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Archive of Henry Neville Southern


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Papers of Henry Neville Southern, comprising journals, notebooks, notes, cuttings, data, reprints of papers, cassette tape, maps, photographs, and glass negatives relating to birds, livestock and wildlife, 1924-1990.


  • Creation: 1924-1990


1.86 Linear metres (27 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. 15483/1].

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MSS. 15483/1-27

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15483


Papers of Henry Neville Southern (1908-1986), ornithologist, 1924-1990.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Neville 'Mick' Southern (1908-1986), ornithologist, was Senior Research Officer at the Department of Zoological Field Studies in Oxford and editor of The Handbook of British Mammals (1964), the journal Bird Study (1954–1960) and the Journal of Animal Ecology (1968–1975). He was Vice-President of the British Ornithologists' Union, 1965-1967; President of The Mammal Society, 1974-1980; and President of the British Ecological Society, 1968-1970.

Obituaries of Henry Southern were published in the Journal of Animal Ecology (1987), vol. 56, 715–717 and Ibis (1987), vol. 129, 281-282.


Arranged as received from the Alexander Library of Ornithology with the exception of:

  1. Brown spring back album, 'The vegetation of May Island 1936', which was moved from MS. 15483/20 (former reference Series II, Box 7) to MS. 15483/16 (former reference: Series II, Box 3)
  2. Red notebook containing: bird notes, notes on colour-ringed birds, and a note 'from Wytham Woods', which was moved from MS. 15483/20 (former reference: Series II, Box 7) to MS. 15483/8 (former reference: Series I, Box 10)
  3. Cassette tape of tawny owl noises recorded by Graham Hirons which was moved from MS. 15483/12 (former reference Series I, Box 14) and boxed separately as MS. 15483/27 (= Closed)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Catalogue of the archive of Henry Neville Southern, 1818-1990, n.d.
Jen Patterson
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom