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John Bigelow Jr. personal archives

Identifier: MC-0755

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Scope and Contents

The John Bigelow Jr. personal archives consists of three scrapbooks compiled by Bigelow while he was professor of military science and tactics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and date from 1894 to 1898. The scrapbooks contain letters by and to Bigelow, and ephemera such as invitations, cards, and event related material.


  • 1870s - 1898


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Biographical Note

John Bigelow Jr., 1854-1936, was a United States Army lieutenant colonel who taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as professor of military science and tactics from 1894-1898 and professor of french and Head of Modern Languages Department 1905-1910. He graduated from West Point in 1877 and was assigned to duty as instructor in the Department of Modern Languages at West Point in 1879. He served in Texas, Arizona, Washington DC, and the Department of Dakota as part of the military. (1) During his military career he led and wrote about the Buffalo Soldiers, regiments of African-American soldiers. (2) He resigned from teaching at MIT in October of 1910. (3)

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of the President. “Annual Report of the President and Treasurer, December 12, 1894,” 1894.

2. “Tenth Regiment of Cavalry, The Army of the US Historical Sketches of Staff and Line with Portraits of Generals-in-Chief, U.S. Army Center of Military History.” Accessed April 8, 2020.

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of the President. “Reports of the President and Treasurer,” 1911.


1 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

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Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Related Materials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Military Science and Tactics records, AC-0340.

Processing Information note

Custom housing was created for each scrapbook by conservation staff.

John Bigelow Jr. Personal Archives
Greta Kuriger Suiter
2019 April
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 September 15: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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