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William Homan Thorpe: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8784

Scope and Contents

Diaries, notebooks, laboratory notes and field observations, correspondence, conference notes, research and lecture papers and notes, publishers' correspondence, University papers, Royal Society material, papers on conservation, psychical research, photographs and tape recordings.

An addition to the collection in 2018 includes offprints of publications by Thorpe c. 1930s-1980s and a small quantity of interfiled miscellaneous publications by others, along with a series of the newsletter "Biophone" delivered to Thorpe and then Robert Hinde at the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge.


  • Creation: 1918-1984 (Circa)


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


38 archive box(es) (38 boxes)

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Custodial History

The files M8 (papers relating to Chippenham Fen) and M9 (papers relating to Woodwalton Fen) were discarded in 1990.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mrs. Margaret Schuelein, 1984. An addition to the collection was transferred from the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, 2018.

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Repository Details

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