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DeWitt Clinton Correspondence

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 31 Jan 2014

Biographical History

DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) was an American politician and naturalist who served as United States Senator and as the sixth Governor of New York; in the latter capacity, he was responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal.

Benjamin Silliman (1779-1864) was an American chemist, professor at Yale University (one of the first American professors of science), and the founder and editor of the American Journal of Science, America's longest continually published scientific journal.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The DeWitt Clinton Correspondence consists of signed handwritten letter from Governor Dewitt Clinton of New York to Professor Benjamin Silliman at Yale University, praising Silliman's new American Scientific Journal (today known as the American Journal of Science).

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828.
Silliman, Benjamin, 1779-1864.

Associated Titles

American journal of science.
American scientific journal.


Science -- Periodicals -- Publishing.
Scientists -- United States.

Genres and Forms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

DeWitt Clinton Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2013.

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