Catalogue of Beetles Collected by David Sharp

Scope and Content

The volume has a list of species of beetles (Coleoptera) collected by Sharp.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Sharp (1840-1922) studied medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London and in Edinburgh, completing his first degree in 1866. During his student years he was actively collecting beetles in the British isles. He worked as a medical officer in the Crichton Institution in Dumfries from 1867 and cared for a private patient in Thornhill until 1883. He moved to Cambridge in 1883, where from 1890 to 1909 he was Curator of Insects in the University Museum of Zoology. He wrote many important papers on beetles and insects.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscripts can be consulted on appointment only. The Museum of Zoology is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 17:00 pm. Access and reproduction is at the discretion of the Archivist.

Acquisition Information

The volume was donated to the museum in December 1922 by Fred Muir, who was married to Sharp's daughter Anne.


Description compiled by Kees Rookmaaker, Archives Hub project archivist. A biography of David Sharp appeared in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, series B, vol. 95 (1924), pp. xxxvi-xliii.

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