Royal Society of Chemistry: Historical Collection

Unlock chemistry’s past…and help to shape its future: The most important works from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s extensive archive now online.

Founded in 1841 as the Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry is one of the oldest and most eminent chemical societies in the world. In our collections, thousands of books, journals, letters, notes and pamphlets contain a valuable and fascinating chronicle of chemical science from the 16th century to the present day.

ImageThe Historical Collection is a digital archive designed to make these significant scientific records widely available. Featuring over 380,000 pages of scientific history, it allows easy access to documents that have shaped our understanding of chemistry, and helps to pinpoint the moments when key ideas first began to develop. 

It’s a unique resource, and a significant addition to any science library.

A summary of the digital collection

The Collection exists in two parts. Part 1 is Society Publications and Minutes, including Chemistry in Britain from the 1960s, annual reports and proceedings from the separate societies that later merged to form the Royal Society of Chemistry.  Part 2, Historical Books and Papers, is an absorbing collection of historical material, featuring manuscripts of lectures given by Sir Henry Roscoe, papers and diaries belonging to Sir Frederick Abel, and letters between some of the leading scientists of the 19th century.

Part 1

Society Publications (1949 – 2012)
Chemistry in Britain (1965-2003)
Education in Chemistry (1964-2006)
Royal Institute of Chemistry Lectures, Monographs and Reports (1949-1967)
Monographs for Teachers (1962-1993)
Annual Reports (1963-2012)
Royal Institute of Chemistry Annual Reports (1960-1980)

Society Minutes (1841-1966)
Lists of Officers and Fellows of the Chemical Society (1843-1953)
Chemical Society Council Minutes (1841-1966)
Institute of Chemistry Council Minutes (1876-1944)
Royal Institute of Chemistry Council Minutes (1944-1966)
Institute of Chemistry Committee Minutes (1877-1944)
Royal Institute of Chemistry Committee Minutes (1944-1947)

Society Minutes (1841-1966)
Lists of Officers and Fellows of the Chemical Society (1843-1953)
Chemical Society Council Minutes (1841-1966)
Institute of Chemistry Council Minutes (1876-1944)
Royal Institute of Chemistry Council Minutes (1944-1966)
Institute of Chemistry Committee Minutes (1877-1944)
Royal Institute of Chemistry Committee Minutes (1944-1947)

Part 2 (coming soon)

Historical Books and Papers (1505-1991)
The Roscoe Collection (1505-1870)
The Nathan Collection
The Main Collection
The Sir Frederick Abel Papers (1853-1902)
The Davy Bookcase (1952-1873)

For more information about the RSC Historical Collection please visit http://pubs.rsc.org/historical-collection