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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Alexander von Humboldt Papers, [ca. 1803, 1824, 1878]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
Title: Humboldt, Alexander von, Papers
Dates: [ca. 1803, 1824, 1878]
Abstract: Composed of a pamphlet, two mileage charts, and an essay, the Alexander von Humboldt Papers, [ca. 1803, 1824, 1878], document Humboldt’s time in Mexico.
Extent: 3 items
Language: Materials are written in Spanish.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Berlin, Germany, and educated at the universities of Frankfurt and Göttingen, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was one of the most prominent European figures of his age. His fame largely derived from his scientific expedition in Latin America between 1799 and 1804, which resulted in numerous discoveries, particularly related to physical geography and meteorology. Notably, he spent 1803 in New Spain (present day Mexico) conducting a census of the territory.

Source:

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. "About the Foundation - Alexander von Humboldt." Accessed June 20, 2011

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Scope and Contents

Composed of a pamphlet, two mileage charts, and an essay, the Alexander von Humboldt Papers, [ca. 1803, 1824, 1878], document Humboldt’s time in Mexico. Written in 1824, the pamphlet is titled “Alejandro Humboldt, sur obrar y simpaticas por la Republica Mexicana.” The mileage charts give the distance between various cities in Mexico. Additionally, “Informe obre el establecimiento del Jardin botanico y monumentos antiguos” details the history of botanical gardens and monuments in Mexico, as well as containing a biographical sketch of Humboldt.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859 -- Travel -- Latin America
Subjects
Scientific expeditions -- Mexico -- History -- 19th century
Botany -- Mexico -- History
Places
Mexico -- Description and travel

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander von Humboldt, [ca. 1803, 1824, 1878], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2E262 Papers
1803
1824
1878

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