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This series comprises papers covering Nicholson's overseas tours, in various capacities, and attendance at conferences in the UK and abroad at which he often gave papers. The material spans the period 1949 to 2001.

Principal ornithological conferences to which he contributed include the Tenth International Ornithological Congress, Uppsala, Sweden, 1950. In the 1950s and 1960s a number of his tours and visits resulted from his position as Director-General of the Nature Conservancy and his role in the International Biological Programme (IBP). Among the former were a wide-ranging tours of the USA in 1955 and 1959 where he held discussions with the Conservation Foundation, the National Audobon Society and other organisations, visited National Parks and universities and met many leading American conservationists. The following are examples of major trips made on behalf of IBP: New Zealand, Antarctica, Australia, Thailand and other countries, November 1964-January 1965; various South American countries, July 1967.

Other extended foreign trips include an expedition to Jordan in 1963, with Guy Mountfort, Julian Huxley and others, which combined studies of ecology and conservation with ornithology; a visit to Japan which took in the 11th Pacific Scientific Congress; and a survey of the Red Sea desert region of Egypt in 1984 in connection with Birds of the Western Palearctic. Numerous conferences and seminars on environmental topics are documented: among these are various International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources conferences, 1951-1969, and two Countryside Recreation Research Advisory Group conferences, 1983 and 1985.


  • Creation: 1949-2001

Language of Materials

  • English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 15041/1368-1525

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom