Collection of Correspondence of Frank Evers Beddard (1858-1925)

Reference: GB 0237 E94.18; E94.53
Title: Collection of Correspondence of Frank Evers Beddard (1858-1925)
Dates of creation: 1872-1920
Held at: Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division
Extent: circa 100 letters and notes Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
Name of Creator: Beddard, Frank Evers
Level of Description: fonds
Language of Material: eng

Administrative/Biographical History

Frank Evers Beddard was born in Dudley on 19 June 1858. He was educated at Harrow then studied at New College, Oxford. He took the degrees of M.A. and D.Sc. Beddard was naturalist to the 'Challenger' Expedition Commission from 1882 to 1884. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1892. Beddard was Prosector of the Zoological Society, 1884-1915, and Lecturer in Biology at Guy's Hospital, and has also been an Examiner in Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at the University of London, and in Morphology at Oxford and the University of New Zealand. His publications include Animal coloration: an account of the principal facts and theories relating to the colours and markings of animals (1892), Text-book of zoogeography (1895), A monograph of the oligochaeta (1895), Structure and classification of birds (1898), A book of whales (1900), and Earthworms and their allies (1912). Frank Evers Beddard died on 14 July 1825.

Scope and Content

The material is composed of correspondence, 1872-1920, and further correspondence from 1880-1918.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired March 1994, Accession no. E94.18. Further small tranche acquired July 1994, Accession no. E94.53.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.


Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1916-1928. 3rd edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

Further Information

Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Related Units of Description

The local Indexes show other references to Beddard related material (check the Indexes for more details): a letter to Sir A. Geikie, at Gen. 524; and, letter to Geikie saying that he has not been successful in his candidature for the Cork Porfessorship, but that he has been appointed naturalist to the 'Challenger' Expedition Commission, at Gen. 1425/21.

In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: letters to Sir E. B. Poulton, 1888-1893, Oxford University, Museum of Natural History, NRA 42507 Oxford.