John D. Runkle papers
On the topic of a proposed merger with Harvard, a letter from Harvard president Charles W. Eliot suggesting such a plan to Runkle is in the folder of June 1870 correspondence. Other education issues are topics of correspondence and the collection includes an 1876 report Runkle wrote for the MIT Corporation on the "Russian System of Shop-Work Construction for Engineers and Machinists." In 1858 Runkle founded the short-lived journal, The Mathematical Monthly, and the three published volumes are included. There are some letters to Runkle from his son and brother, as well as a volume with copies of letters Catherine Runkle wrote to her sisters, Lucy and Emily Bird, while she was in Europe with her husband and children, July 20, 1878, to September 5, 1880. The bound volume includes a forward written by John Runkle in 1883 to his two youngest children, who were born after the European trip.
- 1853 - 1880
- Runkle, John Daniel, 1822-1902 (Person)
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John Runkle was also associated with the Nautical Almanac computation project from 1849 to 1884. In 1858 he founded the journal The Mathematical Monthly and edited it for three years, when publication ceased.
He was married to Catharine Robbins Bird in 1862 until her death in 1897. Their children who lived to adulthood were Catharine Bird, born February 1863; John Cornelius, born December 1866; Eleanor Winslow, born March 1881; and Gordon Taylor, born July 1882. Two other children, William Bird (February-September 1865) and Emma Rogers (May 1870-May 1871) did not survive childhood.
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- “John Daniel Runkle and His Share in the Development of Technology.” Technique 1901: 37-59.
- Tyler, H. W. “John Daniel Runkle, 1822-1902.” Technology Review 4 (July 1902): 277-306.
- Life and Letters of William Barton Rogers. Edited by Emma Savage Rogers with the assistance of William T. Sedgwick. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company.The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1896. MIT Libraries | Full text online
- Runkle, John D. "The Russian system of shop-work instruction for engineers and machinists." Boston, Press of A.A. Kingman, 1876.
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- Harvard-M.I.T. Alliance (Proposed), 1870
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- Runkle, Catharine Robbins, 1839-1897
- Runkle, John Daniel, 1822-1902
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