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Hunterian Society of London

  • Hunterian Society of London
Date:
1676-2015
Reference:
MSS.5520-5624, 7887-7888 & 8421-8423
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work

Description

Records and collection of manuscripts of the Hunterian Society. The manuscript collection includes extensive letters and papers relating to the Hunter and Baillie families.

Publication/Creation

1676-2015

Physical description

155 volumes, 14 boxes, 2 bundles, 4 files, 2 framed items, 1 folder and 1 roll Partly printed and typewritten.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into the following broad sections:

MSS.5520-5587 & 8421-8422: administrative records of the Society.

MSS.5588-5606: notes on lectures given by John and William Hunter and others, collected by the Society.

MSS.5607-5612: letters and papers collected by the Society.

MSS.5613-5624: correspondence and papers of the Hunter and Baillie families, presented to the Society by the descendants of Matthew Baillie.

MSS.7887-7888 & 8423: supplementary material relating to William Hunter (1718-1783), John Hunter (1728-1793) and their associates.

Acquisition note

The records and manuscripts were deposited by the Society between 1971 and 2016.

Biographical note

The Hunterian Society was founded in 1819 as a general medical society for physicians, surgeons and general practitioners, serving the City and eastern districts of London. Many of its prominent members were based at the London Hospital, or at Guy's or St Thomas's Hospital.

For a more detailed description, see Richard Palmer and Jean Taylor, The Hunterian Society. A Catalogue of its records and collection relating to John Hunter and the Hunterian tradition (Hunterian Society, 1990) (this volume does not cover MSS.7887-7888 & 8421-8423).

Related material

In the Wellcome Library: Correspondence relating to the compilation of Richard Palmer and Jean Taylor, The Hunterian Society. A Catalogue of its records and collection relating to John Hunter and the Hunterian tradition (Hunterian Society, 1990), which describes MSS.5520-5624, is held as MS.5778.

Finding aids

Most of this material is described in: 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) and in greater detail in Richard Palmer and Jean Taylor, The Hunterian Society. A Catalogue of its records and collection relating to John Hunter and the Hunterian tradition (Hunterian Society, 1990)

This published volume does not cover MSS.7887-7888 and 8421-8423, which were acquired by the Society after it was published and are described only in the Wellcome Library's online finding aids and their printouts.

Languages

  • English

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