Agassiz, Louis (1807-1873) to William Claflin
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01417
Author/Creator: Agassiz, Louis (1807-1873)
Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Type: Letter signed
Date: 18 July 1871
Pagination: 3 p. ; 18 x 23.5 cm.
Summary of Content: Explains that the United States Coast Survey is attempting to ”make us acquainted with the bottom of the Ocean, as thoroughly as we already are with the surface of the Earth.” Requests a contribution of $20,000 from Massachusetts Governor Claflin to finance the preservation, for scientific purposes, of specimens discovered in the course of the surveys dredging and fishing along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Keywords/Subjects: Maritime;, Surveying;, Frontiers and Exploration;, Science and Technology;, Finance;, Wildlife;, Geography and Natural History;
Sub Era: Reconstruction
Background: Biography: Louis Agassiz was a widely-respected, Swiss-born paleontologist and systematist, known as the ”father of glaciology” because of his theory of ice ages. In 1846, he became the first professor of zoology and geology at Harvard and established its Natural History Museum.Order Image