University of Edinburgh University of Edinburgh Archive and Manuscript Collections

Papers of James Cossar Ewart Edit




  • 1866-1935 (Creation)


  • 2.5 linear metres (Part)
    11 'A boxes; some outsize items in CLX-D-15 and on open shelving

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  • Physical Location

    CLX-A-1129-CLX-A-1139; CLX-D-15.

  • Language of Materials


  • Scope and Contents


    1. Coll-14/1 - Medals, including those presented at school in Penicuik and while at Edinburgh University. There are also medals won for prize animals at various shows;

    2. Coll-14/2 - Certifcates, Diplomas and Letters of Appointment, including Ewart's medical qualification certificates, and his commission of appointment to the Regius Professorship of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh;

    3. Coll-14/3 - Biographical Papers, including testimonials and press cutting book of obituary notices;

    4. Coll-14/4 - Photographs and illustrations, including photographs of Professor Ewart himself and staff and of his zebra hybrids;

    5. Coll-14/5 - Reports and papers, including Ewart's introductory lecture at Aberdeen University (1879) and his lecture programme for the Graduate School of Agriculture, Iowa;

    6. Coll-14/6 - Press-Cutting Books spanning the years 1878-1899;

    7. Coll-14/7 - Lecture notes and printed works, including Andrew David Sloan's notes of Ewart's lectures;

    8. Coll-14/8 - Notebooks and Diaries, including logs of breeding experiments (1901-1909), personal diary (1870-1880) and visitors' book (1895-1898);

    9. Coll-14/9 - Correspondence with individuals such as F.H.A Marshall, J. Burdon Sanderson and D'Arcy Thompson spanning the years 1875-1935.

  • Arrangement

    The collection was arranged and listed in the Department of Zoology before being deposited in Edinburgh University Library in 1954. Much of the order and system of arrangement has been maintained.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The James Cossar Ewart Collection was deposited in Edinburgh University Main Library on 22 April 1954, after its receipt by the Department of Zoology from Messrs. McAndrew, Wright & Murray, W.S., Edinburgh, on 17 November 1953.

  • Appraisal

    As far as is known, the material has not been appraised.

  • Accruals

    Further accruals unlikely.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Director of Collections.

    Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

  • Conditions Governing Access


  • Existence and Location of Copies

    No known copies.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    This material is original.

  • Related Materials

    Related material held in Edinburgh University Library Special Collections:

    Coll-1434: Roslin Institute glass slide collection, which contains glass positive slides depicting a variety of different subjects. The provenance of these slides is unknown, although a sizeable proportion of them appear to be Ewart's, and were probably used for teaching purposes.

    Related material held in other institutions:

    National Library of Scotland: Accession 12908: Papers of Gavin Ewart (James Cossar Ewart's grandson), particularly No. 114: Genealogy/Ewart family papers.

  • Bibliography

    No known publications.

  • General

    1. Ashworth, J.H. and F. Fraser Darling, 'A Bibliography of the Works of James Cossar Ewart', Supplement to Animal Breeding Abstracts, Vol. I, (Edinburgh, 1934);

    2. Birse, Ronald M., Science at the University of Edinburgh 1583-1993, (Edinburgh, 1994);

    3. Marshall, F.H.A., James Cossar Ewart (1851-1933) in Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 1, No. 3 (December 1934), pp. 189-195;

    4. Ritvo, Harriet, 'Understanding Audiences and Misunderstanding Audiences: Some Publics for Science' in Science Serialized: Representation of the Sciences of the Nineteenth Century, ed.s Geoffrey Cantor and Sally Shuttleworth (Cambridge MA, 2004), pp.331-349;

    5. Robertson, Forbes W., 'Genetics', from Two Hundred Years of the Biological Sciences in Scotland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 84B, 211-229 (1983).

  • Processing Information

    Catalogued by Clare Button between December 2012 and May 2013.

  • Separated Materials

    Some material from the Department of Zoology, including lecture notes taken down by a student of Ewart's, was transferred along with the collection. In keeping with its separate provenance, this material has been separated out and given the reference Coll-1738.