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Archives of Natural History

Archives of Natural History is the journal of the Society for the History of Natural History, providing an avenue for the publication of research on the history and bibliography of natural history in its broadest sense. Published since 1943, articles cover topics such as botany, general biology, geology, palaeontology and zoology, the lives and work of naturalists and the institutions and societies to which they belong. 

Print ISSN: 0260-9541 Online ISSN: 1755-6260

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Volume 6, 1974
Volume 5, 1971
Volume 4, 1968
Volume 3, 1960
Volume 2, 1952
Volume 1, 1943

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About this Journal

Archives of Natural History (formerly the Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History) publishes peer-reviewed papers on the history and bibliography of natural history in its broadest sense, and in all periods and all cultures. This is taken to include botany, general biology, geology, palaeontology and zoology, the lives of naturalists, their publications, correspondence and collections, and the institutions and societies to which they belong. Bibliographical papers concerned with the study of rare books, manuscripts and illustrative material, and analytical and enumerative bibliographies are also published.

Archives of Natural History is published by Edinburgh University Press on behalf of the Society for the History of Natural History.

Web of ScienceThe journal is indexed in the Web of Science (Social Sciences Citation Index) and has an impact factor of 0.316 (2018)

Editors and Editorial Board

Please visit the Society for the History of Natural History website for full contact details at


Editor: Dr Anne Secord

Associate Editors: Ms Stephanie Holt, Dr E. Charles Nelson, Ms Elaine Shaughnessy and Mr Nathan Smith

Book Reviews Editor: Maggie Reilly

Advisory Board

Professor Kraig Adler
Dr Paul D. Brinkman
Dr Clemency T. Fisher
Professor Matthias Glaubrecht
Professor Sachiko Kusukawa
Professor H. Walter Lack
Professor Arthur M. Lucas
Dr Robert McCracken Peck
Dr Pat Morris
Professor Harriet Ritvo
Professor Anna Marie Roos
Dr Geoffrey N. Swinney
Professor Hugh S. Torrens
Dr John van Wyhe
Dr Ray Williams

Councillors of the Society for the History of Natural History

Ms Gina Douglas (President)
Mr Bill Noblett (Vice President and Treasurer)

Professor Helen Cowie (Awards and Grants Secretary)
Dr Elle Larsson (Meetings Secretary)
Ms Rachel Jennings (Social Media, Communications and Promotions Secretary)
Dr Malgosia Nowak-Kemp (International Representatives Secretary)
Ms Maggie Reilly (Book Reviews Editor)
Ms Jeanne Robinson (Membership Secretary)
Dr Anne Secord (Editor)
Ms Elaine Shaughnessy (Newsletter Editor/ Website Secretary)
Mr Will Beharrell (Secretary)

Mr Jan Freedman
Dr Geraldine Reid
Dr Stanislav Strekopytov

International Representatives

Central Europe: Prof. Mag. Dr. Christa Riedl-Dorn, Archiv und Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Vienna, Austria
Ireland: Dr Elizabethanne Boran, Dublin
Italy: Dr Carlo Giovanni Violani, Milan
North America: Ms Leslie K. Overstreet, Washington DC
Poland: Professor Alicja Zemianek, Kraków
Spain: Dr Margarita Hernández Laille, Madrid
South America: Sergio Zagier, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina


The Society for the History of Natural History is the only international society devoted to the history of botany, zoology and geology, in the broadest sense, including natural history collections, exploration, art and bibliography. Everyone with an interest in these subjects – professional or amateur – is welcome to join.

Edinburgh University Press administers membership of the Society on behalf of the Society for the History of Natural History. Please see the subscribe page for the journal for further information about becoming a member of the Society.

Visit for further information about the Society for the History of Natural History.

The Society newsletter can be accessed here:


'This was the first professional society I ever joined and since then has always been special in my life. Anyone who loves the history of natural history will find a warm welcome, like I did. The variety of meetings and articles is great!'

Professor Janet Browne, Department for the History of Science, Harvard University, USA

'I am not aware of any other periodical concerned with the history of natural history that consistently maintains such a high standard of scholarship.'

R.G.C. Desmond, formerly Chief Librarian and Archivist, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and Deputy Keeper of the India Office Library

'I, for one, cannot imagine what life would have been like these past fifty years without its conferences and other meetings, its newsletter and, above all, Archives of natural history.'

Dr David E. Allen, author of The Naturalist in Britain


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