Fonds Details

Call Number: MS Gen 1752
Title: Thomson family papers
Associated Websites: History of the Atlantic Cable & Submarine Telegraphy
Glasgow University Archives: Records of Kelvin & Hughes Ltd
William Thomson, Lord Kelvin 1824-1907: exhibition
Glasgow University Archives: Records of the University of Glasgow: Department of Natural Philosophy
Date of Creation: Between 1814 and 1978
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent: 1.0 metre(s)
Name of Creator:
Thomson family fl 1786-1924
James Thomson (1786-1849), his descendants and other relatives, including William Thomson, Baron Kelvin (1824-1907), many of whom were involved in engineering.
Content: Papers of the Thomson family. Collected by James Thomson (b. 1858). Papers of James Thomson (1786-1849), James Thomson (1822-1892), William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907) and other family members. Includes letters of Henry Charles Fleeming Jenkin (1833-1885) and papers relating to the laying of trans-Atlantic submarine telegraph cables.
Arrangement: The material is arranged within eleven sub-fonds:
MS Gen 1752/1 Papers of James Thomson (1786-1849)
MS Gen 1752/2 Papers of Agnes Gall (d. 1857)
MS Gen 1752/3 Papers of James Thomson (1822-1892)
MS Gen 1752/4 Papers of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Thomson (d. 1892)
MS Gen 1752/5 Papers of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin (1824-1907)
MS Gen 1752/6 Papers of Frances Anna Thomson, Lady Kelvin (d. 1916)
MS Gen 1752/7 Papers of James Thomson (b. 1858)
MS Gen 1752/8 Papers of Elizabeth (Bessie) Thomson (1854-1892)
MS Gen 1752/9 Papers of Mary Hancock Thomson (fl.1890-1924)
MS Gen 1752/10 Papers of Henry Charles Fleeming Jenkin (1833-1885)
MS Gen 1752/11 Papers of an unidentified member of the Thomson family
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Source of Acquisition: Purchased from Christie's, London, March 2008.
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Notes: Formerly the property of the Thomson family, descendents of James Thomson (fl.1880-1924).
Some work on sorting and annotating these papers, and research on family history, was done by Mary Hancock Thomson. The papers are now arranged as far as possible by their original owner/collector.
Related material in Kelvin papers (MS Kelvin), Papers of Thomson, Varley and Jenkin (MS Gen 1753), Records of Kelvin & Hughes Ltd (Glasgow University Archives, UGD 033).
Cataloguing Rules: ISAD(G)
Repository Code: GB 0247
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