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William Thomas Blanford correspondence, 1899

Identifier: Mss .B536
One handwritten signed letter in which Blanford discusses the taxonomy and nomenclature of the barasingha (Cervus duvauceli), the swamp deer of northern India and Nepal. Blanford claims "barasinga" is the correct spelling; he also mentions the Tibetan argali or mountain sheep (Ovis ammon hodgsoni).


  • 1899


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0.25 Linear Feet (1 box) ; 18 x 23 cm. folded to 18 x 12 cm.

Biographical sketch

William Thomas Blanford was an English geologist and naturalist. Blanford was editor of The fauna of British India, 1st ed., 1888- and author of the vol. on Mammalia. He was the co-author of the vol. on Testacellidae and Zonitidae (vol. 1 of Mollusca), 1908-.
Biographical sketch W.A. (Walter Ambrose Heath) Harding was a zoologist specializing in leeches. Harding was co-author of the vol. on Hirudinea for The fauna of British India, 1927.

General Note

Salutation of letter is "My dear Harding." W.A. Harding is most likely recipient, based on Blanford's and Harding's connection with and contributions to The fauna of British India.
General Note Specimens of Cervus duvauceli on display at the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Asian Mammals.
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Minimal level collection record created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2010.

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