|Date of Receipt:
|Source of Acquisition:
||Transferred from Department of Natural Philosophy, University of Glasgow
|Date of Creation:
Between 1839 and 1969
|Extent on Arrival:
c. 1,700 items. Received in 4 large boxes, 1 small
||Letters and papers of William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907). The correspondents include some of the leading scientists and physicists of the time. They discuss research projects by Kelvin and the Department of Natural Philosophy in the University of Glasgow as well as more general academic and family matters. The collection includes 5 letter-books, photographs and press cuttings. It is augmented by later documents relating to Kelvin and the Department of Natural Philosophy.
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||The Library also has a collection of some 3,500 pamphlets, chiefly on scientific matters, which were presented to the University by Lord Kelvin in 1892. About 100 books from Kelvin's personal library, bequeathed to the University by his nephew, James Thomson Bottomley in 1926, were transferred to the Library from the Department of Physics (formerly Natural Philosophy) in 1999. For details, see printed books catalogue.