Dibner Library Manuscripts

first page of a handwritten letter from Galileo Galilei letter Nicolas Peiresc in 1635

This collection includes correspondence, study and laboratory books, notes, diaries, and hand-lettered texts by notable scientists from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Authors like Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Tycho Brahe, Nicola Tesla, Albert Einstein and many other significant scientific figures are represented. The manuscripts were carefully selected and originally collected by Bern Dibner (1897-1988) and complement his invaluable collection of rare books on the history of science that are now held by the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology.


Cover of Addenda to Résumé des travaux de physiqu

Addenda to Résumé des travaux de physique

Despretz, César Mansuète; Grove, William Robert, Sir; Tyndall, John
[between 1829 and 1863]
Cover of Annotata physicalia

Annotata physicalia

Nederven, Cornelius Van; Aristotle; Sacro Bosco, Joannes de; Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries)
Cover of Arithmeti


Knight, E.
Cover of Arte gnomonica

Arte gnomonica

Colomboni, Angelo Maria
[Eighteenth century]
Cover of Bergbaukunst


Kuhn; Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries)