Sir Joseph Banks papers, 1766-1820 (bulk)


Date: 1766-1820 | Size: 50 microfilm_reel(s)


This collection is comprised of materials from seven repositories and includes correspondence from Banks' colleagues and explorers, such as John Hope, Josiah Wedgwood, Georg Forster, and Captain William Bligh; records of expenses for voyages and journeys; and journals kept during voyages to New Foundland and Labrador (1766) and around the world with Captain James Cook (1768-1771). Topics include botany and horticulture, marine life, and collecting specimens.

Background note

Sir Joseph Banks was an English naturalist and president of the Royal Society.

Collection Information

Physical description

50 microfilm reels.


Received in 1962 from National Library, Canberra; Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, Adelaide; Sutro Library, San Francisco; Mitchell Library, Sydney; Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. See in-house shelf list for additonal accession information.

Location of originals:

Originals in National Library, Canberra, Australia; Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, Adelaide, Australia; Sutro Library, San Francisco; Mitchell Library, Sydney, Australia;

Related material

All Banks manuscripts in the American Philosophical Society Library have been microfilmed as H.S. Film 3 (also known as Film 1139).

Early American History Note

This is a microfilm of an early American collection that may be of interest to researchers at the APS and may complement an original manuscript collection at the APS.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Philosophical Society
  • Bounty (Ship)
  • Endeavour (Ship)


  • Journals (notebooks).
  • Microfilm Collection

Geographic Name(s)

  • Brazil -- Description and travel.
  • Canada -- Discovery and exploration.
  • Naturalists - England
  • Oceania -- Discovery and exploration.
  • Pitcairn Island -- Discovery and exploration.


  • Botany.
  • Horticulture.
  • Marine biology
  • Voyages and travels.

Detailed Inventory

H.S. Film 3 American Philosophical Society.
Sir Joseph Banks Papers
1771-1894 1 microfilm_reel(s) reel 1
H.S. Film 3.1 Sutro Library.
Joseph Banks Papers
  30 microfilm_reel(s) reel 1-30

Originals at Sutro Library, San Francisco, California.

H.S. Film 3.2 National Library of Australia.
Papers of Sir Joseph Banks
1745-1923; 1745-1820 3 microfilm_reel(s) reel 1-3

Originals at National Library, Canberra, Australia.

H.S. Film 3.3 Mitchell Library, Sydney.
Sir Joseph Banks Papers
1767-1822 10 microfilm_reel(s) reel 1-10

Originals at Mitchell Library, Sydney, Australia.

H.S. Film 3.4 Public Library of South Australia.
Sir Joseph Banks Papers
  1 microfilm_reel(s) reel 1

Originals at Public Library of South Australia.

H.S. Film 3.5 Alexander Turnbull Library.
Joseph Banks Correspondence
1771-1802 1 microfilm_reel(s) reel 1

Originals part of the John Cawte Beaglehole Papers at Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

H.S. Film 3.6 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew..
Sir Joseph Banks Papers
1764-1897 4 microfilm_reel(s) reel 1-4

Originals at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England.