George Bidder: Scientific and Personal Papers

Scope and Content

Box 1: Obituary and biographical material; photographs; letters of Bidder to his wife and daughter Anna Bidder; and a list of holidays, dates, and companions, 1926-46.

Box 2: Poems; scientific notes and notebook; letters including 'Social life, mostly Naples'; coal crisis, 1915; and personal papers.

Box 3: Anna Bidder, family and personal correspondence; letters from Adolphe Portmann; letters and documents about Anna Bidder's work; testamentary papers on the Greenwood family; and family history.

Box 4: Notes on physiology and botany; letters from Naples, 1895; and 14 scientific notebooks.

Box 5: 30 scientific notebooks; experiments, drafts of papers.

Box 6: Scientific notebooks, mostly on sponges, 1886-92 and 1920-38.

Box 7: Letters to Bidder on science and from scientists, and essays on sponges, 1898 and 1922-25.

Box 8: Notes on sponges and a lecture on sponges, 1925; personal letters mostly to Bidder from his wife; and letters of other family and friends.

Box 9: The Danish Gas Company, 1853-1953, illustrated history; notes and drafts on sponges; and 'The ancient history of sponges and animals', BAAS address, 1927.

Box 10: Classification of sponges and notes on sponges; letters to and from Bogoslaw Dohrn, Naples, 1921.

Box 11: 18 scientific notebooks; drafts and proofs.

Box 12: Scientific notes; commonplace book with philosophical notes; sketchbook; and notebooks of poetry, c.1899-1902.

Box 13: 5 scientific notebooks; Guide to the aquarium of the Zoological Station, Naples, with MS notes; and correspondence with the Zoological Station, Naples, 1880s.

Box 14: Early, pre-1900 scientific papers; obituaries of W.H. Caldwell, E.J. Allen; and papers by E. Topsent.

Box 15: Address to the Marine Biological Association; miscellaneous notebooks and letters; and letters A-Z.

Box 16: Notes on sponges, c.1891; incomplete dissertation, 1888, on the physiology of sponges.

Box 17: University lectures, 1920-27; speech 'The management of capital'; notes on Altenburg's theory of the compound eye, c.1926; and letters from Bidder.

Box 18: Letters to Marion Greenwood Bidder (wife of G.P. Bidder), c.1887-1932, especially from pupils at Newnham College, 1896-1904.

Cambridge University Science Club, c.1885, photograph.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Parker Bidder (1863-1953), marine biologist, attended Trinity College, Cambridge, 1882-84. He settled in the city in 1902, and lectured in the university on sponges during the 1920s. Bidder gave financial support to marine biological research and was President of the Marine Biological Association in 1939. On the death of his father, George Parker Bidder (1836-96), he inherited managerial responsibilities in Cannock Chase Colliery and the Danish Gas Company.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Dr. Anna Bidder, 1994.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

The collection has not been fully sorted; a summary catalogue is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room, and the papers are also described in the Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds papers of G.P. Bidder and the Bidder family, MSS.Add.8657, 8679, 8680, and 8970.