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Whipple Library

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Specific collections within the Whipple Library.

Read more at: Whipple Collection
Bookplate for the Whipple collection

Whipple Collection

Around 1300 rare books relating to scientific instruments and history of science, dating from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.

Read more at: Phrenology Collection
A pink and a green ticket to a phrenological lecture

Phrenology Collection

350 items relating to phrenology, the belief derived from the theories of Franz Josef Gall (1758–1828) that the mental faculties are located in various parts or 'organs' of the brain, and investigable by feeling the surface of the skull.

Read more at: Nineteenth-Century Collections
Front cover of blue cloth-bound edition of 'half hours with a naturalist'

Nineteenth-Century Collections

Nineteenth-century editions on biological sciences, chemistry, physics, natural history, medicine, scientific instruments and popular science.

Read more at: Foster Pamphlet Collection
4 handwritten index cards in a stack

Foster Pamphlet Collection

5,221 nineteenth-century pamphlets covering all aspects of the history of physiology.

Read more at: Gerd Buchdahl Collection
Row of archival boxes labelled "Buchdahl manuscripts"

Gerd Buchdahl Collection

Books and papers from the library of Gerd Buchdahl: principally books by and relating to Immanuel Kant as well as general works on philosophy and the philosophy of science.

Read more at: Featured items
16th century map

Featured items

Explore selected items from the Special Collections in further detail.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday

09:15 - 19:00