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Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division

Papers of Joseph Black

Administrative Information

Archival History


Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer


Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information

This material has been appraised in line with the standard GB 0237 procedures


No accruals expected

System of Arrangement

The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Director of Collections. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Finding Aids

Handlist 16 available in searchroom at Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division.

Alphabetical Index to Manuscripts available in searchroom at Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division.

Existence and location of originals

This material is original.

Existence and Location of Copies

No known copies.

Related Units of Description

A further 13 institutions (and 2 private individuals) which hold archive material relating to Joseph Black are noted in the National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, and these can be consulted via their website:

Publication Note

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


List of sources for the biographical history:

Gillispie, Charles Coulston, Dictionary of Scientific Biography, vol ii, ( United States of America, Scribner's, 1972)

Birse, Ronald M, Science at the University of Edinburgh 1583-1993, ( Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh, 1994)

Williams, TI, A Biographical Dictionary of Scientists, ( London, A and C Black, 1969)

The creation of this description was assisted by funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme

Rules or Conventions

Description compiled in line with the following international standards:

International Council on Archives Committee on Descriptive Standards, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description Notes, 2nd edition2000


National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997

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