Geological Papers of Francis Rex Parrington

Scope and Content

The collection consists of Field notebooks kept in South Africa, a few unpublished drawings and fragments of manuscripts. There are various reprints and maps connected with expeditions to Africa and fieldwork in Great Britain.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Rex Parrington (1905-1981) studied at the University of Cambridge 1924-1927. In 1927 he became Assistant to the Director of the University Museum of Zoology, initially curating reptiles and amphibians, and in the next year became Strickland Curator of Birds. In 1930 he went on an expedition to collect fossils in the South African karroo with C. Forster-Cooper. In 1938 he became Lecturer of Zoology, as well as Director of the Museum of Zoology until his retirement in 1970.His publications and research were concerned with different kinds of fossil vertebrates.

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.


Description compiled by Kees Rookmaaker, Archives Hub project archivist. Parrington's life is described in Biographical Memoirs of the Royal Society, vol. 36 (1990), pp. 362-378.

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