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Joseph Saxton Papers

Creator::
Saxton, Joseph, 1799-1873  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Illustrations
Field notes
Manuscripts
Books
Diaries
Date:
1821-1856
Descriptive Entry:
These papers consist of notebooks and diaries in which Saxton wrote detailed information on his experiments and social life in London; an appointment book for 1838; a scientific sketchbook with notes, which include drawings and descriptions of some of Saxton's inventions; and a textbook. Other Joseph Saxton material may be found in the Joseph Henry Papers, Record Unit 7001.
Historical Note:
Joseph Saxton (1799-1873), a self-educated inventor and machinist, developed his skills in mechanics, etching, and watchmaking while working as a watchmaker in Philadelphia for eleven years. In 1828, Saxton left for Great Britain in order to further his education. While in Great Britain, Saxton was employed by the Adelaide Gallery of Practical Science in London. There, Saxton became well known for building and exhibiting scientific novelties and machines. In 1837 he returned to the United States to work for the United States Mint in Philadelphia as Constructor and Curator of the standard weighing apparatus of the Mint. From 1843 until his death, Saxton was Superintendent of Weights and Measures at the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey in Washington, D. C.
Topic:
Technology -- History  Search this
Science -- History  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Machinists  Search this
Clock and watch makers  Search this
Inventions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Illustrations
Field notes
Manuscripts
Books
Diaries
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7056, Joseph Saxton Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7056
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Saxton, Joseph, 1799-1873  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7056, Joseph Saxton Papers
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Folders 1-2 Notebooks, 1832-1835

Collection Creator::
Saxton, Joseph, 1799-1873  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7056, Joseph Saxton Papers
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Joseph Saxton Papers / Box 1
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Folder 3 Appointment book, 1838

Collection Creator::
Saxton, Joseph, 1799-1873  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7056, Joseph Saxton Papers
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Joseph Saxton Papers
Joseph Saxton Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 4 Sketchbooks with Notes, 1821-1856

Collection Creator::
Saxton, Joseph, 1799-1873  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7056, Joseph Saxton Papers
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Joseph Saxton Papers / Box 1
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Folder 5 Treatise on the Teeth of Wheels, by M. Camus, 1837

Collection Creator::
Saxton, Joseph, 1799-1873  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7056, Joseph Saxton Papers
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Joseph Saxton Papers
Joseph Saxton Papers / Box 1
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A manual of gold and silver coins of all nations, struck within the past century. Showing their history, and legal basis, and their actual weight, fineness, and value chiefly from original and recent assays. With which are incorporated treatises on bullion and plate, counterfeit coins, specific gravity of precious metals, etc., with recent statistics of the production and coinage of gold and silver in the world, and sundry useful tables. By Jacob R. Eckfeldt and William E. Du Bois. Illustrated by numerous engravings of coins, executed by the medalruling machine, and under the direction of Joseph Saxton

Title:
Manual of coins and bullion
Author:
Eckfeldt, Jacob R (Jacob Reese) 1803-1872  Search this
Author:
Du Bois, William E (William Ewing) 1810-1881  Search this
Illustrator:
Saxton, Joseph 1799-1873  Search this
Physical description:
3 preliminary leaves, 220 pages including tables xvi plates 28 x 22 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Date:
1842
Topic:
Numismatics  Search this
Coinage  Search this
Money  Search this
Gold coins  Search this
Silver coins  Search this
Call number:
CJ1753 .E22X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_352198

Joseph Saxton, 1799-1873 / [prepared by Joseph Henry]

Author:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Pendleton, Joseph Saxton  Search this
Subject:
Saxton, Joseph 1799-1873  Search this
Physical description:
58 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1935
Topic:
Inventors  Search this
Call number:
T40.S3 H46 1935
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_528141

Joseph Saxton and his contributions to the medal ruling and photographic arts / Arthur H. Frazier

Author:
Frazier, Arthur H  Search this
Subject:
Saxton, Joseph 1799-1873  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 17 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1975
Topic:
Drawing  Search this
Daguerreotype  Search this
Numismatics  Search this
Call number:
T40.S3 F7X
E171 .S664 no. 32
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_52791

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