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A Favorite Abode of Science:

Santa Clara College and the Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge, 1851-1900

The following sources were used in preparing the exhibit:

Brown, Leland. Early Philosophical Apparatus at Transylvania College (and Relics of the Medical Department). Lexington, KY: Transylvania University Press, 1959.

Bud, Robert and Deborah Jean Warner, eds. Instruments of Science: An Historical Encyclopedia. New York, Science Museum, London, and National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, in association with Garland Pub., 1998.

Greensdale, Jr., Thomas B. Historical Physics Teaching Apparatus: Instruments for Natural Philosophy. Gambier, OH: Kenyon College, 2002. Avialable at:

Jenkins, John. Vintage Radio and Scientific Apparatus: The Collection of John Jenkins, SPARKMUSEUM. Available at:

Hayn, Carl, S.J. "Early History of Science at Santa Clara," from Telling the Santa Clara Story: Sesquicentennial Voices. ed. Russell K. Skowronek. Santa Clara, Calif. : Santa Clara University: City of Santa Clara, 2002.

McKevitt, Gerald, S.J. University of Santa Clara: A History, 1851-1977. Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press, 1979.

Mills, John FitzMaurice. Encyclopedia of Antique Scientific Instruments. New York, Facts on File, 1983.

Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press: 2003.

"Papin Cauldron." Ingenuity and Art. The Physics Museum of the University of Coimbra. Available at:

PV Scientific Instruments' Online Catalog. Trumansberg, NY: 1996-2003. Available at:

Transylvania University. Museum of Medical and Scientific Apparatus.

Turner, Gerard L’Estrange. Nineteenth-century Scientific Instruments. London, Sotheby Publications, and Berkeley, University of California Press, 1983.


For more information about the Collection, please contact Anne McMahon, University Archivist at (, 408-554-4117).

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