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Zoology: Zoology Archives

Subjects: Biology, Zoology

Alexander Library of Ornithology

The Alexander Library covers the University's ornithological collections, including -

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Publications from ornithological societies
  • Rare printed ornithological works
  • Diaries, letters and notebooks of a number of ornithologists.

The Alexander Library is now based off-site. For further information please vist the Alexander Library LibGuide.


Wytham Wood

From 1990, publications have been included that are based on work carried out at the Wytham Field Station and farmland, and work that uses species from these areas. Use the link below to view listings of Wytham publications and theses.


Transcribed Elton Archive

A number of the field notes and diaries of Charles Elton relating to University Arctic expeditions, work at the Bureau of Animal Populations and Wytham Woods have recently been transcribed and digitised. They have been made available to download freely from the ORA Data repository.

Archive Listings

Zoology Archives and Special Collections

There are a number of archives available in the Zoology collections. These archives are now mainly held off-site.

  • Undergraduate and MSc projects
  • Reprints
  • Zoology & Elton archives
  • Ornithology collections
  • Bibliography of Wytham Woods publications

Many of these items are not listed on SOLO, but can be searched by using a variety of finding aids.

Questions about searching or viewing the archives may be directed to

Zoology & Elton Reprint Collections

Contents: Reprints of individual articles from journals and conference proceedings.

Location: Radcliffe Science Library, stored off-site.

Finding aids:  Many of these reprints can be found listed on two local catalogues on RefWorks. For further information and assistance in accessing this collection, please contact the Radcliffe Science Library.

Elton reprints catalogue

Zoology reprints catalogue



Zoology Archive - research notes and other materials by Oxford zoologists from the late 19th to early 20th century, and photograph albums from the Challenger Expedition, 1872-1876. A spreadsheet detailing the contents of the Zoology archive is available for download from the box on the left of the screen. A record for the archive is also available on SOLO: http://solo/OXVU1:LSCOP_OX:oxfaleph020471350

Elton Archive - research materials produced by the Bureau of Animal Populations including data from a number of studies undertaken in Wytham Woods. A list of the contents of the Elton archive can be downloaded from the box on the left of the screen.

Location: Offsite at the Book Storage Facility (BSF), closed stack. Viewing is only possible by arrangement with the library. Please contact


Contact the Librarian

If you have questions about the archives in zoology or ornithology, please contact the appropriate librarian for further information.

Zoology archive and collections

Alexander library and ornithology collections