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Photographs from the Papers of James Curtis Booth


Held at: Science History Institute Archives [Contact Us]315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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James Curtis Booth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 25, 1810 to George and Ann Bolton Booth. He was an analytical chemist and metallurgist who spent the bulk of his professional life as an employee of the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia, where he was Chief Melter and Refiner. He also taught chemistry and, partnered with Matthew Boye and later with Thomas Garretson, ran a successful analytical laboratory-cum-training school for chemists, the first institution of its kind to be opened in the United States. Both was educated in the United States and also spent two years in Germany studying with chemist Friedrich Wöhler. He married Margaret Martinez Cardeza in 1853 and together they had four children, James (1854-1857) Ann, Laurette and Margaret.

This collection contains photographs of James Curtis Booth and his laboratory, photographs of painted portraits of members of his extended family, and portraits of German chemist Friedrich Wöhler, with whom Booth studied. The predominant forms are gelatin silver prints and albumen prints of various sizes.

Separated from the Papers of James Curtis Booth, 1785-1944 (bulk 1830-1895); Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino, book dealer, from the former collection of Marian Sadtler Carson, collector and historian, 2005.

Method of acquisition--Purchased for collection; Date of acquisition--2005.

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Collection Inventory

2005.070.002. Portrait of James Curtis Booth, 1874.
Box 1
2005.070.003. Booth's Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, undated.
Box 1
2005.070.004. Photograph of (painted) portrait of Mrs. James McClean Bolton (nee Mary Ann Clay), circa 1802-1808.
Box 1
2005.070.005. Photograph of (painted) portrait of Reverend Robert Clay, James Booth's brother-in-law, 1887.
Box 1
2005.070.006. Portrait of Unknown Woman, undated.
Box 1
2005.070.007. Portrait of Friedrich Wöhler, 1869.
Box 1
2005.070.008. Portrait of Friedrich Wöhler, undated.
Box 1

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