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.

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Cover of A commonplace book

A commonplace book

Payson, Phillips
1723-1726
Cover of Abrel§el`des descriptions des artes

Abrégé des descriptions des artes

Académie des sciences (France)
[179-?]
Cover of Ad phisica introducio

Ad phisica introducio

Bussius, Petrus
[1774?]
Cover of Anmeldungs-Buch

Anmeldungs-Buch

Reynolds, Henry
1899-1902
Cover of Arte gnomonica

Arte gnomonica

Colomboni, Angelo Maria
[Eighteenth century]
Cover of Breve compendium philosophiae

Breve compendium philosophiae

Dumas, Bernard
1652
Cover of Coggeshal's sliding rule

Coggeshal's sliding rule

Coggeshall, Henry
1774-1776
Cover of Correspondence

Correspondence

Clerke, Gilbert; Newton, Isaac
1687

Cover of Cosmographia

Cosmographia

Giffard, Joseph
1755
Cover of Cours d'analyse et de mel£anique al l'el£ole polytechnique

Cours d'analyse et de mécanique à l'école polytechnique

Ampère, André-Marie; Vincens, G.
1823-1824
Cover of Cours de magnetisme

Cours de magnetisme

Gervier, R.P
1785
Cover of Cours de physique

Cours de physique

Roques, Pierre; Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries)
Cover of De memoralibus [i.e. memorabilibus] mundi

De memoralibus [i.e. memorabilibus] mundi

Solinus, C. Julius
[Guilelmus Anima Mia, Tridinensis]
anno Domini. 1493. die. xiii. Ianuariis
Cover of Dessein de la grande machine Teylerienne

Dessein de la grande machine Teylerienne

Marum, M. van; Landriani, Marsilio
1792
Cover of Dialogo delle cose meteo[ro]logiche

Dialogo delle cose meteo[ro]logiche

Zuccolo, Vitale; Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries)
Cover of Diary

Diary

McAuley, William
Cover of Differentialgleichungen

Differentialgleichungen

Klein, Felix; Prange, Georg; Universität Göttingen
Cover of Electricity and magnetism

Electricity [and] magnetism

Leycester, Robert; Banks, Joseph; Franklin, Benjamin; Galvani, Luigi; Priestley, Joseph; Volta, Alessandro
[19th century]
Cover of Elementa phisicae

Elementa phisicae

Speri, Joseph
1757
Cover of Elements of geometry

Elements of geometry

Walker, George; Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries)
Cover of Ernst Mach papers,

Ernst Mach papers

Mach, Ernst; Baege, Max Hermann; Einstein, Albert; Gomperz, Heinrich; Haas, William S.; Helm, Georg Ferdinand; Höfler, Alois; Kulke, Eduard; Lampa, Anton; Petzoldt, Joseph; Popper-Lynkeus, Josef; Tausig, Paul

Ernst Mach was an Austrian-Czech physicist and philosopher (born 1838 died 1916) who made contributions to physics and the philosophy of science. Mach was the first to study super-sonic motion.

Cover of Ex Fabri hydrographo spagyrico ; Ex Palladio spagyric

Ex Fabri hydrographo spagyrico ; Ex Palladio spagyrico

Newton, Isaac; Fabri, Honoré
[between 1660 and 1727]
Cover of First draft of a report on the EDVAC

First draft of a report on the EDVAC

Von Neumann, John; United States. Army. Ordnance Department; University of Pennsylvania
Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
1945
Cover of Fisica generale e sperimental

Fisica gener[a]le e sperim[enta]le

Moreni, Maria[?]no
1775-1776
Cover of Formula book

Formula book

Stupaun von Steisburg, Jacob
1660
Cover of Formula book

Formula book

Hoffmann, of Heidelberg
18th Century
Cover of Function theory

Function theory

Hutchinson, John Irwin; Cornell University.
Cover of H. Letrillard St. Elme, garde principal de la Garde indigene congo-francais

H. Letrillard St. Elme, garde principal de la Garde indigene congo-francais

Letrillard St. Elme, H.; Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries)
Cover of Humphry Davy papers and correspondence,

Humphry Davy papers and correspondence

Davy, Humphry, Sir; Purgstall, Jane Anne Cranstoun, Gräfin von; Royal Society (Great Britain); Agnew & Zanetti,; Fisher, Son, & Co.,

Cover of Indentures of apprenticeship

Indentures of apprenticeship

New York (N.Y.). Alms-House and Bridewell Commission.; Hunter, John
Cover of Institutiones physicae generalis et particularis

Institutiones physicae generalis et particularis

Ramognini, Antonio; Scarzolo, Joseph
1824
Cover of Journal

Journal

Eveland, A. T.
1855
Cover of Journal of year 1815 ; [Journal for 1816]

Journal of year 1815 ; [Journal for 1816]

Rennie, George; Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries)
Cover of Kunstbuech der Puchsenmeisterey [sic]

Kunstbuech der Puchsenmeisterey [sic]

Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries)
Cover of La forza della leva

La forza della leva

Carapecchia, Romano Fortunato
1704
Cover of Le pays Mossi et sa population

Le pays Mossi et sa population

Lambert, G. E., capitaine
mars-aoùt 1907
Cover of Lecture delivered at the Royal Academy of Science, Stockholm, on 11th December 190 On the occasion of the award to him of a Nobel Prize for Physics

Lecture delivered at the Royal Academy of Science, Stockholm, on 11th December 1909

Marconi, Guglielmo, marchese; Fleming, John Ambrose; Thomson, J. J. Sir
1909
Cover of Lette

Letter

Carlleyle, A. C. L.; Rivett-Carnac, John Henry
1879
Cover of Letter

Letters

Chappe, Ignace Urbain Jean
1809-1821
Cover of Lezioni di meccanica

Lezioni di meccanica

Guilio, Carlo Ignazio
[184-?]
Cover of Liber Boetij

Liber Boetij

Boethius
15th Century
Cover of Liber formularum

Liber formularum

Ludovicus
1735
Cover of Machine et instrumenti de piu celebratissimi autori

Machine et instrumenti de piu celebratissimi autori

Vitruvius Pollio; Besson, Jacques, Dauphinois; Capra, Alessandro; Meijer, Cornelis; Pesasmeno; Hero, of Alexandria; Castriotto, Jacomo Fusto; Pappus, of Alexandria; Fontana, Domenico
[17th century]
Cover of Memoirs

Memoirs

Rennie, John; Bossut, Charles; Maskelyne, Nevil; Perronet, Jean-Rodolphe; Smeaton, John
Cover of Memoria sopra un nuovo termometro

Memoria sopra un nuovo termometro

Vecchi, Domenico de
[between 1750 and 1850]
Cover of Mercurii zweyfacher Schlangen-Stab

Mercurii zweyfacher Schlangen-Stab

Paracelsus; Nuisement, Clovis Hesteau, sieur de
1679
Cover of Meteorites

Meteorites

Karr, Corydon Powell
[ca. 1878]
Cover of Minerals

Minerals

Bonney, T. G.
[between 1853 and 1923]
Cover of Monografia del carbonio e dei suoi ossidi

Monografia del carbonio e dei suoi ossidi

Trento, Emilio; Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries)
Cover of Notanda chymica

Notanda chymica

Newton, Isaac; Maier, Michael
[between 1660 and 1727]

Though Sir Isaac Newton’s work in chemistry is often overshadowed by his more celebrated discoveries in physics, his enduring interest in early chemistry (chymistry) is well recorded by the extensi

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