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Correspondence, 1831-1873

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-203/1 (Lyell 1)

Scope and Contents

This series of correspondence is arranged alphabetically, A-Z, including one ‘Miscellaneous’ section within the 'M' series. Each correspondent has been assigned a file number – there may be several folders within that file, evidencing the longevity and depth of the relationship between Lyell and the correspondent - for example his brother in law Charles Bunbury.
Lyell himself, Mary or Arabella Buckley have mostly recorded a summary of the contents of the correspondence, either on the letter itself, or, on the associated envelope. These summaries have been used as the basis of the catalogue description.
There is a second series of A-Z correspondence within the second tranche, reference Coll-203B/1.


  • 1831-1873


Language of Materials

English mostly

Physical Description

10 boxes None which affect the use of this material

Biographical / Historical

The work of Charles Lyell brought him into contact with a number of leading figures of his age from Great Britain and abroad. Essential in supporting his work, he referred to them as his 'able investigators'.


19 boxes

Physical Location


Physical Description

10 boxes None which affect the use of this material

Archivist's Note

Rachael Third 13 September 2001. Revised Pamela McIntyre September 2023.
Reviewed and edited byElise Ramsay 12 May 2020

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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