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Smith Memorial Collection and Schunck Library

4,000 items.

The Smith Memorial Collection of books on chemistry and physics was formed by Robert Angus Smith (1817–1884), who was appointed the first Alkali Acts inspector in 1862 and is known as the `father of acid rain’. The collection was donated in 1885.

The separate Schunck Library consists of 19th-century books on chemistry with special emphasis on colour and dyes. It was amassed by (Henry) Edward Schunck (1820–1903), the industrialist and dye expert, who undertook significant research into the properties of indigo, chlorophyll and alizarin.

170 items from the collection are at Deansgate, the remainder at the Main Library.

Finding aids

  • Deansgate items recorded in general printed-book catalogue.
  • Also separate handwritten catalogue of the Schunck Library.


Main Library and The John Rylands Library

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