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Acland, Theodore Dyke (1851-1931)


Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.835-853, 3652-3653 and 5798-5800

Held at: Wellcome Library

Title: Acland, Theodore Dyke (1851-1931)

Date(s): 1867-1926

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 12 volumes, 3 files and 2 boxes.

Name of creator(s): Acland | Theodore Dyke | 1851-1931 | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Theodore Dyke Acland was educated at Winchester College and Christchurch College Oxford, obtaining his MD at Oxford in 1883. He was elected FRCP in 1889. In 1893 he was appointed physician to St. Thomas's Hospital, London. During the First World War he served as consulting physician to the London district. Further biographical information can be found in G.H. Brown, Lives of the fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London, 1826-1925 (London, Royal College of Physicians of London, 1955), volume 4 of the cumulative series of Fellows' lives known as "Munk's roll".


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection comprises medical notes and associated personal material. MSS.835-853 comprise notes by Acland on scientific and medical subjects, spanning the period from his schooldays to the First World War. MSS.3652-3653 are Acland's notes of clinical lectures given in 1876-1877 at St. Thomas's Hospital by Charles Murchison (1830-1879). MSS.5798-5800 comprise loose papers: letters, wall-charts and diplomas.


Language/scripts of material: English.

System of arrangement:

The three blocks of manuscripts comprise different types of material, as follows: MSS.835-853 comprise notes by Acland on scientific and medical subjects and are arranged in chronological order; MSS.3652-3653 are Acland's notes of clinical lectures by Charles Murchison; and MSS.5798-5800 comprise loose papers, within which the arrangement being letters in MS.5798, wallcharts in MS.5799 and diplomas in MS.5800.

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Described in: 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) and 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).

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by I W G Acland, 1931 (acc. 89161); some items purchased as part of Acland's library, sold at Hodgson's, London, 23 Oct. 1931, lots 949-950 (acc. 83561-83562).


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Publication note:

Wallcharts in MS.5799 are related to Acland's publication On the hours of sleep in public schools (London: J & A Churchill for the Medical Officers of Schools Association, 1905).



Archivist's note: description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aids by S.A.J. Moorat and Richard Palmer.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2001

Clinical medicine | Medical sciences
Medical education | Higher science education
Physicians | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Private education | Educational systems
Sleep | Unconscious | Behaviour
Surgery | Medical sciences
Science education

Personal names
Acland | Theodore Dyke | 1851-1931 | physician
Murchison | Charles | 1830-1879 | physician

Corporate names
St Thomas' Hospital | London
University of Oxford | Christ Church College x Oxford University | Christ Church College
Winchester College