Robert Kennicott (1835-1865?) and Henry M. Bannister (1844-1920) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Kennicott-Bannister Papers constitute a small but valuable collection, especially for the history of American science. The bulk of the collection consists of the letters and diaries of the two explorers between 1857 and 1873.
The Kennicott correspondence is all incoming, and concerns the establishment of the natural history museum at Northwestern and the classification of various flora and fauna. The Kennicott materials also include a copy of his Alaska journal as printed in the Transactions of the Chicago Academy of Science, vol. 1, part 2 (1869).
The papers of Henry Bannister are more extensive than those of his mentor. Of prime importance are the five volumes of his diary, recorded between March 21, 1865 and July 5, 1873. The entries after January, 1867 are irregular; however, Bannister's papers include his correspondence between January 1, 1864 and December 21, 1905, with Kennicott and officials at the Smithsonian Institution.
Other items of interest are Bannister's memoir of the Alaska expedition and a number of manuscript essays on the expedition, Kennicott, and Russian possessions in North America. Photographs and correspondence concerning the history of the collection are also included.
Additions:Fifteen letters, certificates, and other documents have been interfiled into the Kennicott and Bannister Papers.
A letter from Lucy Kimble to H. M. Bannister, undated, probably around 1889.
A letter to Lucy Kimble from H. M. Bannister, dated Cazenovia, N.Y., May 6, 1889.
Letter to H.M. Bannister from Lucy Kimble, dated Leyden, December 22, 1888.
Letter to H. M. Bannister, unsigned, probably from Lucy Kimble, from Louisville, June 28, 1888.
Letter to H. M. Bannister from Lucy Kimble, dated Leyden, April 7, 18--(?).
A letter and envelope to H. M. Bannister from his father, dated Evanston, May 11, 18--(?), about his going on the Rocky Mountain expedition.
Telegram to H. M. Bannister from Mary (Bannister Willard), dated Milano 410, July 31, 1886.
Letter to Dr. Blumer from a Dr. E. Regis in Bordeaux, about Bannister's work and writings on "mental maladies."
Letter from H. M. Bannister to his father, dated Washington D. C., August 14, 1869.
Letter to H. M. Bannister from Henry W. Elliot, dated St. Paul's Island, Bering Sea, May 1, 1873.
Certificate of Graduation to H. M. Bannister from the Illinois State Board of Health, September, 1877.
Letter to the Board of Commissioners from Wm. E. Laine recommending H. M. Bannister for Superintendant of Cook County Insane Asylum.
Letter to H. M. Bannister from S. A. L--, undated, about the latter's fish report.
10 tickets of matriculation from the National Medical College, 1869-70, for H. M. Bannister.
4 page typescript of a tribute to H. M. Bannister by Dr. Horace Greeley Smith.
Four of Henry M. Bannister's diplomas and certificates have been added to this series. They include Bannister's 1869 Liberal Arts graduate diploma from Northwestern University, his 1871 Doctor of Medicine diploma from Columbia, an 1879 certificate of membership in the State Natural History Society of Illinois, and an 1888 certificate of membership in the Chicago Medico-Legal Society.
Bannister's Doctor of Medicine diploma from Columbia has been filed in Room 110, Map Case, Drawer B. The other three items have been placed in an oversized folder along with Bannister's 1863 Bachelor of Philosophy diploma from Northwestern (a separation from an earlier accession) and shelved at Room 111B, B, 0.
- 1857 - 1905
- Bannister, Henry M. (Henry Martyn), 1844-1920 (Person)
- Kennicott, Robert, 1835-1866 (Person)
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Language of Materials
The papers of Robert Kennicott and Henry M. Bannister constitute a small but valuable collection, especially for the history of American science. The bulk of the collection consists of the letters and diaries of the two explorers, for the years 1857-1873. The papers of Henry Bannister are more extensive than those of his mentor. Photographs and correspondence concerning the history of the collection are also included.
The Kennicott material is arranged before the Bannister materials. This is followed by material about the collection, and reprints.
Method of Acquisition
These items were donated to the University Archives by Mabel Gardiner for Ruth Bannister in December, 1979, as Accession Number 79-229.
Addition: The University Archives received these items from Ruth Bannister donated these items to the University Archives on November 24, 1980 as Accession #80-183.
One book, James Alton James (ed.) "The First Scientific Exploration of Russian America and the Purchase of Alaska" (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1942), was separated to the University Archives Faculty Collection. Two folders of photographs were separated and added to the University Archives Photographic Collection under the heading Kennicott, Robert and Bannister, Henry M.
T. Walch, August, 1975. Refoldered and reboxed, August, 1999. Additions: Kevin Leonard, June 11, 1981.
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