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John James Abert Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-675

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a letter from John James Abert to C.F. Mercer, written 1836 January 5; and an undated, unsigned biographic note on John James Abert.

Dates

  • 1836

Creator

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry Museum of the American West. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Research Services and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry Museum of the American West as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Biographical Note

John James Abert (September 17, 1788 – January 27, 1863) was a United States soldier. He headed the Corps of Topographical Engineers for 32 years, during which time he organized the mapping of the American West.

Abert was born in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia). He graduated from West Point in 1811, but declined a commission. After leaving West Point, he married Ellen Matlack Stretch. He enlisted in the D.C. Militia during the War of 1812, and rejoined the army as a topographical engineer with the rank of brevet Major in October 1814. In March 1829 John Abert was appointed to the leadership of the corps, and promoted to Colonel in July 1838. Officers working under him were responsible for the exploration and mapping of the lands west of the Mississippi River.

Source: U.S. Corps of Topographical Engineers web.archive.org/web/20150801234355/http://www.topogs.org/b_abertjj.html

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains a letter from John James Abert to C.F. Mercer, written 1836 January 5; and an undated, unsigned biographic note on John James Abert.

Processing History

Processed by Library staff after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 7, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Creator

Title
Finding Aid to the John James Abert Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Holly Rose Larson
Date
2012 November 7
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Library and Archives at the Autry Repository

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