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Scientific Notebooks, 1825-1874

Identifier: Coll-203/A1

Scope and Contents

Lyell's series of Scientific notebooks begins 1825 and continues until November 1874, just a few months before his death in February 1875. Lyell used these notebooks to record his fieldwork, travels, companions, queries, lists of memorandums, correspondance and publishing work.
Content warning:Lyell uses his Scientific notebooks to gather evidence, based on both his own observation, by reviewing other people's works, by correspondence, asking questions and analyses. The language used in these notebooks is historical, can be discriminatory and may cause offence.


  • Creation: 1825-1874



34123 folios

17061 Leaves

266 Volumes

Processing Information

This series is in the process of being catalogued, so there will be a mixed level of detail throughout as we carry out adding more description details. March 2021

  • Lyell, C. (2010). Life, Letters and Journals of Sir Charles Lyell, Bart (Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science) (K. Lyell, Ed.).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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