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Williams-Miles Reprint Collection

Identifier: GB98-09-001

Scope and Content

For a more detailed inventory, please view this record in our library catalog:

This is a wide-ranging collection in both chronology and content; it contains over 1,500 reprints in English, German, French, Italian and Dutch. The collection covers all aspects of the history of chemistry, but is especially rich in content relating to alchemy and early American chemistry.


  • 1771-1998

Language of Materials

Text in English, German, Italian, French and Dutch.

Biographical sketch

Wyndham Miles was educated at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy but his antiquarian leanings led to his interest in the study of the history of chemistry and his passion for collecting significant historical texts. He was employed as a science historian at both the Army Chemical Corps and the National Archives. He is an author, editor, past president of the A.C.S. Division of the History of Chemistry and the winner of its Dexter Award in 1971.


10 Linear Feet (30 boxes)


For the most part the collection has been left as received. Some files on similar topics have been artificially grouped together.

Ownership and Custodial History

These papers were donated to the Science History Institute by William D. Williams.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Williams, William D.. Method of acquisition--Gift ;; Date of acquisition--1998..

Digitized Materials

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online in our Digital Collections:

General Note

This collection was originally the research component of The Williams - Miles History of Chemistry Collection, a gathering of more than 2,000 historical volumes housed at Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas that is recognized by the A.C.S. as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.

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Revision Statements

  • 8/29/2023: Digitized Materials note added.

Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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