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Letters to Walter on the death of Lady Pauline

Letters of condolence following the death of Lady Pauline on May 13 1866. Also includes letters to Hugh Jermyn. Correspondents include Sir Henry Acland, Lady Louisa Ashburton, J Lowthian Bell, William Nugent Dunbar, Sir George Grey, Thomas Holme, A Freire Marreco, Robert Monteith, Lord Percy, Charles Rowcliffe, W E Scudamore and William Alexander Stables.

Wallis (Peter) Collection

  • Wallis
  • Book Collection
  • 1582 - 1990

The Wallis Collection contains books on mathematics and maths education and includes works by Robert Record (the man who introduced the = symbol), such as The grounde of artes: teaching the perfecte worke and practise of arithmetike (1582) and works by and about Isaac Newton, such as Newton's Principia in its first American edition (1846).

The books were formerly owned by Peter Wallis (1918-1992), a lecturer in the School of Education. There are almanacs, works on algebra and geometry, school text books, works on astronomy including J.F.W. Herschel's Astronomy (1835), guides to measuring, book-keeping, ready reckoners, treatises, Euclid's Elements and manuals.

Wallis, Peter, 1918-1992, mathematician

Friends Collection

  • Friends
  • Book Collection
  • 1585 - 1988

The Friends Collection has been built-up through purchases with funds from the Friends of the Library. It contains such rare books as Robert Boyle's Tracts: containing I. Suspicions about some hidden qualities of the air … (1674), J. Dryden's Albion and Albanius (1691), Some considerations on the consequences of the French settling colonies on the Mississippi: with respect to the trade and safety of the English plantations in America and the West-Indies (1720), various pamphlets by Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke, Newcastle songsters and other local material such as Report of the Orphan-House Sunday-School, Newcastle upon Tyne (1815-16). English literature is a particular strength of the collection.

Friends of Newcastle University Library, 1955-

Autograph scrapbook with lock

Includes signatures and correspondence from prominent figures. Historic listing stated 'belonged to CPT'
Features content attributed to George III, Napoelon III, Frederic II Prussia, [Marie Louise], General Lafayette, Cardinal Mazarin, Richeleu?, Lord Halifax, George Canning, William Smith?, Lord John Russell, [Richard cobden?], W Gladstone, Leopold von Ranke, Benjamin Constant, Voltaire, John Fox Burgoyne, Byron – sketch of house in southall where poems first printed, Dr Parr, W H Smyth, G Croly, Fenimore Cooper, T Carlyle, J Ruskin, Arthur P Stanley, Crabbe Robinson, Henry Cole, John Gibson (sculptor), Frederick Taylor, Thorburn, /madame de Stael, Lucy Aikin, Mrs Barbauld, Joanna Baillie, Lady Blessington, Lady Morgan, Mrs Murray, Julia Pardoe, Miss Martinau, Miss Carpenter, Miss Nightingale, Mrs Opie, Mrs Gaskill, George Eliot, Joseph Whitworth

Booktrust Collection

  • Booktrust
  • Book Collection
  • 17th Century - present

In the 1970s, Book Trust (now Booktrust) and Arts Council Great Britain (now Arts Council England), recognising that Britain is a world leader in children’s publishing, worked with the nation’s publishers of children’s books to establish the Booktrust collection. The Booktrust collection was conceived and developed as an informal deposit library with children’s publishers agreeing to send books as they become available. The Collection has grown so that it now totals some 70,000 volumes, including new titles, reprints, existing books in new formats and books in translation.

In 2004 the Collection was transferred to Newcastle University’s Robinson Library (now the Philip Robinson Library). Bringing the Collection to Newcastle meant that it became part of the partnership between the University and Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s Books (

This collection continues to grow thanks to the past and ongoing commitment and generosity of the UK publishing industry. Many publishers have been involved since the collection was created in the 1970s, and recent contributors include: Child's Play, Tate, O'Brien, Lantana and Macmillan.

Booktrust, 1921-

Collection of historic medical letters and documents

The collection includes letters written by prominent medical figures, mostly from the nineteenth century. A large proportion appear to have been sent to Ernest Abraham Hart (1865-1898). Medical journalist. Some of the items have been mounted on paper, possibly once forming part of a scrapbook which included biographical details for the individuals. Some have annotations in pencil or pen identifying the author or recipient. In addition to the correspondence are other documents such as prescriptions, cuttings from publications and an indenture.

Scrapbook of autographs compiled by Lady Eleanor Trevelyan.

Original listing stated 'formerly numbered GOT 34'. Includes document claiming to be an account of a visit to Napoleon at Elba in November 1914.
Features content attributed to J Collingwood Bruce, William Armstrong, A [Alison], John J Audubon, [L. Agassiz?], John Bright, Robert Browning, J Brown, F M Burton, H Brand, Revd. Burth, [Bunsen?], Henry Bone, [J Cean, Rio de Janeiro], Charles Burney, Walter Blackett, Edward Belcher, Charlotte Maria [?], Lord Clyde, Cardinell, A C C, T Carlyle, John Clayton, [?] Clifford, Joesph Cowen, J [Cartner], George Crabba, Canning Slave Trade speech, [Casanova?], W Carlyle, George Cruikshank, R Chambers, George Combe, Derby, [J B Dunch?], [Steven] Duffy, Charles Dasent, Devon, H Davy, Dutens Rector of Esldon, Thomas de Quincy, Robert Boyle, B Disraeli, [?Division], C J [Dunelin], [Ernest], Elizabeth Eastlake, [Emily], Maria Edgeworth, Edward Elliott, Elizabeth Fry, William Faraday, F W Farrar, E [Fleury], Ferdinando, Frederick Guillaume of Prussia, William GladstoneGrey, W Grote, William N Gull, William Gell, John Gibson, Mr Gould, Thomas Guthrie, C E [Halie?], W Holman Hunt, W Halifax, Augustus Hare, Thomas Hughes, Robert Hill, John Hudson, Hardwick, Jos. Hooker, B Jowett, J Jekyle, Annie Jameson, A W Kinglake, J Keble, A Kestner, J R Lowek, Langdale, T W Layman, D R Ledd, John Lindley, W C Lake, R Goldschmidt, Landseer, Robert Lowe, W Lawson, Louis 16th of France, Luxborough, J L Miller, T B Macaulay, Gaorge MacKenzie, Theobold Matthew, Stafford H Northcote, Northbrook, Florence Nightingale, Northumberland, C T Lewson, Vincent Novello, Northampton, J Hagan, Overstone, Richard Owen, Walter W Onless, S Oxon, Odescalchi, Daniel O'Connell, Frederick FitzClarence, Amelia Opie, James Paget, Lyon Playfair, Augustus Pugin, Robert Peel, A Panizzi, John Ruskin, Arthur Russell, Richmond Gordon, Dr Robertson, [?] Vincent, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, Sidmouth, Selbourne, Stampfeld, Wolseley, D MacKenzie Wallan, Thomas Woolner, Athony Trollope, John Hautmann [?], An account of a visit to Napoleon at Elba, attributed to a nephew of Spencer Perceval Nov 1814, H Philpotts, Robert Perrau

17th Century Collection

  • 17th C. Coll
  • Book Collection
  • 1600 - 1699

The 17th Century Collection is a small but expanding collection of books printed 1600-1699. The books it contains are a good reflection of this period as a time of rebellions, intrigues and conspiracies; hierarchical power; and strong religious views. Sermons and speeches were commonly printed.

Newcastle University

Alderson (Brian) Collection

  • Alderson
  • Book Collection
  • 1600 - 2017 (approx)

Brian Alderson (b. 1930) is a pioneer of children’s literature studies in Britain as a distinguished author, reviewer, and translator. He has also collected books for more than 60 years, beginning when he was an undergraduate with cheap editions of work by poets Ezra Pound and T.S.Eliot. His interest in children’s books came later but soon became a lifelong passion, resulting in the curation of a collection of over 20,000 books, dating from the 17th century to the present day. This collection, donated jointly to the University and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books, represents a vast and diverse distinctive resource.

Alderson, Brian, 1930-, author, critic and children's book historian.

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