Papers of Cyril Walker, illustrator, 1960-1981

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Correspondence consisting of two letters to Cyril Walker: one from The New Scientist andone from Imperial College, London, apparently in reply to observations on fossils made by Walker.1960-1962 (MS 515/2);
  • Manuscript notes regarding species of mammal, birds and varieties of wild flowers and plants. Thenotes are accompanied by pencil sketches. The notes and sketches appear to form the manuscript draftof a book but no evidence of publication has been discovered. Undated c.1961-c.1981 (MS 515/2);
  • Manuscript notes regarding buildings and architectural styles, designs of Greek vases and aspectsof the human skeleton. Undated c.1961-c.1981 (MS 515/3).

Administrative / Biographical History

Cyril H. Walker's biography can only be briefly sketched from the evidence of the these papers.His knowledge and enthusiasm as a natural historian is demonstrated in the quality of hisillustrations of birds, plants and animals and was equally able to illustrate them. The two lettersin the collection, one from The New Scientist and one from Imperial College, London, relateto observations that he made regarding fossils. At the time of this correspondence, Walker wasliving in Brigg, Lincolnshire and possibly an employee at the British Sugar Corporation. An envelopecomprising part of the original packaging of the papers reveals that in 1981 he was living inMansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire. His subsequently moved to Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.


The collection has been divided by document type into two series.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in September 1989.