Collected research materials on crag vertebrates compiled by Edward Charlesworth(1813-1893), geologist, 1883

Scope and Content

The collection is held in an autographed scrap book which contains newspaper cuttings,illustrations in oils, and manuscript notes by Edward Charlesworth, all relating to fossilisedvertebrates. The volume is undated but the last newspaper cutting is dated 3 October 1883. Thevolume is indexed and lists a variety of vertebrates that are mentioned within. According toCharlesworth's introduction, it is a catalogue of fossils found 'in the red crag phosphate diggingsat or near Felixstowe' (Suffolk, England).

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Charlesworth was born in Clapham, Surrey on 13 September 1813. He was the only son of theReverend John Charlesworth (1782-1864), rector of St. Mildred, Bread Street, City of London from1844-64. Edward was apprenticed to a physician before studying at Guy's Hospital, London. He wasmade a Fellow of the Geological Society in 1836. Edward Charlesworth was an authority on Crag andother tertiary fossils and was a keen collector and trader in fossils. He was the proprietor andeditor of London's Magazine of natural history, arranged geological collections in manymuseums, was honorary curator of Ipswich Museum from 1840, and held the post of curator of theYorkshire Philosophical Society's museum, York from 1844-58. Charlesworth died in Saffron Walden,Essex on 28 July 1893.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

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Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the volume. Copyright on thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Separated Material

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of the volume must be sought in advance in writingfrom the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email The Department willtry to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and the responsibility forcopyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishing to publish.

Custodial History

The date and source of acquisition of this volume is unknown but it is likely that it wasacquired by the library of The University of Nottingham sometime before 1948.

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