Joel W. Andrews, Meteorological Observations (1858-1868)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, June 2013
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Joel W. Andrews, Meteorological Observations
Creator: Andrews, Joel Wicker, 1802-1869
Inclusive dates: 1858-1868
Extent: 1 volume
Joel W. Andrews of Albany, New York, compiled meteorological records in this volume from December 1858-December 1868. He recorded barometric readings, temperatures, and remarks about weather conditions.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1982. M-1990.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation

Joel W. Andrews, Meteorological Observations , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Joel Wicker Andrews was born in Pittsford, Vermont, on August 20, 1802, the son of Zelotes Andrews and Betsey Wicker. He lived in Albany, New York, where he made meteorological equipment. He and his wife, Maria Jane Vernon, had at least one surviving daughter, Ada. Joel W. Andrews died in 1869.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume (around 440 pages), titled Meteorological Observations, contains meteorological records that Joel W. Andrews of Albany, New York, compiled from December 1, 1858-December 31, 1868. Andrews took barometric and thermometer readings 3 or 4 times daily, noted the wind direction, reported the day's maximum and minimum temperature, made remarks about weather conditions, and recorded monthly precipitation totals. Andrews made some observations while traveling in northern New York State and in Vermont; many entries mention the offices of Albany newspaper Atlas & Argus.

Andrews's notes occasionally concern astronomical phenomena such as the aurora borealis and meteor showers, and he pasted in newspaper clippings about a severe storm (May 1859) and a record high barometric reading (January 1866). On at least one occasion, his daughter Ada wrote in the volume in his place.

Subject Terms

  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • Meteorology--Observations--New York (State)
  • New York (State)--Description and travel.
  • New York (State)--Weather.
  • Vermont--Description and travel.
  • Andrews, Ada.
Genre Terms:
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Weather diaries.

Contents List (Request Materials)

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Container / Location Title
Volume   1  
Joel W. Andrews, Meteorological Observations,  December 1, 1858-December 31, 1868 [series]

Additional Descriptive Data


Andrews, Alfred. Genealogical History of John and Mary Andrews, Who Settled in Farmington, Conn., 1640... Chicago: A. H. Andrews & Co., 1872.

Collections on the History of Albany, from Its Discovery to the Present Time, with Notices of Its Public Institutions, and Biographical Sketches of Citizens Deceased. Volume 4. Albany: J. Munsell, 1871.