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Peter Scott: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Scott (Peter)

Scope and Contents

The collection of Scott's paper is extensive. It includes a large number of biographical materials, material related to Scott's time in the Royal Navy during World War II, items covering Scott's involvement in nature conservation and research (including papers about the possible existence of the Loch Ness Monster), material related to Scott's extensive travels (mainly for professional purposes), drafts of Scott's books and other material related to his publications, documentation of Scott's writing for radio and televsion, drafts of speeches and lectures given by Scott, materials related to Scott's involvement in a diverse range of societies and organisations, papers documenting Scott's marketing and sales of his paintings, materials related to Scott's yachting and gliding (including his involvement in the yachting at the 1936 Olympic Games in Kiel), and an exceptionally large amount of Scott's correspondence on a wide variety of topics.


  • Creation: 1916-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Some items are restricted at the discretion of the Keeper of Manuscripts.


c. 7800 item(s) (c. 7800 items)

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Other Finding Aids

This is an abbreviated record. A hard copy of the full catalogue is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. A full online catalogue, created by NCUACS, is available on the National Archives website at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were received from Lady Scott, widow, in several consignments during the summer and autumn of 1995.

Related Materials

The archives of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust are held at the Trust's headquarters, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. Most of Scott's correspondence relating to his work for the World Wide Fund for Nature are held at its Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland. The archives of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) are held at the IUCN headquarters, Gland, Switzerland. MS Add.9955 (color plates of waterfowl by Sir Peter Scott)

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Repository Details

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