Sydney Vines: Letters to him

Scope and Content

Approximately one hundred manuscript and typescript letters to Sydney Vines on scientific subjects, 1873-1932, accompanied by a few printed items. There are also photocopies of two obituaries of Vines, one of which is taken from Obituary notices of the Royal Society of London, no. 3 (December 1934), pp. 185-188, and the Phillips sale catalogue entry for the collection, 26 June 1986.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sydney Howard Vines (1849-1934), botanist, was born in Hackney on 31 December 1849, and educated privately and at Guy's Hospital (B.Sc., London, 1873). He entered Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1872 (B.A., 1876; M.A., 1879), where he was Fellow and lecturer, 1876-1888. Vines was University Reader in Botany at Cambridge, 1884-1888, and Sherardian Professor and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, 1888-1919. He edited Annals of botany, 1887-1899. He died at Exmouth on 4 April 1934.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Phillips Son & Neale, 26 June 1986.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sydney Vines in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. VI (Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 293.

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