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Henry B. Nason collection

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Scrapbook of Henry B. Nason

Notebook for Henry Nason's Biographical Record of the Officers and Graduates of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1824-1886

Scrapbook of Francis Kellogg Townsend Nason



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Henry B. Nason collection, 1842-1895

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Primary Creator: Nason, Henry B. (Henry Bradford) (1831-1895)

Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet

Collection processed by: Bonnie Koopman

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection (MC 9) contains two scrapbooks, one of Professor Nason's and one of his wife's. The dates of the volumes span from 1858 to 1896. Nason's scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, printed invitations, programs and some personal correspondence. There is very little in the scrapbook pertaining to Nason's research or his professional writing, however numerous news clippings describe Nason's social activities and affiliations at RPI and in the surrounding region. The clippings are of a social nature documenting his life at RPI  and as a member of the Troy community.

Mrs. Nason's scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings, letters of condolence upon her husband's death, programs for his memorial services and for local music recitals. Memorabilia from steamship lines are also included.

Biographical Note

Henry Bradford Nason was born on June 22, 1831 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, the son of Elias and Susanna (Keith) Nason. At the age of ten the family moved to North Bridgewater (now Brockton), Massachusetts, the native town of his mother who had died the previous year. By 1844 Nason was attending Adelphian Academy in North Bridgewater and in 1847 he entered Williams Seminary in Easthampton, Massachusetts. After graduating in 1851 he entered Amherst and upon graduation four years later, he sailed to Gottingen, Germany. There he received his Ph.D. in 1857, from Georgia Augusta University, a student of Friedrich Woehler. While there Nason studied Chemistry, Mineralogy and Geology and attending lectures in Physics and Botany.

Nason returned to Troy and married Frances Kellogg Townshend, daughter of the Honorable Martin Ingham Townshend, ex-Congressman, also of Troy, on September 7, 1864. They had two children Henry Townshend and Louise Kellogg (who died in infancy). Professor Nason began teaching at Raymond Collegiate Institute in Cornell, New York in 1857 and the following year was appointed professor of natural history. After holding simultaneous appointments at Beloit College (Wisconsin) and RPI (1858-1866) he was appointed full professor at RPI and thereafter devoted his full time energies to teaching chemistry, mineralogy, and later geology until his retirement in 1894. He received three honorary degrees, an A.M. from Amherst, in 1864; an M.D. from Union University of New York in 1880, and an L.L.D. from Beloit College in 1880.

Nason became President of the American Chemical Society in 1890 and was also a member of other professional organizations such as the London Chemical Society, to which he was elected a fellow. While primarily a chemist, Nason was also interested in geology, and mineralogy. He took students on local geological field trips and travelled extensively in the United States and Europe for research purposes.

Aside from Nason's teaching and other scientific activities, Professor Nason, although not a Renssealer graduate, became a zealous member and leader of the Rensselaer community. He was the official historian of the Semi-Centennial Celebration in 1874, and served for many years, almost from its inception, as secretary of the Renssealer Alumni Association, passing on both his professional position and alumni post to his student, colleague, and successor, William Pitt Mason. In his Alumni Secretary's capacity, Nason was the tireless collector and compiler of the Biographical record of the Officers and Graduates of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute published in 1887. To this day the publication is an invaluable record of early Rensselaer history.

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Preferred Citation: Henry B. Nason collection, MC 9. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.


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[Volume I: Scrapbook of Henry B. Nason, circa 1858-1865],
[Volume II: Notebook for Henry Nason's Biographical Record of the Officers and Graduates of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1824-1886],
[Volume III: Scrapbook of Francis Kellogg Townsend Nason, 1842-1895],
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Volume III: Scrapbook of Francis Kellogg Townsend Nason, 1842-1895Add to your cart.
Page 2: Newspaper clippings - Death of H. B. Nason, 1895 January 18Add to your cart.
Page 3: Newspaper clipping - Death of H. B. Nason, 1895 January 18Add to your cart.
Page 4: Newspaper clipping - Death of H. B. Nason, 1895 January 18Add to your cart.
Page 5: Newspaper clipping - Death of H. B. Nason, 1895 January 18Add to your cart.
Page 6: Letter transmitting resolutions from the session of the First Presbyterian Church, undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 7: Resolutions adopted by the Session, undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 9: Minutes from the meeting of the Troy Scientific Association R.H. Ward, Pres. & J.C. House, Secy., undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 10: Resolutions adopted by Chicago R.P.I. Alumni Assoc, 1895Add to your cart.
Page 11: Minutes adopted by the Faculty of R.P.I., 1895Add to your cart.
Page 12: Minutes adopted by the Faculty of R.P.I., 1895Add to your cart.
Page 13: Minutes adopted by the Trustees of R.P.I., undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 14: The Polytechnic - Resolutions of Respect, 1895Add to your cart.
Page 15: Delta Phi Fraternity - Resolutions, 1895Add to your cart.
Page 16: Pratt Institute - Letter of sympathy, 1895Add to your cart.
Page 17: The Polytechnic - Remarks at R.P.I. Reunion, Cincinnati, 1895Add to your cart.
Page 18: The Polytechnic - Remarks at R.P.I. Reunion, Cincinnati, 1895Add to your cart.
Page 19: Newspaper clipping - American Association for the Advancement of Science - Death of Nason, undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 23: R.P.I. Certificate of thanks for donations of a Gonimeter, volumes of Geological Works and early Institute pamphletsAdd to your cart.
Page 24: Resolution passed by the Robert Ross Memorial Assoc., undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 25: Newspaper clippings - Honorary L.L.D. conferred by Beloit College on H.B. Nason, 1880Add to your cart.
Page 26: Resolutions adopted by the Young Women's Association, undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 27: Resolutions adopted by the Young Women's Association, undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 29: Photographs - Henry B. Nason and Frances Kellogg Townsend Nason a week after their wedding; Calling Card - Frances K. Townsend, 1864 September 7Add to your cart.
Page 30: Newspaper clipping - Musical entertainment at the Nason residence; Memos relating to the purchase of a bust, 1887, 1892Add to your cart.
Page 31: Poster - Curwen's Almanac, 1898 - London publishers of music books (loose); At home cards for the Class of 1885; New Year's wish (poem) for Mrs. Nason from H.B.N. penciled on postcard; Gift enclosure note from H.B.N. ; Receipted statement for goods purchased, 1873, 1893, 1894Add to your cart.
Page 32: 25th anniversary of Sunday School of Oakwood Avenue Presbyterian Church - Nason participation, 1891Add to your cart.
Page 33: White Star Line, Steamship Germanic, Saloon Passenger List - New York to Liverpool, 1878Add to your cart.
Page 34: Hamburg - American Packet Co., S.S. Columbia, Saloon Passenger List, 1892Add to your cart.
Page 35: Lunch Menu - S.S. Columbia, undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 36: Form letter soliciting funds from the alumni for construction of the Alumni Building to house the library and natural history collections, 1888Add to your cart.
Page 37: Letter to Nason accepting his resignation as a member of the Jury, Exposition Universelle de 1878 (Paris), 1878Add to your cart.
Page 38: Newspaper clipping - account of wedding at Greenport attended by Trojans, including Mr. and Mrs. Nason, undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 39: Letter dated Boston, from Elias Nason concerning a copy of his lecture for the press, 1869 April 10Add to your cart.
Page 41: Newspaper clipping - Davenport electric motor Programs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Page 42: 3 musical recitals of the Schmidt-Herbert String Quartettes, 1893Add to your cart.
Page 43: 3 musical recitals of the Schmidt-Herbert String Quartettes, 1893Add to your cart.
Page 44: Newspaper clipping - Chamber Musical Recital Program-3; Kneisel and Brodsky Quartets, 1894Add to your cart.
Page 45: Kneisel and Brodsky Quartets; Announcement - Adelphian Academy reunion (Nason attended the Academy 1844-1847; loose)Add to your cart.
Page 46: Memoir of H.B. Nason read at meeting of Geological Society of America, Philadelphia, 1895Add to your cart.
Page 47: Memoir of H.B. Nason read at meeting of Geological Society of America, Philadelphia, 1895Add to your cart.
Page 48: Handwritten letter to cousin Marion Nason from H.B. Nason, North Bridgewater (where he moved in 1841), 1842 March 9Add to your cart.

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[Volume I: Scrapbook of Henry B. Nason, circa 1858-1865],
[Volume II: Notebook for Henry Nason's Biographical Record of the Officers and Graduates of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1824-1886],
[Volume III: Scrapbook of Francis Kellogg Townsend Nason, 1842-1895],
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