Henry Seebohm: Ornithological Notebook

Scope and Content

Unfinished notes of visits to Glossop, Worksop, Ashopton and other places in Derbyshire; to the Farne Islands and Coquet Islands, Northumberland; to Flamborough Head, Yorkshire; and to Asia Minor (Constantinople and Smyrna) in 1872. The notebook also includes some watercolour sketches.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Seebohm (1832-1895), ornithologist, was born on 12 July 1832. His parents were members of the Society of Friends, and he was educated at the Friends' School at York, before becoming a steel manufacturer at Sheffield. Seebohm visited Holland, Greece, Asia Minor, Scandinavia, Germany and Siberia to carry out ornithological study, and subsequently published his findings. He joined the British Ornithologists' Union and the Zoological Society in 1873, and was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society from 1878, and its secretary, 1890-1895. He died on 26 November 1895.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1989.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Seebohm in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XVII (London, 1909), p. 1127.

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Cambridge University Library also holds journals and notes of Seebohm, MSS.Add.4471-4476.