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Papers of Joseph Black and family

Identifier: Coll-16

Scope and Contents

  1. 5 boxes of correspondence between himself and a variety of individuals (including James Watt, Prince Paul Dashkov, John Robison) and on a variety of subjects: linen bleaching, use of lime water, assays of ores, civic water supply, mineralogical specimens, absorption of heat etc
  2. 1 box of family letters between Black, his father and his brothers Samuel, George and Thomas


  • Creation: 1746-1799



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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the papers were donated to the University by Miss E. L. W. Black in 1967.


Robinson, Eric and McKie, Douglas, Partners in Science, ( London, Constable & Co Ltd, 1970)

Processing Information

Fonds level description compiled for NAHSTE project by Andrew Thomson , Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division, March 2000

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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