Papers of R.W.T. Gunther

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. b. 343-4, c. 771, d. 1192-7, e. 1293-1301, f. 759-61
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      21 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of R.W.T. Gunther, including papers relating to the Daubeny Laboratory, Magdalen College, Oxford, consisting of:  

  • Papers, account books, bank books and register of students relating to the Daubeny Laboratory, 1869-1921
  • List of members of Magdalen College, with biographical notes and some press-cuttings, 1890-1920
  • Notebooks of Gunther on elementary biology, zoology, fauna and various other subjects, 1886-98
  • Letters and papers, 1896-1904, relating to Gunther's journey to Persia in 1898, and his studies of the flora and fauna of Lake Urmia
  • Lectures and papers by Edward Chapman, tutor in natural science at Magdalen College, 1863-77

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert William Theodore Gunther (1869-1940) was a zoologist and antiquary. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1964.


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

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 43308-28.


R.T. Gunther, A history of the Daubeney Laboratory (London, 1904).