The Scientific Correspondence of Thomas Mellard Reade

Scope and Content

The Thomas Mellard Reade papers held in the University of Liverpool Special Collections and Archives Department, contain 1958 letters comprising his scientific correspondence, 28 letters comprising copies of his own letters to correspondents, 42 letters returned from Philip Holland and 1 printed book. All mainly concern aspects of geology and related sciences.

Administrative / Biographical History

1832 -- 1909 : geologist ; architect , and  civil engineer  at Liverpool from 1860 ; laid out Blundellsands estate, 1868 ; wrote much on glacial and post-glacial geology of Lancashire, on mineral structure of slaty rocks, and on geomorphology; published Origin of Mountain Ranges (1886 ), and Evolution of EarthStructure (1903 ); F.G.S. 1872 ; Murchison medallist 1896 .

For full biography see The Mellards and their Descendants, including the Bibbys of Liverpool with memoirs of Dinah Maria Mulock and Thomas Mellard Reade, by Aleyn Lyell Reade, pages 107-180. Privately printed for the author at The Arden Press, Oswaldestre House , Norfolk Street, Strand, London, 1915 .

This item can be found at SPEC S/CS439.M.R28 in the Special Collections and Archives Department, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool.


The order of arrangement as carried out by his son, Allan Lyell Reade has been preserved in its entirety. The collection is arranged as follows:

  • Scientific Correspondence, TMR1
  • Copies of letters by T. M. Reade, TMR2
  • Returned letters to Philip Holland, TMR3
  • Printed Works, TMR4

The arrangement has been described more fully at the appropriate levels.

Access Information

Access is open to bona fide researchers.

Acquisition Information

The archive was donated to the University of Liverpool by Thomas Mellard Reade's son, Aleyn Lyell Reade, in 1936 .

Other Finding Aids

A summary finding aid is available for consultation in the reading room

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and Licensing Rules available on request.


There are no anticipated accruals.

Related Material

The University of Liverpool Library Department of Special Collections and archives also hold the Papers of Aleyn Lyell Reade, Thomas Mellard Reades' son.