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Guide to the Kenneth Silverman Research Collection on Samuel F.B. Morse MC 173

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2641
university-archives@nyu.edu


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Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Silverman, Kenneth
Title: Kenneth Silverman Research Collection on Samuel F.B. Morse
Dates [inclusive]: 1792-1892
Abstract: This collection contains research materials collected by Kenneth Silverman while working on his book Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F.B. Morse. Materials include photocopied articles and essays, microfilm, and correspondence (mostly transcribed) dating from 1792 to 1892. This collection does not include original materials from Morse.
Quantity: 6.0 linear feet
Location note: This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the repository for access.
Call Phrase: MC 173

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Historical/Biographical Note

Kenneth Silverman currently serves as professor emeritus of English at New York University. He is the author of several biographies, including those of Samuel Morse, Cotton Mather, and Edgar Allen Poe. The Life and Times of Cotton Mather, perhaps his best-known work, won both the Bancroft Prize in History and a Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Silverman is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Samuel F.B. Morse, noted artist and inventor, served as a professor of painting and sculpture at New York University. In 1838, he perfected his most famous invention, the telegraph.

Sources:

  • All biographic information about Kenneth Silverman from the NYU website.
  • Dim, Joan Marans, and Nancy Murphy Cricco. The Miracle on Washington Square: New York University. Lanham: Lexington, 2001.

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopied articles and essays, microfilm, correspondence (mostly transcribed) and other research materials. The dates range from 1792-1892. The folders in the collection are arranged chronologically and by subject.

Arrangement

Folders in Boxes 1-3 are arranged chronologically. Box 4 is arranged alphabetically by topic. Boxes 5 and 6 are arranged by document type.

The files are grouped into four series.

  1. Chronological Files
  2. Subject File/Index and Other Papers
  3. Articles, Depositions, and Electronic Materials
  4. Microfilm

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872
  • Silverman, Kenneth

Document Type

  • Articles.
  • Correspondence.
  • Essays.
  • Federal government records.
  • Microfilms.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions. This collection is in off-site storage.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:
New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2641
Fax: (212) 995-4225
E-mail: university-archives@nyu.edu

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known); Kenneth Silverman Research Collection on Samuel F.B. Morse; MC 173; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

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Container List

Series I: Chronological Files

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 042257868

1792-1811
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1812-1815
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1816-1818
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1819-1824
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1825-1827
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1828-1830
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1831-1833
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1834-1836
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1837
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1838
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1839
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1840
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1841
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1842
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1843
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1844
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225786 8

1844
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1845
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1845
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1846
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1846
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1847
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1847
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1848
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1848
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1848
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1849
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1849
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1849
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1850
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1850
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1850
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225787 6

1851
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1852
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1852
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1853
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1854
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1854
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1855
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1855
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1856
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1857
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1858
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1859
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1860
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1861-1862
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1863-1864
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1865-1866
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1867-1868
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1869-1870
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Chronological File

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225788 4

1871-1872

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Series II: Subject File/Index and Other Papers

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Subject Index/Number Key

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225790 0

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Box: 4 Folder : 2 A-B

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Box: 4 Folder : 3 C (1)

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Box: 4 Folder : 4 C (2)

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Box: 4 Folder : 5 D-H

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Box: 4 Folder : 6 I-L

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Box: 4 Folder : 7 M

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Box: 4 Folder : 8 N

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Box: 4 Folder : 9 O-R

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Box: 4 Folder : 10 S

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Box: 4 Folder : 11 T

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Box: 4 Folder : 12 U-Z

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Box: 4 Folder : 13 Undated miscellaneous materials

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Box: 4 Folder : 14 Cornell Papers

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Box: 4 Folder : 15 Morse Centennial 1944

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Box: 4 Folder : 16 Mullaly

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Box: 4 Folder : 17 Patents

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Box: 4 Folder : 18 Translations

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Box: 4 Folder : 19 Clippings

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Series III: Articles, Depositions, and Electronic Materials

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Articles (1)

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225789 2

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Box: 5 Folder : 2 Articles (2)

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Box: 5 Folder : 3 Articles (3)

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Box: 5 Folder : 4 Articles (4)

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Box: 5 Folder : 5 Articles (5)

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Box: 5 Folder : 6 Undated miscellanous materials

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Box: 5 Folder : 7 1852 Deposition

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Box: 5 Folder : 8 Zip Disk of Notes

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225789 2

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Series IV: Microfilm

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 The Papers of Samuel F.B. Morse (LC MSS 16, 372: Reels 1-35)

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225791 8

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Box: 6 Folder : 2 Samuel F.B. Morse and Other Members of the Morse and Walker Families, 1861-1869 (LC MSS 6295 A)

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225791 8

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Box: 6 Folder : 3 Jedidiah Morse Papers (N-YHS: Misc. Reel # 10--negative only)

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225791 8

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Box: 6 Folder : 4 Amos Kendall (LC MSS 17, 664: Reels 1-3)

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225791 8

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Box: 6 Folder : 5 History of Science (Early American Telegraph Companies, pamphlets, 1845-1861; Morse, S.F.B., Examination of the Telegraphic Apparatus, 1869; Morse's Patent by Kendall)

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225791 8

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Box: 6 Folder : 6 Edward Julian Nally Papers (Box 12)

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225791 8

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Box: 6 Folder : 7 Goldsmiths' Kress Library of Economic Literature (Alfred Voil, The American Electro-Magnetic Telegraph, 1845; Description of the American Electro-Magnetic Telegraph, 1845)

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Barcode #: 3 1142 04225791 8

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