The Historical Collection
Articles on the history of chemistry linked with items contained within the RSC's historical collection.
Search for biographical information on famous (and not-so-famous) chemists using the RSC Library's biographical database.
Links to external sites on the History of Chemistry and to details of historical collections from other organisations.
The Sir Frederick Abel Papers
In January 2010, a collection of papers was donated to the RSC by the descendants of Sir Frederick Abel (1827-1902). The collection includes two of his diaries (1854 & 1875) and many of his professional & personal letters.
Sir Henry Roscoe
Included in this collection are manuscripts of lectures given by Sir Henry Roscoe, notes by him on solar chemistry work, letters written to him, and his notebook for 1849. The Roscoe books collection has about 100 items and was donated in 1906 by Roscoe himself.
Colonel Sir Frederick Nathan
The Nathan collection, bequeathed in 1934, is a collection of books, pamphlets and posters on explosives and firearms, dating from 1598 to 1920.
Professor Francis Camps/Professor Ann Robinson
Francis Camps was a famous forensic scientist and toxicologist and was involved in many important murder trials in the 20th century such as the Christie case. His collection of forensic chemistry and medicinal toxicology books was donated to the RSC by his wife Professor Ann Robinson.
Robert Crosbie Farmer
Robert Farmer worked at the Royal Arsenal Woolwich during the period 1920-1945 and specialised on TNT. He was a leading member of the TNT Court of Enquiry and was part of the Naval Cordite Committee.
Digistised copies of two works within the RSC's Historical Collection.
The Royal Society of Chemistry's digitisation of the 10th edition of Mrs Marcet's Conversations on Chemistry, first edition published in 1805.
The life and pioneering work on food safety of Fredrick Accum.
The Historical Collection at the Chemistry Centre
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Also of interest
The RSC Journal Archive provides access to around 195,000 fully searchable articles in 1,200,000 pages. Members pay £5 per article.
The Historical Group exists to encourage an interest in the history of chemistry and chemical industry among members of the RSC and others
Including the history of the RSC and Burlington House, past presidents and details on the coats of arms and the badge of honour
Online catalogue for the Library collections
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Contact and Further Information
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