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The History of Systematics: A Working Bibliography, 1965–1996

Version of July 1996

Note: A pdf copy of this document, suitable for printing, is available on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN #2541429).

This bibliography was compiled by Robert J. O’Hara for the members of Darwin-L, an academic discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences (1993–1997). The master copy is maintained in the Files section of the Darwin-L Archives (rjohara.net/darwin). It lists works published between 1965 and 1996 that include substantial treatments of some aspect of the history of systematics, particularly systematic theory. Biographical works and general histories of natural history are usually excluded unless they contain special sections on the history of systematics. This is a working bibliography: I have not seen all of the items included, and some citations may be incomplete. This bibliography may be freely distributed in print or electronically as long as the references and this introduction remain intact. Additional bibliographies on trees of history, on narrative in the historical sciences, and on the works of Stephen Toulmin are also available in the Darwin-L Archives.

Note · July 1998: A few additions and corrections have been made to this bibliography since it was initially compiled in 1996, but no attempt has been made to comprehensively revise it since that time.


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