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Sauerbeck, Augustus (d 1929)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL 280
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Sauerbeck, Augustus (d 1929)
Date(s): 1893 and 1895
Level of description: Collection level (fonds)
Extent: 2 items (4 leaves)
Name of creator(s): Sauerbeck | Augustus | d 1929 | statistician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Augustus Sauerbeck was an authority on the British wool trade and became well known in statistical circles after devising the Sauerbeck Index Number. He became a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in 1886 and was a regular contributor to the Society's journal; the Society awarded him a Guy Medal in silver in 1894 and made him an honorary fellow in 1920; he died in 1929.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Augustus Sauerbeck, 1893 and 1895, comprise two letters to Sir Guilford Molesworth; the first thanks him for a letter and two tables of production figures and discusses his own work: 'If you examine the real reduction in cost - not by opening up new countries - but by real scientific improvement, there is probably no important article in which the reduction has been so great as in the case of gold, where it pays now if you get 1/2oz or even less out of a ton of ore', 28 August 1893. The second letter refers to a forthcoming article on prices, to be published in the March issue of the Journal of the Statistical Society, 5 April 1895.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Arranged in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 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:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Samantha Velumyl, AIM25 cataloguer.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with 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:
May 2008.

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