Thomas P. Roberts Papers, 1827-1944  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Roberts, Thomas P. (Thomas Paschall), 1843-1924
Title
Thomas P. Roberts Papers
Dates
1827-1944
Quantity
2 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2541, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Thomas P. Roberts Papers include letters, diaries, legal and financial documents, essays, reports, printed materials and photographs, all collected or created by Thomas Paschall Roberts. Topics include the formation and operation of the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal Commission, the Monongahela Navigation Company, the Northern Pacific Railroad, and the construction of canals, locks, railroads and other engineering projects in the United States and Brazil.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Milnor Roberts (1810-1881) was a Pennsylvania-born civil engineer who was engaged as chief engineer for various projects in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Canada. From 1857 to 1865 he was in charge of the building of the Don Pedro Railway in Brazil. After his return to the United States Roberts was engaged on important hydraulic and railroad works, such as the improvement of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the construction of the St. Louis Bridge, and the water supplies of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He was also involved in surveying the route for the Northern Pacific Railroad. He married Annie Barbara Gibson of Pennsylvania in 1837 with whom he had six children; William Milnor Roberts, Jr. (July 7, 1838), John Bannister Gibson Roberts (Feb. 1, 1841), Thomas Paschall Roberts (April 21, 1843), George Gibson Roberts (March 22, 1845), Annie Gibson Roberts (April 27, 1849), Richard Anderson Roberts (May 13, 1854) and Charles Watts Roberts (July 1857).

Thomas Paschall Roberts, the third son of William Milnor Roberts, worked with his father as a civil engineer and enjoyed a lengthy career on his own in the same profession. He grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and attended Dickinson and State colleges, leaving the latter as an undergraduate in 1863 to join his father in Brazil. Following his return to the States in the fall of 1865 he took charge of surveys in Northwestern Pennsylvania for a projected railroad. In 1866 Roberts became principal assistant to his father in charge of the open-channel improvement of the entire Ohio River. From 1870 until 1884 he was engaged on or in charge of numerous railroad and waterway surveys, including the Montana Division of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Also in the early seventies he made a reconnaissance of the upper Missouri River from Fort Benton to the Three Forks, his report and map of which were published by the War Department in 1874. He surveyed the upper Monongahela River in 1875 and the Allegheny River in 1878-9. The latter half of his life was devoted almost entirely to waterway improvements and matters relating to navigation, in which he developed an unusual interest. In 1884 he became chief engineer of the Monongahela Navigation Company an when the United States Government purchased the company's plant in 1897, Roberts entered the service of the United States Engineer Department, retaining local charge of the Monongahela River improvements during the greater part of their reconstruction period until 1912, thereafter serving as consulting engineer in an advisory capacity in the United States Engineer Office at Pittsburgh. In 1889 he became interested in the proposed building of a canal between Lake Erie and the Ohio River near Pittsburgh, and in 1890 Governor Beaver appointed him chief engineer of the Ship Canal Commission of Pennsylvania to conduct the necessary surveys for determining the feasibility of the scheme. After an intensive study of the existing conditions he was in 1894 made chairman of an engineering committee designated by the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce to make a complete survey and prepare a report on the proposed canal as to its practicability. Roberts was a founding member of the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania and maintained a wide interest in scientific, social, and historical topics. He was particularly interested in the causes of the Ice Age in North America and wrote both scientific studies on the topic as well as a short novel. He married Juliette Emma Christy on June 8, 1870 and the couple had seven children: Eleanor Christy Roberts, Annie Gibson Roberts, Juliette Paschall Roberts, Laura Milnor Roberts, Thomas Paschall Roberts Jr., James Milnor Roberts, and Mary Brunot Roberts. Thomas Paschall Roberts died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1924.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Letters, diaries, legal and financial documents, essays, reports, printed materials and photographs, all collected or created by Thomas Paschall Roberts, make up the bulk of this collection. The letters contain many sheets written to Thomas from his father and other family members and friends regarding personal matters and engineering projects, along with outgoing drafts and carbons from Thomas to colleagues and friends. The diaries are primarily those of William Milnor Roberts while he worked in Brazil from 1860 through 1865, but one kept by Thomas details his daily life in 1867 while working to improve navigation on the Ohio River. Of particular interest in the collection are the manuscript essays and reports written by Thomas and others pertaining to a wide variety of historical, scientific, and engineering topics. One of the twelve photographs in the collection is a formal portrait of Thomas taken on September 18, 1920, which includes his detailed, humorous account of its creation on the verso. Some of the correspondents and creators of materials in this collection include John Marston Goodwin and Emile Low, also prominent civil engineers. Topics include the formation and operation of the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal Commission, the Monongahela Navigation Company, the Northern Pacific Railroad, and the construction of canals, locks, railroads and other engineering projects in the United States and Brazil.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Letters, 1857-1944Return to Top

Letters, mostly received by Thomas P. Roberts (TPR) in the course of his professional career, along with some family exchanges. Early letters dated from 1857 to 1863 are from family members, including TPR's mother, uncle, brother, and father, William Milnor Roberts. These letters pertain to family matters and personal reflections on the war and its causes. Of particular interest is the letter from TPR's brother, John B. G. Roberts, who attended a funeral in Washington, D. C. in 1861 and mentions meeting Abraham Lincoln. Postwar letters from 1866 to 1879 are mostly from William Milnor Roberts to various parties concerning engineering projects, including the survey for the intended route of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Letters dated 1881 and beyond are from a variety of engineers and businessmen to TPR, including John Marston Goodwin and Eban Brewer. Rough drafts and carbon copies of outgoing letters from TPR cover a wide variety of topics, including family matters, engineering problems, and the naming of the engineering building at Montana State University for his father. The most recent letters concern Roberts descendants. All have been chronologically arranged.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1850s
Anna Barbara Gibson Roberts, Carlisle, PA, letter to Thomas P. Roberts (TPR)
June 15, 1857
George McClure, Washington, D. C., letter to TPR
July 11, 1859
1/2
1861-1863
John P. Roberts (uncle of TPR), Philadelphia, PA, letter to TPR
April 29, 1861
John Banister Gibson Roberts, Washington, D. C. letter to TPR
September 8, 1861
William Milnor Roberts (WMR), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, letter to TPR
November 25, 1862
1/3
1866-1867
WMR, Franklin, Kentucky, to "Dear Sons," (TPR and WMR Jr.)
April 20, 1866
WMR, Hagerstown, Maryland, letter to Edwin M. Stanton, Sec. of War
August 11, 1866
WMR, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to Maj. Gen. Andrew Atkinson Humphreys
October 27, 1866
WMR, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to Maj. Gen. Andrew Atkinson Humphreys
May 30, 1867
WMR, Pittsburgh, Penn. letter to Maj Gen. Andrew Atkinson Humphreys
July 14, 1867
1/4
1868-1869
Col. John Navarre Macomb, Cincinnati, Ohio, letter to WMR
July 24, 1868
WMR, St. Louis, Missouri, letter to "my dear sir"
January 27, 1869
WMR, Salt Lake City, Utah, letter to TPR
June 18, 1869
Godfrey Weitzel, Louisville, Kentucky, letter to TPR
June 19, 1869
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to WMR
September 25, 1869
1/5
1871-1878
Julietta Roberts, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to TPR
April 20, 1871
WMR, New York, NY, letter to TPR, Assistant Engineer, Helena, Montana
[Missing last page]
June 4, 1872
WMR, New York, NY, letter to "Daughter and Granddaughter"
June 4, 1872
WMR, New York, NY, letter to "My Dear Mr. Brunot"
May 14, 1874
WMR, New York, NY, letter to TPR
March 31, 1875
WMR, New York, NY, letter to TPR
May 13, 1876
WMR, Tacoma, Washington, letter to General H. G. Knight, USA
August 4, 1878
TPR, Washington, Penn., letter to Julietta Roberts
August 7, 1878
George Stark, St. Paul, Minn, letter to TPR
November 16, 1878
C. Moser, Cincinnati, Ohio, letter to TPR
May 28, 1879
James B. Dougherty, Salamanca, N.Y., postcard to TPR
September 5, 1879
1/6
1881-1891
O. James, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, letter to TPR
July 25, 1881
John Marston Goodwin, Sharpsville, Penn, postcard to TPR
April 26, 1890
John Marston Goodwin, Sharpsville,, Penn, letter to J. C. Bragdon
January 30, 1891
John Marston Goodwin, Pittsburgh, Penn, letter to TPR
January 30, 1891
Eban Brewer, Pittsburg, Penn, letter to TPR
March 12, 1891
Eban Brewer, Pittsburg, Penn, letter to TPR
March 21, 1891
John Marston Goodwin, Sharpsville, Penn, letter to TPR
April 22, 1891
1/7
1903-1910
"Agnes," Munich, Germany, to TPR
August 19, 1903
William L. Seibert, Pittsburgh, Penn., to TPR
June 28, 1906
James O. Handy, Pittsburgh, Penn., to TPR
February 5, 1908
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn, to James O. Handy
February 6, 1908
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., to Hiram M. Chittenden
May 12, 1908
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn, to H. C. Newcomber
July 31, 1909
Unknown, White Plains, NY, to James Milnor Roberts
June 23, 1910
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to editor of Pittsburgh Dispatch
February 23, 1911
1/8
1912-1918
G. G. Pond, State College, Penn., to TPR
March 30, 1912
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., to Edwin E. Sparks
July 9, 1912
Charles Parker, New York, NY, postcard to TPR
December 3, 1912
Juliette Roberts, letter to "Dearest Father" (TPR)
December 10, 1912
Charles L. McKeehan, Philadelphia, Penn., to TPR
February 3, 1913
Unidentified, Gatus, Panama Canal Zone, letter to TPR
July 9, 1913
TPR, Pittsburg, Penn., to Street and Smith Publishers
December 11, 1914
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., to "Professor Abbe"
[second page missing]
November 1915
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn, to Paschall Roberts
February 2, 1918
1/9
1920-1944
William Craig, letter To TPR
regarding meteorite of 1860
October 5, 1920
TPR, Cincinnati, Ohio, letter to E. N. Johnston
[second page missing]
May 29, 1922
George M. Sherman, location unknown, to TPR
September 28, 1922
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to University of Montana (Montana State University)
[draft]
November 18, 1922
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn, letter to Professor Norris, Univ of Montana
[draft, including a biographical sketch of his father and some of his own experiences while surveying in Montana]
November 1922
Louis Ludlow, Washington, D. C., letter to the librarian of the University of Pittsburg
[typed copy, unsigned]
January 18, 1930
J. Hampton Moore, Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association, letter to George M. Lehman
[typed copy, unsigned, with enclosures]
February 18, 1930
A. L. Strand, Bozeman, Mont., letter to James Milnor Roberts
December 23, 1938
"Ginger," Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to James Milnor Roberts
October 18, 1944
1/10
undated
William Milnor Roberts, letter regarding river work
[two fragments; encapsulated]
TPR, letter regarding river work to the editor of the Chronicle
[rough draft in pencil]

Series 2:  Diaries, 1860-1867Return to Top

Five small manuscript diaries created by William Milnor Roberts while engaged by Brazil's Dom Pedro II for the construction of a railroad in that country. The diaries contain personal information as well as techincal notes on the project. The final diary, created by WMR in 1865, is actually a small memoranda book that contains random notes composed during his voyage back to the United States after the completion of his stay in Brazil. The Thomas P. Roberts diary contains detailed entries of his day to day activities in 1867, a time when he served as an assistant engineer under his father while engaged in a comprehensive survey of the Ohio River for navigation improvement.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/11
William Milnor Roberts
1860-1867
WMR, "Diary No. 2"
February 21 to April 30, 1860
WMR, " Diary No. 3"
March 10 to May 13, 1863
WMR, "Diary No. 5"
July 12 to September 5, 1863
1/12
William Milnor Roberts
1863-1865
WMR, Diaries No. 6 and 7"
[one volume]
September 14 to December 15, 1863
WMR, "Memorandums, Chiefly concerning ports, tides, etc., Steam ship Emily B. Souder"
June 26 to August 17, 1865
1/13
Thomas Paschall Roberts
1867

Series 3:  Legal and financial documents, 1860-1913Return to Top

Contracts, financial notes, appointment certificates, and miscellaneous financial notes pertaining to Thomas P. Roberts or his father, William Milnor Roberts. Documents include partnership agreements and property settlements for WMR in his Brazilian work, court documents for lawsuits involving TPR as a witness, contracts and property statements for TPR's personal property, and miscellaneous financial receipts for business and personal expenses. All have been chronologically arranged, and oversize materials removed to Box 5 have been noted.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/13
Legal documents
1860-1864
Articles of agreement based on a earlier contract partnership between William Milnor Roberts, Robert Harvey, and others concerned with the building of the Dom Pedro II Railway in Brazil
January 2, 1860
Balance sheet for the Firm Roberts/Harvey
handwritten
August 31, 1864
1/14
Miscellaneous financial memos
1864-1865
1/15
Thomas Paschall Roberts, statement regarding the disposition of the estate of his grandfather, John Bannister Gibson
February 12, 1868
1/16
Allegheny County, Pa., subpoena for Thomas Paschall Roberts and Alex King
June 25, 1879
1/17
Commissions
1889-1896
Appointment for TPR as member of the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal Commission
[removed to oversize box 5]
October 25, 1889
Delegate appontment for TPR to attend the Western Waterways Convention
[removed to oversize box 5]
October 8, 1895
Appointment for TPR as Engineer Inspector for the Pennsylvania Board of Health
February 11, 1896
1/18
Allegheny County, Pa., real estate transfer indenture issued to TPR
November 3, 1891
1/19
Release for workers on brick residence for TPR
November 4, 1902
1/20
Bidding advertisement for building U.S. Towboat T. P. Roberts
February 2, 1906
1/21
Witness deposition of TPR for Monongahela River Consolodated Coal and Coke Company vs. the United States
July 7, 1913
1/22
Miscelaneous receipts, invoices and property lists
[8 items]
1891-1913; undated

Series 4:  Essays and reports, 1880-1944Return to Top

Manuscript essays and reports composed by Thomas P. Roberts and others. The documents created by TPR cover a wide variety of topics, including his abiding interest in the causes of the Ice Age and its effects in North America, local history, religion, and engineering projects along the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers. TPR also gathered material dealing with his family's genealogy, and even wrote a novelette about Ice Age people. One essay, written towards the end of his life, gives TPR's views on Eienstein's theory of relativity. Three additional essays, written by William Milnor Roberts, John Marston Goodwin, and Emile Low, present thoughts on engineering projects in Brazil and Pennsylvania. The essays have been arranged in chronological order, with those by TPR preceding the last three created by others.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/23
[biographical statements and information]
[circa 1920-1944]
1/24
[Miscellaneous memoranda journal, contains "A Reminiscence of the War" and rough drafts of outgoing letters]
[circa 1880s]
1/25
[untitled essay on George Washington and Fort Duquense; incomplete]
June 2, 1902
1/26
"Old River Records"
March 22, 1909
1/27
"Comments on Prof. Swain's Articles"
April 23, 1910
1/28
"Papers by a Layman of the Orthodox Church"
March 1, 1913
1/29
"Physics and Causes of the Glacial Period," version 1
February 1914
1/30
"Physics and Causes of the Glacial Period," version 4
February 1914
1/31
"Physics and Causes of the Glacial Period," version 5
February 1914
2/1
"The Dividing Wall," version 1
April 1914
2/2
"The Dividing Wall," version 2
April 1914
2/3
"Reservoirs"
July 24, 1915
2/4
"Ohio River Board Report," extracts
September 8, 1916
2/5
"Memoranda-Trip over the Monongahela River"
November 3, 1918
2/6
"Einstein's Theory of Relativity"
July 5, 1921
2/7
"The Rainy Summer of 1875"
July 20, 1923
2/8
"The Canal from an Engineering and Business Standpoint"
2/9
"Theories Relating to the Causes of the Glacial Epoch"
2/10
"Systematic Table of Family History in Brazil"
[and related documents]
2/11
[Unidentified essay fragments]
2/12
"Improvement of Bay at Rio De Janeiro," by William Milnor Roberts
1881
2/13
"Memoranda of Relative Elevations," by John Marston Goodwin
January 30, 1891
2/14
"Reminiscences of the Narrow Gauge Railroad Craze," by Emile Low

Series 5:  Printed materials, 1841-1937Return to Top

Printed reports, pamphlets, broadsides, and newspaper clippings written by Thomas P. Roberts and others, collected by TPR or his descendants. Many of the materials in this series were either written by TPR or mention him and concern engineering projects such as the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal, the navigation exploitation of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, railroad construction, and the general topic of early American civil engineering. The first seven folders contain offprints of journal articles or pamphlets written by TPR. The following folders have been arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the creators and include serial publications that include articles written by TPR and others on the above mentioned topics. The newspaper clippings and scrapbooks are extremely fragile and have been removed for separate storage in oversize box 5. Photocopied surrogates are available for research use.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/1
Survey of the Monongahela River, and examination of the Louisa Fork of Sandy River. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting, in compliance with the river and harbor act of March 3, 1875, a report of Maj. W.E. Merrill, Corps of Engineers, on the survey of the Monongahela River, et. cetera January 25, 1876. -- Referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed. Serial Set Vol. No. 1689, Session Vol. No.12. 44th Congress, 1st Session. H.Exec.Doc. 91.
(Washington: GPO, 1876) [bulk of the report was written by Thomas P. Roberts and James E. Bell to Col. W. E. Merritt.]
3/2
Roberts, Thomas P. The Allegheny River
[an address by T. P. Roberts entitled "The Allegheny River" to the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania on February 17, 1880]
3/3
Roberts, Thomas P. Prospectus of the Ohio Valley Railroad between Evansville, Indiana and Jackson, Tennessee
(Pittsburgh : n.p., 1885)
3/4
Roberts, Thomas P. Long Distance Transportation of Natural Gas. A Paper Read Before the Society of Engineers of Western Pennsylvania, January 19, 1886
(Pittsburgh: the Society, 1886)
3/5
Roberts, Thomas P. Address on the commercial outlets of the Great Lakes, with special reference to the proposed Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal : delivered before the Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh, March 27, 1893
(Pittsburgh: s.n., 1893)
3/6
Roberts, Thomas P. The Projected Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal
(Boston, Damrell and Upham, 1893)
3/7
Roberts, Thomas P. ("Enlargement of the Erie Canal," article in Proceedings of the International Deep Waterways Association. 1st convention, Cleveland, Sept. 24-26, 1895
(Cleveland, W.M. Bayne Print. Co., 1895)
3/8
Black, W. M. The United States Corps of Engineers and its relation to the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. Centennial Celebration of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey
(Washington, D.C. : G.P.O., 1916)
3/9
American Society of Civil Engineers. Some notes on the location and construction of locks and movable dams on the Ohio River with particular reference to Ohio River Dam No. 18
(S.l.: s.n., 1923)
3/10
Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919. Pennsylvania's industries and railroad policy : An address delivered before the legislature of Pennsylvania, at Harrisburg, on Monday evening, April 8, 1889
(Pittsburgh? : s.n., 1889)
3/11
Citizens Meetings
[broadside announcing a public hearing by the board of Directors of the Pittsburgh, Castle Shannon and Washington Railroad on April 2, and Bethel School house April 3 to "consider and act upon the report of Thomas P. Roberts regarding various possible expansion routes of the railroad between Castle Shannon and Finleyville."]
3/12
Deisler, George F. Official program and complete history, Ohio River pageant and dedication, October 19th-25th, 1929, commemorating the completion of the Ohio River canalization from Pittsburgh to Cairo
(Cincinnati: 1929)
3/13
Eads, James Buchanan, 1820-1887. Mississippi Jetties: : Review by James B. Eads of the report of the Board of U.S. Engineers appointed under the act of Congress approved June 19, A.D. 1878. (Washington: GPO, 1878), bound with U. S. Secretary of War. Letter from the Secretary of War, communicating, in obedience to law, the report of the board of officers appointed to examine the works in progress of construction by James B. Eads, at the mouth of the Mississippi River. January 27, 1879. -- Referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed. Serial Set Vol. No. 1831, Session Vol. No.4, 45th Congress, 3rd Session, S.Exec.Doc. 49
(Washington: GPO, 1879)
3/14
Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Final Report of Committee on Roads, with Draft of Proposed Road Act
(Pittsburgh, Penn., Jos. Eichbaum and Co., 1891)
3/15
Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings
[partial]
(November 1890)
3/16
Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 23, 6
[includes "Floods and Means of their Prevention in our Western Rivers," by TPR]
(July 1907)
3/17
Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 24, 4
[includes "The Monongahela River,' by TPR]
(May 1908)
3/18
Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 26, 2
[includes "Floods in the River Seine," by TPR]
(March 1910)
3/19
Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 27, 8
[includes "Acids in the Monongahela River," by TPR]
(November 1911)
3/20
Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 32, 16
[includes "The Glacial Epoch," by TPR]
(October 1916)
3/21
Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 40, 10
[includes obituary of TPR]
(January 1925)
3/22
Great Britain. War Office. General Staff. Notes on engineer work during operations, Rev. ed.
(London: Harrison, 1918)
3/23
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Committee on Rivers and Harbors. Report of Committee on Rivers and Harbors on encroachments upon the channels of the rivers about Pittsburgh : read at the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Chamber, October 14th, 1889
(Pittsburgh : Joseph Eichbaum and Co., 1889)
3/24
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, et. al. Report of the joint commission of the Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh, Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Medical Society and Iron City Microscopial Society on the present condition and improvement of the water supply of Allegheny County
(Pittsburgh: the Commission, 1894)
3/25
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Lake Erie and Ohio River ship canal :organization, reports of committees, and other papers approved by the Provisional Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh, Pa.
(Pittsburgh, Pa. : James M'Millan, 1894)
4/1
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Lake Erie and Ohio River ship canal : report of the Provisional Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh, Pa. [special edition without appendix]
(Pittsburgh, Pa. : Percy F. Smith, Printing and Litho Co., 1896)
4/2
In memoriam, John Henry Galey : born February 4, 1840, died April 12, 1918
(New York : James T. White and Co., 1921)
4/3
Lake Erie and Ohio River ship canal Company. Memoranda in re the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal of Pennsylvania (s.l.; s.n.,
1910)
4/4
Lake Erie and Ohio River ship canal Company. Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal. Confidential
(sn.sd.)
4/5
Lake Erie and Ohio River ship canal Company. National Charter
(Pittsburgh, 1906)
4/6
Markham, E. M. Statistical Report of Lake Commerce Passing Through Canals at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario during session of 1919 with supplementary report of commerce passing through the Detroit River
(Washington: GPO, 1920)
4/7
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Second annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company
also Third annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1841
1840
4/8
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Fifth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company
also Sixth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1846
1845
4/9
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Eighth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company
also Ninth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1849
1848
4/10
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Tenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company
also Eleventh annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1851
1850
4/11
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Twelfth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company
also Thirteenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1853
1852
4/12
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Fourteenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company
also Fifteenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1855
1854
4/13
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Seventeenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company
also Eighteenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1858
1857
4/14
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Nineteenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company
also Twentieth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1860
1859
4/15
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Twenty-first annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company
also Twenty-second annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1862
1861
4/16
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Thirty-Sixth Annual report of the Board of Managers of the Monongahela Navigation Company to the stockholders : with accompanying documents
also Forty-Second Annual report of the Board of Managers of the Monongahela Navigation Company to the stockholders : with accompanying documents, 1882
1876
4/17
The Monongahela Navigation Company. Forty-Fourth Annual report of the Board of Managers of the Monongahela Navigation Company to the stockholders : with accompanying documents
also fragment of undated "Annual report to the stockholders of the Monongahela Navigation Co."
1884
4/18
The Nautical Gazette, 61, 4
[includes story on TPR and the new government steam launch T. P. Roberts, p. 58-59]
(July 26, 1906)
4/19
Pennsylvania. Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal Board. The Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal
(s.n., s.l.). [undated boardside]
4/20
Pennsylvania. Ship Canal Commission. Report of the Ship Canal Commission of Pennsylvania to the General Assembly of 1891 respecting the feasibility of a ship canal to connect the waters of Lake Erie and the Ohio River
(Harrisburg, Pa.: Ship Canal Commission of Pennsylvania ; Erie, Pa. : Printed by Dispatch Pub. Co., 1891)
4/21
Souvenir of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
([Pittsburgh?] : Eichbaum Press, 1898)
4/22
Stevenson, William Holmes,; 1857-. Report of the Lake Erie and Ohio River canal board of Pennsylvania / Filed June 28, 1917 with Hon. Martin G. Brumbaugh, governor of Pennsylvania
(Harrisburg?, s.n., 1917)
4/23
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Pittsburgh District. Aegis of an industrial empire : or, genesis of Pittsburgh Engineer District
(Pittsburgh : U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1937)
4/24
U.S. Secretary of War. Prevention of damage by floods. Letter from the secretary of war, transmitting report of the board of officers of the Corps of Engineers of the United States Army appointed April 12, 1913, upon the most practicable and effective measures for prevention of damage by flood to works constructed for the improvement of navigation, of interference with interstate commerce, and other disastrous results thereof.
(Washington, Govt. Print. Off. 1914)
2/25
Newspaper clipping scrapbook
[photocopy; fragile original has been placed in Box 5, oversize material]
4/26
Newspaper clipping scrapbook
[photocopy; fragile original has been placed in Box 5, oversize material]
4/27
Loose clippings
[photocopies]

Series 6:  Photographs, 1870-1933Return to Top

A formal 1912 portrait of TPR, with detailed information regarding its creation written on the back; several views of TPR with colleagues; images of TPR's stepmother and brother-in-law; an image possibly of the steam boat T.P. Roberts; several views of engineering and industrial sites in Pennsylvania.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/28
#1-12
#1: TPR, portrait
September 18, 1920
#2: TPR, unidentified group
circa 1910s
#3: TPR, unidentified group on ship deck
circa 1910
#4: Moon River Lock 1
[TPR visible on left of frame]
October 9, 1909
#5: Unidentified paddlewheel steamer
[T.P. Roberts?]
#6: Adeline de Beelen Roberts, age 16
[copy print]
#7: Robert Christy, portrait
circa 1870s
#8: Unidentified woman and child
[tintype found in TPR 1867 diary]
#9: Shop assembly, barge for U.S. Dept of Commerce, Buffalo, NY
1933
#10: Shop assembly, barge for U.S. Dept of Commerce, Buffalo, NY
1933
#11: Dipper dredge Beaver
September 7, 1933
#12: Launching party, U.S. dipper dredge Beaver, Leetsdale, Penn.
October 25, 1932

Series 7:  Maps and oversize materials, 1827-1923Return to Top

Manuscript and printed maps, including a detailed 1824 chart of the route of a Pennsylvania canal and other canals and railroads. An unidentified house plan which may be that of TPR's home details landscaping plants, and two later dated printed maps show early automobile routes through western Pennsylvania. Fragile oversize scrapbooks and two large printed appointment commissions are also in this series.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/1
"The Canal Route Between Pittsburg [sic] and Conneaut Lake."
Charles T. Whippo, Civil Engineer- Drawn by Matthew R. Stealey. [manuscript map on linen, very fragile, 31 by 76 inches]
"A.D. 1827"
5/2
Bellfontaine and Indiana Railroad Map
[photocopy]
1852
5/3
Commercial Map, Lake Erie and Ohio Ship Canal
March 1896
5/4
Map and Profiles, Lake Erie and Ohio Ship Canal
March 1896
5/5
Automobile Club of Pittsburgh.. South Western Pennsylvania road map.
(Boston: Walker Lith. and Pub. Co.,1917)
5/6
Automobile Club of Pittsburgh.. South Western Pennsylvania road map.
(Boston: Walker Lith. and Pub. Co., 1923)
5/7
Lehhman, George M. Map showing location of proposed Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal and connecting waterways, east of Mississippi River. Appalachian Coal Field and Iron Ore Region.
5/8
Lehman, George M. Map showing the areas having the benefit of through water transportation. The Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal at the point of the arrow would complete the chain. It is the missing link.
5/9
Lehman, George M. The Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal Board ; Beaver-Mahoning-Grand River Tourte. Drainage areas; storage reservoir on summit and line of canal as recently proposed by the District and Division of Engineers, U.S. Army.
5/10
Steamer "Sprague" and Tow
[blueprint]
1908
5/11
Hand drawn house plan
undated
Oversize/12
Appointment for TPR as member of the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal Commission [removed from Series 3]
October 25, 1889
Oversize/13
Delegate appontment for TPR to attend the Western Waterways Convention [removed from Series 3]
October 8, 1895
Oversize/14
Scrabook
[removed from Series 5]
Oversize/15
Scrabook
[removed from Series 5]
circa 1889

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Americans -- Brazil -- Diaries
  • Civil engineering -- Brazil
  • Civil engineering -- United States
  • Civil engineers -- Brazil
  • Civil engineers -- United States
  • Geology, Stratigraphic -- Pleistocene
  • Inland navigation -- United States
  • Railroads -- Brazil -- Design and construction
  • Personal Names :
  • Goodwin, John M.
  • Low, Emile
  • Roberts, Thomas P. (Thomas Paschall), 1843-1924 -- Archives
  • Roberts, W. Milnor (William Milnor), 1810-1881 -- Diaries
  • Corporate Names :
  • Estrada de Ferro Dom Pedro II (Brazil)
  • Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal Commission
  • Monongahela Navigation Company
  • Northern Pacific Railroad Company
  • Ship Canal Commission of Pennsylvania
  • United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
  • Family Names :
  • Roberts family -- Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • Brazil -- Description and travel
  • Monongahela River (W. Va. and Pa.) -- Navigation
  • Ohio River -- Navigation
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Roberts, W. Milnor (William Milnor), 1810-1881