Dwight L. Mikkelson collection on Thomas Harris Barlow

Abstract

The Dwight L. Mikkelson collection on Thomas Harris Barlow (dated 1954-1955, undated; 0.15 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of material gathered by Dwight Lawrence Mikkelson on inventor Thomas Harris Barlow during research for his M. A. degree in history at the University of Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Dwight L. Mikkelson collection on Thomas Harris Barlow
Creator
Mikkelson, Dwight
Extent
0.15 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Inventions -- Kentucky.
Inventors.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Ida Sell
Preferred Citation
68m99: [Identification of item] Dwight L. Mikkelson collection on Thomas Harris Barlow, 1954-1955, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Dwight L. Mikkelson was a graduate student at University of Kentucky in 1954 and 1955. He studied history and was interested in the orreries (planetariums) that Kentucky-born inventor Thomas Harris Barlow (1789-1865) and his son, Milton K. Barlow constructed in the nineteenth century.
Scope and Content
The Dwight L. Mikkelson collection on Thomas Harris Barlow (dated 1954-1955, undated; 0.15 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of material gathered by Dwight Lawrence Mikkelson on inventor Thomas Harris Barlow during research for his M. A. degree in history at the University of Kentucky. The bulk of the papers consist of Mikkelson's correspondence with university libraries, planetariums, and Barlow family members in an attempt to document the inventor's activities. The collection also contains two photographs of a planetarium given to General Robert E. Lee by admiring Kentuckians after the Civil War. Lee donated the planetarium to Washington and Lee University for use in an astrology class taught by professor Barlow.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Dwight L. Mikkelson correspondence, 1954 April 12-1955 May 2

  • Box 1, folder 1
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General Lee planetarium photographs, undated

  • Box 1, folder 2
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