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Personal papers of Richard Colles Johnson, long-time Newberry Library bibliographer of American literature and history, including his own correspondence and writings, but also an extensive collection that Johnson gathered of the papers of the Colles family of Ireland, which consist of the correspondence, subject files, photographs, art work, and writings of a number of Colles family members, but particularly Christopher Colles, 1739-1816. Christopher Colles was an engineer, inventor, and promoter who came to America in 1765. He was one of the first Americans to design a steam engine and to propose a canal connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River.