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Michel Adanson notes on nitrate

Accession 0906

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Michel Adanson notes on nitrate (Accession 0906), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Michel Adanson notes on nitrate
Dates: undated
Accession Number: 0906
Creator: Adanson, Michel, 1727-1806.
Extent: 20 leaves
Language of Material: French
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: During his lifetime, French botanist Michel Adanson (1727-1806) assembled a large number of notes and documents for a projected but never completed scientific encylcopedia. This collection of Adanson's notes focuses on nitrates, including saltpeter.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

During his lifetime, French botanist Michel Adanson (1727-1806) assembled a large number of notes and documents for a projected but never completed scientific encylcopedia. As late as 1934, these notes were stored in 48 bundles in the castle of Baleine at Villaneuve-sur-l'Allier, but they were subsequently dispersed.

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Scope and Content

The notes are classified under the headings "nitre des végetaux," "- Nitre," "Salpêtre." " - Sa formation," "- Ses mélanges," "- Nitre ammoniacal," etc. They fill from six lines to a full page for each sheet, except for the draft of one long article, apparently for the planned encyclopedia, with references to Antoine Lavoisier and Joseph Priestley. This article covers five and a half pages in Adanson's small hand and is illustrated with tiny pen-and-ink drawings of apparatus. There are also two clippings from newspapers (1777-1778) with underlinings and marginal notes.

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Access Points

Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent, 1743-1794.
Nitrates.
Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804.
Saltpeter.
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