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George Perkins Marsh Online Research Center

George Perkins Marsh

The George Perkins Marsh Online Research Center, available through the University of Vermont’s Center for Digital Initiatives, brings together transcriptions from over 650 of Marsh’s letters held by UVM, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the Houghton Library, Harvard University, the New York Historical Society, and the Archives of American Art.

When Marsh’s Man and Nature was published in 1864 it was immediately hailed as a major contribution to the field of physical geography. Now a classic of environmental literature, its author, George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882), was one of the first to recognize and describe in detail the significance of human action in transforming the natural world. In addition to his work as a scholar and lawyer, Marsh served in the United States Congress in the 1840’s and held diplomatic posts in Turkey and Italy.

Major topics covered in the correspondence include the American Civil War, Vermont geography, nineteenth-century sculpture, nineteenth-century public architecture, and the creation of the Smithsonian Institution.

Brady-Handy Photograph Collection/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Digital File Number: LC-DIG-cwpbh-02223)


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