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TitlePorter Collection (printed books)
Date Of Creation17th century - 20th century
ExtentAround 650 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers
Admin HistorySydney Porter was managing director of Porters ( Derby ) Ltd, house furnishers, and was a keen ornithologist. On his death in 1958, his collection of ornithological books was bequeathed to the University Library.
Custodial HistoryUntil 2007 the Collection was held in the University at George Green Library, where it was actively developed and extended to support teaching needs. In 2007 the older and rarer volumes, including all those in the original bequest, were transferred to Manuscripts and Special Collections, and this part of the Collection is not being added to. Loanable stock retained at George Green Library has been absorbed into regular library stock.
DescriptionThe collection includes a number of finely-illustrated books, often of large format. The subject focus of the collection is particularly on the following areas: taxonomic works (systematic accounts of families and genera); individual bird species not native or visitors to Great Britain; distribution (birds of a specific area).
MgtGroupScientific, research and educational records
Printed Book Collections
ArrangementThe collection is arranged by Library of Congress classification
Ornithological illustration
FindingAidsThe collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch ( To browse the Collection, enter the search term Porter Collection into the main search box and select to search within the Library Catalogue only.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
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