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What is contained in the catalogue?

A growing number of listings for archive collections on the history of the John Innes Centre, as well as the evolution of plant and microbial sciences, horticultural research and the study of genetics and plant breeding.

What is not contained in the catalogue?

There are a number of collections held by the John Innes Centre which aren't yet fully catalogued and can therefore not be searched in this way. Other hard copy finding aids may be available. Please contact us for more information.

What is contained in the Bateson and Darlington catalogues?

The John Innes collection of Batesonia comprises correspondence, notebooks, diaries, articles and specimens. It includes correspondence with his wife, Beatrice Bateson, and with other scientists and geneticists including: Erwin Baur (1875-1933); Francis Galton (1822-1911); Julian Huxley (1887-1975); and Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866-1945).
The Darlington collection includes drafts of most of his later books, manuscripts of scientific papers and his 1931 notebook for Recent Advances in Cytology (1932).

What is not contained in the Bateson and Darlington catalogues?

Other libraries hold signficant Bateson material, namely Cambridge University Library, Queen's University in Canada and the American Philosophical Society Library. Material held by these libraries is not included in this catalogue. The principal Darlington archive containing the majority of his research papers and correspondence is held by the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Can I obtain copies of the documents in the catalogue?

Researchers wishing to explore the collection can search the database for relevant material, and then contact Sarah Wilmot (, to request further information.

Can I visit the collections?

All visits to use or view our collections must be arranged in advance, by email or telephone.

Sarah Wilmot ( tel: +44(0)1603 450630
Mike Ambrose (

Please note that not all services offered to members of staff are available to visitors, and charges may be made.
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