Van Sinderen (Alfred White) collection of Charles Babbage

Correspondence of Charles Babbage, writings by Babbage, and other related papers collected by Alfred White Van Sinderen. Correspondence, circa 1810-1864 and undated, consists of autograph letters, signed, most from Babbage to colleagues, friends, and others; also present are a few letters to Babbage and third party letters. Correspondents include Alexander Dallas Bache; Michael Faraday; William Henry Fitton; Benjamin Hawes; Ada King, Countess of Lovelace; and Peter Mark Roget. Writings by Babbage include a untitled poem, autograph manuscript, circa 1817-1820, about Babbage’s unsuccessful efforts to obtain an academic appointment; “To the Electors of Finsbury,” 1832 November 12, printed proof, about Babbage’s views during the Parliamentary election; and an autograph manuscript account book, 1810-1827. Most correspondence and writings are accompanied by typed transcripts and notes by Van Sinderen. Other papers include additional notes by Van Sinderen and vendor descriptions of books by Babbage.
Call Numbers
GEN MSS 1362
Creation Date
September 4, 2015


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