Archives and Library: archive collections
The Museum holds a significant archive of correspondence, papers, maps and photographs relating to the development of natural history as a science.
A wide range of archival material relates to the Museum’s specimen collections and was donated with them to the Museum. There are also a number of manuscript collections of varying size from some of the most notable naturalists in English history.
Prominent collections include:
- J.O. Westwood
- William Buckland
- William Smith
- John Phillips
- E.B. Poulton
- L.R. Wager
- William Burchell
- William Sollas
- J.M. Edmonds
The majority of the collection represents the professional work of those associated with the museum and/or Oxford University around the period 1830-1890. There are, however, some notable exceptions to this, including a number of original manuscripts such as the Jones ‘Icones’ and a collection of rare books on early Natural History. The Archive also includes material related the history of the Museum and its building.
Listings for the archive collections are available online.