (b. 1847); Charles Gustavus Roebling (1849-1918); Edmund Roebling (1854-1930); William Roebling (b. 1856, d. 1860); and Hannah Roebling (died in infancy). Roebling's three sons, Washington Augustus Roebling; Ferdinand William Roebling and Charles Gustavus Roebling, worked for the company.

Roebling's Sons Company was active in the design and manufacture of wire rope used in the erection of suspension bridges since the 1840s. Roebling devised a system of spinning the wires together where weights and swivels turned the wire coils in the opposite direction from the twisting, thereby removing kinks. Method of and Machine for Manufacturing Wire Rope (US Patent # 2,720) issued on July 16, 1842. Roebling would adapt this wire rope to his suspension bridge principle. In 1848, he established a company—John Roebling's Sons Company—in Trenton, New Jersey, to manufacture his wire rope. Roebling manufacturing plants were sold in 1952 to the Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I) Company of Pueblo, Colorado. In 1968, the Crane Company purchased the CF& I.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

George S. Morison Collection (AC0978)

Modjeski and Masters Company Records (AC0976)

Materials at Other Organizations

The Rutgers University, Special Collections and University Archives

Papers of Mary G. Roebling and Roebling Family Papers, 1821-1960 (MC 654.1).
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Blair Birdsall, former chief engineer at John A. Roebling's Sons Company in 1981.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.

Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Bridges -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Bridge construction industry -- United States  Search this
Bridges -- Design and construction  Search this
Iron industry and trade -- United States  Search this
Iron industry and trade -- Colorado  Search this
Wire industry -- New Jersey  Search this
Suspension bridges -- Design and construction  Search this
Ski lifts  Search this
Wire-rope industry -- New Jersey  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photograph albums
Specifications
Reports
Price lists
Photographs -- 20th century
Newsletters -- 1920-1940
Letterpress books
Correspondence
Blueprints
Ledgers (account books)
Genealogies
Notebooks
Patents
Citation:
John A. Roebling Collection, dates, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0981
See more items in:
John A. Roebling Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0981
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Raoul Weston La Barre Papers 1935-1970

Creator:
La Barre, Weston 1911-1996  Search this
Author:
Bascom, William Russel 1912-  Search this
Collier, Donald  Search this
Mishkin, Bernard  Search this
Richardson, Jane  Search this
Correspondent:
Aberle, David Friend  Search this
Angel, J. Lawrence (John Lawrence)  Search this
Bascom, William Russel 1912-  Search this
Blum, Ralph H  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Culter, Hugh P  Search this
Davis, J. Merle  Search this
Finkelstein, Nat  Search this
Fugel, Eugene  Search this
Gebhardt, Paul  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen 1926-1997  Search this
Gross, Paul  Search this
Hoebel, E. Adamson (Edward Adamson) 1906-1993  Search this
Hunt, Wolf Robe (Wayne Henry) 1905-1977  Search this
Jones, Volney H  Search this
Kahan, F.H  Search this
Kamen-Kaye, Dorothy  Search this
Kluver, Heinrich  Search this
La Farge, Oliver  Search this
Lanning, John Tate  Search this
Leary, Timothy  Search this
Legman, G  Search this
Levy, Jerrold E  Search this
Linton, Ralph 1893-1953  Search this
Macgregor, Gordon 1902-1948  Search this
Malouf, Carling  Search this
McAllister, J. Gilbert  Search this
Mekeel, H. Scudder (Haviland Scudder) 1902-1947  Search this
Metraux, Alfred  Search this
Miller, Peter  Search this
Monro, John  Search this
Murdock, George Peter 1897-1985  Search this
Marshall, Thornton Newman  Search this
Opler, Morris Edward  Search this
Osmond, Humphrey  Search this
Parsons, Elsie Clews  Search this
Pettit, James  Search this
Ravicz, Robert  Search this
Roberts, Frank H. H (Frank Harold Hanna) 1897-1966  Search this
Redfield, Robert  Search this
Reko, A.P  Search this
Rhodes, Willard 1901-1992  Search this
Schmidt, Karl P  Search this
Schultes, Richard E  Search this
Shapiro, Harry Lionel  Search this
Simpson, George Gaylord 1902-1984  Search this
Slotkin, James Sydney  Search this
Soustelle, Jacques  Search this
Speck, Frank G (Frank Gouldsmith) 1881-1950  Search this
Spier, Leslie  Search this
Spindler, George D  Search this
Steward, Julian Haynes 1902-1972  Search this
Stewart, Omer C  Search this
Tschopik, Harry S Jr  Search this
Vestal, Paul A  Search this
Voegelin, Charles Frederick  Search this
Wagley, Charles 1913-  Search this
Wallis, Ruth Sawtell  Search this
Wannamaker, W.H  Search this
Wheeler-Voegelin, Erminie 1903-1988  Search this
Wilson, Alfred  Search this
Xcorrespondent:
John, Peter H  Search this
Correspondnet:
Mason, John Alden 1885-1967  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Drug Conference  Search this
Native American Church  Search this
Physical description:
7 linear feet
Culture:
Kiowa Indians  Search this
American Indian Plains  Search this
Aymara  Search this
Uru  Search this
Chepaya  Search this
American Indians Plains Indians  Search this
Indians of North America Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Maps
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Letters
Photographs
Notes
Genealogical tables
Date:
1935-1970
Topic:
Peyote  Search this
Religion  Search this
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_87774

Cavaliers and pioneers; abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants, 1623-1666. Abstracted and indexed by Nell Marion Nugent. Introd. by Robert Armistead Stewart. Patroness: Agnes Bernadine Sitterding

Author:
Nugent, Nell Marion  Search this
Physical description:
xxxv, 767 p. illus., coat of arms, facsims., maps. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Genealogy
Place:
Virginia
Date:
1974
1934
Topic:
Land grants  Search this
Call number:
F225 .N842 1974
F225.N842 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_79274

Cavaliers and pioneers; abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants, 1623-1800. Abstracted and indexed by Nell Marion Nugent. Introd. by Robert Armistead Stewart. Patroness, Agnes Bernadine Sitterding

Author:
Nugent, Nell Marion  Search this
Virginia State Library  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. illus., col. maps, col. coat of arms, facsims. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Genealogy
Place:
Virginia
Date:
1934
1934-
Topic:
Land grants  Search this
Call number:
F225 .N96
F225.N96
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_79890

Finding your roots : the official companion to the PBS series / Henry Louis Gates Jr. ; foreword by David Altshuler

Author:
Gates, Henry Louis Jr  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 330 pages ; 25 cm
Type:
Genealogy
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Place:
United States
Date:
2014
Topic:
Celebrities  Search this
Genealogy  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1030435

Back There, Then : An historical genealogy memoir / by Marietta Stevens Crichlow with notes by Linda Crichlow White

Author:
Stevens Crichlow, Marietta  Search this
Author:
Crichlow White, Linda author  Search this
Subject:
Stuart family  Search this
Garland family  Search this
Stevens family  Search this
Crichlow family  Search this
Physical description:
xvi,164 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Genealogy
Family histories
Place:
Amherst County (Va.)
Nelson County (Va.)
Appomattox County (Va.)
Virginia
Washington (D.C.)
Boston (Mass.)
Pennsylvania
Date:
2014
Topic:
African American families  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1037598

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