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Papers of William Whewell

  • WHWL*
  • Fondo
  • [16th]-19th cent.

The papers consist of correspondence, diaries, subject files, writings, other Whewell papers, family papers, and later papers of others. The family papers include those originally gathered by Whewell's first wife Cordelia (née Marshall) and his second wife Lady Affleck (née Ellis). The papers of Lady Affleck's brother and Whewell's friend Robert Leslie Ellis now form a subset of this collection.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell letters received: Herschel to Kohl

The eighth of fifteen boxes of primarily incoming correspondence (Add.MS.a.200-214), arranged roughly A-Z by correspondent.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: papers relating to classics lectures, examinations, Prince Albert's election as Chancellor, and the union of the sees of St Asaph and Bangor

Five groups of material previously assigned letter classifications [by Isaac Todhunter?] as follows:
Item 1: "K" Books...1812.
Items 2-6: "L" Examinations 1867-1868
Item 7: "M" V.C. [Vice-Chancellor] 5 Nov. 1855
Items 8-75: "N" Letters & Papers about Prince Albert's election as Chancellor
Items 76-89: "O" Dioceses of St. Asaph & Bangor [these are items tipped in to a bound volume]

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: diplomas and membership certificates, notes on College statutes, letters to Henry Montagu Butler concerning an appeal to purchase Whewell relics

Three groups of material previously assigned letter classifications [by Isaac Todhunter?] as follows:
Items 1-14: "XXXIV" Diplomas
Items 15-15a: "XXXVI" Notes &c. re College statutes
Items 16-52: "XXXVII" Letters to Dr Butler from donors to fund

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: miscellaneous letters, diaries, Vice-Chancellor's cash book, writings, Robert Leslie Ellis notebooks, and a collection of franks

These boxes of miscellaneous papers includes six travel diaries kept by Whewell, two notebooks kept by Robert Leslie Ellis, and a cash book kept by Whewell as Vice-Chancellor from Nov. 1842 to Nov. 1843. The other letters are a miscellaneous grouping and include some letters written by Whewell. The franks are part of a larger collection gathered by Cordelia Whewell, which may be found at Add.MS.a.77/5-125 and 273-323. Her autograph collection is housed as Add.MS.c.65-66.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

Extracts from letters and diaries of William Whewell, with his MS poem, "On receiving a chain of Hair"

Bound volume of extracts of William Whewell's letters to his family and perhaps his own diaries, dating from 1812-1839 with the bulk of the material dated 1812-1821. The extracts, which form a narrative of Whewell's activities for this period, are written in an unidentified hand and quote letters to his father John Whewell, aunt Alice Lyon, and sisters Elizabeth, Martha, and Ann Whewell. These extracts are continued by short summaries of Whewell's activities in the years from 1821 to 1839, possibly drawn from diaries, but not identified as such. Accompanied by a poem signed W. W., written on his engagement to Cordelia Marshall.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell letters received from Julius Charles Hare, letters received by James Lempriere Hammond, and a collection of franks

This box contains a miscellaneous grouping of material, some gathered by William Whewell, some by Cordelia Whewell and retained by William after her death, and some material gathered after William's death by his executor James L. Hammond.

The 47 letters from Julius Charles Hare to William Whewell date from 1822-1850 (Items 126-162).

The collection of franks of bishops and peers (Items 5-125, and 273-323) appears to have been created by Cordelia Whewell. Another part of this frank collection is housed as Add.MS.a.80/163-238. Cordelia also gathered a collection of autographs (housed as Add.MS.c.65-66).

The letters to James Hammond from Ann Newton, William Whewell's sister, are dated after William's death and concern his papers and the preparation of a biography (Items 163- 172, 174-206). The other letters to Hammond are in response to his appeal for letters from Whewell for use in a biography (Items 207-272) and are written by Whewell's correspondents or by the children or relatives of his correspondents. Some of these letters sent by these people may have been added to the collection elsewhere, and the letters in this box may provide evidence of provenance for these items.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: letters to Commissioners and Fellows, papers relating to monuments to Hare, Macaulay and Sedgwick, bust of Tennyson, university studies prior to 1848 and international law

Eight groups of material previously assigned letter classifications [by Isaac Todhunter?] as follows:
Items 1-8: 'XI' Letters to Commissioners & Fellows
Items 9-18: 'XII' Statue of Macaulay, Bust of Hare, and Picture of Professor Sedgwick
Items 19-35: 'XIII' Divinity
Items 36-48: 'XIV' Bust of Tennyson
Items 49-64: 'XV' University studies prior to 1848
Items 65-92: 'XVI' International Law
Items 93-94: not assigned
Items 95-121: 'XVII' Miscellaneous letters

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: papers relating to museum pictures, variations on the prayer book and botanical gardens

Five groups of material previously assigned letter classifications [by Isaac Todhunter?] as follows:
Items 1-18: "XVIII" Museum Pictures etc.
Items 19-22: "XIX" Variations in the Prayer Book
Items 23-49: "XX" Botanic Gardens &c.
Items 50-51: "XXI" Murdoch [a miscellany]
Items 52-55: "XXII" Todhunter notebooks labelled 1794-1832, 1833-1846, 1847-1860, 1861-1866

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell letters received: M

The tenth of fifteen boxes of primarily incoming correspondence (Add.MS.a.200-214), arranged roughly A-Z by correspondent.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: anemometer papers

Accompanied by an earlier work on crystals, published in 1825, and Isaac Todhunter's list of the papers, c 1873.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: papers relating to Cambridge University government bills, Barrow's statue, moral philosophy, the Fitzwilliam controversy, the Lowndean chair and the Cambridge meeting of the British Association

Six groups of material previously assigned letter classifications [by Isaac Todhunter?] as follows:
Items 1-36: "I" Papers &c. concerning Cambridge University Bills
Items 37-45: "II" Statue of Barrow in Trinity Chapel
Items 46-63: "III" Moral Philosophy
Items 64-88a: "IIIA" Fitzwilliam Controversy
Items 89-93: "IV" Lowndean Professorship
Items 94-143: "V" British Association, Cambridge

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: papers relating to the College Statutes and the University Commission, the rights of Assize judges and lectures on mineralogy

Three groups of material previously assigned letter classifications [by Isaac Todhunter?] as follows:
Items 1-22: "X" College Statutes and University Commission
Items 23-33: "Y" [Assize] Judges
Item 34: "Z" Mineralogy lectures

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: Vice Chancellor's book 1842-1843, papers relating to Great St Mary's Church, letters on Francis Bacon statue, miscellaneous letters, verses, translations, papers relating to the parliamentary elections, the mathematical tripos and the Wrangham prize

Ten groups of material previously assigned letter classifications [by Isaac Todhunter?] as follows:
"XXIII" Vice-Chancellorship: Items 1-8
"XXIV" Great St Mary's Church: Items 9-19
"XXV" Letters on the Bacon statue: Items 20-22
"XXVI" William Buckland letters: Items 23-40
"XXVII" Captain de Bachelli letters: Items 41-45
"XXVIII" Letters from P. O'Callaghan, J. Rowley & Gabrielle Littrow: Items 46-51
"XXIX" Miscellaneous verses, translations, etc.: Items 52-56
"XXX" Parliamentary Elections: Items 57-73
"XXXI" Mathematical Tripos: Items 74-79
"XXXII" Wrangham Prize: Items 80-88

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: letters received D-G

The second of five boxes arranged A-Z by correspondent.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: letters received T-Z

The fifth of five boxes arranged A-Z by correspondent. This box includes 4 letters from William Whewell to two correspondents, William Hepworth Dixon (Items 72-73), and Caleb Sprague Henry (Items 74-75).

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: letters received H-M

The third of five boxes arranged A-Z by correspondent.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: notes on mineralogy

Notes, drafts of writings, printed tables and a receipt, all relating to mineralogy. Includes a draft of "Introduction (to Syllabus of Mineralogy)", "On the Classification of Crystalline Forms"; a printed broadsheet, 'A Table of Chemical Equivalents and Notation, by W. T. Brande', and a receipt for mineral specimens bought from I. Deck, Practical Chemist and Mineralogist.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: letters received A-C

The first of five boxes arranged A-Z by correspondent.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: letters received N-S

The fourth of five boxes arranged A-Z by correspondent. Item 25 is a passport for William Whewell dated 21 May 1840.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

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