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Jenner family and associated individuals

  • Black family
MSS.1180-1218, 1233, 1271, 2048-2069, 2802-2819, 3014-3072, 3587-3588, 3662-3663, 4220, 4257, 4302-4306, 4487-4489, 5222-5249 and 7966
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The collection comprises correspondence, writings and administrative material relating to the Jenner family, particularly Dr. Edward Jenner (pioneer of smallpox vaccination) and the associated Black and Davies families.

The material on Edward Jenner includes papers relating to organisations set up in the aftermath of his vaccination discoveries: the National Vaccine Establishment, the Royal Jennerian Society and the London Vaccine Institution.



Physical description

112 volumes, 54 files


The collection is arranged as follows:

MSS.1180-1218, 1233 and 5226 relate to the Reverend George Charles Black and his wife Mary (née Jenner), sister of Edward Jenner.

MSS.2048-2051 and 5229 relate to the Rev. William Davies (1741-1817), Edward Jenner's brother-in-law, and Anne Davies née Jenner (1741-1812).

MSS.2052-2069 plus MS.1271 and MS.5230 relate to the Rev. William Davies (1769-1849), son of William Davies (1741-1817), and to his family.

MSS.2802-2819 relate to the Rev. Henry Head (1664-1739), grandfather of Dr. Edward Jenner.

MSS.3014-3028, 3662-3663, 4220, 4257, 4302-4306, 5231-5242, 5244-5248 and, 7966 relate to Dr. Edward Jenner (1749-1823). Within this group of papers, MSS.3662-3663 relate to the National Vaccine Establishment, MSS.4257, 4302-4306 and 5246 to the Royal Jennerian Society, MSS.5244-5245 to Charles Murray and his work for the Royal Jennerian Society and the National Vaccine Establishment, and MSS.5247-5248 to the London Vaccine Institution.

MSS.3029 relates to Elizabeth Jenner, whose relationship with other family members is unclear.

MSS.3030, 3071-3072, 5222-5223, 5243 and 5249 comprise general Jenner family material.

MS.3031 relates to Stephen Jenner (1645-1727) .

MSS.3032-3038 and 5224 relate to the Reverend Stephen Jenner (1702-1754), the father of Dr. Edward Jenner.

MSS.3039-3067 and 5225 relate to the Reverend Stephen Jenner (1732-1797), brother of Dr. Edward Jenner.

MSS.3068-3070 relate to the Reverend Thomas Jenner.

MSS.3587-3588 relate to Frederick Mockler's assembling of much of this Jenner material, comprising catalogue information.

MSS.4487-4489 comprise Seely family material; Elizabeth Seely, an aunt of Dr. Edward Jenner, having married the Rev. Robert Seely of Berkshire.

MS.5227 relates to the Reverend Henry Jenner (1737-1798) and Henry Jenner M.D. (1767-1851), respectively brother and nephew of Dr. Edward Jenner.

MS.5228 relates to the Reverend George Charles Jenner, son of the Reverend Henry Jenner.

Acquisition note

The majority of this material, formerly part of the Mockler Collection, was purchased at Sotheby's, London, in November 1918 (acc.43215). Acquisition details for specific items are given on the record for that item.

Related material

In the Wellcome Library:

MS.1913, also from the Mockler collection of Jenner-related material, is a manuscript by Thomas Creaser supporting Jenner's claims for remuneration for his discoveries.

MS.2471, also from the Mockler collection of Jenner-related material, is a collection of poems by Dr. French Laurence, transcribed by Jenner's friend Edward Gardner (who is represented in this collection at MS.2069).

MS.4717 comprises a record of lands rented from the Reverend William Davies (1741-1817).

MS.7825/11-13 relate to Henry Jenner M.D.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973); Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, 1999); and typescript supplements to the above. In particular, the typescript handlist compiled by Richard Aspin in the early 1990s, bringing together descriptions from the various volumes of the Library's manuscript catalogues, included much new material, which has been merged into the database descriptions here.

Ownership note

The majority of this material was formerly in the collection of Jenner papers assembled by Frederick Mockler. Catalogues of Mockler's collection form MSS.3587-3588.

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