About Our Rare Book Collection

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About Our Rare Book Collection

The Othmer Library of Chemical History is home to an extraordinary collection of rare books, which began with acquisitions from The Chemists’ Club, Donald F. Othmer’s bequest of his personal library, and other individual purchases (made most notably through the Sidney M. Edelstein Book Fund), donations, and bequests.

In 2004 the Othmer Library became the steward of the Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library, which represents one of the richest, most comprehensive, and most cohesive single deposits of books on the history of chemistry in the world. Roughly 6,000 titles in all, the Neville collection comprises materials that date from the late 15th century to the early 20th century and includes many of the most important works in the history of science and technology from this period.


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