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Agglutination Manuscripts

Identifier: A2022-09-01

Content Description

This collection includes two manuscripts about biological agglutination with no author information. The manuscripts are handwritten in ink on A5 size paper. The first manuscript, titled "Agglutination" is 41 pages with 4 additional pages of footnotes and sources. The second manuscript, titled "The Agglutination Reaction in Paratyphoid Infections" is 27 pages with a single page bibliography. The third manuscript is 9 pages of notes on the article "Variation in Clumping of Typhoid Bacilli" from an unidentifiable French journal and author. Also included is an envelope from the Lexington Book Shop of New York City to Dr. Arthur Lincoln Reagh, with evidence of a BSNH acquisitions label that either fell off or was removed.


  • circa 1901-1904; the " The Agglutination Reaction in Paratyphoid Infections" manuscript references 1904 papers, and the "Variation in Clumping of Typhoid Bacilli" manuscript is marked "1901"

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers.

For onsite access, researchers must schedule an appointment with the Archives as far in advance as possible; a minimum of three weeks is requested. Contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials are in the public domain.

Biographical Note

The author or authors of the manuscripts are unknown. An envelope found in the collection was addressed to Dr. Arthur Lincoln Reagh. Dr. Reagh could potentially be the author and/or the depositor of the collection to the Boston Society of Natural History. Dr. Reagh was a doctor who wrote at least one text on agglutination and also wrote a small notice for The Auk, indicating a hobby in ornithology that likely connected him to the Boston Society of Natural History.


0.08 Linear Feet (4 folders)

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Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Custodial History

The "Variation in Clumping of Typhoid Bacilli" included (now separated in Folder 1) a mailed envelope from the Lexington Book Shop (730 Lexington Ave. New York City, New York). The envelope is addressed as: "Papers and Agglutination Dr. Arthur Lincoln Reagh 39 Maple St. West Roxbury, Mass." The envelope also has a very small, torn fragment of a BSNH acquisitions label. The 3 handwritten manuscripts are the size of the envelope and likely mailed from the Book Shop to Dr. Reagh.

Provenance is unclear and possibly donated by Dr. Arthur L. Reagh to the BSNH Library; materials were found together in storage with Boston Society of Natural History Library materials identified as "BSNH Library Manuscripts (Non-Members)" in 2022.

Agglutination Manuscripts Finding Aid
Becca Webster (Archives Management Graduate Intern)
October 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum of Science, Boston Archives Repository

One Science Park
Boston Massachusetts 02114