Material relating to D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson at Dundee University
Recs A/325/13 Miscellaneous papers and correspondence of W.
Arnot Watterston, Secretary, 1903-1925, including correspondence with
D'Arcy Thompson, 1904-1905, concerning refitting of rooms for his use,
applicants for University posts, tradesmen supplying the College, Society
of Law Agents, list of University Professors.
Recs A/328 University College, Dundee. Secretary. Miscellaneous
papers relating to the Department of Natural History. 1884-1917. As
Recs A/328/1 Correspondence and miscellaneous papers relating to
the Department of Natural History. 1885-1909.
(1) Dundee Naturalists' Society. Regulations for the use of
Naturalists Library. 13 October 1885. [2 copies].
(2) Dundee Naturalists' Society. Programme of Conversazione held
at University College, Dundee. Chairman: D'Arcy W. Thompson, 29 September
(3) Letter, 12 June 1894, Professor D'Arcy W. Thompson to [John
Robertson], Chairman of the Finance Committee. Concerns department
accounts, museum expenses and Arctic exploration. Details of expenditure
(4) Letter, 12 July 1894, Shiell & Small, Treasurer of the College,
to R.N. Kerr, Secretary, University College, Dundee. Acknowledges receipt
of grant by the Royal Society towards the Arctic Expedition of the Biology
(5) List of books lent to D'Arcy W. Thompson. 6 November 1894.
(6) Letter, 29 October 1895, Thomas Macaulay to Professor D'Arcy W.
Thompson. Concerns estimate for wall cases for the museum.
(7) Estimate, 5 March 1896, by A. and J. Stevenson for binding 200
(8) Letter, 9 December 1896, D'Arcy W. Thompson to [G.W. Baxter],
Chairman of Council. Concerns the appointment of an Assistant.
(9) Letter, 10 December 1896, G.W. Baxter to [R.N.] Kerr,
Secretary. University College, Dundee. Concerns departmental grants and
in particular Natural History.
(10) Petty Cash book kept by D'Arcy W. Thompson. 1900-1902.
(11) Invoices for periodicals for the departments of Botany,
Chemistry and Natural History, 1902-1903.
(12) Letter, 6 February 1903, D'Arcy W. Thompson to W. Arnot
Watterston. Secretary. University College, Dundee. Concerns class
(13)-(14) Letters, 15 and 16 June 1906, from D'Arcy W. Thompson and
W. Arnot Watterston, concerning payment to Miss Gibson.
(15)-(16) Letters, 2 November 1907, Bernard & Co., Leith and John
Crabbie & Co. Ltd., concerning the supply of methylated spirit.
(17) Return of expenditure for department of Natural History.
1885-1907. [3 copies].
(18) Letters, 4 and 5 February 1908, Mills and Shepherd to [W.A.
Watterston]. Gives account of the state of the structure of the Natural
(19)-(21) Letters, 26 September, 7 October, 13 October 1908, W.
and R. Brownlee, George C. Aimer and D'Arcy W. Thompson, concerning sundry
alterations to be undertaken in the Natural History Department.
(22) Petty cash transactions for the Natural History Department to
31 July 1909.
(23) Letter, 10 November 1909, W.D. Henderson, Manchester, to [W.
Arnot] Watterston. Requests payment to himself and payment of microscope
money to students. Encloses receipts for deposit fees for the use of
(24) Letter, 10 November 1909, D'Arcy W. Thompson to W.A.
Watterston. Informs of the departure of Dr Henderson to the University of
Manchester and requests the appointment of Miss D.L. Mackinnon.
(25) Letter, 7 December 1909, W.D. Henderson, Manchester to
Professor [D'Arcy] Thompson. Concerns the arrestment of his salary and
repayments of monies to students.
(26) Letter, 10 June 1910, W.D. Henderson, Manchester to Principal
J. Yule Mackay, Dundee. Concerns account of microscope fees for the
auditors. Demands an apology.
(27)-(30) Samples of receipts and lists of names of those paying
deposits for use and hire of microscopes. Summer 1909, 1910, Whitsunday
(32) Letter, 4 November 1913, D'Arcy W. Thompson to [W.A.]
Watterston. Concerns the wages of the laboratory by John Comrie.
(33) Copy of notification of the inauguration of D'Arcy Wentworth
Thompson as Professor of Natural History, United College, St. Andrews.
Recs A/328/2 Correspondence and papers relating to the Chair of
Biology, and D'Arcy W. Thompson's work for the Government and the Scottish
Fishery Board. 1884-1917.
(1) List of referees given by W. D'Arcy Thompson, Patrick Geddes
and John Fullarton, candidates for the Chair of Biology. n.d.
(2) Draft letter, 20 November 1884, [Shiell & Small]. Requests
references for John Fullerton, a candidate for the Chair of Biology.
(3) Draft letter, 21 November 1884, [Shiell & Small]. Requests a
reference for John Fullerton, a candidate for the Chair of Biology.
(4) Draft letter 1 December 1884, [Shiell & Small] to Dr [Henry]
Roscoe and Professor [James] Donaldson. Requests an opinion on D'Arcy W.
Thompson, Patrick Geddes, William Hoyle and John Fullarton likely
candidates for the short leet for the Chair of Biology. Mentions
"materialistic views or scepticism in religion".
(5) Letter, 13 August 1897, F.H. Villiers, Foreign Office to the
College Council. Refers to leave of absence granted to D'Arcy Thompson to
carry out research on Pribyloff and Commander Islands, Behring Sea and
requests that further leave be granted to enable Professor Thompson to
attend a meeting of [seal] experts in Washington. U.S.A.
(6) Letter, 26 August 1897, F.H. Villiers, Foreign Office to the
College Council. Concerns arrangements for Professor D'Arcy Thompson's
attendance at the conference in Washington and the date of his return.
(7) Letter, 15 October 1897, D'Arcy W. Thompson to the College
Council. Intimates he is leaving for the United States on the business of
the Behring Sea Commission.
(8) Letter, 26 September 1908, D'Arcy W. Thompson to W.A.
Watterston, [Secretary] University College. Concerns a proposal to charge
a rent for the rooms used for fishery work. Suggests it might be
advisable not to charge the Treasury for accommodation. Gives extract of
Minute of the Committee on the Fishing Industry of the United Kingdom [Cd.
4304] page 82.
(9) Letter, 8 November 1912, D.J. MacDonald to Professor D'Arcy
Thompson. Gives estimate for installing electric lighting.
(10) Letter, 9 November 1912, D'Arcy W. Thompson to W.A. Watterston
[Secretary] University College. Concerns the need for electric light in
the rooms used by the Scottish Fishery Board. Suggests the College
undertake the expenditure.
(11) Note on the wages payable to [?] MacDonald following an
accident on 16 September 1912. Note on estimate of costs incurred by the
'Fishery Board Department' and sundry other calculations. [December
Recs A/331/7 Miscellaneous papers relating to apparatus and
materials: Departments of Physics and Electrical Engineering. 1896-1919.
(1) Letter, 5 December 1895, D'Arcy W. Thompson to Chairman of
College Council. Relates to Harris Trustees' intention to expend 3500 on
the Department of Natural History. Indicates proposed method of
Recs A/649/13 University of St. Andrews: Dinner in honour of Sir
D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, C.B., F.R.S., "Professor 1884-1945 et seq" by
his colleagues of the University of St. Andrews; held in St. Salvator's
Hall, December 18, 1945: menu card belonging to Miss A.R. Sanderson,
B.Sc., Ph.D., signed by D'Arcy W. Thompson.
Recs A/649/62 "Fifty Years Ago And Now": A Presidential Address,
by Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Annual
General Meeting of the Grey Lodge Settlement Association, 27 April 1938.
History of Grey Lodge and Mary Lily Walker, with personal reflections.
Recs A/653(2) Postcard, 26 August 1912, from Professor D'Arcy
Thompson. Relates to room reservations.
Recs A/814 University College, Dundee, Calendars. The volumes between sessions 1885-1886 and 1916-1917 are worth looking at for the Principal's annual reports which contain paragraphs from each Department head, including Professor D'Arcy Thompson.
Recs A/834 "Studies from the Museum of Zoology in University
College, Dundee," edited by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson. Berlin: R.
FriedlÚnder & Son. Includes articles by Mary Lily Walker, D'Arcy Wentworth
Thompson, Alexander Meek. 1890.
UR-SF 2/12 D'Arcy Thompson memorabilia.
Correspondence, publications and miscellaneous papers by or relating to
[Sir] D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, professor of Biology (1884-1888) and
Natural History (1888-1917) in University College, Dundee and professor of
Natural History at the University of St. Andrews (1917-1948). As
UR-SF 2/12/1 Letter of application, articles and sketches by
(1) Letter of application by and testimonials in favour of D'Arcy
Wentworth Thompson, B.A., a candidate for the Chair of Biology at
University College, Dundee. 7 November 1884. [Printed]. Includes list
of publications (Part I) and testimonials from: Michael Foster, Professor
of Physiology, University of Cambridge, 2 November 1884; Alexander
Macalister, Professor of Anatomy, University of Cambridge, n.d. ;
Alfred Newton, Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, University of
Cambridge, 6 November 1884; W.K. Parker, Hunterian Professor, Royal
College of Surgeons, 6 November 1884; James Stuart, Fellow of Trinity
College, Professor of Mechanics, University of Cambridge, 6 November 1884;
W.T. Thiselton-Dyer, Assistant Director of the Royal Gardens, Kew, 3
(2) (Part II) Testimonials (continued) in favour of D'Arcy
Wentworth Thompson from: R.T. Anderson, Professor of Natural History,
Queen's College, Galway, 8 November 1884; Charles C. Babington, Professor
of Botany, University of Cambridge, 3 November 1884; W. Abbott Herdman,
Professor of Natural History, University College, Liverpool, 4 November
1884; E. Ray Lankester, Jodrell Professor of Comparative Anatomy,
University College, London, 6 November 1884; Henry Alleyne Nicholson,
Professor of Natural History, University of Aberdeen, 4 November 1884;
Adam Sedgwick, Fellow and Lecturer of Trinity College, and Senior Lecturer
on Animal Morphology, University of Cambridge, 6 November 1884; Sydney H.
Vines, Fellow and Lecturer of Christ's College, Cambridge, University
Reader in Botany, 5 November 1884.
(3) 'The Regeneration of Lost Parts', D'Arcy W. Thompson; reprinted
from Mind, No. XXXV. 1884.
(4) Envelope containing a few pencilled sketches of transverse
sections of animal teeth by D'Arcy W. Thompson with a note by Professor
Peacock that they were made for Growth and Form; (they were found by Edwin
Sturrock, a former student of D'Arcy Thompson, on 30 April 1956).
(5) Envelope containing typescript copy of notes by D'Arcy Thompson
regarding his museum in University College, Dundee, n.d. [?1902-1903].
Includes list of papers, "Studies from the Museum of Zoology in University
College, Dundee", 1888-1902.
(6) 'Fifty Years Ago and Now'; a presidential address delivered by
Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson on the occasion of the Fiftieth Annual
General Meeting of the Grey Lodge Settlement Association on 27 April 1938.
UR-SF 2/12/2 Correspondence of D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson 1891
and 1940-1946. Mainly letters from Thompson to A.D. Peacock and one
letter from W.T. Calman to D'Arcy Thompson, some with notes written by
Peacock in 1967.
(1) W.T. Calman to [D'Arcy Thompson], 19 September 1891; seeks his
advice with regard to a possible application for a post as assistant at
the Edinburgh Science and Art Museum. With note by Peacock attached
stating that "It probably also led to Calman's appointment as pupil
assistant to D'Arcy".
[(2)-(15) letters from D'Arcy Thompson to A.D. Peacock].
(2) 29 April 1940, St. Andrews; contains references to World War II
and his re-writing of Growth and Form which he describes as a difficult
(3) 12 May 1940, St. Andrews; thanks Peacock for his letter on his
[Thompson's] 80th birthday.
(4) 24 May 1940, St. Andrews; refers to a visit by Professor E.
Hindle as external examiner and comments on Neville Henderson and the
conduct of the war, of which he was very critical. (Note from Peacock,
written in August 1967).
(5) 19 March 1941, St. Andrews; makes disparaging reference to
"Monro Fox (alias Fuchs)" and his wife. (Note from Peacock attached,
wondering if this were libellous).
(6) 28 August 1941, St. Andrews; discusses arrangements for
Professor Hindle's oral examination and the resit students involved.
(7) 8 April 1942 [St. Andrews]; refers to the return of Goldschmidt
and makes critical comments about his new book and to the appointment of
Professor F.A.E. Crew as Director of Medical Research for the army.
(8) 25 April 1942, St. Andrews; wishes Alan Peacock good luck on
his joining up with the navy. [Short, hand-written letter].
(9) 5 May 1942, [St. Andrews]; writes to arrange a lunch
appointment with Peacock.
(10) 18 May 1942, [St. Andrews]. Makes further arrangements for
Hindle's visit and asks for news of Alan [Peacock]; mentions his worry
over "a very young Air Force Cadet" who "is probably the finest
mathematician, or mathematical genius we have had here in living memory".
(11) 22 June 1942, Nethy Bridge; discusses arrangements for the
B.Sc. papers and regards woodcutters' activities with great pessimism as
"end of the Crested Tits".
(12) 20 August 1943, St. Andrews; arranges who will organise the
September examination diet and mentions Alan Peacock's promotion to
(13) 22 November 1943, St. Andrews; writes condolences to Peacock
on his father's death.
(14) 27 July 1946, St. Andrews; mentions his plans for a holiday
(in Nethy Bridge or Ireland) and a Fishery Conference in Stockholm (note
by Peacock: "At the age of 86!") and discusses ways of obtaining rats,
frogs and cockroaches; discusses also the election of "the Major-General"
[Wimberley] as principal of University College and their resit students.
(15) Post script [to a letter not included]. Attacks the
"lamentable exhibition" of the Admiralty "asking for amateur snaps and
other photos of Continental towns, bits of coastline etc." n.d.
(16) Letter to the editors of the Cambridge Review from W.B.
Ransom, Secretary of Trinity College, soliciting financial support from
the Cambridge Boys' Workshop founded by D'Arcy Thompson. Manuscript note
by Peacock: "Date according to Miss Ruth D'A.T. [D'Arcy Thompson], 1884,
June or July". n.d.
UR-SF 2/12/3 Obituaries of and retrospective articles on D'Arcy
Wentworth Thompson who died at home on 21 June 1948, aged 88, 1948-1960.
(1) "Prof. Sir D'Arcy Thompson Dead - "Admirable Crichton" of
Scottish Scholarship", an obituary article on D'Arcy Thompson's life and
career which appeared on the Courier and Advertiser the day after his
death, aged 88. 22 June 1948.
(2) Typescript, comprising an obituary notice of D'Arcy Thompson
written by A.D. Peacock and added to the minutes of the Education Board,
University College, Dundee. c.1948.
(3) Obituary notices of D'Arcy Thompson by Dr W. Calman, his
student and colleague in Dundee and later Keeper of Zoology at the British
Museum and by Douglas Young, University of St. Andrews. Printed in the
R.S.E. [Royal Society of Edinburgh] Year Book, 1946-1948. [Short
biography of W.T. Calman added in typescript].
(4) 'The Late Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson', an obituary article
(unattributed) which appeared in the Edinburgh Academy Chronicle, Vol. LV,
3, pp.120-123. October 1948.
(5) 'Professor Sir D'Arcy Thompson', an obituary article in the
Alumnus Chronicle of University of St. Andrews Alumnus Association, No.
31, pp.5-7. January 1949.
(6) 'D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson 1860-1948', an obituary by Professor
Clifford Dobell of Imperial College, London; reprinted from Obituary
Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 6, November 1949.
(7) Photograph of a painting of D'Arcy Thompson in the Royal
Society of Edinburgh of which he had been president, from The Royal
Society of Edinburgh Year Book 1946-1948. Note by Peacock on reverse.
(8) Leaflet entitled the D'Arcy Thompson Commemoration Fund with a
photograph of an oil painting of D'Arcy Thompson by David S. Ewart,
A.R.S.A.; asks for donations to pay for a replica of the portrait for
University College, Dundee and for a bronze cast of a head of D'Arcy
Thompson (modelled in clay) for St. Andrews University [shown in inset
photograph] and also to fund D'Arcy Thompson Natural History Prizes.
(9) Radio script for a talk about D'Arcy Thompson (deceased) his
work and life, delivered by A.D. Peacock on radio c.1949 or 1950.
(10) 'D'Arcy Thompson', an article by John Tyler Bonner in the
Scientific American, Vol. 187, pp.60-65; a retrospective article on D'Arcy
Thompson and his work, particularly On Growth and Form, 1952.
(11) Alumnus Chronicle, No. 38, pp.31-32; 'D'Arcy Thompson
Commemoration Fund': announces that 3630 was raised by the appeal and that
the replica portrait and bronze head had been completed as well as a
Commemorative Medal for the best student in Natural History each year in
United College and University College, with photographs opposite page, 21
(12) 'Professor D'Arcy Thompson', an article in the Courier and
Advertiser marking the publication of a biography by his daughter Ruth
D'Arcy Thompson. 19 June 1958.
(13) 'A Professor O' Pairts' an article in The Scotsman on the life
and work of D'Arcy Thompson, in connection with the publication of a
biography by his daughter, Ruth D'Arcy Thompson. 21 July 1958.
(14) 'Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, C.B., F.R.S. Scholar and
Naturalist, 1860-1948': a radio talk given by A.D. Peacock on 1 May 1960.
(15) 'The Versatile Biologist-Sir D'Arcy Thompson', an article in
the Glasgow Herald by the science correspondent describing his life and
work. 2 May 1960.
(16) Print [from The Piper?] of a sketch of D'Arcy Thompson as a
young man in his twenties, with his signature. Notes by Peacock [written
in 1967] on obverse. c.1880.
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