The Dodo Book of Hugh E. Strickland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The Dodo Book in the Strickland Collection contains sketches, notes and correspondence regarding the contents and publication of the book on the subject published in 1848. There is also a set of letters regarding the distribution of the prospectus and a number of reviews in local magazines.It contains the following sets of correspondence:

  • Correspondence from John Wolley, 1847-1850
  • Correspondence from Alexander Gordon Melville, 1847-1849
  • Correspondence from Edward Higgin, 1847-1848
  • Correspondence from Lowell Reeve, the publisher, 1847-1848

Administrative / Biographical History

Hugh Edwin Strickland (1811-1853) was born on 2 March 1811 at Righton, Yorkshire. He was educated by Dr Thomas Arnold, from 1828-1829 at Rugby. He went to Oriel College, Oxford in February 1829, where he attended geology lectures given by William Buckland (1784-1856). He graduated in 1831 and went to stay with his father at Apperley near Tewkesbury. In 1835-1836, he joined William John Hamilton (1805-1867) on a tour to Asia Minor, where he studied shells and geological structures.In 1840 Strickland was involved in methods of zoological nomenclature for the British Association for the Advancement of Science, leading to the formulation of Strickland's 'laws'. Strickland married Catherine, daughter of Sir William Jardine, in 1845, who encouraged him to study ornithology. He was one of the founders of the Ray Society in 1844, devoted to the publication of works on British flora and fauna.In 1840 Strickland was involved in methods of zoological nomenclature for the British Association for the Advancement of Science, leading to the formulation of Strickland's 'laws'. Strickland married Catherine, daughter of Sir William Jardine, in 1845, who encouraged him to study ornithology. He was one of the founders of the Ray Society in 1844, devoted to the publication of works on British flora and fauna.In 1847, Strickland was appointed Deputy Reader of Geology at the University of Oxford. Here he worked also on ornithological names and synonyms, and published a book on the Dodo and allied species. In 1850, he became Reader of Geology in Oxford. In 1853, looking for geological phenomena, he was knocked down and killed instantly by an oncoming express train while examining a new railway cutting of the Sheffield, Manchester and Lincolnshire Railway. In 1847, Strickland was appointed Deputy Reader of Geology at the University of Oxford. Here he worked also on ornithological names and synonyms, and published a book on the Dodo and allied species. In 1850, he became Reader of Geology in Oxford. In 1853, looking for geological phenomena, he was knocked down and killed instantly by an oncoming express train while examining a new railway cutting of the Sheffield, Manchester and Lincolnshire Railway. He published many papers, including (with A.G. Melville), 'The Dodo and its kindred, or the history, affinities and osteology of the Dodo, Solitaire, and other extinct birds of the Islands Mauritius, Rodriguez and Bourbon', London, 1848.He published many papers, including (with A.G. Melville), 'The Dodo and its kindred, or the history, affinities and osteology of the Dodo, Solitaire, and other extinct birds of the Islands Mauritius, Rodriguez and Bourbon', London, 1848.

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.

Acquisition Information

Strickland's collection of birds and his manuscripts were donated to the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge by Mrs. Catherine Strickland in March 1867.

Note

Description compiled by Kees Rookmaaker, Archives Hub project archivist. Reference was made to the Memoirs of Hugh Edwin Strickland, by Sir William Jardine (London, 1858).