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William Williams Mather Correspondence

An inventory of his correspondence at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Mather, W. W. (William Williams), 1804-1859.
Title: William Williams Mather Correspondence
Inclusive Dates: 1836
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Correspondence between the American geologist and Stephen Van Rensselaer, about Mather's intention to join a geological survey of the state of New York.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

William Williams Mather (1804-1859) was an American scientist, particularly interested in chemistry and mineralogy. A graduate of West Point, he served as an instructor there for six years before leaving the military to devote himself to the sciences. He wrote numerous papers and taught at the university level in the fields of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology.

Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839) was an important early citizen of New York, being a landowner and soldier. He served as Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1795-1801.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William Williams Mather Correspondence consists of one letter from Mather to Stephen Van Rensselaer, concerning Mather's intention to join a geological survey of the state of New York.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Subject Headings


Mather, W. W. (William Williams), 1804-1859.
Van Rensselaer, Stephen, 1764-1839.


Geologists -- New York (State)
Geologists -- United States.

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William Williams Mather Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Unspecified, 1969.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 21 Sep 2010
Revision history:

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SC 580 Van Rensselaer, Stephen III 1836

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