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Papers of Peter John Conder


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Papers of Peter John Conder relating to his ornithological and conservation work, including diaries, field notebooks, lectures, species lists, annotated calendars, and photographs.

Includes photographs presented by Sarah Rhodes (MS. 14967/63) and papers presented by David Saunders (MS. 14967/64).


  • Creation: 1937-1993


14.0 Linear metres (66 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. 14967/1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 14967/1-66

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 14967


Papers of Peter John Conder (1919-1993), ornithologist and conservationist.

Biographical / Historical

Peter John Conder (1919-1993), ornithologist and conservationist. Warden of Skokholm Bird Observatory, Pembrokeshire, 1947-1954; Assistant Secretary of the RSPB, 1954-1962, and Director 1962-1975. Publications include British Garden Birds, 1966, Birds of Woods and Hedges, 1969, RSPB Guide to Birdwatching, 1978, RSPB Guide to Watching British Birds (with David Saunders), 1984, and The Wheatear, 1992.

For a fuller biography see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


The papers were catalogued by the Alexander Library of Ornithology and arranged in two sections: 'Archive Handlist: I' and 'Archive Handlist: II'. The original reference numbers have been retained as 'Former reference' but Bodleian Libraries shelfmarks have been added as the main reference number and the latter should be used when ordering the papers and quoting from them.

Two volumes not included in 'Archive Handlist: I' or 'Archive Handlist: II', containing 'Notes from 1939 to 1944, England', can be found at shelfmark MS. 14967/65.

Custodial History

The photographs in MS. 14967/63 were presented to the Alexander Library of Ornithology by Sarah Rhodes, Peter Conder's daughter, Feb 2014.

The papers in MS. 14967/64 were presented to the Alexander Library of Ornithology by David Saunders, Nov 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Catalogue of the papers of Peter John Conder
Finding aid prepared by Original catalogue by the Alexander Library of Ornithology. EAD version by Jen Patterson and Marion Lowman
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Script of description
Financial support for the original cataloguing of the archive was provided by the RSPB.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom