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The Thomas Nisbet Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 148

Scope and Content

This collection consists of notes from a "Dr. Webster’s" lectures on chemistry taken by Thomas Nisbet (University of Edinburgh).


  • bulk 1704; additional note 1784

Language of Materials



There are no special restrictions to the access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Thomas Nisbet Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Biographical Information

Little is known about Thomas Nisbet, other than he attended a chemistry class taught by one Dr. Webster at the University of Edinburgh. The bulk of his notebook is dated 1704. However, the final portion is dated 1784 and is in another hand. We do not know if Thomas wrote both sections. Obviously, if this final section was written in 1784 Thomas would have been in advanced age, especially for his time. Furthermore, it is doubtful that his handwriting would have changed so significantly. It is more likely that this notebook was passed down in a family library or given away, and that another person later added to Nisbet's notes.


0.3 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Processing Information:

This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written in the spring of 1993, by Douglas Denné under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in May of 2009.

The Thomas Nisbet Manuscript Collection
Douglas F. Denné
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Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

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