Robert Adamson: Notes on Ditcham Park woodlands

Scope and Content

Field notes relating to the woodlands of Ditcham Park, Hampshire. The papers include detailed reports by C.J.P. Cave on local meteorological conditions. A few notes have been added to the papers by Sir Arthur Tansley. There is a covering page by Harry Godwin, Botany School Library, Cambridge University, 3 January 1975.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Stephen Adamson (1885-1965), botanist, was born in Manchester in March 1885, and educated at Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow; Edinburgh University; and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was lecturer in botany at Manchester University, 1912-1923, Professor of Botany at the University of Cape Town, 1923-1950, and President of the Royal Society of South Africa, 1946-1948. He died on 6 November 1965.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Library of the Department of Botany, Cambridge, 1977.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Robert Adamson in Who was who, vol. VI, 1961-1970 (London, 1979).

Other Finding Aids


Custodial History

The papers were found in 1974 among the effects of the late Sir Arthur Tansley, who worked with Adamson on studies of the chalk grasslands of the South of England. Tansley probably received the papers during 1921 with the manuscript of Adamson's article on Ditcham Park for the Journal of ecology, which Tansley was then editing.


The collection relates to Adamson's paper 'Studies of the vegetation of the English chalk. I. The woodlands of Ditcham Park, Hampshire', Journal of ecology, 1921-1922, vol. X, pp. 113-219.