Notebooks on Bird Eggs

Scope and Content

There are 8 volumes with a catalogue of Wolley's collection of bird eggs. They contain notes about the specimens. In total there are 1790 numbered pages, but several of these contain no data.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Wolley (1824-1859) made a collection of bird eggs, which via Alfred Newton has reached the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. He studied birds with Newton in Iceland in 1858. Newton published a catalogue of the eggs in the Ootheca Wolleyana (1864).

Access Information

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.


Description compiled by Kees Rookmaaker, Archives Hub project archivist

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