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Guide to the LeConte Family Papers: Additions, 1856-1916
BANC MSS C-B 1014  
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Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Papers of John LeConte and his wife




Letters written by Eleanor Josephine LeConte, 1864-1896, mainly to her sister, describing life in Columbia, South Carolina, during the Civil War. (1 folder)


Letters written by John LeConte, 1856-1878. Arranged chronologically. Primarily letters written from the University of South Carolina in Columbia to Benjamin Peirce. Letters of Mar. 14, 1856 and Oct. 14, 1860 include letters by Mrs. LeConte. (1 folder)


Letters written to Mr. and Mrs. John LeConte, arranged alphabetically by author. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key to Arrangement. Unlisted letters have been placed in an alphabetical miscellany.


John LeConte's copy of a syllabus of Charles F. McCay's Lectures on Civil Engineering, with pencilled annotations


Obituaries and memorials for John LeConte


Miscellany, 1868-1894

portfolio Portfolio

Writings, printed and manuscript




"Apparent Attractions and Repulsions of Small Floating Bodies," from The American Journal of Science, Dec. 1882


"The Decadence of Truthfulness," from Overland Monthly, Apr. 1890


"Influence of Modern Methods of Popularizing Science," an address delivered on Charter Day, March 23, 1882


"The Metric System," from Overland Monthly, Aug. 1885


"Origin of Jointed Structure in Undisturbed Clay and Marl Deposits," from The American Journal of Science, March 1882


"Physical Studies of Lake Tahoe," from Overland Monthly, 2d series, vols. 2-3


"Vital Statistics, and the True Coefficient of Mortality, Illustrated by Cancer," from the Tenth Biennial Report of the State Board of Health of California, 1888




"Notes on the History of the Organization of the University of California"


"Popular Fallacies: Number Four - The Fallacies of Sight"


"To the Pliocene Skull"


Part I of a work relating to physics

Box 2

Papers of Joseph LeConte




Letters written by him, 1823-1901. Arranged chronologically. Some to the Italian novelist, A. Fogazzaro. (1 folder)


Letters written to him, arranged alphabetically by author. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key to Arrangement. Unlisted letters have been placed in a miscellany.


Writings, printed and manuscript




"The General Interior Condition of the Earth," from American Geologist, July 1889


"Memoir of John LeConte, 1818-1891," April 1894


"On a Curious Visual Phenomenon," from The American Journal of Psychology, vol. III, No. 3, 1890


"The Relation of Evolution To Religious Thought," ndd.


"Sketch of a Philosophy That Might Fitly Be Named Evolutional Idealism," March 1893


"The South Revisited," from an informal lecture - Nov. 1888


"Tertiary and Post-Tertiary Changes of the Atlantic and Pacific Coast," from Bulletin of the Geological Society of America. March 16, 1891.


Manuscripts - Fragments


Proofs of plates for illustrations



Box 2

Papers of Joseph Nisbet LeConte


Correspondence and papers relating to the settlement of his mother's estate, 1915-1916. (1 folder)


Clippings, roughly arranged by subject, relating to the Civil War, Jefferson Davis, John and Joseph LeConte, physics, etc.


Genealogical information

Box 3

Notes and examination questions by Joseph LeConte (gift of his grandson, Joseph LeConte, Dec. 1981)

Partial List of Correspondents


Alexander, Barton Stone, 1819-1878


5 letters, 1867-1869, to John LeConte (Box 1)


Altrocchi, Rudolph, 1882-

see Fogazzaro, Antonio


California. University. Regents


4 letters, 1868-1876, by A. J. Moulder and R. E. C. Stearns, to John LeConte (Box 1)


California. University, Berkeley. Library


Letter, Apr. 29, 1890, by J. C. Rowell, to John LeConte. (Box 1)


Coney, Donald, 1901-

see Fogazzaro, Antonio


Emmons, Samuel Franklin, 1841-1911


Letter, Apr. 2, 1883, to Joseph LeConte (Box 2)


Fogazzaro, Antonio, 1842-1911


5 letters, 1889-1895, to Joseph LeConte. At the end of the folder: copies of correspondence, including letters by Rudolph Altrocchi, Donald Coney and Joseph N. LeConte, relating to the Fogazzaro letters, and a copy of R. Altrocchi's article about them. (Box 2)


Gilbert, Grove Karl, 1843-1918


Letter, Apr. 29, 1890, to Joseph LeConte (Box 2)


Graham, Mary A. Cecilia, d. 1890


3 letters, 1867-1879, to her sister, Josephine LeConte. Undated obituary clipping and an article, "Plucking the Chicken," enclosed. (Box 1)


Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878


Letter, Nov. 21, 1874, to John LeConte (Box 1)


Hilgard, Julius Erasmus, 1825-1891

see National Academy of Sciences


Hitchcock, Martha Taliaferro (Hunter)


4 letters, 1876-1896, to John LeConte (Box 1)


Hudson, John R.


Letter, July 30, 1900, to Joseph LeConte, re his experiences fighting in the Philippines (Box 2)


LeConte, Eleanor Josephine (Graham), 1824-1894 (Mrs. John LeConte)


Letters, 1864-1896 in Box 1


LeConte, John, 1818-1891


Letters, 1856-1878 in Box 1


LeConte, Joseph, 1823-1901


6 letters, 1860-1891. Some written to the Italian novelist, A. Fogazzaro. (Box 2)


LeConte, Joseph Nisbet, 1870-1950


Correspondence re his mother's estate, 1915-1916 (Box 2).

See also Fogazzaro, Antonio


Lesquereux, Léo, 1806-1889


Letter, Jan. 21, 1873, to Joseph LeConte, re paleontological specimens. (Box 2)


Miel, Charles L.


Letter, Aug. 15, 1889, to Joseph LeConte (Box 2)


Moulder, Andrew Jackson, 1825-1895

see California. University. Regents


National Academy of Sciences


2 letters, 1878, by J. E. Hilgard (Box 1)


Peirce, Benjamin, 1809-1880


119 letters to Mr. and Mrs. John LeConte, 1852-1875 (Box 1) (Also on film)


Rowell, Joseph Cummings, 1853-1938

see California. University, Berkeley. Library


Stearns, Robert Edwards Carter, 1827-1909

see California. University. Regents