Pritchett, Henry S. (Henry Smith), 1857-1939

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Astronomer, superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

From the description of Henry S. Pritchett papers, 1876-1967 (bulk 1900-1939). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71061298

Biographical Note

  • 1857, Apr. 16: Born, Fayette, Mo.
  • 1875: A.B., Pritchett Institute, Glasgow, Mo.
  • 1878 - 1880 : Assistant astronomer, United States Naval Observatory
  • 1880 - 1881 : Assistant to his father, Carr Waller Pritchett, Morrison Observatory, Glasgow, Mo.
  • 1881: Appointed assistant professor of astronomy and mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1882: Second in command to Edwin Smith, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey expedition to New Zealand to observe the transit of Venus
  • 1883: Named professor of astronomy and director of the observatory, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1889: Headed expedition to California to observe the solar eclipse, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1894 - 1895 : Studied astronomy, University of Munich, Munich, Germany, receiving a doctorate
  • 1897: Appointed superintendent, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • 1900 - 1905 : President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.1905 Submitted to Andrew Carnegie a plan to establish a fund to provide retiring allowances for professors Served with the Charles River Basin Commission, the Lighthouse Board, and the Immigration Commission
  • 1906: Published What Is Religion? Boston: Houghton, Mifflin 1906-1930 President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • 1911 - 1930 : Trustee, Carnegie Corp. of New York (president, 1920-1923)
  • 1930: Retired as president emeritus, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • 1933: President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • 1939, Aug. 28: Died, Santa Barbara, Calif

From the guide to the Henry S. Pritchett Papers, 1876-1967, (bulk 1900-1939), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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referencedIn Otis, Joseph Edward, 1867-1959. Report on Indian affairs, 1923. Newberry Library
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn James family additional papers, 1859-1986 (inclusive), 1859-1922 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Elihu Thomson Papers, 1865-1944 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Carnegie Corporation of New York. Carnegie Corporation of New York Records, 1900-2004. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Bunn, John W., 1831-1920. Letter: to Henry S. Pritchett, Boston, Mass., 1905 Jan. 12. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn David Peck Todd papers, 1862-1939 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1911-1944 (inclusive), 1929-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bruce, Philip Alexander, 1856-1933. Papers of the Hubard family [manuscript] 1749-1951. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Henry Suzzallo papers, 1903-1937 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. Letters : of Woodrow Wilson, 1889-1907 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Edward Williams Morley Papers, 1833-1923, (bulk 1863-1899) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Robert Grant papers, 1809-1940. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Wendell family papers, ca. 1620-1921. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938. Correspondence concerning the National Academy of Sciences, 1913 Feb.-Mar. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959. Abraham Flexner papers, 1865-1989 (bulk 1900-1959). Library of Congress
referencedIn Gildersleeve, Basil L. (Basil Lanneau), 1831-1924. Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve papers, 1847-1925. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf Bunn, John W., 1831-1920. Letter: to Henry S. Pritchett, Boston, Mass., 1905 Jan. 12. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Charles Nagel papers, 1877-1940 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Andrew Carnegie Papers, 1803-1935, (bulk 1890-1919) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Nagel, Charles, 1849-1940. Charles Nagel papers, 1877-1940 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Abraham Flexner Papers, 1865-1989, (bulk 1900-1959) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Remsen, Ira, 1846-1927. Ira Remsen papers, 1868-1938. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf Pritchett, Henry S. (Henry Smith), 1857-1939. Henry S. Pritchett papers, 1876-1967 (bulk 1900-1939). Library of Congress
referencedIn Thomson, Elihu, 1853-1937. Papers, 1853-1955. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926. Correspondence of Charles W. Eliot, 1870-1920. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Todd, David P. (David Peck), 1855-1939. David Peck Todd papers, 1862-1939 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919. Papers of Andrew Carnegie, 1803-1935 (bulk 1890-1919). Library of Congress
referencedIn Stanford University. President's Office. Stanford University, President's Office, Medical School correspondence, 1902-1912. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Additional papers of the Howe-Richards family, 1843-1957. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hay, John, 1838-1905. Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Platt" to "Ray". Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Henry S. Pritchett Papers, 1876-1967, (bulk 1900-1939) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Walter Sydney Adams Papers, 1881-1939 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Smith, Reginald Heber, 1889-1966. Correspondence relating to his writings on justice and the poor, 1913-1921. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Ely, Richard Theodore, 1854-1943. Papers, 1812-1963 (bulk 1882-1939). Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
referencedIn Emil Lorch Papers, 1891-1963 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Todd, David P. (David Peck), 1855-1939. David Peck Todd papers, 1862-1939 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President records, Bulk, 1897-1931, 1883-1941 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Records, 1905-1979. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Vincent, John Martin, 1857-1939. John Martin Vincent papers, 1868-1937. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs. Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs records, 1914-1996. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Morley, Edward Williams, 1838-1923. Edward Williams Morley papers, 1833-1923 (bulk 1863-1899). Library of Congress
referencedIn Nagel, Charles, 1849-1940. Charles Nagel papers, 1877-1940 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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Relation Name
correspondedWith Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915 person
associatedWith Adams, Walter S. (Walter Sydney), 1876-1956 person
correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
correspondedWith Bowles, Samuel, 1826-1878 person
associatedWith Bunn, John W., 1831-1920. person
correspondedWith Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 person
associatedWith Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919. person
associatedWith Carnegie Corporation of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. corporateBody
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Charles River Basin Project. corporateBody
correspondedWith Dawes, Charles Gates, 1865-1951 person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926. person
associatedWith Ely, Richard Theodore, 1854-1943. person
associatedWith Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959. person
associatedWith Franklin Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Furst, Clyde Bowman, 1873-1931. person
associatedWith Gildersleeve, Basil L. (Basil Lanneau), 1831-1924. person
correspondedWith Grant, Robert, 1852-1940 person
associatedWith Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938. person
correspondedWith Hall, Samuel S. person
associatedWith Hay, John, 1838-1905. person
correspondedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Howe family. family
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
correspondedWith James family. family
correspondedWith Jessup, Walter A. (Walter Albert), 1877-1944 person
correspondedWith Keppel, Frederick P. (Frederick Paul), 1875-1943 person
correspondedWith Learned, William S. (William Setchel), 1876-1950 person
associatedWith Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963 person
associatedWith Massachusetts. Charles River Basin Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Office of the President corporateBody
correspondedWith Morley, Edward Williams, 1838-1923. person
associatedWith Nagel, Charles, 1849-1940. person
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 person
associatedWith Otis, Joseph Edward, 1867-1959. person
correspondedWith Rabitte, Margaret person
correspondedWith Reed, Alfred Zantzinger, 1875-1949 person
associatedWith Remsen, Ira, 1846-1927. person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 person
correspondedWith Root, Elihu, 1845-1937 person
correspondedWith Root, Elihu, 1881-1967 person
associatedWith Santa Barbara Relief Fund Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, Reginald Heber, 1889-1966. person
associatedWith Stanford University. President's Office. corporateBody
correspondedWith Storey, W. B. (William B.) person
associatedWith Storey, William B. person
correspondedWith Suzzallo, Henry, 1875-1933 person
correspondedWith Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930 person
associatedWith Thomson, Elihu, 1853-1937. person
associatedWith Todd, David P. (David Peck), 1855-1939. person
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Standards. corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. corporateBody
associatedWith Vincent, John Martin, 1857-1939. person
correspondedWith Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915 person
correspondedWith Wendell family. family
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
correspondedWith Wister, Owen, 1860-1938 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Massachusetts
United States
California
California--Santa Barbara
United States
Subject
Disaster relief--California
Earthquakes
Astronomy
Education
Disaster relief
Religious literature
Endowments
Education--Societies, etc
Medicine--Study and teaching
Rivers
Science
Earthquakes--California--Santa Barbara
Rivers--Massachusetts
Occupation
Educators
Astronomers
Public officials
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Birth 1857-04-16

Death 1939-08-28

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