Science and technology

Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) houses scores of manuscript collections that relate to the history of science and technology. A partial list of these collections can be found in Clark Beck's "Manuscript Collections on the History of Science and Technology" (download PDF). Below are a few highlights.

 

Left: Norfolk and New Brunswick Hosiery Company, 1910 (detail from an aero view of New Brunswick)


    JOHN A. ROEBLING (1806–1869) AND THE ROEBLING FAMILY

    John A. Roebling of Trenton, the German-born engineer and bridge builder, was the inventor of wire rope, enabling the creation of bridges and skyscrapers never before thought possible. His son Washington and daughter-in-law Emily were able to defy their critics and put his ideals into action in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.
     
    Banker and philanthropist Mary Roebling (1905-1994)  married Washington Roebling's grandson Siegfried (view finding aid to her papers).  
     

    SCIENCE AND MEDICINE

    Selman Waksman (1888-1973)

    Selman Waksman was a Rutgers University professor of microbiology, who is best known for the discovery of streptomycin. His papers include materials related to his work as a microbiologist, including patent litigation brought about by Albert Schatz regarding the discovery of streptomycin.
     

    CANALS AND RAILROADS

    Railroads

    The railroad dominated passenger and freight transportation in New Jersey throughout the nineteenth century. Early railroad companies took citizens’ land, manipulated state politics, and had a poor safety record.