AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

Roscoe, Sir Henry Enfield: letters (1894-1898)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL323
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full title: Roscoe, Sir Henry Enfield: letters (1894-1898)
Date(s): 1894-1898
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 items (2 leaves)
Name of creator(s): Roscoe | Sir | Henry Enfield | 1833-1915 | Knight | chemist and university administrator


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry Enfield Roscoe was born in London in 1833, into an nonconformist family. His paternal grandfather had been the banker and writer William Roscoe, his father was the legal writer Henry Roscoe, and the poet Mary Anne Jevons was his aunt. Henry Enfield Roscoe was brought up and educated in Liverpool before studying chemistry at University College London and at Heidelberg. Returning to Britain, he was initially a private researcher in London and subsequently (from 1857) a professor at Owens College, Manchester, where he came to be recognized as one of the world's leading teachers of chemistry. Roscoe became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1863 and was knighted in 1884. He served as Liberal MP for South Manchester between 1885 and 1895, and as Vice-Chancellor of the University of London between 1896 and 1902.


Scope and content/abstract:

2 letters from Sir Henry Enfield Roscoe of Woodcoate Lodge, [West] Horsley, Leatherhead, [Surrey] to Silvanus P Thompson, 1894-1898. (1) Asking Thompson to write a book on the life and work of Michael Faraday for a series which Roscoe is editing for Cassells, 25 Mar 1894. (2) Stating that he has read Thompson's book on Faraday and thinks it excellent, 17 Oct 1898. Both letters are autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found enclosed in Thompson's own copy of his Michael Faraday: his life and work (1898) - classmark: AK4/FAR/Tho.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

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:
Aug 2008

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Personal Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"