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‘Where is the damned collection?’ Charles Davies Sherborn’s listing of named natural science collections and its successors

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posted on 22.04.2016, 09:03 by Michael A. Taylor
C. D. Sherborn published in 1940, under the imprint of Cambridge University Press but at his own expense, Where is the – Collection? This idiosyncratic listing of named natural science collections, and their fates, was useful, but incomplete, and uneven in its accuracy. It is argued that those defects were inevitable, given Sherborn’s age and wartime conditions, and that what might seem one of Sherborn’s less impressive works was in fact a pioneering work highly influential in stimulating the production of successor works now much used in curation, and in systematic and descriptive biology and palaeontology. The book also contributed to the development of collections research in the natural sciences, and the history of collections and of museums.

History

Citation

ZooKeys 550: 83–106

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

ZooKeys 550: 83–106

Publisher

Pensoft Publishers

issn

1313-2989

eissn

1313-2970

Acceptance date

28/05/2015

Available date

22/04/2016

Publisher version

http://zoobank.org/References/109EE95D-9C64-47F4-9AF6-E77789B511B3

Language

en