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 online catalogue for the Haddād manuscript collection, part of the Wellcome Library website, provides catalogue details for the 87 Arabic manuscripts in the library's collections. The manuscripts come from the collection of Dr Sami Ibrahim Haddād (1890-1957), a Lebanese physician and historian of medicine, and range from the 14th to the 20th centuries. They include works on medicine by a number of well-known Islamic scholars like al-Majusi and Ibn Sina, as well as works by Jewish authors writing in Arabic and lesser-known works written or transcribed by Christian Arabs, including Arabic versions of medical manuals by the 19th-century French physician who practised in Egypt, Antoine Barthelemy Clot Bey. The catalogue entries include information on the physical aspects and history of the manuscripts themselves as well as descriptions of the contents of the texts (in Arabic). The full catalogue entries must be viewed as PDF files. This resource allows researchers to consult the contents of the collection in detail before visiting the library to use the manuscripts themselves, and will be of interest to researchers in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies as well as those interested in the history of Islamic medicine.
This website provides information about the book collection, held at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, that was built up by British author, journalist, book collector and Second World War Navy Commander, Ian Fleming (1908-1964). Fleming is most well-known as the creator of the character James Bond in 12 books and two short stories, leading to the enormously successful Bond films, as well as the author of the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which was written for his son, Caspar. However, he was also a book collector, and he amassed a fine collection of books which concentrated on intellectual and technical progress from 1800. It included first editions of books on aeronautics, the telegraph and radio, as well as original papers describing x-rays and original material relating to the early background of of the atomic theory. In 1963, Fleming’s library formed the largest contribution by any individual collector to the London exhibition Printing and the Mind of Man. The website includes: a list of the Fleming manuscripts held at the library, 1952-1962; a link to an online exhibition catalogue about Fleming's book collection, entitled 'The Ian Fleming Collection of 19th-20th Century Source Material Concerning Western Civilization together with the Originals of the James Bond-007 Tales', written by David A. Randall, a Librarian at the Lilly Library; and a list of scientific articles collected by Ian Fleming.