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The Macclesfield Collection

 Fonds
Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9597

Scope and Contents

The Macclesfield Collection principally comprises the archives of John Collins (1625-1683) and William Jones (1675-1749). As well as being mathematicians in their own right, both men corresponded with leading scientific figures of their day and so the collection includes autograph material by Isaac Newton, Edmond Halley, Henry Briggs, Roger Cotes, Henry Oldenburg and Robert Hooke.

Dates

  • 1600-1800

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Please enquire at the Manuscripts Reading Room desk if you would like to view items from the Macclesfield Collection.

Extent

c. 40 archive box(es) (c 40 boxes paper) : paper

Language of Materials

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

William Jones was tutor to the Parker family, the Earls of Macclesfield, and both his own papers and those he had inherited from John Collins remained in library at Shirburn Castle until 1999 when they were bought through Sotheby's by Cambridge University Library.

Related Materials

Other Newton manuscripts are in the Portsmouth Collection (Add.3958-4007). 3 further scientific notebooks missed from the Macclesfield sale and presented afterwards by the Earl and Countess of Macclesfield are at MS Add.9776.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Contact:
Cambridge University Library
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Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom


The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.