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Papers of E.H. Down


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A collection of grey literature and bibliographical references arranged by species, with some negatives and photographs attached to pages with photo corners. The material was possibly compiled c 2000 but includes records and observations of birds dating from the 1960s onwards, along with correspondence and some copies and reprints of scholarly articles, 1878-c 1990s. Date ranges are given on the basis of correspondence, dated photographs and articles, and in the absence of these decade ranges are given on the basis of dated bird observations.

The papers are mainly in English but there is also a little material in Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.


  • Creation: 1876-2000s


14.85 Linear metres (81 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, where available, e.g. MS. 15517/1, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 15517/1-81

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15517


Papers of E.H. Down, comprising a collection of grey literature and bibliographical references.

Biographical / Historical

No biographical information is available.


Material arranged as received from the Alexander Library of Ornithology.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Catalogue of the papers of E.H. Down
EAD version 2019 by Meg Woodward
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Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom