This is the website of the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists’ AHRC-funded project to catalogue the archives of eleven leading British mathematical and physical scientists. The AHRC grant has enabled each scientist’s papers to be catalogued at their respective repositories, and this website links to the various resulting online catalogues. The project has made available material relating not just to the work of the eleven scientists in their fields (ranging from atomic physics to radio astronomy), but also to aid the historical study of scientists’ wider contributions to society from war roles to the advancement of women in science. These topics are explored further in the ‘Connexions’ sections, which point the user to relevant material.
The Archives of Scientific Philosophy website describes the holdings of important collections at the University of Pittsburgh. These collections act as archival resources for investigating the history of scientific philosophy, that is, philosophy that has been influenced by scientific thinking and practices. The archives themselves include the publications, notes, lectures, and correspondence of such influential figures as Rudolf Carnap, Hans Reichenbach, Frank Plumpton Ramsey, Paul Hertz, Herbert Feigl, and Rose Rand. In addition to these collections of physical documents, there are microfiches of some of Ludwig Wittgenstein's papers, and a 300-reel microfilm archive for the History of Quantum Physics. The website also has a page on some of the archive's smaller collections relevant to this topic, and a page of practical information for scholars needing to locate and access particular documents.
This website - something of a work-in-progress - describes the Armstrong-Wynne collection - a series of chemical experiments undertaken by dyestuff industry pioneers Henry Edward Armstrong and William Palmer Wynne during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and now held at Imperial College, London. The straightforward website includes biographies of Armstrong and Wynne, a timeline of the dye industry from 2600 BCE to the modern era and detailed descriptions of the molecules resulting from Armstrong and Wynne’s work. Although much of the content on the website is relatively specialist and technical, the author attempts to render it intelligible to the lay person and overall this is an interesting introduction to the origins of what is now a “multi-billion dollar industry”.
This web resource describes the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling holdings forming the special collection at the Valley Library of Oregon State University. Linus Pauling (1901-1994) is considered one of the foremost scientists of the twentieth century, and is the only person every to win two individual Nobel Prizes, for chemistry in 1954, and peace in 1962. His textbook 'General Chemistry' has been a mainstay of undergraduate curricula. The collection includes all of the Paulings' personal and scientific papers, notebooks, and correspondence from 1916 to the present. There are more than half a million items altogether. The website organises the holdings by material type and alphabetical order, returning the catalogue code for each item along with a brief summary of what it includes and what date it covers. Some of the holdings have been digitised and may be viewed online, but users should be aware that the catalogue lists are not linked directly to the digitised material, which must be accessed from different parts of the website. The site also includes biographical information about Linus and Ava Helen Pauling, and links to exhibitions and other sites relating to them. This website was developed to assist scholars in locating particular items from the Pauling collection, and it fulfils this role admirably.
This website lists the Bournemouth University Library’s special collections. These cover two areas; media history and conservation sciences. Of particular note are the media history collections, which include material from the 1920s to the present. The collections include audio tapes and transcripts from the BBC Radio 4 Analysis documentary series (from 1970-1994); audience data and associated material from BARB, JICTAR and RAJAR (1966-2001); Channel Four Television press information (1990-2001), the Independent Local Radio Programme Sharing Digitization Project Archive (c1980-1990); Segrue Journalism Collection of books on the British Press (1910-1970), the TV Times Project’s microfilm from the ongoing digitisation of the TV Times schedules from 1956-1985; as well as other collections relating to the History of Broadcasting, Independent Production, Public Relations and Advertising. Many of these collections have been supported by grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the website details their contents and access arrangements. Additionally there are collections relating to natural history and conservation, of some value to the study of the history of science, especially in Dorset.
This website lists the wide ranging library special collections held by Cardiff University covering a wide range of literature, history and politics. Of particular note are the University’s extensive holdings related to Wales, its culture, language and politics, supplemented by other material from Celtic-speaking nations. Other collections relate to the history of medicine, trades unions and journalism. There are extensive descriptions of the collections, together with access to the online catalogues and various relevant databases, as well as information about consulting items physically.
The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) is an historical archives and research centre of the University of Minnesota. It is dedicated to promoting study of the history of information technology and information processing and their impact on society. CBI preserves relevant historical documentation in all media, conducts and fosters research in history and archival methods, offers graduate fellowships, and sponsors symposia, conferences, and publications. The website also provides a catalogue of the institute's significant archives of the history of technology. Materials within the archives include: corporate records, manuscript materials, personal papers, records of professional associations, oral history interviews, trade publications, periodicals, obsolete manuals and product literature, photographs, films, videos, and reference materials, and books that have become historically significant in the subject area.
This is the website for the University of Reading’s Cole Museum of Zoology. Founded in the early twentieth century by Francis Joseph Cole, the museum is “one of the most important and complete UK museums of comparative anatomy” and retains its original collection of 3500 specimens intact. The Museum is complemented by Professor Cole’s “precious library of first editions and rare volumes” of scientific and medical works. The website offers a useful collection guide, which as well as illustrating the collection, includes a brief introduction to the history of zoological collecting and comparative anatomy. The Cole Museum received AHRC-funding for its recent refurbishment.
Loughborough University’s David Lewis Collection includes around 3000 rare and important books and journals, collected by the University’s library. The collection has particular strengths in: architecture; art and design; town and country planning history; history of science, technology and engineering; history of sport; 18th and 19th century English literature and the history and topography of Leicestershire. There is also a collection of items published by the Plough Press, the majority of which are letterpress printed, hand bound and concern the history of paper and printing. Items are recorded in the University library catalogue which can be searched online.
The website "Drug Trade: Therapy, pharmacy and commerce in early modern Europe" makes available online the exhibition of the Museum of the History of Science's (University of Oxford) collection of early modern drug or pharmacy jars from 2004-2005. The jars, which date from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, are situated in the historical context of therapy and pharmacology in early modern Europe. Images and texts from contemporary herbals are used to illustrate the types of drugs and medicinal preparations that would originally have been contained in the jars. These herbals include Dodoens's "Niewe herball" and Gerard's "Herball". The site includes an introductory section, which contains a selection of quotations from vernacular herbals justifying their use of the English language, and a bibliography of the herbals used in the exhibition. The exhibition is presented in three parts: "Exhibition"; "Gallery"; and "Essay". The Exhibition section presents the images of jars and herbal illustrations according to the type of material they contained or represented: herbs; roots; wood bark gum; fruits; roses; animals; and minerals. Each illustration is accompanied by texts from the herbals, which describe the properties and uses of each plant. The Gallery section presents thumbnail images of the illustrations and the drug jars. Each image can be clicked for a larger version, which is accompanied by source and catalogue information. The Essay provides a brief overview of the preparation and use of medicines in the period. This site presents a useful and interesting collection of images and information, which will be appreciated by general users as well as students with an interest in early modern medicine. The site is now archived.
This website describes the Gordon Pathology Museum at King's College, London. Predominantly a teaching collection for medical students, the collection is nevertheless of interest to researchers of the history of medicine containing both a growing collection (over 8,000) of pathology specimens as well as anatomical and dermatological wax models by Joseph Towne, medical portraits by Lam Qua and collections of specimens and artefacts associated with Hodgkin, Addison, Bright and Astley Cooper. Although public access to the collection is limited, the website includes a number of illustrations of items within it and details of academic access.
This website was funded by the AHRC to create a combined catalogue of the three different parts of the Harwood mineral collection. Collected by mineralogist and chemist Henry Francis Harwood, the collection “is one of the most important and renowned mineral collections of its time” containing over 8,000 mineral specimens from classic topotype locations (many of which no longer exist). Now split between three institutions, the database records (with images of specimens where possible) the collection in its entirety. The website also includes a fairly detailed biography of Harwood.
This website is part of a project about the Harwood Mineral Collection and Dr Henry Francis Harwood - its creator. It describes the life and work of Dr Harwood (1886-1974), particularly focusing on his interests in mineralogy. The current locations of his mineral collection are summarised. The website is hosted by The University of Manchester School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. Mineral data can be found by searching or browsing the database.
The Historical Scientific Instrument Gallery website, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, displays images of and information about the collection that has been assembled from items used in teaching, demonstrating, and research by University staff from 1887 onward. The physical collection contains around seven hundred items from the last part of the nineteenth century and the first part of the twentieth, and a substantial sample of these appear on the website. The instruments are catalogued according to their field of use (optics, electrostatics, vacuum discharges, etc.). Brief descriptions are provided, alongside thumbnail photographs that can be clicked to view a larger image. Unfortunately, few original records remain detailing the provenance of the instruments, although the curator has recovered as much information as possible from old books and sale catalogues. This is a well-presented site that will be of interest to anyone studying the more recent history of scientific instruments or who requires images of such equipment.
The UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections website provides information about their collections, has online exhibits, and details of their online projects. The site has general information about the history and content of their collections. Details of opening hours and information on using the collection are also available for anyone wishing to consult the collections. As well as providing general information about the library and its collection the website has a number of online exhibitions, including ones on the relief of pain and suffering, bloodletting, and smallpox. The History and Special Collections department of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library are developing a number of digital projects. Details of these projects are available from the site. The site also has a list of medical history websites and details of fellowships and prizes.
This website results from the AHRC-funded cataloguing and research of the University of Leeds’ collection of botanical specimens collected by pioneering botanist Ida Roper in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection includes period photographs of plants, people and scenery, black and white and colour plates, letters, contemporary articles, paintings and postcards as well as over 10,000 plant specimens. The AHRC grant has allowed the original hand written catalogue to be digitised as well as some 4,000 full catalogue records to be created, 1,000 of which are illustrated. The catalogue can be searched from this website, which also includes background to Roper and her collection.
This website describes the Foyle Special Collections Library at Kings College London. Built up over centuries, the library contains some 150,000 items and is particularly strong in the fields of the history of science and medicine, travel and exploration, the history of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, the British Empire and 20th century German and Jewish studies. The website describes the collection in detail, and provides 'canned searches' of items within the university's library catalogue.
This is the website for the Lapworth Museum, Birmingham University’s museum of geology. Dating back to 1880, the collection is one of the largest in the Midlands (with over 250,000 specimens) and it retains its historic Edwardian setting and interior. As befits its location the Lapworth “has some of the finest collections from the Wenlock Limestone of Dudley” rich in 420 million year old fossils from a tropical sea ecosystem. Elsewhere, the Midlands Coalfields were an important source fossil plants, fish, insects, arachnids, fossil footprints and animal tracks. Further afield are palaeontology specimens from as far afield as the Solnholfen Limestones of Germany and Burgess Shale of British Columbia. Named after Charles Lapworth, first professor of Geology at the University’s forerunner, Mason College, the collection is of historical as well as scientific interest, particularly for those interested in the work of early geologists, and includes early geological maps (well described on the website with biographies of their makers), equipment, models, photographs, zoological specimens and stone axes. Additionally, the Lapworth archive is “one of the most complete records of the work of a scientist of [the] period”. Further collections include engineer and inventor William Murdoch’s mineral collection. Collections can be searched online through the University’s illustrated catalogue of its museum holdings. The Lapworth Museum recieves funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology holds a significant history of Science collection, some of which is available online. Based in Kansas, Missouri, the library has amassed rare books from the fifteenth century onwards. They have also acquired long runs of scientific and technical society journals dating from the seventeenth century. The site includes the Library's electronic catalogue as well as a document ordering service and a reference service. The online exhibitions are all interesting and quite extensive, introducing visitors to particular subject areas in some detail. They are well illustrated with drawings and pictures taken from the books upon which they are based. The site explains the legal restrictions on reproducing these images. Exhibitions include 'Centuries of Civil Engineering', which looks at significant historical examples of canals, bridges, viaducts, lighthouses, monuments, and water supply infrastructure. The second exhibition is called 'Voyages : Scientific Circumnavigations 1679-1859)'. There is an exhibition of early printed material on dinosaur discovery, called 'Paper Dinosaurs 1824-1969'. Another section, 'Out of this World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas', looks at the history of celestial atlases from the fifteenth to nineteenth century. Finally, there is the exhibition 'The Face of the Moon: Galileo to Apollo'. These are all interesting presentations in their own right. This site should appeal to students of the history of science.
This is the website of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's archive, which is currently being surveyed, sorted and catalogued to enable greater access to the material held there. The archive holds a range of records - the letters and personal papers of scientific, medical and public health professionals engaged in searching for cures and treatments for diseases such as malaria, cholera, filariasis and leprosy, the administrative records of the School itself, and photographs, ephemera and artwork. Currently users can access collection level descriptions of the personal papers through the AIM25 website, and brief descriptions of the holdings for each individual - including Patrick Manson, Major General Sir Leonard Rogers, Sir Ronald Ross, and Edwin Chadwick are available on this site.Along with access information for the archive, which lists opening hours, the access policy and guidelines of use, the site also provides a chronology of the history of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and biographies of all of the people named on the building of the school.
This is the website of the Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, and a major public Museum in Manchester, UK. The Museum, with its origins in the 18th Century, encompasses a huge range of artefacts, specimens and objects (some 4.25 million) and includes important collections of anthropology; archaeology; archery; Egyptology; geology; human remains; natural history; numismatics; palaeontology. The website describes the collections in more detail (as well as showcasing highlights from them) and the museum's online catalogue can be searched. Further areas of interest include links to the Museum’s research (related to both its collections, practice and the institution’s own history), staff and extensive community outreach work. As a university museum, the Manchester Museum receives some core funding from the AHRC.
The Museum of the History of Science, which reopened in 2001 following a three-year refurbishment, effectively serves as a centre for History of Science studies in Oxford, and this website offers several resources likely to be of use to researchers in the history of instruments. A fully searchable collections database is currently in development, providing catalogue information and, in some cases, photographs of instruments; the Museum’s collection of images, including many portraits of scientists and instrument-makers, is also in the process of being digitised; and the site also hosts a full searchable index for rete, the mailing list for the historical study of scientific instruments. A page of links to other institutions with significant instruments collections is maintained. There is also a collection of well-produced, atmospheric ‘online exhibits’ on diverse themes, including: early-modern Biblical metaphors of knowledge; the application of geometry in warfare; portrait images of the astronomer Tycho Brahe; early photographic processes; and the scientific history of Oxford, which may interest students and general readers. The site also provides general information about the Museum, its library and staff, online copies of its newsletter, Sphæra, and details of its Master’s-level postgraduate course.
This website describes the 250 year old collection of scientific instruments at the University of Aberdeen. Originally used for teaching and demonstration, these historic instruments offer a tremendous insight into the evolution of scientific methods. The collection, numbering over 2500 instruments and associated objects, is partially displayed at locations around the university, but the intention is to make as much as possible accessible through this website – currently the website describes the history and scope of the collection and provides a searchable illustrated database of key items.
This website showcases the Special Collections of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Library. The collection is particularly strong in material related to the history of Newcastle and North-East England and papers relating to significant local literary and political figures. As well as brief summaries of each collection, the website hosts more detailed material in the form of online exhibitions covering a number of the collection’s highlights. These 'Treasure of the Month' subpages illustrate the richness of the Library's rare books, archives, woodblocks and illustrations from the mid-fifteenth century to the twenty-first century. While a comprehensive archival guide is not available online for researchers, the site does post a free, online interactive resource entitled, 'Archives Alive,' for teachers. This section is subdivided according to different primary school levels and should serve as an excellent classroom tool.
This website documents the special collections and archives held at Oxford Brookes University. Individual collections are described, and items in them may be searched for through the library’s online catalogue. The collection reflects the history of the institutions, together with its strengths in research, and is notably strong in material relating to the history of medicine, cartography, twentieth century literature and the food, drink and hospitality industry. Collections are supplemented by a number of important archives, including the National Brewing Library, the Museum of Modern Art Oxford collection (now Modern Art Oxford) and Man Booker Prize archive.
This is the website for the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Located in an iconic, Grade 1 listed neo-gothic building, the museum is a working resource for the University’s teaching and research. The Museum’s collections are divided into four areas: entomology; geology; mineralogy and petrology; and zoology. The Museum also accommodates a number of research libraries and an environmental archaeology unit. As well as its obvious interest to those studying the natural sciences, the Museum’s collections have wider cultural and historical interest, and include: rare specimens such as the most complete remaining single Dodo in existence (immortalised in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’); much of Charles Darwin’s Crustacea collection from The Beagle; the collections of (or related to) pioneering scientists such as Thomas Bell, William Burchell, Robert Plot, Edward Lhwyd, William Buckland and Lawrence Wager. The website includes learning materials based on the museums collections, as well as access to the museum’s online collection database. The Museum receives funding from the AHRC.
Urbino University's Physics Laboratory and Museum of Scientific Instruments holds several collections containing over a thousand objects in total. The museum is open to the public, with access details available from the website. The site presents a history of physics in Urbino from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries, and a history of the collections held at the museum, which began at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Many of the instruments are pictured online, with catalogue details and notes provided in English and Italian. The instruments are grouped according to their field of application. Some of them may be viewed in '3-D', the user being able to rotate the view of the instrument through 360 degrees. The website also features a list of the laboratory's publications, links to online resources about scientific instruments and the history of science, and a guide to online museums and exhibitions around the world. The guide presents the user with a map of the world, which links to a list of resources geographically located in the selected continent.
The Physics Museum of the University of Coimbra in Portugal houses a collection of scientific and didactic instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries. They consist of rare instruments used in the Physics Cabinet of the University of Coimbra since its origin in 1772. Many of the instruments have considerable artistic as well as historic value. This website includes the ability to browse the online catalogue and view 150 instruments through pictures, schemes, texts and animations. There is a Virtual Museum that contains a set of Virtual Reality films enabling visitors to pan around the Museum exhibition rooms and to virtually interact with selected Museum instruments. There is a Digital Library on the History of Physics under development on the site to put 18th century books online. The first work available is Pierre van Mussenbroek's 'Cours de Physique Experimentale et Mathematique' in 3 volumes. This site has been 'under development' for some time. It may be viewed in Portugese or English.
Through the "Portsmouth and Macclesfiedl Collections" website, Cambridge University Library makes available digital images of important material relating to the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton. These documents are taken from the Portsmouth and Macclesfield collections, which contain Newton's correspondence and notes, together with copy letters and scientific papers. They cover the period 1606 to 1742, and include material on: gravitation; the Principia Mathematica; calculus; comets; optics; and chemistry. They thus reflect the breadth and depth of Newton's scientific interests. Other correspondents are represented in the collections, such as: Christiaan Huygens; Henry Oldenburg; Edmund Halley; Samuel Fermat; Robert Hooke; and many others. These manuscripts illuminate the development of scientific method and understanding in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in the context of the work of members of the Royal Society and their European peers and correspondents. The documents often include diagrams drawn by the authors. Each document is digitised in full. The site can be searched by author, year, and language, or browsed using the drop-down menus provided in the search fields. Search results are presented as a list; each item links to a page showing thumbnails of the document images, each of which can be clicked to show a larger image. The document images are of high quality, but cannot be enlarged further and there is no zoom function. This is slightly unfortunate, as in many documents the script is small in size and can be hard to decipher. Each document is accompanied by brief bibliographic information. This web resource is aimed at researchers and research students and is presented with very little contextualising information, but the material itself is most rich and valuable.
This website hosts the Archives of Ryerson University in Toronto. The site describes the archive's holdings, with records from 1783 to the present, but most from the second half of the twentieth century. The institution holds vital statistics; photographs; records of the university; private papers and documents; speeches; sound recordings; and oral interviews, among many other sources. Names of specific files are posted in an alphabetical index. These focus mainly on the past life of the university, but several of the fonds - ranging from aboriginal issues to papers on the Canadian film director Norman Jewison - will be highly relevant to researchers working on a variety of topics in Canadian History and Cultural Studies. This resource is generally useful, although it could have been strengthened by a more detailed description of fonds within the index itself. This problem is partly mitigated by the site's essays describing the history of the university. There is also a subsite with a good virtual exhibition of archival photographs, particularly helpful for those studying the History of Computing in Canada. Other mini exhibits are posted in the What's New section. The site is further complemented by a good, mainly Canadian, archival links page.
This is the website for Salomons Museum, the onetime home and estate of the Salomons family. The Salomons included Sir David Salomons, Member of Parliament, equality campaigner and the first Jewish Lord Mayor of London and his son, the scientist and road transport pioneer Sir David Lionel Salomons. As well as the family's historic home and estate (one of the earliest buildings in the country be powered by electricity and including Sir David Lionel Salomons' purpose-built Science Theatre) the museum is cares for the various collections built up by the family: badges; ballooniana; Jewish history; London; electrical/scientific; estate and family; transport; medals; World War I. The collection’s illustrated catalogue is available online, and the website includes a virtual museum tour and information about public access. Salomons Museum has received AHRC funding.
This website describes University College, London’s Science Collections. A by-product of the research conducted at UCL over the past two centuries, these are composed of scientific apparatus, equipment, notes and memorabilia. Collections include: Geomatic Engineering (including the Thompson pin-hole plotter, Professor E.H. Thompson's papers and items associated with surveying and photogrammetry); Chemistry (including Sir William Ramsay’s Nobel Prize Citation the very first clinical X-ray photograph ever taken in Britain); Physics (including historic laboratory equipment); Electronic and Electrical Engineering (including Thermionic Valve inventor Sir Ambrose Fleming’s papers); Physiology (including published papers from 1860’s and gramophone records made by Lovatt Evans). UCL Museums & Collections has recently acquired Medical Physics collection which is awaiting documentation. The website includes fuller descriptions of each collection as well as brief details of related research and access information (access by appointment only).
This is the website for the University of Cambridge’s renowned Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. With collections of geology and palaeontology, the museum traces the development and composition of the Earth and of life through minerals and fossils. Of particular interest to the humanities is the ‘Woodward legacy’ the collection of Dr. John Woodward (1665 – 1728) which formed the nucleus of the Museum, comprising some 10,000 specimens of housed in their original purpose built cases in a reconstruction of his study. Of further interest to those studying the history of science is the Darwin Collection, which includes many objects related to Charles Darwin’s early training as a geologist (which was closely connected to the University). This collection will be extended in 2009 to include an exhibition of the geological specimens collected by Darwin on HMS Beagle. The website also includes information about the Museum’s research and educational activities. The Sedgwick Museum receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and is designated as an outstanding collection by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
This website details the special collections of books, manuscripts and contemporary archives held by the University of Essex’s Albert Sloman Library. Significant resources include: the papers of crime writer Margery Allingham; collections relating to local history; the papers of local author Samuel Levi Bensusan and poet Donald Davie; papers relating psychoanalysis and to Sigmund Freud; letters from TE Lawrence; human rights archives including the that of Charter 88; the archives of the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association (NVALA); the Nolan Committee on Standards of Conduct in Public Life Papers; the Social Democratic Party (SDP) archives; papers relating to the Watergate period of US politics. Additionally there are other collections relating to subjects as diverse as politics, technology, transport policy, religion, music, archaeology, Eastern Europe, history, poster art and the history of medicine. The website provides further information specific collection together with access arrangements. Some of the collections are recorded in the University’s online library catalogue.
The National Archive for the History of Computing opened in 1987 to preserve documents and pictures relating to the history of British computing and to encourage research into computing history. The Archive is based within the Centre for the History of Science,Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester. The Archive's website provides further information about the contents of the Archive and how to visit it. The online catalogue documents manuscripts and secondary sources held by the Archive including papers relating to: the Admiralty Computing Service; United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority; Dr Andrew Booth; Cambridge University Computer Laboratory; Ferranti Ltd, 1948-63; Douglas R. Hartree (1897-1958); International Computers Ltd (ICL), ca. 1907-80; Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd, ca. 1958-70; Dr D.G. Prinz (b. 1903); and Alan Turing (1912-1954). The catalogue also provides a brief guide to relevant material held at other UK locations and bibliographies relating to the history of computing. A small exhibition consisting of four virtual rooms provides a sample of the materials held together with brief notes. The four rooms relate to the programming notes of Alan Turing; life in a British punched-card business; Lyons electronic office; and the notebook of Geoffrey C. Tootill which records the first stored computer program to be run in Britain (21st June 1948, University of Manchester). The Archive runs an associated email list (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The website introduces the University of Bath’s special collections, much of which can be searched via the University library’s online catalogue. Each collection is summarised here, with particular strengths in the history of agriculture, medicine, industrial archaeology and music as well as collations relating to Sir Isaac Pitman, inventor of the eponymous shorthand system.
This website describes a number artefact and archive collections held by Birmingham University. Many of these collections have important teaching and research roles within the institution. The collections are: The Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts, which ranges from “historical utensils to contemporary fine art”; The Ancient History and Archaeology Collection, including Greek, Mycenean, Roman and Egyptian objects and one of the most important collection of Rhodian vase collections in the UK; The Physics Collection of Historic Scientific Instruments featuring such seminal objects as the magnetron; The Biological Sciences Collection Herbarium and Zoology Collections comprising natural history specimens collected for teaching since the 1880s; The Chamberlain Museum of Pathology Artefacts with late 19th /early 20th human anatomy teaching century teaching models; The Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art containing portraits of University figures and others as well as works by noted 20th century painters and sculptors. The website includes a link to the University’s searchable collections database.
The website 'University of Bristol Special Collections' describes the special collections held by the University of Bristol Library. Covering a wide range of subjects the collections derive from a wide range of subject-specific personal and institutional libraries donated to the university. Particular strengths are in the history of architecture, non-conformist Christian movements, science and medicine as well as rare books, political pamphlets and social history. Other collections include various family archives, often related to the history of Bristol and the nationally important collection of material relating to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The site informs about catalogues and archives and gives guidance regarding library policy and practical things to know for users.
This website describes the special collections and archives held at the University of Leicester Library. There is a particular strength in holdings related to Leicester, from personal papers of local literary figures Sue Townsend and Joe Orton to archives relating to the history of science and medicine in the area. The collection is more wide ranging than this however, encompassing labour history, European history, 12th-20th century manuscripts, 17th century prints, incunabula and early children's books. As well as briefly describing the contents of each named collection, the website includes access information.
This website describes the special collections held at the University of York. Although the university has only been building its collections for a short time, they already rival much older libraries. They are particularly strong in the humanities, including a wide range of rare books, from a number of gentlemanly and parish libraries, supplemented by the personal collections of a number of authors and researches associated with the university. These are supplemented by collections of twentieth century literature, copies of scores bequeathed by Aaron Copeland and numerous microfilm collections. Anyone is free to consult items in situ at the university, and they are recorded in its online catalogue.
This website presents the digitised study collections of Barts and the London, School of Medicine and Dentistry. Drawn from three separate museum collections, this is an extensive database of specimens prepared for medical study, many including case notes (dating back in some instances to the early twentieth century). Registration is compulsory, but approval is automatic and free for email addresses from a recognised academic or clinical domain (for example .ac.uk or .nhs). Whilst intended for clinical study, the resource is obviously of interest to those studying or researching the history of medicine and dentistry as well as those looking for high quality and unusual anatomical images. Equally this web resource stands alone as an exemplary ‘virtual museum’. The VPathMuseum was created with financial assistance from the AHRC.
The homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine is one of the largest medical history libraries in the world. As the leading national resource in the history of medicine this website is accessed by international academics, historians, students and the general public. The site provides a comprehensive guide to the library's collection of books, journals, manuscripts, pictures, archives and films. Though somewhat confusing to navigate, packed as it is with information, the online catalogue itself is simple to use with searches made by keyword, author, title or subject. Although none of the holdings are available to download there is information on a photocopying and inter-library loan service. Online access to a collection of over 130,000 digitised images from the Wellcome Trust's Medical Photographic Library are available for searching. The site is regularly updated and includes recent news and details of developments on the website and in the Library itself.
The Whipple Museum of the History of Science houses a large collection of scientific instruments and texts belonging to the University of Cambridge. Its collections cover all branches of science from the sixteenth century to the 1980s. The website provides an introduction to the museum and some of its special collections. There are features about current exhibitions such as "An University Within Ourselves", which takes a look at the sciences in Cambridge during the eighteenth century, and a page of case studies, which gives summaries of single display-case exhibits assembled by students and staff. An extensive annotated list of the Museum's publications is provided, along with a selection of links to other museums in Cambridge and history of science museums worldwide. The website is informative, but does not include an online catalogue of the Museum's holdings.
This website provides a detailed introduction to the library special collections, archives, museums and digital resources held at the University of Aberdeen. These collections have a distinctly Scottish flavour, although their quality is said to be of international significance, and range from the archives of the University’s own five centuries of history, through family and estate records, to items associated with the history of science and medicine, Jacobitism and the Enlightenment. These records can be searched via the library catalogue. The website also acts as a portal to the University’s eight museums, all leaders in their field, ranging from ethnography to zoology. The website also details the various digitisation projects which have taken place, a set of useful resources derived from key collections. Of particular note is the archive of "Collection Highlights" which showcase particular collections or achives as well illustrated online exhibitions.
This website describes the special collections held at the University of Ulster’s Coleraine Library. The collections, which are searchable from the University’s main library catalogue (linked to from here) cover a range of subjects but with a particular focus on Irish history, literature and culture.