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Roscoe Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): RSC ROSCOE
Held at: Royal Society of Chemistry
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Full title: Roscoe Collection
Date(s): 1505-1892
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 100 items
Name of creator(s): Roscoe | Sir | Henry Enfield | 1833-1915 | Knight | chemist and university administrator
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Henry Enfield Roscoe (1833-1915) was the 17th President of the Chemical Society (1880-1882) and went to University College London in 1848 where Thomas Graham was the Professor of Chemistry. Roscoe was a student of German chemist Robert Bunsen at Heidelberg; they later became collaborators in research and lifelong friends.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection consists of approximately 100 items on alchemy and early chemistry, the most notable item being De Secretis Mulierum. The collection also includes manuscripts of lectures given by Sir Henry Roscoe; his notes on solar chemistry work; letters written to him by a number of his peers and his notebook from 1849. The many volumes of letters in the collection includes correspondence with contemporaries such as Robert Bunsen, Michael Faraday, Dmitri Mendeleeff and Louis Pasteur as well as with a number of Presidents of the Chemical Society and the Royal Institute of Chemistry.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly in English, Latin, German and French.

System of arrangement:

Organised by individual Accession Number

Conditions governing access:

Open access by prior arrangement.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Scanning and copying not permitted. Digital photography is permitted.

Finding aids:

Library catalogue or printed 1906 catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Sir Henry Roscoe.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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Date(s) of descriptions:
March 2011.

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