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

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: 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: Gage to Harris

The sixth of fifteen boxes of primarily incoming correspondence (Add.MS.a.200-214), arranged roughly A-Z by correspondent. Letters from Julius Charles Hare are housed in Add.Ms.a.206.

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

William Whewell letters received: L

The ninth 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 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: 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: 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

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