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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Zoology Department of Imperial College


Reference code(s): GB 0098 KZ

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: Zoology Department of Imperial College

Date(s): Created 1908-1979 (ongoing)

Level of description: Series of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine records

Extent: 9 boxes

Name of creator(s): Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Department of Zoology has its origins in Natural History lectures at the Government School of Mines and Science Applied to the Arts (later the Royal School of Mines), established in 1851. The Department was known as Zoology and Applied Entomology from 1934. The Division of Life Sciences was fomed from the Departments of Botany, Zoology and Biochemistry in 1974. In 1981 the Department of Zoology and Applied Entomology was merged with the Department of Botany and Plant Technology to form the Department of Pure and Applied Biology, with the transfer of Microbiology from the Department of Biochemistry. The Department continued to form part of the Division of Life Sciences along with the Department of Biochemistry.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Department of Zoology of Imperial College, [1851]-1979, including a departmental history from 1851-1939; Department of Entomology 1927-1965; papers relating to courses, including student register of attendance at lectures, 1909-1912; lectures on invertebrata, 1950-1959; staff papers including pratical work, examination papers, 1931-1971; examination results, 1950-1959; practical instruction sheets; correspondence of staff, including Professor Adam Sedgwick, 1909-1911; Professor MacBride, 1911-1934; Professor Lefroy, 1912-1925; Professor T R E Southwood, 1967-1978; Professor James Watson Munro, 1929-1954, including Congress of Entomology at Berlin, 1938, personal papers; applications for the Chair, 1908; papers relating to the Huxley Library and Museum, 1963-1965; Rectors' correspondence, 1955-1979, including relating to Ford Foundation grant, Electron microscope, Chair of Zoology; correspondence concerning the fumigation of carnation cuttings, 1953-1962; Department of Zoology field work, 1938 (KZ);
pamphlets relating to Entomology, including courses and training, [1917-1974]; Dr T A M Nash's notebooks on a course, 1923-1926; notes on lectures by Professor James Watson Munro concerning the anatomy and physiology of insects, 1933; departmental history, 1995 (KZE).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged in sections as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available at the College Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Created and accumulated by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine during the course of business.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Papers of Professor James Watson Munro (KZB MUNRO), Field Research Stations and Harlington Athletics Ground (KZF), Departments of Botany, Pure and Applied Biology and the Division of Life Science (KB), records relating to the University of London (UL), held at Imperial College.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2000

Entomology | Zoology
Examinations | Student evaluation | Educational evaluation
Experiments | Research work
Field work | Research work
Insects | Animals | Zoology
Microscopes | Laboratory equipment | Scientific equipment | Equipment
Plants | Flora | Vegetation | Botany
University courses | Educational courses
Natural philosophy x Science philosophy
Natural sciences

Personal names
Lefroy | Harold Maxwell | 1877-1925 | entomologist
MacBride | Ernest William | 1866-1940 | zoologist
Munro | James Watson | 1888-1968 | zoologist
Nash | Thomas Arthur Manly | 1905-1993 | author
Sedgwick | Adam | 1854-1913 | zoologist
Southwood | Sir | Thomas Richard Edmund | b 1931 | Knight | zoologist

Corporate names
Ford Foundation
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine | Department of Zoology