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Collection IRD - Collecting Books of David Irvine
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Reference code

GB235 IRD

Title

Collecting Books of David Irvine

Date(s)

  • 1949 - 1994 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

1 box, 4cm

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Name of creator

Irvine, Dr. David (1924-1995)

Biographical history

Born China 1924; died 1995
Although born in China, David Irvine returned to the Shetland Islands as a baby and was educated in Lerwick. He served in the RAF during the Second World War and in 1947 entered St Andrews University to read botany, staying on to take a PhD on the ecology of a single rock pool. During this period he became a founder member of the British Phycological (the scientific study of algae) Society. In 1954 he was appointed a Demonstrator in Agricultural Botany at the University of Cambridge where he stayed until 1958. He then spent 2 years as a research assistant at the University of Illinois contributing to the ‘Index Nominum Algarum’, an index of the published names of algae. In 1961 he returned to Britain as senior lecturer in the Department of Biology and Geology at the Polytechnic of North London where he stayed until his retirement in 1984. Although dedicating most of his academic life to the study of seaweeds in the north eastern Atlantic, David Irvine was an accomplished field biologist and natural historian with a wide range of interests. He led a number of field trips to study seaweeds and marine algae around Lundy Island, Sullom Voe and the Faroes. An avid collector, he bequeathed his herbarium and reprint collection to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Source: obituary, The Phycologist 1996 http://www.brphycsoc.org/documents/phycologist/The%20Phycologist%20No.%2044%20August%201996.pdf

Archival history

Books were presumably part of a consignment of David Irvine's herbarium material sent by his wife Linda from the Botany Department of the Natural History Museum, London to RBGE in July 1994. Stephen Droop received the material, the herbarium specimens will have been incorporated into the herbarium collection and the books stayed with Stephen Droop, then David Mann. David Mann passed the books to the herbarium in December 2014, from there they were passed to the RBGE Archives by Suzanne Cubey in January 2015.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

RBGE Herbarium

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Scope and content

3 small notebooks numbered 1-3, and a letter
1:"Herb. Irvine 1"
Collecting Book 1 - Nos 1-862 1949-1965; incl. St Andrews, Bangor, Anglesey, Isle of Man, Eden Estuary, Aberystwyth, Merioneth, Pembrokeshire, Capri (Italy), Brittany (France), Galway, Mayo, Manitoba (Canada), Cape Cod (Massachusetts), Orkney and Voe (Shetland)
2:"Herb.Irvine 2"
Collecting Book 2 - Nos 863-1847 1964-1968; incl. Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Portsmouth, Dover-Folkestone, Cramond Island, Dunbar, North Berwick, Scilly, Devon and Paignton
3:"Herb.Irvine 3"
Collecting Book 3 - Nos 1848-1940 (Misc Order) 1963-1969 inc. Firth of Forth?
4:letter from Linda M. Irvine which accompanied herbarium consignment

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open

Conditions governing reproduction

permission required from RBGE

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

good

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Herbarium specimens will be stored in RBGE Herbarium

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Status

Final

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Partial

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Archivist's note

description compiled by L.P.

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