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Sir William Dawson

This series includes John William Dawson's papers, which are chiefly scientific and scholarly in character, with some materials reflecting other aspects of Dawson's career, particularly educational work and religious controversy.

Dawson, John William, Sir, 1820-1899


The minutes series comprises eight bound volumes, two publications and one envelope of loose duplicate minutes. The minutes document proceedings from the annual, general, monthly, special, ordinary and extraordinary meetings held by the Society. I...


The substantial catalogues series covers most of the inventory of both the Society’s museum and library. Museum catalogues provide detailed information regarding the genus, species and origin of their Mammalia Collection while catalogues of donati...


The reports series has a plethora of information about the functioning of the Society. Three files (10.1, 10.2, 10.3) contain the published and printed reports of the Society covering yearly highlights of activity. They cover the years 1828, 1830-...

Essays and lectures

The essays and lectures series is a small collection of published or handwritten documents amassed by the Society. The first essay (file 4.5), submitted by Thomas Stratton, is a handwritten document on the similarities of Gaelic and Latin. The sec...

Margaret Mercer Dawson

The papers of Margaret Mercer Dawson consist of 6 cm of letters from her husband, 1848-1873; 14 cm from her children, 1858-1906, including a majority of letters from Anna Harrington; 13 cm from her Scottish relatives and friends, 1836-1907, includ...

Dawson, Margaret Mercer

Sketchbook and related items

Series consists of two sketchbooks (1840s?) with caricatures of John Goodsir, Alexander Munro, Robert Knox and William Robertson kept by E. D. Worthington while a medical student, as well as related items.

Items added later

Series consists of letters, photographs, and other textual records added by E. B. Worthington after the original donation of materials in series 1, 3, and 4 in 1944 to expand the holdings, bringing the collection dates up into the 1940s.

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