Cogswell, Joseph Green, 1786-1871

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Birth 1786-09-27
Death 1871-11-26

Biographical notes:

Joseph Green Cogswell was a native of New England and graduate of Harvard. Throughout his long and active life, he was a scholar, educator, editor, bibliographer, and author, as well as superintendent of the Astor Library. Through his reputation, connections, and extensive travelling, he was known by many of the most notable figures of the nineteenth century, including Goethe, Irving, Byron, Scott, and Humboldt.

From the description of Joseph Green Cogswell letter, 1852 April 5. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 52577893

Joseph Green Cogswell (1786-1871) was an educator and librarian. He was appointed librarian and professor of mineralogy and geology at Harvard University in 1820, founded the Round Hill School in Northampton, Mass. with George Bancroft in 1823, owned the New York Review from 1839 to 1842, and worked with John Jacob Astor on the establishment of a large public library in New York City. In 1848 he was appointed the first superintendent of the Astor Library.

From the description of Joseph Green Cogswell papers, 1817-1877. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122466401

From the guide to the Joseph Green Cogswell papers, 1817-1877, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

American librarian and bibliographer.

From the description of Letter and obituary of Joseph Green Cogswell, 1860-1871 [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647823338

Teacher, librarian, and founder of Round Hill School, Northampton, Mass.

From the description of Letter, 1830 September 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122578649


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