G.E. H. Barrett-Hamilton:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba

Inventory prepared by Vladimira Zvonik
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Finding aid encoded by V. Zvonik (2007)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

G. E. H. Barrett-Hamilton

G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton fonds


12 cm of textual records

MSS 242 (A.06-85)


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Biography of G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton

Major Gerald Edwin Hamilton Barrett-Hamilton was a renowned British zoologist. He was born in 1874 and received a science degree at the Trinity College, Cambridge in 1896. In 1896 he became a commissioner for the British Bering Fur Seal Enquiry. As the commissioner he travel extensively (Japan, Kamachatka, North Pacific Islands) During the years (1903-1913), he lived in Kilmanock, England, where he was collecting material on the mammals of British Isles. He published several articles about his research expeditions and a book "A History of British Mammals" (1910). The book is still a valuable reference source. In 1913 he was commissioned by the Colonial Office and the British Museum to investigate killing of whales (Falkland Islands and South Georgia) While on the research expedition, he developed pneumonia and died year later in 1914 at the age of 41.

In 2005 the Major G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton Memorial Scholarship was established by Michael Nesbitt, a grandson of G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton. He wanted to pay a tribute to his grandfather and his mother Geraldine Margaret Barrett-Hamilton Nesbitt, the first woman in Winnipeg to graduate with honours both in zoology and chemistry.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consist of G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton's articles, publications and correspondence re: the G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton Scholarship

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into four folders:

  • 1. Biographical info
  • 2. G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton Memorial Scholarship
  • 3. Articles
  • 4. Edward Wilson - Biographical info (photocopy)

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Restrictions on Access

No restriction on access

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the Department of Archives & Special Collections by Michael Nesbitt in 2006.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton
11 Biographical info
2 G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton Memorial Scholarship at the University of Manitoba - Correspondence 2003-2007
3 Articles, 1898 - 1900's


  • Kamchatka - Scottish Geographical Magazine, vol.15 (1899) no.6., p. 225-256
  • Visit to Karaginski Island, Kamchatka - Geographical Journal, 1898, no.3, p. 280-298
  • Zoology: Seals -Antarctic Manual for the Use of the Expedition of 1901/ edited by G.M. Murray. London: Royal Geographical Society, 1901. p.209-224
  • I. Mammalia -Natural History Collections of the "Southern Cross" (1900's), p.1-66
4 Edward Wilson - Biographical info (photocopy), 2005

(an illustrator of "A History of British Mammals" by G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton, published in London by Gurney and Jackson in 1910 v.1,2)

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