Collection of Correspondence of Frank Evers Beddard (1858-1925)

Scope and Content

The material is composed of correspondence, 1872-1920, and further correspondence from 1880-1918.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frank Evers Beddard was born in Dudley on 19 June 1858. He was educated at Harrow then studied at New College, Oxford. He took the degrees of M.A. and D.Sc. Beddard was naturalist to the 'Challenger' Expedition Commission from 1882 to 1884. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1892. Beddard was Prosector of the Zoological Society, 1884-1915, and Lecturer in Biology at Guy's Hospital, and has also been an Examiner in Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at the University of London, and in Morphology at Oxford and the University of New Zealand. His publications include Animal coloration: an account of the principal facts and theories relating to the colours and markings of animals (1892), Text-book of zoogeography (1895), A monograph of the oligochaeta (1895), Structure and classification of birds (1898), A book of whales (1900), and Earthworms and their allies (1912). Frank Evers Beddard died on 14 July 1825.

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Acquisition Information

Material acquired March 1994, Accession no. E94.18. Further small tranche acquired July 1994, Accession no. E94.53.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1916-1928. 3rd edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

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Related Material

The local Indexes show other references to Beddard related material (check the Indexes for more details): a letter to Sir A. Geikie, at Gen. 524; and, letter to Geikie saying that he has not been successful in his candidature for the Cork Porfessorship, but that he has been appointed naturalist to the 'Challenger' Expedition Commission, at Gen. 1425/21.

In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: letters to Sir E. B. Poulton, 1888-1893, Oxford University, Museum of Natural History, NRA 42507 Oxford.