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John Ericsson was a Swedish-American inventor and mechanical engineer. He is perhaps best known for designing the Civil War ship U.S.S. Monitor, an ironclad warship with a revolutionary rotating turret. He also invented the caloric (or hot air) engine in the 1820s, which was safer and more practical than existing steam powered engines.

The John Ericsson papers consists of two letter-size folders of material and one oversize indenture. Included are letters, 1853-1879, written by Ericsson, primarily addressed to John O. Sargent; a carte de visite of an unknown woman; and an indenture.

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