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Biological Sciences Libraries

General information

The Department has generally not kept the research material collected by previous members. Most valuable items have been sent to the University Library Manuscripts Section for safe-keeping. Please use ArchiveSearch to check material already held there.

None of the ‘archive’ type of material (for example notes, draft papers, reprints) that remains in the Department has been catalogued, although some local listings exist. Please contact us if you believe the Department holds the material you wish to consult.

Some archive material or ‘collections’ located in the Plant Sciences Department

The list below shows some of the material kept in the Department. These items may be consulted after prior permission has been granted:

  • Teaching of Botany – A few sets of lecture notes, a very few records of lecture attendance, ledgers and visitors books. These were not systematically collected. Revisions and corrections to Francis Darwin’s textbooks. Diagrams used for teaching purposes.
  • Minute books of Department clubs - Includes: Botany Club, Cambridge Ecology Club, Cambridge Mycology and Plant Pathology Club, Cambridge University Natural History Society – Botany Section, Marshall Ward Society.
  • Tea Phytologist - Correspondence and drafts of contributions to the Department’s spoof publication, which appeared irregularly 1908 – 1984.
  • Photographs - Group photographs from British Association for the Advancement of Science meetings, portraits of past Department members.

Manuscripts and research data

  • WHITEHOUSE, Harold: Mosses and liverworts of Cambridgeshire
  • GODWIN, Sir Harry: Notes on Wicken Fen
  • WOODRUFFE-PEACOCK, Rev. Adrian: Notes on the rock soil flora of Lincolnshire
  • NICHOLSON, William Edward: Correspondence, notes; Diaries 1892-1939