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Field notebooks of Charles Oldham


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Field notebooks of Charles Oldham with some letters, photographs and drawings interleaved, 1883-1939.


  • Creation: 1883-1939


1.6 Linear metres (8 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, where available, e.g. MS. 15044/1, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. 15044/1-8

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15044


Field notebooks of Charles Oldham, 1883-1939.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Oldham was born in 1868, the son of a Manchester merchant. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and worked for the Commercial Union Assurance Company in Manchester and London until retirement in 1927. Throughout his life he contributed notes and articles to journals and he was co-author of The Birds of Cheshire (1900) and A Practical Handbook of British Birds (1919-1924). He was vice-president of the Linnean Society, the Ray Society, the British Ornithologists' Union, the British Ecological Society and the Malacological Society. He was secretary, later president, of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society. He also served on the councils of the Conchological Society, the British Ornithologists' Club and the Freshwater Biological Association. He died in 1942.

For further details see his obituaries in The Times and Ibis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Catalogue of the field notebooks of Charles Oldham
EAD version 2019 by Jen Patterson
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom