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Francis E. Nipher Collection


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Missouri Weather Service Notebooks

Glass Plate Negatives

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Francis E. Nipher Collection, 1872-1920 | WUA University Archives

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Title: Francis E. Nipher Collection, 1872-1920Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/03/wua00069

Primary Creator: Nipher, Francis E.

Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes correspondence, diaries, photographs, and publications by Nipher and others, nine volumes of Missouri Weather Service data notebooks, and four glass plate negatives.  The publications are arranged alphabetical by author, then alphabetical by title.

Collection Historical Note

(Encyclopedia of the History of St. Louis, vol.3, 1899) Nipher, Francis E., scientist, was born December 10, 1847, at Fort Byron, New York. With his father he came west to Iowa City in 1864, where he entered the University of Iowa two years later, graduating in 1870 with such high honors that he was immediately called to a tutorship in that institution, remaining as an educator in scientific branches for a period of four years. He was then offered a professorship in Washington University, at St. Louis, and took the chair of physics. During the next few years, while attending to his duties at the University, he wrote and published a number of valuable papers on "Animal Mechanics." he also contributed to the St. Louis Academy of Science and to the "American Journal of Science" articles on the distribution of errors in numbers written from memory, "A New Form of Lantern Galvanometer", etc. On private means he conducted a magnetic survey or Missouri from 1878 to 1882. In 1877 he organized the Missouri Weather Service on the same system then prevailing in Iowa, and which was afterward adopted by most of the other states.

Professor Nipher was for several years president of the Academy of Science and also president of the Engineers' Club, writing the reports of the transactions of the former for five consecutive years ... He has also contributed numerous papers to scientific journals, American and European, on "Electricity", "The Steam Engine", etc. His "Theory of Magnetic Measurements," published by Van Nostrand in 1886, and "Electricity and Magnetism,” 1895, are standard works on these subjects.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: The accruals are interfiled with the collection.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: This material was donated to the University Archives on June 15, 1971.  Additional material was added in October 1995 and September 1996.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Sarah Pabarcus in May 2005 and September 2006.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in August 2012.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Files],
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[Series 4: Glass Plate Negatives],

Series 1: FilesAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1: Correspondence (Carnegie Foundation)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence (Dept. of State)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence (Nipher, C.)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence (Thompson, S.)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Diary 1, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Diary 2, 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Diary 3, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Diary 4, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photos (Field Text and Boxes)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Photos (Lightning Flashes)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Photos (Nipher, F.)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Photos (Trans AC)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Newsclipping, "Professor Nipher for Head of National Weather Bureau?" May 11, 1913.Add to your cart.

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