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Sedgwick, S. J. (Stephen James)


S. J. Sedgwick was born near Geneva, New York, circa 1820. He became a principal in the Buffalo public school system at age 22, and went on to establish his own school, the Metropolitan Academy and Gymnasium, in New York City in 1852. He also edited the "Gymnast," a paper dedicated to physical education. In 1857, he received a Master's Degree from Union College, and taught in New York City public schools from 1858 until the Civil War. Following the war, he joined the photographic corps of the Union Pacific Railroad Company. When he returned to New York, he developed a popular series of lantern slide lectures called "Across the Continent," showing the West from Omaha to the Pacific. In 1873, Sedgwick worked as an agent for "Crofutt's Trans-Continental Tourists' Guide," travelling again throughout the West. Sedgwick also lectured on world religions, geology, astronomy, and art history.

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S. J. Sedgwick collection

Call Number: WA MSS S-2360
Overview: The S. J. Sedgwick Collection consists of manuscript notes and drafts for several of S. J. Sedgwick's slide lectures on the West ("Big Trees and Yosemite Valley," "Central Pacific Railroad," "Indians," and "Monterey, California") and one on geology; the manuscript draft and later proofs of the 4th edition of "Announcement of Professor S. J. Sedgwick's Illustrated Course of Lectures and Catalogue of Stereoscopic Views of Scenery of ... the Rocky and Sierra Mountains...", produced by the Union...
Dates: 1868-1895