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Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/ARMSTRONG

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: ARMSTRONG papers

Date(s): Created 1819-1945

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 10 boxes

Name of creator(s): Armstrong | Henry Edward | 1848-1937 | chemist and educationalist:
Armstrong | Edward Frankland | 1878-1945 | chemist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry Edward Armstrong: Born Lewisham, London, 1848; educated at the Royal College of Chemistry, 1865-1867, University of Leipzig, 1867-1870; lecturer, St Batholomew's Hospital, 1870; Professor of Chemistry, London Institution, 1870; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1876; Professor of Chemistry at the Cowper Street Schools (later Finsbury Technical College), 1879; Professor of Chemistry, Central Technical College (later the City and Guilds College), 1884-1913; President of the Chemical Society, 1893-1895; Davy medal of the Royal Society, 1911; Professor Emeritus, Imperial College, 1913; died, 1937.
Publications: include: Essays on the Art and Principles of Chemistry, including the first Messel Memorial Lecture (Ernest Benn, London, 1927); Introduction to the Study of Organic Chemistry Second edition (Longmans & Co, London, 1874); The Teaching of Scientific Method, and other papers on education Second edition (Macmillan & Co, London, 1903).

Edward Frankland Armstrong: born Lewisham, London, 1878; educated St Dunstan's College, Royal College of Science, 1895; studied Chemistry at the Central Institution (later City and Guilds College), 1896-1898; student at the Universities of Kiel and Berlin, 1898; awarded PhD, University of Kiel, 1901; Salter's Research Fellow, Central Institution, 1902-1903; Chief Chemist, Huntley and Palmer, 1905; Technical Adviser, later Director, Crosfields, 1914; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1920; President of the Society of Chemical Industry, 1922-1924; Managing Director, British Dyestuffs Corporation, 1925-1928; consultant, 1928; President of the Association of British Chemical Manufacturers, 1935; Scientific Adviser to the Ministries of Home Security and Works, 1939-1945; died, 1945.
Publications: The Simple Carbohydrates and the Glucosides Second edition (Longmans & Co, London, 1910); Chemistry in the Twentieth Century (Ernest Benn, London, 1924); Raw Materials from the Sea with Laurence Mackenzie Miall (Constructive Publications, Leicester, [1946]).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Professor Henry Edward Armstrong, 1866-1939, comprising correspondence, 1867-1939; papers relating to diplomas, 1866-1934; notes on a course of practical work for Science mistresses, 1897; notebooks of scientific experiments by Nora and Harold Armstrong, 1898.

Papers of Professor Henry Edward Armstrong and Edward Frankland Armstrong, 1819-1945, (second series) comprising personal papers, 1865-1951, printed material and correspondence, 1884-1885; press-cuttings, 1922; photographs and prints, 1819-1929; correspondence, 1864-1945; notebooks kept by Henry Edward's children, 1898.


Language/scripts of material: English, German, French, Latin

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged in sections according to the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies of open material may be supplied, subject to the condition of the original. Requests to publish original material should be directed to the College Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Catalogues are available in the reading room of the College Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented by Miss Nora Armstrong, the daughter of Professor Armstrong, in 1958 and 1968.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Records of the City and Guilds of London Institute (F), Finsbury Technical College (FA) and City and Guilds College (FC-FS), held at Imperial College.

Correspondence with Sir Oliver Lodge, 1885-1932, held at London University, University College Manuscripts Room (reference: MS ADD 89); correspondence with Thomas Martin Lowry, 1925, held at Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives (reference: Add 8678); miscellaneous letters held at the Royal Society.

Publication note:

H. E. Armstrong and the teaching of science, 1880-1930 edited with an introduction by W H Brock (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1973); H. E. Armstrong and science education edited, with an introduction, by G Van Praagh (London, Murray, [1973]); Henry Edward Armstrong, 1848-1937 by John Vargas Eyre (Butterworths Scientific Publications, London, 1958).



Archivist's note: Sources: British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; National Register of Archives. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2000

Chemists | Scientists | Scientific personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Teacher education | Educational personnel training
Women teachers | Teachers | Educational personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Science education

Personal names
Armstrong | Edward Frankland | 1878-1945 | chemist
Armstrong | Harold | fl 1898 | son of Henry Edward Armstrong
Armstrong | Henry Edward | 1848-1937 | chemist and educationist
Armstrong | Nora | fl 1898-1968 | daughter of Henry Edward Armstrong

Corporate names