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Faraday, Michael and Sarah: letter

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL49b
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Faraday, Michael and Sarah: letter
Date(s): 1859
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Faraday | Michael | 1791-1867 | chemist and natural philosopher
Faraday | Sarah | 1800-1879 | nee Bernard | wife of Michael Faraday


Administrative/Biographical history:

Michael Faraday was born in London in 1791. He was apprenticed to a bookbinder. He became deeply interested in chemistry and began to work for the retired Professor Humphrey Davy and for the Royal Institution, becoming its Director in 1925. From the 1820s he conducted many experiments in electromagnetism and made great advances in the understanding of electricity and magnetism; his work laid the foundations that have made practical use of electricity possible. From 1829 until 1952 he was Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, and from 1836 to 1863 he was a member of the University of London Senate. He married Sarah Bernard (1800-1879) in 1821 and they were both practising members of the Sandemanian Christian sect.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Michael and Sarah Faraday of Hampton Court Green to [Rev John] Barlow, 10 Aug 1859. Discussing, among other subjects, the institution of Science degrees in the Unviersity of London. Autograph, with signature of Michael Faraday. With a short note added in Mrs Faraday's hand.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

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:

Catalogue of the manuscripts and autograph letters in the University Library: Supplement 1921-1930 (1930). Typescript addition to the copy available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by the Royal Insitution to mark the centenary of the University of London, Jul 1936.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
July 2008

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