Thompson, Charles John Samuel (1862-1943), medical librarian

  • Thompson, Charles John Samuel, 1862-1943.
MSS.7984-7986, 8124, 8149-8151, 8312-8315, 8348, 8442-8443, 8530, 8534 and 8573-8574
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Essays, notes, recipe book (MS.7984) and correspondence. Much of this material was created in Thompson's capacity as a Wellcome employee.



Physical description

12 volumes, 2 files and 3 bundles

Acquisition note

MSS.7984-7985 transferred to the library at Wellcome Collection from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (MS.7984 presented to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain by Miss C.F. Thompson, daughter of C.J.S. Thompson, in January 1972; MS.7985 carries Pharmaceutical Society stamp dated August 1973, presumably date of acquisition by the Society). Remaining items transferred from elsewhere in Wellcome organisation: transferred from store, April 1936, 1941, January 1957. MS.8574 found in the library at Wellcome Collection copy of Vidius, Chirurgia, 1544, and transferred to the Archives and Manuscripts department, March 2001 (acc.919).

Biographical note

Medical librarian and historian, attached to Wellcome Historical Medical Museum. For detail on the formative years of the Wellcome museum, Thompson's role in this and his disagreements with Henry Wellcome see John Symons, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine : a short history (London: The Wellcome Trust, [1993]).

Related material

At Wellcome Collection: Thompson's work is also documented in the Wellcome Archives (WA/). Material by him on the history of midwifery forceps is found at MS.8525. MSS.7625 and 8506-8507, which document the pioneering work of Henry Hill Hickman in anaesthesia, contain material relating to Thompson's investigation of Hickman's work.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from Richard Aspin and Christopher Hilton's typescript supplement to S.A.J Moorat's Catalogue of Western Manuscripts.

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Accession number

  • 69368, 92000, 92083, 96000; 919.