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Collection of Drawings of Minerals

Identifier: Coll-542

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of highly colourful drawings of minerals and are organised into five volumes of accompanying notes. Manuscript notes in the volumes indicate that the drawings are arranged in families according to the system of Professor Robert Jameson (1774-1854).


  • Creation: 1830-1836

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Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Biographical / Historical

The geologist Richard Cust was born in 1754. The five volume work containing drawings of minerals was executed while in his eighties. He died in 1844.


1 box containing 4 volumes, 1 separate volume.

Physical Location

MSS 2739-2743

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Drawings transferred from Geology Library, 1994, Accession no. E94.32.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Materials

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: drawings of minerals (5 vols), Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle Headquarters.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
+44(0)131 650 8379