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George Forrest Collection

  • GB 235 FRG
  • Collection
  • 1902 - ?

FRG/1 Correspondence
• 1: Box of Forrest correspondence, 1903-08 (to and from Clementina, I.B. Balfour, Bulley, Family), Forrest related correspondence, copies of his birth and marriage certificates, transcripts of his diary 1904-05, ‘Account of a Journey on the Upper Salwin, October to December 1905’, copy of the article ‘Land of the Crossbow, March 9th 1906’ from the National Geographic Magazine, (carbon copy, original version is in the red notebook under letter 3, filed in
the same box)
• 2: Box of Forrest correspondence, 1909-1911 – correspondence regarding his Yunnan expedition in 1910, and with I.B. Balfour and correspondence relating to Forrest.
• 3a: Box of Forrest correspondence with J.C. Williams 1911-1912, regarding his third expedition (February 1912-March 1915)
• 3b: Box of Forrest correspondence with J.C. Williams and I.B. Balfour, 1913-14 regarding his third expedition (February 1912- March 1915)
• 3c: Box of Forrest correspondence from 1915 regarding his third expedition (February 1912- March 1915)
• 4a: Box of Forrest correspondence from 1917-1920 regarding his fourth expedition (February 1917-March 1920)
• 4b: Box of Forrest correspondence, including I.B. Balfour and William Wright Smith, 1916-1920, regarding his fourth expedition (February 1917-March 1920)
• 5: Box of Forrest correspondence from June 1920-April 1923 regarding his fifth expedition (January 1921-March 1923)
• 6: Box of Forrest correspondence from 1922-28
• 7: Box of Forrest correspondence from 1929-1932, plus obituaries, etc.
FRG/2 Photographs
FRG/2/1 Prints:
• File of photographs marked ‘Forrest, Collectors, Human, etc.’
• File of photographs marked ‘Buildings, Temple, Graves, Towns, etc.’
• File of photographs marked ‘Mountain, Water, Bridge’
• File of photographs marked ‘Plants A-L’
• File of photographs marked ‘Plants M-Prim-’
• File of photographs marked ‘Plants Py-Z and misc.’
FRG/2/2 Glass Plate Negative Collection
FRG/3 Published work
• copy of the article ‘Land of the Crossbow’, from the National Geographic Magazine
FRG/4 Field Books
FRG/4/1 Unpublished Field Books:
• George Forrest’s field books – 27 original field books dating from 1904 to 1932
FRG/4/2 Published Field Books:
FRG/5 RBGE’s Notes relating to Forrest’s plants
• 16 folders in 15 boxes of RBGE’s plant collection notes arranged alphabetically by genus
• Three boxes of Rhododendron notes written and sent by Isaac Bayley Balfour and William Wright Smith c.1919,1921 and 1922 and Primula lists c.1914,1921 and 1922
FRG/6 Forrest’s lecture notes
• Box of lecture notes and lists of slides
• Box containing photo related lists, 1913-24 and lecture notes
FRG/7 Forrest’s collection of papers (unsorted at present)
FRG/8 maps
• Various maps of Forrest’s Botanical expeditions
• File containing maps from 1918-1922, some annotated and some hand drawn
FRG/9 - collection of work about Forrest by others, includes
• Box containing Cowan’s research from 1934 and information regarding Forrest Centenary in 1973
• Various articles referring to Forrest
• Various newspaper articles which mention George Forrest
FRG/10 RBGE Forrest ephemera – collection of objects used by / related to George Forrest
• Camera similar to one used by Forrest

Forrest, George

Ludlow, F. and Sherriff, G. Collection

  • GB 235 LSH
  • Collection
  • 1930 - 1952

This collection consists of material created and gathered from the expeditions of F. Ludlow and G. Sherriff, thought their expeditions of Bhutan and Tibet during 1933-1949.

The collection consists of 5 sub-series: plant documents, expedition documents, diaries, correspondence and visual material.

[1] This series consists of a variety of material which includes plant and seed lists from their expedition with a large focus on Primula, Meconopsis and Rhododendrons, as well as publications gathered by Ludlow and Sherriff which cover their shared interest in the Himalayan region and it's flora and fauna. There is also a garden register donated by the Knox Finlay family detailing the progress of plants/seeds in their gardens acquired from various expeditions including Ludlow and Sherriff's between 1951-52.

[2] This series consists of a variety of expedition documents ranging from itineraries and maps to administration lists and passports.

[3] This series consists of originals and photocopies of the diaries of Sherriff and Ludlow during their expeditions.

[4] This series consists of a variety of correspondence from and to Sherriff and Ludlow over the course of their expeditions.

[5] This series consists of a variety of material including: photographic material, films and videos. Photographic material ranges from prints and negatives taken by Sherriff and Ludlow to prints of digital images taken as exhibition documentation in 2014. The films are..... There have been dvd surrogates made of the films to ensure continued accessibility.

Ludlow, Frank

Peter and Euan Cox Diaries and Notebooks

  • GB 235 PEX
  • Collection
  • 1922 - 2012

The Peter and Ewan Cox collection contains the diaries and notebooks of Peter Cox, detailing plant collecting trips undertaken from 1962 until 2012.

The collection also contains two books of rainfall measurements taken by Ewan Cox as well as one note book relating to plants ordered from Logan Botanic Gardens.

Ewan Cox – (1893-1977) - Cox, Euan Hillhouse Methven (1893–1977), plant collector and gardener | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (


Plant Lists

1922? ‘ Plants ordered from Logan’


‘Rain Fall’ - accounts? 1922>1932

‘Rain Fall – 1932-42

Peter Cox – 1930s


Turkey 1962 (unsure of author)

India 1965 (Not clear if Ewan but mentioned ‘Peter and I’ on 11th April

‘??? – 1967, Bookshop – 1976, RH. Conference – 1982’, Diary entries from Spain – 1967, requests for bookshop, names of customers? And diary entries from ‘RBG’ conference

China – 1981 – Also continues notes of seed+plants

‘Dolomites 1976’ – Unsure of author, contains entry from 15/9/1984

Nepal 1985

Bhutan – 1988

China - 1989

Sichuan – 1990

China – 1992

Contains photograph ‘Huan Rong, Lai Xuebo, Lai Han’

Yunnan SPR - 1992

Yunnan SPR – 1994

China 1995

Chile – 1996

Tibet - 1996

Yunnan – 1997

South Africa - 1998

Tibet - 1999(or 8?)

China – 1999

China – 2000

India - 2002

India 2004

China - 2007

Armenia – 2008

China - 2009

China - 2010

Georgia - 2011

China – 2012

Field notes?

‘1954>Notes’ – Author unclear

‘USA ETC’ 1974 (Continues into 1982?)

USA – 1978

‘IPPS’ – June - 1984

Nepal - 1985

China – 1986

China - 1986

Bhutan - 1988

Sichuan – 1989

China – 1990

USA - 1991

China - 1993

‘Field notes ETC 1992-4 – Yunnan, Tibet’

Tibet – 1996

China – 1997

Tibet - 1998

China – 1999

‘2000 – Base’ – Burma?

Australia/New Zealand – 2000

India – 2002

India - 2004

India – 2006

India – 2006 ‘No Field Notes’ – contains lists but no notes

China - 2007

China – 2012

‘Cult Book’ (Culture?) – 1980?

‘Seed Collected September/October 1978, Cox & Hutchinson.’ 3 pages a4, America, Mostly West Coast

‘Game Register’ – 1945-51

‘Hybrid Notes for book’

Cox, Euan Hillhouse Methven

Reginald Farrer Collection

  • GB 235 RJF
  • Collection
  • 1880 - 2004

The Reginald Farrer collection comprises correspondence between Reginald Farrer and his family (his mother in particular), E.A. Bowles, John Buchan, Sir Francis Younghusband, Ernest Gye, Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour and others as detailed below. It also includes paintings, photographs, 35mm slides, glass plate negatives and lantern slides covering mainly his two plant collecting expeditions to China in 1914-15 and Burma in 1919-1920, as well as scripts for plays written by Farrer.

Farrer, Reginald John

Stainton, J.D.A.

  • GB 235 STA
  • Collection
  • 1954 - 1985

•Correspondence regarding the deposit of films and slides at RBGE
•Papers collated and donated by Christina Noble
•Field books (1954-1985)
•Photographs and reprints
•Slides and cine film also held

Stainton, J.D.A.

The Joseph Rock Collection

  • GB 235 JFR
  • Collection
  • 1884 - 1962

The Rock collection consists of correspondence, photographs, diaries and unpublished manuscripts.

Rock, Joseph Francis Charles

Ward, Francis ‘Frank’ Kingdon

  • GB 235 FKW
  • Collection
  • 1885 - 1958

•Box containing filed notes and lists
•Box containing photographs from China and Tibet (1911)
•Box of correspondence and lists (1919-1925)
•Box of correspondence (1926-1930)
•Box of correspondence, list and expedition information (1930-1956)

Ward, Frank Kingdon