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Yarrell, William, 1784-1856
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
William Yarrell Collection
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
1830-1961 (mostly 1833-1856)
1 box and 1.25 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of letters and drawings of William Yarrell, a nineteenth-century British naturalist, and related printed matter.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters to William Yarrell, a Scottish fishery law document (1842), ninety watercolors, pencil drawings, and engravings of fish, and related printed matter

Collection Creator Biography:

Yarrell, William, 1784-1856

William Yarrell, an eminent British naturalist, was for many years a vice-president of the Zoological Society. He was also a Fellow of the Linnaean Society, and between 1825 and 1856 he contributed eighty-one papers to scientific societies and journals. He was the author of A History of British Fishes and A History of British Birds. At his death, his collection of British fish and other specimens were purchased by the Trustees of the British Museum.

Collection History


No AM Given.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

William Yarrell Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1