Hudson Maxim collections

About this collection

    This digital collection combines multiple physical collections from the Library's holdings related to Hudson Maxim (1853-1927), the American inventor and chemist best known for his work in the development of smokeless gunpowder and military explosives.
    The materials here chronicle Hudson Maxim's life and work from the late 1880's, when he began working for his eldest brother, the inventor Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840-1916), to the final years of his life. They document not only his scientific work, but also his collaborations with the du Pont family and company, as well as his personal business affairs and family life.
    This digital collection also includes many materials from his second career as a public speaker and popular personality, known for expounding on a wide variety of topics ranging from scientific and military topics, to poetry, economics, social issues, public affairs, and local politics in his home of Hopatcong, New Jersey.
    Image: People with Maxim gun, March 1888 (date is inferred/questionable). Click here to view the image in the collection.

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