Papers of Joseph Black and family

Scope and Content

  • 5 boxes of correspondence between himself and a variety of individuals (including James Watt, Prince Paul Dashkov, John Robison) and on a variety of subjects: linen bleaching, use of lime water, assays of ores, civic water supply, mineralogical specimens, absorption of heat etc
  • 1 box of family letters between Black, his father and his brothers Samuel, George and Thomas

Access Information

Access should be unrestricted but please check in advance of any consultation.

Acquisition Information

Most of the papers were donated to the University by Miss E. L. W. Black in 1967.

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled for NAHSTE project by Andrew Thomson , Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division, March 2000


Robinson, Eric and McKie, Douglas, Partners in Science, ( London, Constable & Co Ltd, 1970)