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Papers of Alexander John Wiley

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MS. 15499

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  1. 'The Migration of Birds by Harrier', unpublished manuscript, n.d. [c.1940s]
  2. Notebook containing observations of birds in Kenya by species, c.1944-1949
  3. Cuttings of the 'Naturalist' section of the East African News Review, 1947-1949
  4. Databook on nest characteristics by species, c.1944-1949
  5. Notes on the wagtail (Motacilla), taken from various published sources, n.d. [c.1940s]
  6. Notes taken from Preparation of Scientific and Technical Papers by Sam Farlow Trelease and Emma Sarepta Yule (published 1936), n.d. [c.1940s]


  • c.1944-1949, n.d. [c.1940s]


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Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 15499

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CMD ID 15499


Papers of Alexander John Wiley.

Biographical / Historical

Alexander John Wiley was born in England in 1917. He moved to Ruiru, Kenya, aged 9, where his parents farmed. From 1936, he worked in the Veterinary Laboratory at Kabete. He intended to become a veterinary surgeon, but was forced to give up his studies in England in 1945, due to ill health. Returning to Kenya, he resumed his duties at Kabete, latterly holding the post of Zoologist in the Zoological and Tsetse Research Section. Wiley was an authority on African ticks and on helminthology and was also interested in natural history, serving as a member of the East Africa Natural History Society Committee. He died in 1959.

Biographical note written with reference to:

V.D. v S. (Jan 1960), Obituary: Alexander John Wiley, Journal of the East Africa Natural History Society, vol. XXIII, no. 5 (102), p. 222.

Custodial History

Donated to the Alexander Library of Ornithology by Mary Wiley, 15 Jan 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.
Papers of Alexander John Wiley
Finding aid prepared by EAD version by Sarah Thiel, Jen Patterson and Marion Lowman
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