Bolton Society

Henry Carrington Bolton (1843–1903) was a chemist, historian, academic, bibliophile, and renowned bibliographer of chemistry. Bolton documented the period 1492–1902 in his Select Bibliography of Chemistry, creating the definitive list of chemical books published during these 500 years. This massive reference work, listing more than 15,000 titles in chemistry, was published by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., in 1893, with supplements in 1899, 1901, and 1904.

Named for Henry Carrington Bolton, the Bolton Society encourages and promotes the individual love for and collection of all types of printed material devoted to chemistry and related sciences. It also supports and encourages the Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History as a primary repository for such material.

Interested in becoming a member?
Membership is open to any person who supports the objectives of the society. Members are drawn primarily from among bibliophiles, academic and industrial chemists and chemical engineers, philatelists, librarians, historians, and booksellers. To become a member, click the application link that follows:

Membership Application (PDF format)

Print the form, complete it, and mail or fax to

Elsa B. Atson, Bolton Society Secretary and Director of Library Services
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19106-2702
(V) 215-873-8205
(F) 215-629-5205


Boltonia, the newsletter of the Bolton Society


Subject Guides

Subject Guides

Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by the Othmer library staff. Know what we know — find it in our Subject Guides!


Annual Report

Annual Report
Take a look back at a year of preservation, research, and outreach in CHF’s annual report to donors.