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Specimen Catalogues, 1949-1991

Reference Code: GBR/590/CSEC/05

Scope and Contents

This series includes handwritten and typed specimen catalogues, many of which were written after the specimens arrived in the UK. There are also cabinets of index cards. The original handwritten specimen lists (often with accompanying location and photographic catalogues) can be located within the Expedition files (ref. CSEC 2).


  • Creation: 1949-1991

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. The Collections Research Centre [West Cambridge] is open from Monday to Friday, 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00. A prior appointment made at least two weeks in advance, and two forms of identification are required.

Biographical / Historical

The ethos behind Brian Harland’s approach to Svalbard and its geology harks back to the foundations of the subject as a defined science in 1807: make direct observations, collect materials and only then begin to develop hypotheses that integrate the evidence. 60,000 rocks, fossils and geological cores were collected during the Cambridge Svalbard Exploration period, which are now in the care of the Sedgwick Museum.


30 archive box(es)

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences Repository

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