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William Yarrell Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Yarrell, William, 1784-1856

William Yarrell, an eminent British naturalist, was for many years a vice-president of the Zoological Society. He was also a Fellow of the Linnaean Society, and between 1825 and 1856 he contributed eighty-one papers to scientific societies and journals. He was the author of A History of British Fishes and A History of British Birds. At his death, his collection of British fish and other specimens were purchased by the Trustees of the British Museum.

The collection consists of letters to William Yarrell, a Scottish fishery law document (1842), ninety watercolors, pencil drawings, and engravings of fish, and related printed matter

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.

No AM Given.

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence of William Yarrell, 1831-1856. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Drawings of Fish and Description Cards, circa 1830. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

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