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David Bushnell papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1107

Scope and Contents

The David Bushnell Papers consist of miscellaneous papers by and about the inventor David Bushnell. Only two items are in his hand: a letter (1787) claiming land due to him as a result of his service in the American Revolution, and a description of a model for a sailing torpedo [1824?]. Papers on his inventions include a letter by Ezra Lee (1815) with an account of Bushnell's submarine and Lee's operation of it in August 1787 in New York harbor. Also included are three letters by Joel Abbot (1825) to Bushnell (then known as David Bush) on his attempts to promote Bushnell's naval warning device. Correspondence (1826-1827) between his executor and his heirs, Ezra and Nehemiah Bushnell of Saybrook, Connecticut, includes a final accounting of Bushnell's estate. In the later papers (1881-1956) are four letters to Anson Phelps Stokes with biographical infrmation on Bushnell and publications on his submarine.

Dates

  • 1783-1956

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Overview

Miscellaneous papers by and about Bushnell. Only two items are in his hand: a letter (1787) claiming land due him as a result of his service in the American Revolution, and a description of a model for a sailing torpedo [1824?]. Papers on his inventions include a letter by Ezra Lee (1815) with an account of Bushnell's submarine and Lee's operation of it in August 1787 in New York harbor. Also three letters by Joel Abbot (1825) to Bushnell (then known as David Bush) on his attempts to promote Bushnell's naval warning device. Correspondence (1826-1827) between his executor and his heirs, Ezra and Nehemiah Bushnell of Saybrook, Connecticut, includes a final accounting of Bushnell's estate. In the later papers (1881-1956) are four letters to Anson Phelps Stokes with biographical information on Bushnell and publications on his submarine.

Biographical / Historical

David Bushnell: inventor of the submarine mine and the submarine; in 1779 captain of sapping and mining company in the Revolutionary Army; in 1783 placed in command of the Corps of Engineers; in 1795 taught in private schools and several years later began practicing medicine in Warrenton, Georgia.
Title
Guide to the David Bushnell Papers
Author
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
Date
April 1980
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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