Joseph LeConte collection

Joseph LeConte collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Joseph LeConte collection
Dates: 1890-1911
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (2 folders; housed with minor collections MS 1618 to MS 1623)
Coll. Number: ms1618(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

"Joseph LeConte, born in 1823, graduated from the University of Georgia in 1841. He enrolled in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1844 and received an M.D. in 1845. He married Elizabeth Caroline Nisbet in 1847 and established a medical practice in Macon. Because his first love was geology, however, he enrolled in the Lawrence Scientific School of Harvard College in 1850 to study with the famous naturalist Louis Agassiz. Upon completing his studies in 1851 he returned to Georgia and became professor of chemistry and natural history at Oglethorpe University (then located near Milledgeville). In 1852 Joseph was appointed professor of geology and natural history at the University of Georgia. Involved in a dispute with the university president, he left the university a year after his brother departed, and in 1857 he became professor of chemistry and geology at South Carolina College. During the Civil War he aided the Confederacy, first in producing medicines and later in the niter works." - "LeConte Family." New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Retrieved August 21, 2008)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a copy of Henry William Herbert's "Frank Forester's Sporting Scences and Characters," inscribed on the fly leaf "To Willie LeConte from Sid [Sidney Lanier]." Two v. in one. 1857. The back cover and spine are missing, and the bottoms of most of the pages are torn away.

There is also one set of apothecary's scales and weights that once belonged to Joseph LeConte.

The collection concludes with a scrapbook containing obituaries and other clippings. These clippings are pasted in and on top of a "McKesson & Robbins New-York Prices Current 1896" book.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)--19th century--Specimens.
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)--20th century--Specimens.
Clippings (information artifacts)
College teachers--California--Berkeley--Obituaries.
College teachers--Georgia--Athens--Obituaries.
Herbert, Henry William, 1807-1858 -- Frank Forester's sporting scenes and characters
Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881
LeConte, Joseph, 1823-1901
LeConte, Joseph, 1823-1901 -- Death and burial
Obituaries--19th century--Specimens.
Obituaries--20th century--Specimens.
Scales (Weighing instruments)
Scales (weighing devices)
University of California (1868-1952). -- Faculty--Obituaries
University of Georgia. -- Alumni and alumnae--Obituaries
University of Georgia. -- Faculty--Obituaries
Weights (scale components)
Weights and measures.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph LeConte collection, MS 1618. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: LeConte family papers, 1857-1916; LeConte genealogical collection, 1900-1943; Emma LeConte photograph album, 1900; Joseph LeConte letter, 10 September 1852; J. N. LeConte notebooks, circa 1905; LeConte - Furman - Carter family papers, circa 1795-1999.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Box containing LeConte's apothecary scales
2"In Memory to LeConte" scrapbook (pasted on top of "McKesson & Robbins New-York Prices Current 1896")
Clippings of obituaries pasted in McKesson and Robbins Price Current Book, 1896.
2Frank Forester's "Sporting Scenes and Characters"
"Frank Forester's sporting scenes and characters"