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Senate House Library, University of London

De Morgan, Professor Augustus -


Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS165

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: De Morgan, Professor Augustus -

Date(s): 1830

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 volume

Name of creator(s): Morgan | Augustus De | 1806-1871 | mathematician and historian x De Morgan | Augustus


Administrative/Biographical history:

Augustus de Morgan was born at Madura, India in 1806. On returning to England, de Morgan was educated at various schools. In February 1823 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1827. In 1828 he was appointed Professor of Mathematics at University College London. De Morgan resigned his post in 1831, on account of a disagreement with the University Council who claimed the right of dismissing a professor without assigning reasons. He resumed his chair in 1836 on assurance that the regulations had been altered so as to preserve the independence of professors, remaining Professor of Mathematics at UCL until he resigned in November 1866.


Scope and content/abstract:

Copy of the draft of the first work published by Augustus de Morgan, 'The Elements of Arithmetic', 1830.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Single volume.

Conditions governing access:

Open for research. 24 hours notice is required.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Hard copy catalogue available in the Special Collections reading room. Also see A list of certain letters inserted in books from the Library of Augustus De Morgan (University of London Library, 1990).

Detailed catalogue


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Archival history:

After his death in March 1871, de Morgan's library, which consisted of about three thousand volumes, was bought by Lord Overstone and presented to the University of London. MS 239 was the gift of William Frederick de Morgan in 1908.

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Related material:

There are various autograph letters written and received by Augustus de Morgan in the University of London Library.

University College London holds correspondence and papers, 1827-1871 (Ref: MSS ADD 2-3, 5-7, 27, 69), correspondence with George Boole, [1842]-1864 (Ref: MS ADD 97), correspondence with Henry Peter Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (Ref: Brougham Papers), and letters to the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, 1827-1844 (Ref: SDUK); the Royal Astronomical Society Library, London, has correspondence and papers, 1831-1866 (Ref: MSS de Morgan), and letters from De Morgan to the Society, 1831-1866 (Ref: RAS letters); the Royal Observatory Library, Edinburgh, contains a catalogue of mathematical books (Ref: NRA(S) 2657); the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, holds family correspondence (Ref: Dep Lovelace Byron), miscellaneous correspondence (Ref: MS Autogr d14), and correspondence with Anne Isabella Byron, Lady Byron (Ref: Dep Lovelace Byron); Cambridge University Library has correspondence with Sir George Biddell Airy, 1850-1870 (Ref: RGO MSS 942-52), letters to William Hepworth Dixon, 1856-1857 (Ref: Add 9428), and letters to William Thomson, Baron Kelvin, 1845-1849 (Ref: Add 7342, 7656); the British Library, London, contains correspondence with Charles Babbage, 1830-1850 (Ref: Add MSS 37185-200); the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, holds letters to Alexander Campbell Fraser, 1855-1864 (Ref: Dep 208); Edinburgh University Library has letters to James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, 1845-1851 (Ref: LOA); Trinity College, Dublin, contains letters to Sir William Rowan Hamilton, 1841-1865 (Ref: MS 1492); the Royal Society, London, holds correspondence with Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt, 1831-1870 (Ref: HS), and letters to Sir John William Lubbock, 3rd Bt, 1832-1860 (Ref: LUB); Trinity College Library, Cambridge University, has letters to William Whewell, [1832]-1866 (Ref: Whewell MSS); the American Philosophical Society Library, Pennsylvania, USA, holds letters, 1841-1866 (Ref: NUC MS 76-902).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Imported from the Senate House catalogue and edited by Sarah Drewery.

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: Feb 2009.

Arithmetic | Mathematics

Personal names
Morgan | Augustus De | 1806-1871 | mathematician and historian x De Morgan | Augustus

Corporate names