Alchemy, Chemistry


Alchemy Lab
Links to sites devoted to the history of alchemy in a range of cultures and periods

The Alchemy Web Site & Virtual Library into over 1300 sections & providing thousands of pages of text, over 2000 images, over 200 complete alchemical texts, extensive bibliographical material on the printed books & manuscripts, numerous articles, introductory & general reference material. Highlights include:

Alchemical texts
Transcriptions of a range of texts from the sixteenth century onwards, in English and other languages.

Database of alchemical manuscripts
Lists about 4000 manuscripts from over 100 libraries; includes most of the major collections of such manuscripts

List of Ph.D. theses on alchemy
Specialist sections on Islamic AlchemyIndian Alchemy, and Chinese Alchemy


Collected bibliography on the history and philosophy of chemistry
From Hyle - International Journal for the Philosophy of Chemistry

The Golden Elixir: a website on Chinese alchemy 
Website maintained by Fabrizio Pregadio, Stanford University

British Eighteenth-Century Chemical Terms
From Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology

Mille Anni di Scienza in Italia: Biografie

100 Distinguished European Chemists
Federation of European Chemical Societies Millenium Project
Biographies of 18th, 19th and 20th century chemists


From Alchemy to Chemistry:Five Hundred Years of Rare and Interesting Books
Website developed from an exhibit held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Rare Book and Special Collections Library
Selected pdf images from 36 significant books in the history of chemistry

Selected Classic Papers from the History of Chemistry
From the Classic Chemistry website, Le Moyne College

De Morveau, Guyton (1737 - 1816); Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent (1743 - 1794); Berthollet, Claude Louis (1748 - 1822); De Fourcroy, Antoine Francois (1755 - 1809). Méthode de Nomenclature Chimique. (Paris, 1787)
PDF images
Method of Chymical Nomenclature; translated by James St. John (London, 1788)

Chemische Briefe von Justus von Liebig

Edgar Fahs Smith Collection
Images from the Edgar Fahs Smith Collection on the History of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania.

The Julius Ruska Digital Library 
Includes digital editions of books by Ruska.


Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group

Société française de chimie: Club histoire de la chimie

Gesellschaft deutscher Chemiker: Fachgruppe Geschichte der Chemie

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

Chemical Heritage Foundation

History of chemistry electronic discussion group

Forschungskreis Alchemie e.V.

Liebig-Museum, Giessen