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Morgan, Professor Augustus De

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS775
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Morgan, Professor Augustus De
Date(s): [1822]-1869
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 371 items
Name of creator(s): Morgan | Augustus De | 1806-1871 | mathematician and historian x De Morgan | Augustus
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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:

Papers and correspondence of Augustus De Morgan, including material connected with the teaching of mathematics and logic at University College London, c 1843-1866; notebooks containing mathematical notes and calculations, including school books and notebooks used at Cambridge, c 1822-1830; drafts of papers, c 1845-1854; material connected with De Morgan's work on logic, c 1847-1864; material connected with De Morgan's work on Newton, 1832-1856; material connected with 'The Book of Almanacs', c 1850; additions to 'Arithmetical Books' c 1853; correspondence to and from De Morgan, c 1847-1869; notebooks and loose papers of Numa Edward Hartog.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

As set out above in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open for research. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

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.

Finding aids:

There is an interim handlist to the papers included in MS 238, MS 239, MS 240, MS 241, MS 775 and MS 776, prepared by T D Rogers in 1971. Also see A list of certain letters inserted in books from the Library of Augustus De Morgan (University of London Library, 1990).

Archival Information

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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Description Notes

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.

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