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Papers relating to Mary's life, work, and interests, [1833?]-1884 and n.d.

Dep. c. 376
Held at the Weston Library

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Folder MSDIP-11: account of Mary Somerville in The Leisure Hour, Oct 1871, pp 632-636, with notes and corrections in Mary's hand

Folder MSDIP-12: cuttings containing reviews of Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, 1873-1874

Folder MSDIP-13: letters concerning family portraits and related matters, [1833?]-1905, including a letter of thanks from the National Portrait Gallery to Sir William Ramsay Fairfax for the bequest of a portrait of Mary Somerville, 17 Jan 1884

Folder MSDIP-14: letters relating to the donation of Mary's mathematical books to Girton College, Cambridge, 1873, and a letter from F.P. Cobbe to [Martha Somerville] regarding the creation of a 'Somerville Scholarship', 12 Mar no year

Folder MSDIP-15: papers relating to the role of women in society, 1868-1871 and n.d., including:

  1. receipt for donation to the London National Society for Women's Suffrage by Mary and her daughters, 12 Nov 1868
  2. letter from M.K. Kingsley to Mary requesting that Mary allow her name to be added to the General Committee of the National Society for Women's Suffrage, n.d. [1868?]
  3. letters from Paulina Davis, Secretary, Woman's Rights Association, Providence, R I, to Mary concerning her support of the Association, n.d. [1870] and 26 Dec 1871, with a photograph, possibly of Davis

Folder MSDIP-16: papers relating to the award to Mary of an Italian gold medal for Physical Geography and other matters, 1839-1869, including:

  1. copy of a letter, apparently from Mary, to The Times regarding the practice of vivisection in Florence, 16 Dec 1863
  2. letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Florence, to Mary, regarding the award to her of a gold medal bearing the image of Victor Emmanuel, [King of Italy], 30 Jun 1869
  3. enclosures with labels in Mary's hand (describing some items now in Dep. c. 375-376)

Folder MSDIP-17: offprints of articles by J.F.W. Herschel relating to the weather, volcanoes and earthquakes, the sun, light, and celestial measurings and weighings, 1865 and n.d.

Folder MSDIP-18: offprints and cuttings relating to various matters, 1859-1869 and n.d., including:

  1. Darwin's On the Origin of Species, reviewed in The Times, 26 Dec 1859
  2. uniform musical pitch, in a published letter by J.F.W. Herschel, 14 Jun 1859
  3. the teaching of science, by James Stuart, MA, quoting Mary, in an offprint received 'from Mrs Butler', c.1869

Folder MSDIP-19: obituaries of Mary Somerville from English, Italian, German and American newspapers and other sources, 1872-1873

Folder MSDIP-20: obituaries of [J.B.] Pentland (in Italian), 1874; Lady Murchison, by Frank Buckland, 13 Feb 1869; and Mary Somerville, by F.P. C[obbe], 3 Dec 1872


  • Creation: [1833?]-1884 and n.d.


1 box (10 folders)

Language of Materials

  • English


Dep. c. 376

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom