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. The Library Room itself is of interest: the furnishings were designed for the room, and photographs of past Presidents of the Society hang above the bookcases. It is open to visitors on occasional open days. In 2018, it will open for Doors Open Days on Sunday 30 September, 11:00 – 16:00.

PSNS Publications

Publications available to purchase

Since the 1870s 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

Pitmiddle Village and Elcho Nunnery (1988) – complete book

South-East Perthshire Stone Circle Trail – a guide to three ancient monuments (leaflet)

The Journal of the Society from 1870 to 1991  

The Society has published a journal since the 1870s, although its title, format and frequency has changed over the years. For most of its history it was called ‘Transactions and Proceedings‘: the Transactions being intended for publication of selected papers read before the Society, the Proceedings for other Society business including excursion reports, although as the years passed the distinction became blurred, and since the 1980s it has been simply called the Journal. The journal contains a wealth of valuable information about the Society, science, history, Perthshire and beyond. All out-of-print volumes have been scanned, and can be found online in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

  1. Proceedings of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science ((1870) and v.1 (1886)) www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/151415#/summary
  2. Transactions and Proceedings of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science (v.1 (1886) to v.12 (1969)  www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/150363#/summary
  3. Transactions of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science ((1973) and v.13 (1980)) www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/151479#/summary
  4. Journal of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science (v.14 (1981) to v.16 (1991)) www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/151392#/summary

A full set of paper bound volumes of the journal is available for reference in the Local & Family History Section of the AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP.

For the period 1870–1881 the journal Scottish Naturalist (launched by the Society in 1871) took the place of the Proceedings. The complete run of Scottish Naturalist has also been scanned and can be found on Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Occasional newsletters of the Society 

PSNS Newsletter – 2016 Summer

PSNS Newsletter & AGM papers – March 2016

PSNS Newsletter & Winter syllabus – October 2015

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Newsletter 03 – 1996-May

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Newsletter 02 – 1995-Nov

 

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

Spreadsheet index to excursion venues described in Section Bulletins

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 40 – 2017

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

Archaeological & Historical Section – Occasional newsletters

 

The Literary and Antiquarian Society of Perth

This society was founded in 1785, and survived until 1915. In many ways it was a forerunner to the PSNS, and some of the subjects included in a 1787 list of possible subjects for discussion would not be out of place in today’s PSNS lecture programme! The Society 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.

 

Notes on the history and some notable personalities of the PSNS

The following handouts were prepared in 2013 by the long-serving Secretary of the Society, Miss Rhoda Fothergill: