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Ward, Albert Lee (born c. 1835), American diplomat and Red Cross Volunteer

  • Ward, Albert Lee, b.c.1835.
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About this work


Letters, papers and mementoes of A L Ward relating to his service as private secretary to Elihu Benjamin Washburne (1816-1887), US Minister in Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. With related letters and papers of other members of the Ward family.

1-13: Letters to A.L. Ward (1870-1871).

14-19: Letters to Lucy Leigh Ward, A.L. Ward's mother (1870-1876).

20-26: Miscellaneous letters, including some by Genevieve Ward (1838-1922) (1857-1921)

27-40: Passports, permits and other official documents issued to A.L. Ward and L.L. Ward (1858-1871).

41-50: Receipts for despatches, issued to A.L. Ward (1870-1871).

51-54: Lists of Americans resident in Paris (1870-1871).

55-74: Certificates and ephemera of the Red Cross (1870-1871).

75-115: Miscellaneous ephemera, including Balloon and Pigeon Post documents (1854-1886).

116-135: Medals, badges and other souvenirs of the Franco-Prussian War and siege of Paris (1870-1871).

Language: mainly French, partly German.

MS.6243/134-135 comprises a small hand bomb from the Franco-Prussian War and original object label from the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.



Physical description

135 items Partly printed.

Acquisition note

Presented to Sir Henry Wellcome by Genevieve Ward, 1921. Transferred from the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, 1981.

Biographical note

Ward was a member of the American International Sanitary Committee (Red Cross), providing medical care with the American Ambulance Service at the siege of Paris.

Related material

In the Wellcome Library:

Further papers of the Ward family are held in Henry Wellcome's personal papers (WA/HSW).

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999).


  • French
  • German

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