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Zoological Society of London

Archives of the Zoological Society of London


Reference code(s): GB 0814 A

Held at: Zoological Society of London

Title: Archives of the Zoological Society of London

Date(s): 1826-[2013]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 144 shelves

Name of creator(s): Zoological Society of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. It runs the Institute of Zoology, conservation projects in more than 50 countries, and two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.


Scope and content/abstract:

Includes: Minutes of Council; Minutes of the General Meetings (the Fellows' AGMs); Minutes of the Gardens Committee (i.e. London Zoo); Minutes of the Whipsnade Committee; Daily Occurrences of London Zoo and Whipsnade (these list the arrivals and departures, births and deaths of animals at London Zoo and Whipsnade); Staff cards; post-mortem books; press-cuttings albums; charters; maps and plans; 19th Century Letter Collection (mainly from Fellows to the Secretary of ZSL. There are no replies. Authors include: Darwin, Abraham Bartlett, the Duke of Bedford, Wallace, and Barnum etc.); Ephemera, e.g. London and Whipsnade Zoo guides, posters and leaflets, Music Hall songsheets, medals, tickets, a keeper's uniform, menus.


Language/scripts of material: English.

System of arrangement:

Kept as much as possible according to their original provenance, the result of organizational activity of ZSL.

Conditions governing access:

It is free to use the Archives and Library; however an appointment needs to be made in advance so that archives can be retrieved. Proof of address and photo ID need to be shown unless the user is already a Fellow or Member of the Library or of ZSL.

Conditions governing reproduction:

The archives cannot be photocopied or scanned as they may be damaged by light. With the Archivist's permission you can use a camera (without a flash) to take pictures of archives only (not books). You must also sign a copyright form first.

Finding aids:

Use the ZSL LIbrary online catalogue on the ZSL website.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Internal transfer.



Date(s) of descriptions: 1826-date

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