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Sedgwick, Adam, 1785 - 1873 (geologist)


Dates and places

Born Dent, Yorkshire; School, Sedbergh; admitted at Trinity College, Cambridge 1803; matriculated 1804; B.A. 1808; M.A. 1811; Hon.LL.D. 1866; Fellow of Trinity 1810-73; Vice-Master, 1844-62; Senior Proctor 1827-8; Woodwardian Professor of Geology 1818-73

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Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

 Fonds — Container: GEOL

Archives of the Department of Geology and the Woodwardian and Sedgwick Museums, 1731 - 1987

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/GEOL
Scope and Contents

The earliest records relate to Woodward's will, estates and the administration of his fossil collection. From the 1880s, administrative records of the burgeoning Department of Geology, its teaching, examining, and students, survive alongside papers for the lengthy project to build the Sedgwick Museum. The archives also include the papers of Professor T. McKenny Hughes, Woodwardian Professor 1873-1917.

Dates: 1731 - 1987
Conditions Governing Access: Personal records are closed to scholars for 80 years under data protection legislation. Restrictions are clearly indicated in catalogue entries.

Journals and Sketchbooks, 1818 - 1846

Reference Code: GBR/590/ADSW/01
Scope and Contents

Comprising numbered and unnumbered field notebooks and sketchbooks. The notebooks include details of: daily excursions and geological features; places visited including working mines and quarries; specimens collected or purchased; expenses; health matters; and include some social history commentary. The sketchbooks include pencil, ink and watercolour stratigraphic sketches of places visited.

Dates: 1818 - 1846
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Some of these records are fragile- access may only be possible with support from specialist staff. Please seek guidance.

The Papers of Adam Sedgwick

Reference Code: GBR/590/ADSW
Scope and Contents

The collection comprises 64 notebooks and 11 boxes of annotated field maps, 1818-1858. There are also notes and papers relating to geology university teaching syllabuses, 1821 and 1832.

Dates: 1818 - 1856
Conditions Governing Access: Some of these records are fragile- access may only be possible with support from specialist staff. Please seek guidance.

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  • Subject: Geology X

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ARCHON code (for CUL materials)
University Archives (GBR/0265) 1
Archival Object 2
Collection 1
Notebooks 2
Rocks 2
Basic study subjects 1
Collections 1
Earth sciences 1

The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.