A collection on deer and hunting formed by G. Kenneth Whitehead (1913-2004). The theme of the collection is the health, hunting, behaviour, control and farming of deer throughout the world, also covering the whole family of cervidae.
Books The majority of works on deer concern the red deer but roe, fallow, sika, white-tailed deer and muntjac are also represented as are related animals such as goats, sheep and cattle. There is also a strong emphasis on the world-wide study of hunting, both for deer and other big game. This encompasses its history, organisation, social and legal aspects and its influence on art, design and weapon development. The coverage is extensive and includes catalogues of hunting trophy exhibitions, museums and weapon collections, handbooks and guides to hunting techniques, personal memoirs, histories of individual hunts and hunting organisations, and Parliamentary and other papers on hunting legislation of all kinds.
The collection consists of about 4,700 items including runs of Deer, Deer Farming, Stalking Magazine, The Ark, and Australian Deer. Most of the pre-1800 material, some 50 items, is concerned with the game laws. The bulk of the collection is of 19th and 20th century date and deals with wildlife and hunting in Great Britain and Europe, with particularly good material on deer stalking in Scotland and deer hunting on Exmoor. There is also good coverage of North America, India and New Zealand. Whitehead wrote on deer throughout his life and the collection includes virtually all his printed works and many off-prints of his articles.
Many books contain plates and illustrations by well known wildlife artists such as Frank Wallace, Archibald Thorburn, Vincent Balfour-Browne, Cecil Aldin, J. G. Millais and Sir Edwin Landseer. Of particular note are Captain Thomas Wilkinson's Oriental field sports in the 1807 edition, with forty coloured engravings by Samuel Howitt of hunting scenes in India and Major General Henry Hope Crealock's sets of drawings of Highland stalking produced in the 1870s. These comprise In the forest of Balmacaan, Among the red deer, and Deer stalking in the Highlands of Scotland, the latter incorporating the plates from another of his works The happy hunting grounds of Loch Luichart.
Papers The papers of George Kenneth Whitehead cover his interest in the study of all species of deer. There is also material on sheep, goats and wild cattle as well as the hunting of deer and other big game. It comprises correspondence, conference papers, printed ephemera, working papers, drafts of books by Kenneth Whitehead, copies of letters and articles to periodicals and newspapers, diaries, game books, press cuttings, photographs, films and off prints. It also contains catalogues and correspondence concerning his private museum of deer and deer related items, much of which was dispersed after his death.
Films and photographs The photographs and cinefilms also primarily cover deer, with material on sheep, goats and wild cattle but also more general wildlife interests such as ornithology. The photographs also provide an inventory of Whitehead's museum of objects and specimens relating to deer, his collection of stamps depicting deer and other animals, and other similar ephemera.