William Buckland papers, 1817-1848


Date: 1817-1848 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet, 85 items.


These are primarily scientific letters from Buckland. The subjects mentioned include Milne-Home's seismological investigations, Wheatstone's self-registering instruments, geology (glacial phenomena in Scotland, mineralogy, etc.), numerous references to fossils, and mentions of Mastodon bones and sloths.

Background note

English cleric William Buckland worked as a geologist and vertebrate paleontologist. The first Reader of Geology, University of Oxford (from 1819), Buckland is most noted as the scientific discoverer of dinosaurs.

Collection Information

Physical description

85 items.


First accession, 1972. In-house shelf list with additional purchase information, accession numbers and dates.

Early American History Note

This manuscript collection falls outside the geographic scope of the Early American guide (British North America and the United States before 1840). It may be of interest to scholars interested in global history, international relations, imperialism, or the U.S. in the world.

Indexing Terms

Personal Name(s)

  • Buckland, William, 1784-1856
  • Burton, Edward, 1794-1836
  • Cooper, William White
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
  • Gibson, John, 1778-1840
  • Hutton, William, 1797-1860
  • König, Charles Dietrich Eberhard, 1774-1851
  • Lubbock, J. W. (John William), 1803-1865
  • Milne-Home, David, 1805-1890
  • Murchison, Roderick Impey, Sir, 1792-1871
  • Owen, Richard, 1804-1892
  • Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), 1788-1865
  • Sopwith, Thomas, 1803-1879
  • Waterton , Charles, 1782-1865
  • Wheatstone, Charles, Sir, 1802-1875


  • Beyond Early America
  • Fossils -- Collection and preservation.
  • Glaciers -- Scotland.
  • Mineralogy
  • Seismology -- Instruments.
  • Seismology -- Research.