Archive Collection SWAN - Swan (Sir Joseph) Archive

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Swan (Sir Joseph) Archive


  • approx 1860-1914 (Creation)

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4 boxes plus small collection of objects

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Deposited by the Institute for Sustainability (NIReS) and various family members in 2014.

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Sir Joseph Swan (1828-1914) was a North East physicist, chemist and inventor who is best known for his innovation in the photographic process and the invention of the incandescent light bulb. This small collection comprises of items retained by various members of the Swan family, until donated to Newcastle University in the 1960s/1970s. The collection includes personal family items such as medals and certificates, original Swan lamps and a silk dressing gown, together with items which appear to come from Sir Joseph Swan's home workshop including a number of photographic prints, presumed to date from Sir Joseph Swan's experiments with various photographic print techniques.

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No further accruals are expected.

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Swan (Sir Joseph) Archive, SWAN, held at Special Collections Newcastle University Library.

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gb 186

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Archivist's note

This EAD description created 7/3/2021.

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