S. J. Sedgwick collection
Scope and Contents
The S. J. Sedgwick Collection contains manuscript notes and texts for 4 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, as well as 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 Pacific Railroad Company. There are also 2 photographs of the State of Washington ferry; a scrapbook documenting Sedgwick's work for George A. Crofutt, and a scrapbook documenting his work for George A. Crofutt, publisher of a series of western travel guides, which includes his contract, diary entries, correspondence with Crofutt, clippings, and 2 printed maps; other business correspondence; printed bills and advertisements for the "Across the Continent" series and other lectures, many with woodcut illustrations after photographs; photographers' lists of lantern slides available for sale; and other papers.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research
Conditions Governing Use
The S. J. Sedgwick Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials acquired by gift and purchase from various sources as indicated on individual folders. Source information is recorded in the finding aid or on the folders. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Organized into six series: I. Correspondence, 1871-1895. II. Scrapbook, 1869-1886. III. Lectures, 1870-1890, undated. IV. Advertisements, 1868-1882, undated. V. Lantern Slide Catalogs, 1876, undated. VI. Other Papers, undated.
2.13 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 2 broadside + 1 portfolio)
Language of Materials
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 Pacific Railroad Company; and a scrapbook documenting his work for George A. Crofutt, publisher of a series of western travel guides. There are also printed bills and advertisements for Sedgwick's lectures. Both woodcuts and printed maps are included in the collection.
S. J. Sedgwick
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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- Central Pacific Railroad Company
- Geology, Stratigraphic -- Silurian
- Indians of North America
- Maps (documents)
- Monterey (Calif.) -- Description and travel
- Stereoscopic views -- Catalogs
- Trade catalogs
- Union Pacific Railroad Company
- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
- Woodcuts (prints)
- Yosemite Valley (Calif.) -- Description and travel
- Guide to the S. J. Sedgwick Collection
- Sarah Lerner
- March 2019
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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