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FBA Archive catalogues now available online

Twenty four archive catalogues in the possession of the FBA can now be accessed online on Archives Hub, by following this link

Catalogues that can be accessed here show the kind of historical material that can be accessed in hard copy only at the Freshwater Biological Association. Information that can be accessed include historical data and correspondence, both scientific and personal, of scientists of the FBA, including pioneering women, and organisations associated with the FBA. Five of our collections currently provide a detailed catalogue where all items are referenced, where 19 provide a more general summary. The FBA is hoping to gradually add more catalogues on, and to provide more detailed versions of the catalogues now online.

Prominent organisations collections that can be accessed include the Environment Agency, which the FBA has been working with over a series of months to catalogue historic data, including fishery rights, biological surveys, committee meetings, and river landscape photographs.

Individual collections include:

-Freshwater algae experts: Felix Eugen Fritsch (the centenary of his collection of algal illustrations is being celebrated this year) and John Lund.

-W.H. Pearsall, a founder of the Freshwater Biological Association, and highly regarded botanist.

-Pioneering females (who worked from the 1930s) including Rosemary-Lowe McConnell, who studied the migration of eels, Winifred Tutin (who studied use of pollen in Lake sediments ) Winifred Frost (natural history of fish), Hilda Canter Lund (Freshwater algae expert) and Penelope Margaret Jenkin (zoology).

-E.D. Le Cren, former director of the FBA.

-Clifford Mortimer, who undertook investigations into the physics, chemistry and biology of lakes.

All collections provide biographical material, so this is also a chance to learn about the lesser known scientists associated with the FBA.

If interested in viewing material in these collections please contact Please note that there may be restrictions to viewing certain material in regards to data protectionand a fee to view the collections might also apply.

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