The collection contains diaries of Henry Cogswell and his wife
Caroline and are an unusually long and consistent record of busy personal and financial life
in the western United States. The collection also contains Cogswell's financial and business
records, and materials on the various schools with which he was involved. A significant
portion of the collection consists of research materials of Loren B. Taber pertaining to
Henry and Caroline Cogswell, the history of dentistry in California, and a biography of
William Brown Gilden.
California pioneer, Henry D. Cogswell was a dentist by profession, an inventor, a real
estate manipulator and investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, temperance advocate, and
founder of Cogswell Polytechnic College (1887), the first engineering
institute west of St. Louis. Dr. Cogswell donated several statues of himself, as well as
numerous fountains, to the city of San Francisco.
Number of containers: 6 boxes, 2 cartons
Linear feet: 3.3
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