The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Charles Davies Sherborn and the ‘Indexer’s Club’

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2016), 34, (3), 90–98.

Abstract

In order to properly anchor anything for a long-lasting future, a solid foundation needs to have been laid. For the zoological portion of biodiversity information, that firm foundation is best exemplified in the works of Charles Davies Sherborn. This man, like others of his ilk, was intimately focused on indexing names. This incredible focus was a lifelong passion for him, and culminated in his 9,500-page Index Animalium of over 400,000 names of animals. This Index represents not only one of the most prodigious efforts in publication by a single man and the single most important reference to names in zoology, but a permanent legacy to the efforts of an indexer that proved to be an inspiration to many.

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