This is an artificial collection, which brings together from a number of sources material relating to the life, career, and family of George Green. The collection reflects research into all aspects of Green's life, his subsequent scientific reputation, his family descendants, and the history of his mill at Sneinton, Nottinghamshire.
The collection contains very little original material from the time of George Green, whose papers have been lost, but includes a wealth of published source material and copy manuscripts concerning Green and his circle, as uncovered through modern research. The collection concentrates on the biographical and scholarly resources available for the study of George Green and the recognition of his significance, and does not attempt to include comprehensive references to the application of his scientific work.
The first section (GG 1) contains offprints of articles and copies of original papers by George Green, 1828-1839. This is complemented by a series of translations, collected editions and reprints of his papers, 1850-1958 (GG 2). An effort has been made to include copies of contemporary scientific works which are now felt to have influenced his thinking (GG 6A), and the collection also includes copies of some 20th-century scientific papers which particularly draw on Green's mathematics (GG 6B).
There is a series of biographical articles and notices on George Green, 1863-1999 (GG 3).
Manuscript material in the collection is mainly in copy form. This includes a series of copies of letters between George Green, Sir Edward Ffrench Bromhead and Professor William Whewell of Cambridge University, 1828-1834 (GG 4B). The papers of H Gwynedd Green, however, include some original correspondence of William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), relating to George Green (GG 4A). There is some miscellaneous modern correspondence concerning research into the life and work of George Green, 1974-1999 (GG 4C). A series of copies of correspondence held elsewhere, between Sir Edward Ffrench Bromhead, Charles Babbage, William Whewell and others, 1816-1842, does not mention Green but gives an idea of the kind of mathematical work going on at the time by his contemporaries (GG 4D).
There is a large series of copies of source material and illustrations gathered together by Mary Cannell for her biographies of Green (GG 4E).
Another section contains photographs, newscuttings and other miscellaneous papers relating to Green's Mill in Sneinton, 1793-1988 (GG 5). This section also contains material concerning the work of the George Green Memorial Fund Committee in undertaking restoration of the mill and in transferring it to Nottingham City Council to serve as a science museum.
Records are also present of the events surrounding the 1993 Bicentenary celebrations, including the unveiling of a plaque for George Green in Westminster Abbey (GG 7).
The two final series relate to academic research on George Green: the research papers of D M Cannell, c.1979-2000 (GG 8); and the research papers of Mr D A Edge, 1973-1974 (GG 9).