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"John A. Roebling and His Legacy" exhibition, in Special Collections

Statue of John A. Roebling, in Trenton's Cadwalader Park.

In this year, the two-hundredth anniversary of his birth, Special Collections and University Archives presents an exhibition that explores the remarkable achievements and continuing legacy of John A. Roebling - an inventor, bridge-builder, and founder of the wire rope industry in the United States.

The exhibition features letters, drawings, maps, and photographs from the Roebling Family Papers, ranging from John's student notebook at the Berlin Building Academy in the 1820s, to his writings on spiritualism and philosophy, to his ground–breaking designs for suspension bridges. The exhibition also focuses on John A. Roebling's son Washington, Civil War hero and builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the accomplishments of Washington's wife Emily, who became an active participant in the bridge construction after her husband fell ill from decompression sickness.

"Philosopher, Engineer, Tycoon: John A. Roebling and His Legacy" will be on view September 5 to December 22, 2006 in the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery and in the Class of 1950 Gallery, located on the lower level and first floor of the Alexander Library. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact curator Fernanda Perrone at 732/932-7006 x363 or at

Posted September 28, 2006