PSNS Library and Publications

The PSNS Library

Library Room

The PSNS Library Room

Long before the computer and the internet, a library was an essential tool for scientific study. From its founding in 1867 the Society accumulated a vast collection of books and journals. Today, the Library remains in the possession of the Society and is housed in Perth Museum and Art Gallery. It is, perhaps, the most complete Victorian natural history library outside of a university or a national library. There are around 2,500 books in the collection, most were published in the 19th century. It is a treasure trove for students of the history of science. There is an early edition of Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species‘ as well as volumes on botany, zoology, geology, entomology, fungi, ferns, molluscs, archaeology, exotic travel expeditions, local antiquarianism, catalogues from places like the British Museum, and journals from learned institutions all over the world. Many of the books are heavily annotated by PSNS members and provide a valuable insight into Victorian cultural life in Perth. A small part of the collection is in the Library room of the Perth Museum, which can be viewed on request. The bulk of the library is conserved in the Museum archives. Individual volumes may be viewed via the normal Museum channels.

PSNS Publications

Publications available to purchase

Since the 1880s PSNS has published a Journal series with many interesting articles on the natural and human history of Perthshire and surrounding areas. Back copies of the most recent volumes (17 to 20) are available for sale at £5 each + postage.  Two additional publications are available for sale: ‘Checklist of the Plants of Perthshire’ at £5 and ‘Dirt, Dust and Development‘ at £3 + postage. To order any of these publications please contact PSNS.secretary@gmail.com.

PSNS Journal 20 – contents

PSNS Journal 19 – contents

PSNS Journal 18 – contents

PSNS Journal 17 – content

PSNS Dirt, dust and development – Contents

Checklist of the plants of Perthshire – Introduction

 

Publications available to download

PSNS – Pitmiddle Village and Elcho Nunnery (1988) – complete book

 

The Proceedings and Transactions of the Society from 1909 to 1991. 

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal 16 – 1991

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal 15 – 1987

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal 14 – 1984

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Transactions) 13 – 1979-80

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Transactions) Special Issue – 1973

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Transactions & Proceedings) 12 – 1969

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Transactions & Proceedings) 11 – 1966

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Proceedings) 09

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Transactions) 09

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Proceedings) 08

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Transactions) 08

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Proceedings) 07

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Transactions) 07

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Proceedings) 06

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Transactions) 06

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Proceedings) 05

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Journal (Transactions) 05

 

Ornithological Section Bulletins: 1963 to 2012

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Ornithological Section – Bulletins E – 2000s

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Ornithological Section – Bulletins D – 1990s

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Ornithological Section – Bulletins C – 1980s

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Ornithological Section – Bulletins B – 1970s

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Ornithological Section – Bulletins A – 1960s

 

Botanical Section Bulletins: 1987 to 2016

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 39 – 2016

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 38 – 2015

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 37 – 2014

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 36 – 2013

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 35 – 2012

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 34 – 2011

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 33 – 2010

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 32 – 2009

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 31 – 2008

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 30 – 2007

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 29 – 2006

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 28 – 2005

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 27 – 2004

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 26 – 2003

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 25 – 2002

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 24 – 2001

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 23 – 2000

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 22 – 1999

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 21 – 1997-98

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 20 – 1996

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 19 – 1995

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 18 – 1994

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 17 – 1993

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 16 – 1992

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 15 – 1991

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 14 – 1990

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 13 – 1989

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 12 – 1988

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 11 – 1987

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 10 – 1986-Autm

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 09 – 1986-Jul

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 08 – 1984-May

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 07 – 1983-Apr

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 06 – 1982-Jun

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 05 – 1981-Mar

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 04 – 1980-Mar

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 03 – 1979-Nov

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 02 – 1979-Feb

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 01 – 1978-Oct

 

The Literary and Antiquarian Society of Perth

This society was founded in 1785, and survived until 1915. In some ways it was a forerunner to the PSNS, and it published a single volume of Transactions in 1827, containing much of Perthshire interest. This volume has been scanned and can be viewed at the HathiTrust’s digital library, https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009368452.