Eyles Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The Eyles Collection consists of the following entries:

DM 1186 - Correspondence relating to the study of Geology in the early nineteenth century to and from the Sowerby family, 1679-1892.DM 1186 - Correspondence relating to the study of Geology in the early nineteenth century to and from the Sowerby family, 1679-1892.DM 1313 - Wills of Rev. John Buckland and Rev. William Buckland, Dean of Westminster, 1831-1857.DM 1313 - Wills of Rev. John Buckland and Rev. William Buckland, Dean of Westminster, 1831-1857.DM 1386 - Material relating to John Farey, 1806-1822.DM 1386 - Material relating to John Farey, 1806-1822.DM 1536 - Notebooks and notes on historical geology compiled by Joan and Victor Eyles to accompany the bequest of books. These comprise the working papers of Joan and Victor Eyles, and have not as yet been catalogued in any great detail, 1920-1986.DM 1731 - Eyles Map collection. This is a large collection of European maps of historic interest, with particular detailed maps of the British Isles, 1804-1937. This collection also contains a few maps of the world beyond Europe.DM 1731 - Eyles Map collection. This is a large collection of European maps of historic interest, with particular detailed maps of the British Isles, 1804-1937. This collection also contains a few maps of the world beyond Europe.DM 1797 - papers, articles and newspaper clippings collected by Joan Eyles, 1790-1983.

Administrative / Biographical History

These papers, maps and volumes were collected by Victor and Joan Eyles as a library on the history and practice of geology. The main body of the collection, DM 1536, consists of published works, correspondence, lecture notes, geological notebooks, geological surveys, and an extensive collection of biographical notes on eminent geologists throughout history. This material was researched and written by Victor and Joan Eyles as both a professional interest and a hobby. Victor Ambrose Eyles (1895-1978) was the son of W.H. Eyles, Lord Mayor of Bristol. During the Great War (1914-1918) he served in the Gas Brigade of the Royal Engineers. After he was wounded he served as an observer in the Kite Balloon Section of the Royal Flying Corps. After the War, he joined the Geological Survey of Great Britain, with which he served until 1955, conducting extensive geological surveying work throughout the British Isles. In 1931, following a whirlwind romance, he married Joan Mary Biggs (1907-1986), who thereafter worked with him on every project he engaged in. After retiring from the Geological Survey, Victor continued to tour Britain, giving lectures on Geology and the history of the science. In 1955 he graduated as a Doctor of Science at the University of Bristol. After his death in 1978, Joan continued to work on amassing the Eyles Library and worked on the History of Geology. After Joan's death, the Eyles papers were bequeathed to the University of Bristol.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all bona fide readers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was given to the University of Bristol by the Eyles family.

Note

Compiled by Martin Hall, Assistant Archivist, University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript catalogue available in Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission must be obtained from University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Additional Information

The Special Collections Reading Room houses a large collection of works donated by Victor and Joan Eyles on Geology, the history of Geology, and the history of Science.

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