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Papers of Joseph Black

National Archives of Scotland

Joseph Black (1728-1799)

Related material

References to archive material held at the National Archives of Scotland, that correspond with collections being catalogued on the NAHSTE Project are interspersed in various indexes. Unfortunately they cannot be searched for by the name of the individual but rather have to be looked for in amongst a variety of other sources. Some of these sources are listed below, however, individual researchers may be best placed to pinpoint indexes pertinent to their particular subject area.

References from the Gifts and deposits catalogue:

  • GB 0234 GD18/5527: Letter from Black advocating the use of lime water for gout and gravel (28 August 1782).

References from the National Register of Archives (Scotland) (Textbase search):

  • NRAS 0888, bundle 611: 5 letters to the Earl of Hopetoun regarding an essay on gravelly soil, details essays of various samples sent by John Seyferth from Leadhills, an unsuccessful trial of a washing machine (March 1772-April 1773).

  • NRAS 1054/137-138: Notes on chemistry (1774-1780).

  • NRAS 2362, bundle 570: Correspondence from Black concerning the manufacturing process devised by Samuel Birnie and the appointment of Dr Hope to the University Chair of Medicine (1790-1832).