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An image of Sir Richard Owen in academic robes posing with an animal skull appears against a collage of writing samples from his correspondence

The Frances Hirtzel Collection of Richard Owen Correspondence includes the correspondence of Owen (1804 – 1892), a prominent nineteenth century British anatomist and zoologist. Three of the five volumes are housed at Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, and are presented here: Volume 1, 1826-1842; Volume IV, 1863-1869; and Volume V, 1869-1889; an additional volume located at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and another’s location is unidentified. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for additional materials, including 21 reels of microfilm holding the Owen Correspondence Collection in the Natural History Museum, London, England, and its calendar, as well as an expanded inventory of SCRC’s Hirtzel volumes I, IV, and V. Two biographies of Owen are available: The life of Richard Owen: by his grandson, Rev. Richard Owen, (London, J. Murray, 1894), and Richard Owen : Victorian naturalist, by Nicolaas A. Rupke, (New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 1994).

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