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Royal College of Surgeons of England

James, Robert Rutson (1881-1959)


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0042

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: James, Robert Rutson (1881-1959)

Date(s): 1933-1945

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 6 boxes

Name of creator(s): James | Robert Rutson | 1881-1959 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert Rutson James was born in 1881. He was educated at Winchester College and St George's Hospital. He held resident posts at St George's, Moorfields, and at the Royal Westminster Ophthalmic Hospital. He became ophthalmic registrar at St George's in 1909 and assistant ophthalmic surgeon after a few months, a post he held for seventeen years, becoming ophthalmic surgeon only in 1926 and retiring in 1931. He was ophthalmic surgeon to the West Ham, now Queen Mary's, Hospital during 1911-1918. He retired from private practice in 1935 and settled at Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1939. James was secretary of the Ophthalmological Society of the United Kingdom during 1918-1921, he later served on its Council, and became an honorary member in 1936. He was also editor of the British Journal of Ophthalmology. He died in 1959.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Robert Rutson James, 1933-1945, comprising transcripts of sources relating to 17th and 18th century surgeons: transcripts of the Admiralty Surgeon's Passing Certificates, 1933-1934; transcripts of the Barber Surgeon's Apprentice Books, 1936; transcripts of the Freemen of the Barber Surgeon's Company, c 1936; transcripts of the Warden's Great Account Book, c 1930s; transcripts of the Lambeth Archbishop's Licences, 1937; transcripts of Fleet Prison Marriage Registers, 1930s-1940s; transcripts of Medical Wills, 1933; transcripts of the List of Marriage Licences from the Harleian Society, including some medical wills, 1933-1945; and transcripts of the St George's Hospital Pupil Register, c 1930.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Access available by appointment with Deputy Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Robert Rutson James during the 1930s and 1940s. Many of these donations are noted in the Library Donation Books.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: The Lives of the Fellows of The Royal College of Surgeons of England Volume 4: 1952-1964, p209

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: Aug 2008

Apprentices | Out of school youth | Students
Archbishops | Clergy | Religious groups
Barbers | People by occupation | People
Eighteenth century | Centuries
History of medicine | History
Marriage licences | Marriage records | Documents | Information sources
Marriage registers | Parish records | Documents | Information sources
Physicians | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Probate | Legal procedure | Administration of justice
Quarter Sessions records | Documents | Information sources
Seventeenth century | Centuries
Surgeons | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Surgery | Medical sciences
Surgeons x Physicians
Civil law
Legal documents
Primary documents

Personal names
James | Robert Rutson | 1881-1959 | surgeon

Corporate names
Fleet Prison
St George's Hospital | London
The Harleian Society x Harleian Society

Lambeth | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe