Papers and correspondence of Nevil Vincent Sidgwick, 1873-1952

Scope and Content

The papers include biographical material covering most of Sidgwick's career from schooldays onwards and reminiscences of Sidgwick by former colleagues; this was assembled by L.E. Sutton for an obituary notice of Sidgwick. There are also travel journals of overseas visits, notebooks of research and teaching, drafts for lectures and publications, 1914-1951, and correspondence with many eminent scientists.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sidgwick was born in Oxford. He was educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford where he obtained first class honours in both Natural Sciences and Literae Humaniores. After doctoral studies at Tübingen University Sidgwick was elected a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. He spent the rest of his life in Oxford as Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Chemistry. He was President of the Faraday Society, and the Chemical Society. His research interests included the organic chemistry of nitrogen and the electronic theory of valency. He was elected FRS in 1922 (Royal Medal 1937, Bakerian Lecture 1940).


By section as follows: Biographical, Material collected for Obituary, Diaries and notebooks, Lectures, Correspondence, Letters of congratulation etc, Publications. Index of correspondents.

Access Information

Access only by arrangement with the Archivist of Lincoln College.

Other Finding Aids

Printed catalogue of the papers and correspondence of Nevil Vincent Sidgwick (1873-1952) by J. Alton and H. Weiskittel, CSAC catalogue no. 21/15/74, 11pp. Copies available from NCUACS, University of Bath.

Separated Material

A little further material, which is enumerated in the printed catalogue, is held by the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.

Custodial History

Received for cataloguing by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre from L.E. Sutton and C.J. Danby. Deposited in Lincoln College, Oxford in 1974.