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Title: ‘Where is the damned collection?’ Charles Davies Sherborn’s listing of named natural science collections and its successors
Authors: Taylor, Michael A.
First Published: 7-Jan-2016
Publisher: Pensoft Publishers
Citation: ZooKeys 550: 83–106
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.3897/zookeys.550.10073
ISSN: 1313-2989
eISSN: 1313-2970
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright Michael A. Taylor. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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