Records of the Ashmolean Natural History Society

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 Dep. c. 650-62, c. 778, d. 705-44, d. 812, e. 306-8; MSS. Top. Oxon. d. 316-27, d. 673/1-2, d. 893-6, e. 606
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      76 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

The collection consists of:  

  • Minutes, correspondence, accounts and papers of the Ashmolean Society, 1828-1901
  • Minutes, correspondence and papers of the O.N.H.S., 1880-1901
  • Minutes, correspondence, accounts and papers of the A.N.H.S., 1901-84

Administrative / Biographical History

The Ashmolean Natural History Society (A.N.H.S.) was formed in 1901 from the amalgamation of the Ashmolean Society and the Oxfordshire Natural History Society and Field Club (O.N.H.S.).

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The collection was partly deposited by the Ashmolean Natural History Society in 1978-9, 1981, and 1990; partly given to the Library by Mr F.A. Bellamy in 1914 and 1918; and partly purchased from Robin Waterfield Ltd. of Oxford in 1981.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A full description is available in the Library.