Amelia Smith Calvert diaries, 1912-1929


Date: 1912-1929 | Size: 2 volume(s), 2 volumes, 657 p.


These two diaries were kept by Amelia Smith Calvert on trips to Europe with her husband Philip Powell Calvert. They record little scientific information, although there is mention of some of the entomologists and scientists whom they met (e.g. Professor Robert Newstead of University of Liverpool). In general, her observations are those of a literate and passionate sightseer who records travel events in great detail. The British diary (1912) includes descriptions of Liverpool, Edinburgh, York, Lincoln, Cambridge, Oxford, and London, and observations of the entomological specimens they saw in London. The Europe diary (1929) includes descriptions of Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam, Lucerne, Venice (of particular interest), Padua, and Milan. There is a description of P.P. Calvert's examination of insect specimens in the collection of Baron de Sélys-Longchamps in the Institut royal des sciences naturelles de Belgique.

Background note

Amelia Smith Calvert co-authored "A Year of Costa Rican Natural History," 1917, with her husband, Philadelphia entomologist, Philip Powell Calvert.

Collection Information

Physical description

2 volumes, 657 p.


Gift from Miss A. E. Hopkinson and accessioned, 1966 (1966 734-5ms).

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Institut royal des sciences naturelles de Belgique


  • Diaries.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Brussels (Belgium) -- Description and travel.
  • Edinburgh (Scotland) -- Description and travel
  • England -- Description and travel.
  • Italy -- Description and travel
  • Netherlands -- Description and travel.
  • Switzerland -- Description and travel.

Personal Name(s)

  • Calvert, Amelia Smith
  • Calvert, Philip Powell
  • Newstead, Robert, 1859-1947
  • Sélys-Longchamps, Michel-Edmond, baron de, 1813-1900


  • Entomology -- Research.