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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*
  • Fonds
  • [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

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: 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: printed notices by and relating to the University of Cambridge, two tax certificates, and drafts of notices and reports

Papers believed to have been gathered by William Whewell, with his drafts and notes on some papers, and one bearing marks of having been mailed to him. These papers consist of over 100 printed notices dated from 1845-1854, the bulk of which are dated 1853-1854. The notices concern graces offered to the University of Cambridge Senate, as well as notices to members of the university concerning tradesmen, lectures, prizes, clerk elections, and a visit by Prince Albert. These are accompanied by 23 miscellaneous reports and petitions concerning topics before the University of Cambridge Senate, or relating to Trinity College; two property and income tax certificates, made upon the University of Cambridge in February 1843, and are accompanied by four printed items bearing revisions in Whewell's hand, and five sheets of drafts in Whewell's hand.

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

William Whewell journal

A journal of Whewell's daily work as Master of Trinity College. Item 1 is the journal, and items 2-9 are letters which are believed to have been found laid in loose to the volume.

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

William Whewell: papers relating to royal visits

The papers relate to the visits to Cambridge by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1843 and 1847, primarily the latter, when Prince Albert was installed as Chancellor of Cambridge University.

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: draft of History of the inductive sciences

Draft with revisions of the entire work. Accompanied by a torn broadside advertising Adam de Friedel's The Greeks, twenty-four portraits of the principal Leaders and personages who have made themselves most conspicuous in the Greek Revolution, from the commencement of the struggle (published 1830) which served as a folder for part of the MSS.

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

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