Lister, Joseph, 1st Baron (1827-1912), and the Lister family

  • Lister, Joseph, Baron, 1827-1912
MSS.3298-3303, 6178-6200, 6961-6989 and 8770
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Notes of Lister's lectures, personal material and juvenilia. Detail of the types of material found in different areas of the collection can be found in the Arrangement field. MSS.6178-6181, 6961-6989 and 8770 include material relating to other members of the Lister family, including Sir Joseph's father Joseph Jackson Lister.



Physical description

16 volumes, 46 files and folders, and 3 larged framed and glazed items


MSS.3298-3299 and 3303 comprise personalia.

MSS.3300-3302 comprise notes of Lister's lectures.

MSS.6178-6181 comprise papers of Sir Joseph's father Joseph Jackson Lister.

MSS.6182-6186 comprise correspondence and papers.

MSS.6187-6189 comprise letters patent granting Lister his baronetcy and barony, and a grant of arms.

MSS.6190-6200 comprise letters by Lister, and other papers.

MSS.6961-6989 comprise correspondence and papers of the Lister family, including Joseph Jackson Lister.

MS.8770 is an album of sketches by J. J. Lister.

Acquisition note

Purchased or presented from various different sources:

Date and terms not noted (acc.29059)

Acquired from Mr J J Lister, 1926 (accession number and terms not known)

Acquired 1927 or earlier, provenance and accession number not known

Presented by Lady Godlee, 1927 (acc.95293 and 96056)

Deposited by Miss B Pride, 1927 (accession number not known)

Acquired from the Misses Lister, daughters of Arthur Lister, 1927 (accession number and terms not known)

Purchased from Dr W J Calder, 1927 (acc.67366)

Acquired from Col. T B Beach for the 1927 Lister Centenary Exhibition at the Wellcome Museum (accession number and terms not known)

Presented by Dr W L Reid and Mrs Reid, 1927 and 1932 (acc.89198)

Purchased from F L Seed, 1929 (acc.56116)

Presented 1931 (acc.89203)

Purchased from Charavay, Paris, 1932 (acc.65656)

Presented 1933 (acc.96053)

Purchased 1945 (acc.72200A)

Presented by Mrs. Gulielma Dowrick, 1981 (acc.349123)

Purchased from Ian Marr Rare Books, 2011 (acc.1817)

Related material

At Wellcome Collection:

A diary by Agnes Lister, who is represented in this collection, is held as MS.3297. Various members of the Lister family are represented in the correspondence of the Hodgkin and Howard families, held as PP/HO. MS.8310 comprises two anonymous essays commenting on Lister's work.

In other repositories:

The principal repository of Lister papers outside the Wellcome Library is the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS), which holds the bulk of his surviving scientific manuscripts. There were presented by Sir Rickman Godlee and include Lister's important commonplace books. The RCS also holds most of Lister's ward journals from King's College Hospital, and lecture notes by his students. The Wellcome Library's Medical Archives and Manuscripts Survey, MAMS, which can be consulted from the Library website, has an entry summarising RCS holdings.

Other Lister material is held in various locations: the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Royal Infirmary ward journals 1854-55, 1870-72; letters to Sir Hector Cameron 1879-1911); Glasgow Royal Infirmary (ward journals, 1861-68 with gaps); Bodleian Library (letters to Sir Henry Wentworth Acland, 1878-99). For other material see The Manuscript Papers of British Scientists 1600-1940, HMSO 1956, p.56.

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Accession number

  • Various (see Acquisition details)