Dr. Charles Came Papers

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Dr. Charles Came papers
Creator: Came, Charles, 1808-1881
Call Number: D.377
Dates: 1827-1862, 1948-1950
Physical Description: 1 box, 1 Posters
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Separated Materials
Content List
Correspondence
Sketches and Receipts
Publications and Notes
Collection Overview
Title: Dr. Charles Came papers
Creator: Came, Charles, 1808-1881
Call Number: D.377
Dates: 1827-1862, 1948-1950
Physical Description: 1 box, 1 Posters
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Dr. Charles Came (1808-1881) was a scientist, lecturer, inventor, astronomer, phrenologist, art historian, and designer of musical instruments. The first white child born in Henrietta, New York, he came from a humble background and had almost no formal education. Neither did his wife, Cynthia, whom he married in 1827.

By the end of his sixty-year career, however, Dr. Came had been nicknamed the "Johnny Appleseed of science" for the large numbers of young men he inspired to careers as scientists. For decades he traveled the Eastern United States from Maine to Ohio in a horse-drawn wagon loaded equipment demonstrating the latest advances in the fields of medicine and technology. From the 1820s to the 1880s he brought news of the telegraph, the electric motor, and the wonders of electrical current to thousands of people. Like many physicians of the time Dr. Came believed in the curative powers of electricity. He built and designed his own friction-based generators with which he claimed to diagnose and cure disease.

Dr. Came was also one of the region's earliest cabinetmakers and also specialized in stenciling. Several of his original designs, patterns, and recipes for paint pigment were discovered in a Pittsford attic in the 1940s, having been stored there for over 70 years. There was also a set of four claw feet which seem to demonstrate an aptitude for wood carving. Dr. Came's great-grandson Walker S. Lee, a Rochester city superintendent of buildings in the 1940s, owned a mahogany table with drop leaves and a finely inlaid chest, both made by his famous ancestor. Dr. Came also produced Hitchcock chairs which are now collectors' items.

Walker S. Lee's grandfather was Walker Leigh, was an Englishman of Scotch ancestry who came to New York at an early age. He married Dr. Came's daughter Amelia and subsequently changed the spelling of his name.

Scope and Content
The Dr. Charles Came Papers consists primarily of Dr. Came's correspondence to his family and articles written long after his death, demonstrating his legacy in regional history.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Correspondence
Came, Charles, 1808-1881
Scientists
Teachers
Inventors
Processing Information
Processed by Eileen Fay.Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Dr. Charles Came Papers were purchased on May 8, 2008 using the Claire Seward Fund.Access
The Dr. Charles Came papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Dr. Charles Came papers, D.377, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterSeparated Materials
Poster: "Scientific Exhibition! The Lightning Man is Coming!" (Lecture at the Rochester Museum of Arts and Science, Feb. 3, 1948)

This item has been removed from this collection and cataloged separately and added to the Broadside Collection, 2016.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1Charles Came to Cynthia and children, 1845-03-20
Box 1, Folder 2Charles Came to Cynthia, children, and friends, 1845-04-20
Box 1, Folder 3Charles Came to Cynthia and children, 1850-03-07
Box 1, Folder 4Charles Came to Cynthia and children, 1850-07-16
Box 1, Folder 5Charles Came to Cynthia and children, 1852-12-01
Box 1, Folder 6Charles Came to Cynthia and children, 1853-07-21
Box 1, Folder 7Charles Came to Cynthia, 1853-07-23
Box 1, Folder 8Charles Came to Cynthia and children, 1853-08-08
Box 1, Folder 9Charles Came to Cynthia and children, 1853-10-07
Box 1, Folder 10 S. Crump to Came, 1862-12-17
Box 1, Folder 11Edmund I. Willard to Came (April 17)
Box 1, Folder 12Charles Came to Cynthia (undated)
Box 1, Folder 13Charles Came to Cynthia (undated)
Box 1, Folder 14Charles Came to Cynthia (undated)
Box 1, Folder 15Charles Came to sister (undated)
Sketches and Receipts
Box 1, Folder 16Stencils and sketches, 1827-09-30 1828-04-03
Box 1, Folder 17Receipts and paint recipe, 1842-1849
Publications and Notes
Box 1, Folder 18Research notes (no name, undated)
Box 1, Folder 19Column: "Chats on Antiques" by Joan Lynn Schild (Rochester Times-Union), 1948-02-05
Box 1, Folder 20Column: "Chats on Antiques" by Joan Lynn Schild (Rochester Times Union), 1948-05-27
Box 1, Folder 21Article: "History Unit Sets Talk on Dr. Came" (unknown Brighton paper, undated)
Box 1, Folder 22Article: "The Strange Case of Dr. Came and the Sleeping Man" by Edmund S. Carpenter (New York Folklore Quarterly, Winter 1949)
Box 1, Folder 23Article: "Dr. Came, the Lightning Man" by Joan Lynn Schild (Rochester Historical Association Scrapbook, 1950)


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