Harold Stuart Thompson Collection

Scope and Content

DM 85 consists of a series of photographs and notes on the river Chew from source to Keynsham (2 vols.), and the river Avon and its' tributaries. The photographs deal primarily with bridges, and were taken between the 1920s and 1940s.DM 636 consists of 4 archive boxes of letters and papers of H. Stuart Thompson, as well as 3 archive boxes of photographs and negatives, the subjects of which are in both the British Isles and mainland Europe. There is an extensive catalogue of the correspondence archive, which details the subject and author of each letter.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harold Stuart Thompson was born son of William T. Thompson and Agnes M. Fitzroy Thompson in 1870. He studied at Sidcot and Bootham schools, excelling in botany and physical geography. He devoted his life to the study and collection of wild flowers, and toured extensively throughout Europe, particularly Switzerland, in order to obtain specimens. He was Honorary Secretary of the Watson Botanical Exchange Club, an associate of the Linnean Society, and a member of University Court at the University of Bristol. He died on March 3, 1940, aged 69.

Access Information

Accessible to all bona fide readers.

Acquisition Information

Given to the University of Bristol by bequest of Harold Stuart Thompson in 1940.


Compiled by Martin Hall, Assistant Archivist, University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript Catalogue available in University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to copy material must be obtained from the University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.