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The Papers of George Boole, (IE BP/1) were collected by Boole’s sister Maryann after his death, to provide the sourcework for a proposed biography by her. They were subsequently purchased at auction by UCC.
The collection consists mainly of personal letters to and from Boole, the original order having been lost an artificial order was imposed by the Archivist during processing. Very few of Boole’s academic works are preserved here, however drafts of unpublished lectures dealing with such topics as astronomy, ancient mythology, education and one entitled "Are the Planets Inhabited?" are extant.
The George Boole Examination Scrapbook (IE BL/SC/GB) contains mathematical examination papers set by George Boole during his time as the first Professor of Mathematics, Queen's College Cork (later University College Cork). Some papers are glued onto the pages, others are written directly onto the page of the notebook. A number of papers have handwritten notes in the hand of Boole. Some of these mathematical notations are possibly solutions to the questions set for the examination. Subjects being examined include simple equations, decimal fractions, differential calculus, spherical trigonometry, arithmetic, algebra and geometry, maxima and minima, Third Year’s Science Scholarships, etc.
A turning the pages edition of The George Boole Examination Scrapbook is available here. This was created during George Boole 200*.
A turning the pages edition of An Investigation of the Laws of Thought: On Which Are Founded the Mathematical Theories of Logic and Probabilities is available here. This was created during George Boole 200*.
Over 2014/2015 UCC celebrated both the bicentenary of George Boole's death and the 200th anniversary of his birth. An exhibition "The Life and Legacy of George Boole" was held in UCC Library to mark George Boole 200* as well as a Google hosting a George Boole Google Doodle.
Credit: George Boole 200*: Timeline of Life Events
During the George Boole 200* celebrations a series of blog posts describing Boole's life in Cork was published on The River-side. The blog posts describe food and weather in Cork, the university in the 1840s, his relationship with his family and various festivals celebrated in Cork. All letters included in the series of posts are part of the Papers of George Boole (IE BP/1).