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Collection on George Edward Dering

Identifier: MC-0638


  • 1850 - 1924


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Biographical Note

George Edward Dering was born in 1831 in Welwyn, England. Dering, who developed a love for scientific research at a young age and who was the owner of seventeen patents, is perhaps best known at MIT as the source behind the Vail Collection of books on electricity. When Dering’s voluminous collection of books went on sale in the London book market in 1912 (after his death in 1911), Theodore N. Vail, president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, purchased the books and presented them as a gift to MIT. The Dering Library was eventually renamed the Vail Collection and is now part of the Institute Archives and Special Collections.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 half manuscript box)

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