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The Papers of George Alexander Steven

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DSTV

Scope and Contents

Papers comprising a diary, photographs and miscellaneous papers.
Also including a midshipman's log book of his son, Donald Steven, 1952-4.


  • Creation: 1942 - 1952

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

George Alexander Steven was born in 1900. He was educated at Edinburgh University.

During the First World War he served as a driver in an ambulance unit. After the war, he went to Edinburgh University to read Zoology. He spent a short spell teaching at Donaldson's Hospital, Edinburgh, and was then appointed Naturalist at the Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth. He was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1940, and served in HMS St Wistan, 1940-3, escorting convoys into the Atlantic from Freetown, Sierra Leone. He transferred to the Colonial Office and returned to West Africa to organise fisheries there. After the war, he resumed his work at the Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth. He died in 1958.

His publications include: "Report on the Sea Fisheries of Sierra Leone" (1947) and "Nets: How to Make, Mend and Preserve Them" (1950).


1 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

Copies of the collection level description and catalogue are available at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Donald Steven, 1979.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, May 2005. The papers have been catalogued. Biographical information was obtained from a letter from Donald Steven on the collection file.


Steven, George Alexander, 1900-1958, marine biologist

2005-05-24 16:13:08+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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