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Chemistry: Archives and Special Collections

Key Library resources for Chemists

What are Special Collections?

Special Collections are unique and rare resources held by Newcastle University's Robinson's Library.  We hold both archives and rare books.

Due to their rarity and their sometimes fragile condition, these items are not on the normal library shelves, but they are available to everyone in the Special Collections reading room.

What Collections are Available in the Robinson Library?

This guide will point you in the direction of some collections which are particularly relevant to your subject area.

For a wider look at more of our collections, and to see tips on ordering and using archives and rare books, there is also a Special Collections LibGuide ...

Rare Books Outside of the 'Rare Book Collections'

Not all of our rare books are in 'collections' with particular relevance to your subject area, we also have hundreds of rare and unique books which were acquired by the library individually, across a range of subjects, which might also be valuable to your research.

Just a few to get you started ...

We have plenty more ...

All of our rare books are on the library catalogue, so start your search by entering your topic area, author, or title into library search in the normal way.

To view items within the Special Collections department, you can then refine your search by clicking on the Special Collections Location.

Bell (Maurice) Collection

Collection of books, most of which belonged to Gertrude Bell's father, Sir Hugh Bell, and her grandfather Sir Lowthian Bell, both industrialists, given to the University Library by Gertrude's brother, Maurice Bell (1871-1944.) Strengths include economics and industry, particularly coal mining, railways and chemistry, but also includes works on iron, steel, explosive and oyster fisheries.

Type of Material: Rare Books

Subject Areas:  Chemical Engineering  Chemistry  Civil Engineering  Economics 

Mechanical Engineering

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Trevelyan Papers

The Trevelyan Papers represent several generations of the Trevelyan family whose home was Wallington Hall, Northumberland, and their diverse roles and interests. They include the professional and personal papers of:

Naturalist and geologist Walter Calverley Trevelyan  (1797-1870), reflecting his scientific interests.

Civil servant and colonial administrator Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan (1807-1886), who worked for the East India Company and the Home Civil Service as Assistant Secretary to the Treasury during the Irish Famine. 

Politician and author Sir George Otto Trevelyan (1838-1928), a Liberal M.P. and Chief Secretary for Ireland after the Phoenix Park murders.

Liberal and then Labour M.P. Sir Charles Philip Trevelyan (1870-1958), who was a founder of the Union of Democratic Control in World War I and later President of the Board of Education. There are some of his wife Molly's (1881-1966), papers including her diaries for 1892-1917.

Type of Material: Archives

Subject Areas:

Walter Calverley Tevelyan: Biology  Chemistry  Civil Engineering  Education  Geomatics  Physics  Social History  Zoology

Charles Edward Tevelyan:  Education  Political History  Politics

George Otto Trevelyan:  Biology  Physics  Political History  Politics  Sociology

Charles Philip Trevelyan:  Education   Political History  Politcs  Social History

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Gilchrist Collection

Early published works on agriculture, rich in eighteenth and nineteenth century reports on farming in many parts of Great Britain. The collection had as its nucleus the historical library of the late Professor D. A. Gilchrist (d. 1927), who held the Chair of Agriculture at Armstrong College from 1902 to 1927.

Type of Material: Rare Books / Published Material

Subject Areas:  Agriculture   Chemistry

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Medical Collection

Collection of over 2000 volumes and hundreds of pamphlets, covering the history of medicine and a broad range of medical subjects. The collection is rich in seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth-century works.

Type of Material: Rare Books / Published Material

Subject Areas:  Medicine and Surgery   Chemistry

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