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Additional Papers of Edward Allworthy Armstrong


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Comprises diaries and notebooks, correspondence, essays, theological material and biographical material, and glass plate negatives.


  • Creation: Creation: Majority of material found within Bulk, 1916-1990
  • Creation: Creation: 1916-1990, 2003-2011


2.36 Linear metres (16 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15661/1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 15661/1-8, MSS. 15661 Photogr. 1-8

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15661


Additional papers of Edward Allworthy Armstrong (1900-1978), clergyman and ornithologist

Biographical / Historical

Edward Allworthy Armstrong was born in 1900. He attended Queen’s University, Belfast 1918-1921, studying philosophy and psychology, followed by two years’ theological study at Cambridge.

As an Anglican priest, he worked in parishes as varied as Kowloon (Hong Kong), Ipswich, Doncaster and Leeds, and Cambridge. He acquired his great experience as a field naturalist in many different environments; as a result of his period in Hong Kong, he travelled around the world, visiting, among other fascinating regions, the Mekong River and the forests of southeast Asia, the California desert, the Tropical Biological Laboratory at Barro Colorado in the Panama Canal Zone and then–via Colombia and Venezuela–Trinidad and Tobago. His first major work in ornithology was Bird Display: an introduction to the study of bird psychology (1942).

He was then Vicar of St Mark's Church Newnham, Cambridge 1943-1967. He died in 1978.


Arranged by type of material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Related Materials

See also Papers of Edward Allworthy Armstrong (MSS. 14899/1-25)

Catalogue of the Additional Papers of Edward Allworthy Armstrong
Finding aid prepared by Francesca Alves
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom