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Miscellaneous personal papers, lecture notes and phrenological reports of George Combe; and papers of Cecilia Combe., 1805-1877, undated.

Identifier: MSS.7435-7473

Scope and Contents

MSS.7443-7445 are written in German, having been delivered on George Combe's tour in Germany in 1842.

The phrenological reports (MSS.7452-7455) comprise the phrenological measurements of many persons, both well-known and obscure, with reports and descriptions of their mental capabilities and weaknesses.

The papers of Cecilia Combe contain a selection of literary efforts, diaries of tours, and the usual memoranda and inventories kept by nineteenth-century housewives.


  • Creation: 1805-1877, undated.

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39 Volumes


MSS.7435-7438: Miscellaneous personal papers of George Combe. MSS.7439-7451: Lecture notes of George Combe. MSS.7452-7455: Phrenological reports compiled by George Combe. MSS.7456-7473: Papers of Cecilia Combe.

Because of the way many of the manuscripts have been bound the distinction between the four sequences above could not be represented exactly in the hierarchy of the descriptions. Instead they are shown in one sequence.

George Combe's lecture notes fall into two divisions. MSS.7439-7445 are dated and are arranged in chronological order. MSS.7446-7451 are undated and are arranged alphabetically under subject headings.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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