Papers of Annie Hutton Numbers (1897-1988)

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  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-649
  • Dates of Creation
      20th century
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  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 box containing 3 diploma tubes, 1 album, miscellaneous photographs and papers. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location

Scope and Content

The material consists of University degree parchments in diploma tubes, a spring-file containing Ph.D. thesis entitled The influence of substituents on the optical rotatory power of compounds, photographs, class certificates, letters of appointment, and letters of testimonial.

Administrative / Biographical History

Annie Hutton Numbers was born in Edinburgh on 6 March 1897. She was educated at Mrs. Steele's Private School in Upper Gray Street in Edinburgh, at James Gillespie's, 1904 to 1907, and then at Edinburgh Ladies' College (Mary Erskine's), 1907-1914. She then went to Edinburgh University graduating with the degrees of MA (Hons), Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, 1918, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics, and with a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1920. After a brief spell teaching she was appointed as Assistant Lecturer and Demonstrator at the Department of Chemistry at Edinburgh University. While on the staff of the University, Numbers undertook research towards the degree of Ph.D. which she took in 1926 for the thesis The influence of substituents on the optical rotatory power of compounds. She left her post at the Department to become a teacher in Ipswich and then in High Wycombe, retiring in 1965. Annie Hutton Numbers died on 10 April 1988.

Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

The material was acquired from Stonehaven, November 1988, Accession no. E88.153.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

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