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Zoological Society of London

Association of British Zoologists


Reference code(s): GB 0814 ZDA

Held at: Zoological Society of London

Title: Association of British Zoologists

Date(s): 1919-1973

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 3 files, 2 vols

Name of creator(s): Association of British Zoologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

Association of British Zoologists: formed at the Meeting of British Zoologists on 5 Jan 1929 "to ensure a permanent organisation, with a Council which can represent British Zoologists between their annual Meetings". The first Council meeting was on 11 Jan 1930. Final meeting held 13 Jan 1973.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Association of British Zoologists, 1919-1973 comprising Council Minutes, 1930-1973 (Also includes List of members; letters; Reports of Sub-Committees; the Constitution etc.) ; Agenda papers and abstracts, 1933-1973 including agenda papers; abstracts of minutes; Lists of Members ; etc.; Attendance Book, 1931-1971; Papers of Dr GP Bidder concerning the Meetings of British Zoologists, 1919-1946, including circulars, printed papers and correspondence of Dr Bidder, mainly concerning the Meetings of British Zoologists, the forming of the Association of British Zoologists, and urging the split of the British Museum and the Natural History Museum. Most are from 1920's and are unordered. Includes letters from Prof. Balfour-Browne, P Chalmers Mitchell and E Ray Lankester, etc.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in four series as follows: Council Minutes, 1930-1973 ; Agenda papers and abstracts, 1933-1973; Attendance Book, 1931-1971; Papers of Dr GP Bidder concerning the Meetings of British Zoologists, 1919-1946.

Conditions governing access:

Available. Please make an appointment in advance of your visit.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:


Archival history:

Agenda papers and abstracts were collected by Mr WB Yapp as a member of the Association. Donated by Mr Yapp to the Institute of Biology, 27 Aug 1981.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Agenda papers and abstracts were transferred from the Institute of Biology to ZSL, 14 June 1982.

Papers of Dr G P Bidder were donated by Dr Anna MacClean Bidder, daughter of Dr GP Bidder.



Archivist's note: Entry transcribed by Sarah Drewery, April 2011.

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: April 2011.


Personal names
Browne | William Alexander Francis | Balfour- | 1874-1967 | naturalist x Balfour-Browne | William Alexander Francis
Lankester | Sir | Edwin Ray | 1847-1929 | Knight | zoologist
Mitchell | Sir | Peter Chalmers | 1864-1945 | Knight | zoologist

Corporate names
British Museum (Natural History) x Natural History Museum
Zoological Society of London