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History of Science and Technology

Special Collections

W.D. Jordan Special Collections Library - Science Collections Library is located on the second floor of Douglas Library.

Three important science collections are housed in this library:

  • The McNicol Collection - history of telecommunications
    • The collection, which numbers approximately 1200 items, contains books, pamphlets, journals and archival resources on the experimental history and development, to World War II, of the telegraphic, telephonic and radio sciences.
  • The Riche-Covington Collection ( history of radio astronomy)
    • This collection takes up about 44 meters of shelf space -- includes correspondence, conference proceedings, technical papers by Covington and other researchers, an extensive photograph collection, scrapbooks, broadsides, as well as contemporary monographs and some very rare books on the history of optics and scientific method.
  • The Jeannie & Vero Wynne-Edwards Collection
    • This collection consists of over 1800 books, pamphlets, periodical and ephemeral pieces in the field of natural history. It was the working library of Vero C. Wynne-Edwards (1906-1997) C.B.E, F.R.S., Regis Professor of Natural History, University of Aberdeen, 1946-1974.


Queen's University Archives is located in Kathleen Ryan Hall.

As a suggestion, use the advanced keyword search 'Science and Technology' to discover what is available in their collection.