Patrick Douglas Baird's Journal

journal with dried plants

While on the J.M. Wordie expedition to the Canadian Arctic in 1934, English geographer Patrick Douglas Baird created a beautiful collection of plants and flowers, pressed into a journal. This journal was discovered last summer while one of our summer students was working on the Baird fonds.

To ensure the long-term preservation of this rare item in our collection, the pages must be separated from the journal and placed in Mylar, a type of polyester film, to ensure that the plants and flowers remain intact. The journal also needs to be treated for mould.

In addition to his amazing journal, Baird kept a diary detailing this expedition funded by the University of Cambridge.

Consult the Patrick Douglas Baird fonds.

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