The collection comprises of correspondence by Du Cane to the polar explorer William Speirs Bruce.
Frederick Du Cane Godman
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- ReferenceGB 15 Frederick Du Cane Godman
- Dates of Creation1911
- Name of Creator
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (1 leaf)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Frederick Du Cane Godman was born in Godalming in 1834. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he became interested in ornithology. In 1861, he explored Guatemala with his friend Osbert Salvin, with whom he subsequently edited a major series of studies on the fauna and flora of Mexico and Central America entitled Biologia centrali-americana. Between 1865 and 1870, he examined the fauna of the Azores, publishing his book Natural History of the Azores or the Western Islands in 1870.
Godman was a founder member of the ornithological magazine Ibis and served as a trustee of the British Museum until his death in 1919.
Published work includes, A monograph of the petrels (order Tubinares) by Frederick Du Cane Godman, Witherby & Co. London (1907-1910) SPRI Library Shelf Special Collection 598.421
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Who was who, 1916-1928, Adam & Charles Black London (1947) and Ye old Sussex and The Darwin correspondence
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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