Papers of Alfred Newton

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Catalogue of Bird's Bones in the Collection of Alfred and Edward Newton, 1858. A set of 6 notebooks, each about 50 pages.
  • Notebook on Bird's Eggs, with entries from 1855 to 1859.
  • Catalogue of a Collection of Birds' Eggs belonging to Alfred and Edward Newton. Entries start in 1848 (ca. 183 pages).
  • John Wolley's notebooks on birds eggs, continued by Newton, vols. 9-12. It has entires 1791-2801 dated between 1857 and 1906.
  • List of birds in the Sandwich Island Collection. Set of loose slips.
  • List of birds in the Museum from New Zealand, ca.1885. Set of loose slips.
  • List of birds in the Museum from Jamaica, ca.1885. Set of loose slips.
  • List of birds in the Museum from Malagasy region, ca. 1885. Set of loose slips.
  • List of birds in the Museum from Galapagos, no date, 15 pages.
  • List of birds in the Museum from Mascarene Island, 1888. A set of 50 loose slips with names and synonyms.
  • List of birds in the Museum from Polynesia, 1901. A set of 50 loose slips with notes on birds of Polynesia represented in the Museum.
  • Ornithological correspondence with John H. Gurney, 1869-1889.
  • Charts, probably for teaching.
  • Collection of bird engravings, photographs, sketches.
  • Tracings of drawings of Dodo and Solitaire.
  • Diplomas.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alfred Newton (1829-1907) studied at the University of Cambridge 1848-1853. He then studied wildlife while travelling abroad in Europe and America until 1862.

He was Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at the University of Cambridge from 1866 to 1907.

Living at Magdalene College, he pursued his interest in all branches of ornithology. He had a large collection of specimens as well as an extensive library.

His collections were bequeathed to the University.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscripts can be consulted on appointment only. The Museum of Zoology is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 17:00 pm. Access and reproduction is at the discretion of the Archivist.

Note

Description compiled by Kees Rookmaaker, Archives Hub project archivist. The biography was written with reference to an Obituary in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, series B, vol. 80 (1908), pp. xlv-xlix.

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