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About this collection

This digital collection will contain all the manuscripts of Wisconsin scientist Increase A. Lapham (1811-1875) that are owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Digitizing began in July 2015, thanks to a generous grant from the Council of University of Wisconsin Librarians, and will last well into 2016. When completed, the online collection will contain about 40,000 pages in 277 folders and include all of Lapham’s correspondence, diaries, scientific notes, and other papers. If funding permits, the collection will also contain museum objects and printed publications associated with Lapham.

A detailed inventory of the physical papers can be seen at the link below. Folders will be digitized in the order shown there, for the most part, and published online as they are completed.

Searching: Because nearly all 40,000 pages are handwritten, searching the text of each page is impossible. Each folder has therefore been carefully described and searches will retrieve entire folders likely to contain the information requested. Click a thumbnail to open a folder and then browse its table of contents in the right-hand frame to locate relevant pages.

Rights: All documents in the Lapham Papers are free from copyright restrictions. We encourage you to use them however you wish, but ask that you always cite them clearly and include a link back to this page. High-resolution files can be provided for a fee; see our FAQs About Buying Historical Images for more information.

Learn More: Digital versions of some other materials by and about Lapham are already available on our Web site:

Questions about the Lapham Papers digitizing project can be addressed to laura.farley@wisconsinhistory.org

 

Photo Credit:Increase Lapham Examining a Meteorite, 1871 (WHi-1944) 

 
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