Introduction to the Archives Collection
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Contents of the Archives Catalogue
Personal and Scientific Papers Index
Personal and Scientific Papers - Description
ALEXANDROWICZ, JERZY STANISLAW
Personal and scientific papers.
1939-1970 Notebook, photocopies of letters, reprints and press cuttings, file of letters, photographs and sketches [PAX1]
Note: Former Polish Under Secretary of State for Education and prisoner of the Russians. Worked at MBA 1950 to 1970. Died 1970. Personal material was deposited by Dr Quentin Bone.
Summary: Personal material includes letters, personal notes, diaries for 1939, 1943, 1949, 1951, 1952 and 1957, photographs, will, and note regarding bequests, and officer's shoulder tabs. File of letters, mainly scientific (1947-1970), arranged alphabetically; letter to C.D. Barrington (21 July 1947) gives information about the possible fate of the Russian scientist N.I. Vavilov. Notebook lists MBA microscopes. Two envelopes of biographical material, one of them supplied by Lt.Col. Dr W.E. Szkoda includes photocopies of early portraits. Two folders of scientific notes and photographs.
ALLEN, EDGAR JOHNSON
BIDDER, GEORGE PARKER
BOALCH, GERALD T.
Committee and oil spill papers.
1967 -1987 Letters, reports, cuttings [PBL1 ]
Note: MBA Botanist 1961-1993.
Summary: Sargassum muticum (Japanese seaweed) working group papers; Devon Conservation Forum papers; Torrey Canyon oil spill papers; notes on local oil spills and on Amoco Cadiz oil spill.
Physiology course notes.
1967 -1978 Notes and photographs [PBO1 ]
Note: MBA Zoologist 1959-1991.
Summary: Course notes for Physiology Class (1967) in a folder; three photographs of equipment in lecture hall, and miscellaneous notes in one envelope.
BOURNE, GILBERT C.
Diary, with notes on Plymouth fauna.
1888-1890 Hard cover diary [PBN1]
Note: MBA Director 1888-1890 and Council member 1895-1933. Died 1933.
BROWNE, EDWARD THOMAS
COOPER, LESLIE HUGH NORMAN
CORNER, ERIC D.S.
Memorandum on nitrogen metabolism in fish with notes on White Fish Authority and programme of fish cultivation.
1964 Notes and report [PCO1]
Note: MBA biochemist 1957-1987; Deputy Director 1972-1987.
CRAWSHAY, LIONEL RUTTLEDGE
CUNNINGHAM, JOSEPH THOMAS
Personal and scientific papers relating to work in Plymouth.
1887 -1890 Diaries, letters, drawings, cuttings [PCU1]
Note: MBA Naturalist 1887-1896. Died 1935.
Summary: Two diaries, parcel of original drawings, by Cunningham and Anne Willis for A Treatise on the common sole (1890) with letter from G.H. Fowler to Miss A. Willis (1890), letters and book of newspaper cuttings.
Plaice data and photographs.
1929-1930 Data sheets and photograph of 3 plaice [PDA1)
Note: MBA Research Assistant 1928-1930.
Summary: Data for experiments carried out at Pier Cellars, Cawsand and reported in JMBA. 17 (1930-31). The photograph, by D. P. Wilson reproduced on p.115 of JMBA, 17.
DE MORGAN, WALTER CAMPBELL
1910-1920 Drawings on card [PDM1]
Note: Visiting worker 1906-1926; Acting Deputy Director 1909-1910; Council 1917-1918. Died 1927. Material deposited by G.M. Spooner, 1973.
Scientific diaries relating to work in Plymouth.
1892-1893 2 hard cover Smith's scribbling diaries [PGA1]
Note: MBA Naturalist 1888-1890, 1891-1893, 1897-1907. In charge of International Fishery Investigations and at Lowestoft Laboratory from 1902. Then Professor of Zoology at Leeds University. Founded Robin Hood's Bay laboratory. Died 1949.
GILPIN-BROWN, JOHN B.
1952-1970 Notebooks, diaries, records, charts, photographs [PGB1]
Note: Zoologist 1970-1973, then Bursar to 1987. Died 1987. Additional material in Bursar's and Finance Office records.
Summary: Includes 5 envelopes of photographs of Nereis larval development and 1 of cephalic nerves of Nereis; 1 box of photographs and negatives of Nereis diversicolor (1952) (thesis material); 2 night fishing notebooks (1955-1956); 4 books of notes and observations on Nereis; Sarsia and Discovery (research vessels) logs of specimens (1958-1968); histology log (when assisting E.J. Denton) (1967); diaries (with only a few entries) for 1956, 1959, 1968, 1970; notebook, transects, charts and photographs of seawater survey of Plymouth Sound (1968-1969); and Jill Vintner's histology diary (1970).
Seawater survey of Plymouth Sound.
1968-1969 Notebook, transects, graphs, charts [PGB2]
Summary: Survey supervised jointly by E.J. Denton and J.B. Gilpin-Brown to see if the Laboratory's seawater supply could be improved. Described in 1969 Report of the MBA Council.
Notes on North Sea tow-netting.
1890 Hard cover notebook [PGR1]
Note: Superintendent of the Mission to Deep Sea fishermen. Provided the MBA with surface samples.
Summary: The samples provided by Dr Grenfell are mentioned in the MBA Director's report, May 1891.
HARMER, Sir SIDNEY FREDERIC
HARVEY, HILDEBRAND W.
Scientific notebooks and records.
192?-1952 2 notebooks, with loose papers inserted; and data sheets [PHV1]
Note: MBA Hydrologist and Chemist 1921-1958.- Died 1970.
Summary: Notebooks are mainly chemical experiments, observations and notes, the sheets are of hydrographic observations (1921-1929).
Letters to Anton Dohrn.
1900-1903 Photocopies of 6 letters [PHE1]
Note: Resident Superintendent 1886-1888, then at Cambridge.
Summary: Copies of six letters, from Cambridge, to Anton Dohrn of the Naples Zoological Station. Personal news, and the suggestion that Dohrn should approach the King of Italy regarding Heape's theories on the prediction of sex, and the means by which the sex of offspring may be influenced. Copies provided by E.J. Denton from originals in the Naples Zoological Station.
HINCKS, THOMAS .
Catalogue of the library of Thomas Hincks.
1860-1890 Octavo notebook [PHK1]
Note: Thomas Hincks was a British naturalist and author of two major monographs (A history of the British hydroid zoophytes. 2 vols. London, 1868; A history of the British marine Polyzoa. 2 vols. London, 1880) and many scientific papers. He died at Clifton in 1899.
Summary: Inside front cover: "Catalogue of books from the library of the late Rev. Thomas Hincks". The library was purchased from Mrs Hincks in May /899 and the books and papers were added to the MBA library.
HODGSON, THOMAS VERE
Scientific notes and biographical note.
190-? Manuscript notes in folders, and letters [PHG1]
Note: MBA Director's Assistant 1895-1897; Biologist on the National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904; Curator of the Plymouth Museum.
Summary: Notes on Colossendeomorpha, Pycnogonida, and Nymphonomorpha. Biographical note (/97-) by A.G.E. Jones, with letters between Mr Jones and Gerald Boalch (MBA).
HOLME, NORMAN A.
Scientific papers and records.
195- ?-198-? Notebooks; reports; coastal survey data; oil pollution papers; colour transparencies; films [PHM 1]
Note: MBA Zoologist 1949-1987. Died 1989. Some of his benthic data is included in MBA data files. Includes Wembury data referred to by G. T. Boalch, N.A. Holme et al in JMBA, 54,551-553, 1974.
Summary: Detailed inventory available. Estuarine and coastal surveys; bottom sampling notes; TV sledge surveys and photographs; resurvey (1974) of J. Colman's 1930 study of Wembury reefs; NCC reports; oil pollution notes.
HOLT, ERNEST W.L.
1897 Ledger [PHT1]
Note: MBA Naturalist 1891-1894; ."Honorary Naturalist" 1896-1900; later, Chief Inspector of Irish Fisheries. Council 1905-1913; 1921-1922.
Summary: Trawls and samples mainly from the Tamar, but also from Exe, Teignmouth, Slapton, and Cawsand. Also includes letter to E.J. Allen, and circular letter regarding registration of the "Busy Bee".
KEMP, STANLEY WELLS
KOFOlD, CHARLES ATWOOD
Papers relating to C.A. Kofoid's visit to Plymouth.
1908-1909 Notebook, papers and photographs [PKO1]
Note: Professor of Zoology at University of California at Berkeley. Visited Europe 1908 and 1909. Author of The biological stations of Europe (US Bureau of Education, 1910).
Summary: Notes on the MBA, with photographs of the Plymouth and Lowestoft laboratories, and ships. Copy of letter from Kofoid to A.E. Shipley (1909) regarding his report, with comments on the "short-sighted and parsimonious" policy of the British government. The notebook contains notes on other British and European laboratories. Photocopy of letter to Professor Ritter (1908) concerning Kofoid's visit to the MBA.
LEBOUR, MARIE VICTOIRE
PARKE, MARY W.
Papers, and video of conferment of honorary degree.
1942-1986 Letters, notes, reports, photographs, drawings and video cassette [PPA1]
Note: MBA Botanist 1947-1973; died 1989. Many slides and negatives also in filing cabinet - top floor. Additional material held (1997) by Dr G. T. Boalch is to be deposited.
Summary: Notebook; field notes (1942-/944) including photographs, and watercolour drawings of algae; papers - Working Party on the Role of Taxonomy in Ecological Research (NERC) (1973); video of conferment of Honorary Degree by University of Liverpool (1986).
Tamar and Lynher notes and records.
1928 Records and letter [PPE1]
Note: Temporary Naturalist in 1928. Died 1959.
Summary: Analyses of samples of fauna collected in 1928 in tidal areas of the Tamar and Lynher, with covering letter to E.J. Allen, from Canterbury College, Christchurch, New Zealand. Reported in JMBA, 16(1), 1929.
Watercolour drawings of specimens collected on voyage to Vancouver Island.
1860-1861 67 drawings mounted in emigrant provision book [PPR1]
Note: Given to F.S. Russell c.1955 by Mrs Cunningham, of Mary Tavy, Tavistock, daughter-in-law of Admiral Cunningham.
Summary: Watercolour drawings of specimens of invertebrates, with notes on locations, sea temperatures etc., collected on a voyage of the Hudson's Bay Company ship "Princess Royal" to Vancouver Island (18601861). Mounted in an emigrant provision book.
RICHARDSON, Sir JOHN
Album of fish illustrations and plates.
1820-185-? Album with mounted and unmounted illustrations (originals and plates), with annotations [PRN 1 ] .
Note: Used by Sir John Richardson in preparing the 3rd edition of William Yarrell's A History of British fishes (1859). Sir John Richardson FRS spent most of his life in the Naval Medical Service. A noted naturalist, he served on Sir John Franklin's arctic expeditions.
Summary: Original illustrations and plates, some mounted, many loose, with annotations, several bearing indications that they were mailed to John Richardson. Includes a letter from Yarrell to Richardson (1833) discussing fish. No indication of how the material came into the possession of the MBA, though a note on the wrapping states that the volume was found in the Fisheries Store in 1959.
RICHENS, RICHARD H.
Seaweed survey of the British Isles.
1942-1943 Letters, notes and diaries [PRI1]
Note: See also: Director's Office archives (V.J. Chapman survey). MD4.18; JMBA, 26, 37-60, 1944 (Chapman, V.l.); and Richens, R.H.; Fogg, G.E.; Lewin R.A. Strictly marginal. British Phycological Society, 1995 (BK.l/R).
Summary: Material donated by Mrs R.H. Richens, via G.E. Fogg. The MBA administered a Ministry of Supply contract for a seaweed survey, undertaken by V.J. Chapman with the .assistance of G. E. Fogg, R.A. Lewin and R.H. Richens, mainly in relation to supplies for the production of calcium alginate.
RUSSELL, Sir FREDERICK STRATTEN
SEXTON, ELSIE WILKINS
Note: Unpaid voluntary worker for 16 years, then Zoologist and Director's Research Assistant 1924-1948. Christened Alice but used Elsie as first name. Her daughter Mary was MBA Librarian. Died 1959.
Summary: Includes Dinophysis tripos, Ceratum hexacanth a, three Crustacea and 26 Amphipod drawings.
Drawings, and plates and text figures.
Summary: Includes original plates and text figures for Experimental hybridisation of Echinoids (Shearer, C.; De Morgan, W; Fuchs. H.M JMBA, 9. 1911); drawings, and small folder labelled "extra drawings" which includes an envelope labelled "Hydroides - Wilson's drawings".
SMITH, Sir JAMES ERIC
SPOONER, GUY MALCOLM
Personal and scientific papers.
1925-1965 Letters, lists, notes [PSP1]
Note: MBA Zoologist 1931-1972, and Journal Editor; died 1989.
Summary: Notes on biological theory and philosophy (cI925-1936); on fish brains; on the derivation of common names of animals (with lists); and notes on the Tamar Estuary. Annotated copy of Plymouth Marine Fauna (2nd ed, 1931) used in the preparation of the 3rd edition. Verses, caricatures and humourous notes; March 1941 report of air raid damage to the laboratory; bibliography and obituary notices. Box of material relating to Worth's Dartmoor, by R. Hansford Worth, compiled from 37 papers (1888-1950) by Worth, edited by G.M Spooner and F.S. Russell, published 1953; includes notes, letters, photographs, 2 proof copies, and reviews.
STEPHENSON, THOMAS ALAN
Personal and scientific records and paintings.
193- ?-196-? 8 framed paintings, 19 bound scientific notebooks, boxes of negatives and slides, folders of notes [PST1]
Note: Professor of Zoology, Cape Town (from 1930) and Aberystwyth (from 1940). Author of Ray Society monographs on British sea anemones (1928 and 1935). Council 1942-1944. Seashore ecologist and gifted artist. Died 1961. Material left to the MBA under the will of Mrs Anne Stephenson.
Summary: Nine of the notebooks are on South Africa, with others on Canada and the United States.
STEVEN, GEORGE A.
Scientific and personal correspondence.
1938-1956 Letters and reports [PSV1 ]
Note: MBA Zoologist 1929-1958; died 1958.
Summary: Includes 1939 research supervision of Miss MF. Mare (later Mrs Molly Spooner) with letters to and from James Gray; work in Sierra Leone on West African fisheries; reviews and publications; correspondence with Dr Philip Ullyott of Robert College, Istanbul concerning Turkish fisheries (1950); material on the Saltash sewage scheme (1950); letters to and from the National Oceanographic Council regarding equipment on the RRS William Scoresby (1951-1953); letters, notes and memoranda on MBA ships (1950-1956); correspondence with L.A.J. Jackman of Paignton (1951-1956); annotated copy of Plymouth Marine Invertebrate Fauna (1904).
Papers on advisory work on West African fisheries.
1942-1945 Letters and reports [PSV2]
Summary: Includes files for Crown Agents, United Africa Company, official and personal correspondence, letters to and from Kemp, Pantin and Russell, with comments on the attempts of a large 'I fish exporting company to discourage the funding of fisheries research in Africa; Steven's Report on the sea fisheries of Sierra Leone (1944).
STURCH, HAROLD H.
Algal notes and drawings.
1900-1930 1 ledger, 2 notebooks, papers and letters [PSU1]
Summary: Includes Plymouth material, and notes on Harveyella, Florideae and Laminaria.
Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASF A) and Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Information System (ASFIS) papers.
1978-1995 Letters and reports [PVA1]
Note: Head of Library and Information Services 1967-1992. Much additional material is in Library papers. ASFIS is an international information system, sponsored by U.N. agencies and coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Summary: Includes the ASFA History, published by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of Unesco (1995), and the ASFIS Mission to the Caribbean (1978).
WATSON, ARNOLD T.
Sabellaria (polychaeta) notes and drawings.
1903-1915 Papers, drawings, photographs, letters [PWA1]
Note: Formerly in the possession of Dr M Collis, and deposited with the MBA by Dr Vera Fretter (Reading).
Summary: Notes, drawings, photographs and correspondence, including 2 letters from the MBA (1909).
Drawings of crustacean larvae.
Note: Temporary Assistant Naturalist 1917-1919.
WELDON, WALTER FRANK RAPHAEL
Notes on Decapod Crustacea of the Plymouth area.
1887-1890 Notebook [PWE1]
Note: Founder; Council 1888-1901; Governor 1902-1905; Linacre Professor of Comparative Anatomy, Oxford; died 1906.
Summary: Notebook is entitled "Notes on Decapod Crustacea of Plymouth Sound, 1888", but covers 1887-1890 and includes Mewstone, Eddystone and Whitsand material.
WICKSTEAD, JOHN H. (PETER)
1969-1978 Papers and reports [PWD1]
Note: Zoologist and Fisheries Adviser 1964-1982. . Employed by Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Overseas Development Administration, and based at the MBA.
Summary: Meeting, workshop and survey reports sponsored by ODA, Unesco, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, IOCARlBE.
WILSON, DOUGLAS PATRICK
WILSON, EDWARD A.
Drawings, letters and photographs.
Note: Edward Wilson was the Cheltenham doctor, naturalist, explorer, artist, and friend of Robert Falcon Scott. He accompanied Captain Scott on Discovery on the First National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, and died with Scott's party on their return journey from the South Pole in 1912. Most of the material was formerly in the possession of Mrs E. W. Sexton, and passed to the MBA in 1959.
Summary: Includes watercolours of penguin heads, and Macmurdo Sound; drawings of amphipods made especially for Mrs E. W. Sexton, and letter to T. V. Hodgson about emperor penguins.
WILSON, M. ALlSON
Botanical documents and notebooks.
193- ?-196-? Notebooks, letters, cuttings, photographs, publications [PWN1]
Note: Mrs D.P. Wilson (nee Westbrook). Died 1978.
Summary: Includes 8 botanical notebooks; files on the Plymouth pear, the Plymouth strawberry, and Mrs Amelia Griffiths; with drawings, reprints, cuttings and photographs. Annotated copy of The Flora of Plymouth (T.R.A. Briggs, 1880), presented by Miss Amy Briggs (to M.A. Wilson?) on the visit to her garden in Egg Buck/and of the Plymouth and District Field Club (May 1950).
Data on diatoms.
193- Data sheets and notes [PWM1]
Note: Council 1946-1949; 1952-1955; 1957-1958. Became Director of Fisheries Research, Lowestoft. Died 1971.
Summary: Data for series of papers on the size of diatoms, published in JMBA, 21 (1936); 26 (1946); 35 (1956); and 46 (1966).
WORTH, RICHARD HANSFORD
1902-1923 Loose-leaf folder [PWO1]
Note: Plymouth civil engineer, journalist, geologist, archaeologist, historian and authority on Dartmoor (1868-1950). For material relating to the book Worth's Dartmoor see under: Spooner, G.M.
Summary: Foraminifera sampling records, and miscellaneous notes, including letter from R.A. Todd (1902).
Fish drawings, with newspaper cuttings.
182-?-186-? 31 Water colours and drawings; 2 sheets of cuttings [PYA1] Note: Author of A history of British fishes (1836). Died 1856. For related material see under: Richardson, Sir John.
Summary: The drawings and watercolours are annotated, and marked "Mr Yarrell", with indications that they were used by Yarrell in his A History of British fishes. The newspaper cuttings are dated 1864-1865 (after Yarrell's death). A likely explanation is that the material was in the possession of Sir John Richardson, who edited the 3rd edition of Yarrell's History, published in 1859. There is no indication of how the material came to the MBA.