Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of SIR CHARLES MAURICE YONGE FRS (1899-1986)
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|Title:||Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of SIR CHARLES MAURICE YONGE FRS (1899-1986)|
SECTION A DIARIES NCUACS 25.1.91/A.1 - NCUACS 25.1.91/A.34
SECTION B NOTEBOOKS NCUACS 25.1.91/B.1 - NCUACS 25.1.91/B.19
SECTION C RESEARCH NCUACS 25.1.91/C.1 - NCUACS 25.1.91/C.540
SECTION D SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS NCUACS 25.1.91/D.1 - NCUACS 25.1.91/D.32
SECTION E CORRESPONDENCE NCUACS 25.1.91/E.1 - NCUACS 25.1.91/E.78
SECTION F NON-PRINT MATERIAL NCUACS 25.1.91/F.1 - NCUACS 25.1.91/F.62
The material is presented in the order given in the List of Contents. There is very substantial documentation of sixty years' research by Yonge in marine biology but regrettably virtually no personal or biographical material or records of his university career at Bristol and Glasgow. Material relating to the Great Barrier Reef Expedition which Yonge led 1928-29, and his continuing interest in the Reef thereafter, is to be found throughout the collection. Attention is drawn to Great Barrier Reef material in the following introductory paragraphs and the detailed catalogue entries.
Section A, Diaries, presents sequences of Glasgow University pocket diaries from 1952-53 and Edinburgh University pocket diaries 1970-83.
Section B, Notebooks, documents a number of overseas visits and expeditions. There are five notebooks relating to the Great Barrier Reef Expedition including three kept entirely or principally by Yonge's first wife who died in 1945. Other overseas visits represented include the USA 1939 and 1956, Africa 1953 and 1962, Caroline Is. 1965 and Australia 1967.
Section C, Research, is by far the largest in the collection and documents Yonge's research on molluscs and coral reef ecology over six decades. There is a chronological sequence of research folders 1922-82 whose contents may include correspondence, notes, drafts, drawings, figures, photographs and printed matter. Folders containing drawings and figures only are presented in a separate sequence arranged alphabetically by subject or folder title. There are (incomplete) lists of Yonge's scientific papers at NCUACS 25.1.91/C.535.
Section D, Societies and Organisations, documents Yonge's association with a number of British and overseas organisations. The most substantial records are of the Royal Society and in particular of a joint Royal Society/Universities of Queensland expedition to the Great Barrier Reef in 1973. Yonge was chairman of the UK committee which oversaw financial and programme arrangements.
Section E, Correspondence, comprises general correspondence with scientific colleagues arranged chronologically and additional sequences kept together by Yonge on the Great Barrier Reef Expedition, 'Miscellaneous Hong Kong and Pacific Science' and Advances in Marine Biology.
Section F, Non-print material, provides important photographic records of Yonge's visits and expeditions including many not documented elsewhere in the collection. There is a comprehensive photographic record of the Great Barrier Reef Expedition including the photographs used in Yonge's 1930 book A year on the Great Barrier Reef. The section also includes maps of the Great Barrier Reef and a tape-recording 'Commentary of Lowe Island film'.
Compiled by Peter Harper and Timothy E. Powell
The work of the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, and the production of this catalogue, are made possible by the support of the following societies and organisations:
E P Abraham Cephalosporin Fund
The British Library
British Petroleum plc
British Telecom plc
The Geological Society
The Institute of Physics
The Royal Society
The Royal Society of Chemistry
The Society of Chemical Industry
The Wolfson Foundation"
|Held by:||Natural History Museum Library and Archives, not available at The National Archives|
|Physical description:||44 boxes / 7 linear metres|
NOT ALL THE MATERIAL IN THE COLLECTION IS YET AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION. ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE TO:
THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
The material was received in June 1990 from Lady Yonge via the Natural History Museum, London.
|Administrative / biographical background:||
SUMMARY OF THE CARRER OF C YOUNGE
Educ. Silcoates School, Wakefield
1922-24 Baxter Natural Science Scholar
1924-25 Carnegie Research Scholar
1925-27 Temporary Asst Naturalist, Marine Biological Assoc. Plymouth
1927-29 Balfour Student, Cambridge University
1928-29 Leader, Great Barrier Reef Expedition
1930-32 Physiologist, Marine Biological Assoc. Plymouth
1933-44 Professor of Zoology, Bristol University
1944-64 Regius Professor of Zoology, Glasgow University
1944-67 Pres. and Chmn of Council Scottish Marine Biological Association
1946 Election to Fellowship of the Royal Society
1957 Conferral of C.B.E.
1965-70 Research Fellow in Zoology, Glasgow University
1967 Conferral of Knighthood
1968 Award of Darwin Medal, Royal Society
1970-86 Hon. Fellow in Zoology, Edinburgh University
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