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Royal College of Surgeons of England

Prosser-Harvey Collection


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0081

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: Prosser-Harvey Collection

Date(s): Early 19th century

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Prosser | William | c 1776-1845 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Prosser was born in c 1776. He was on the staff at the Monmouth Hospital in the early nineteenth century. He died in 1845. His grandson was Thomas Prosser FRCS (1820-1870), and his great grandson was Thomas Gilbert Prosser MRCS, from whom the papers came.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Prosser-Harvey collection, early 19th century, comprising the notes of a 'Student of Medicine', thought to be William Prosser, on lectures by John Abernethy, late 18th century to early 19th century; lectures by John Clark, early 19th century; lectures by Sir Astley Cooper, early 19th century; lectures by [Joshua?] Brookes, early 19th century; lectures by Andrew Thynne, late 18th century to early 19th century; and a commonplace book and unidentified notes, early to mid-nineteenth century.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1928) by Victor G Plarr.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The collection was obtained from Thomas Gilbert Prosser MRCS, great grandson of William Prosser, and donated to the Library by P G Harvey MD in 1942-1943.


Related material:

Other notes on the lectures of John Abernethy:

Abernethy (MS0210); Notes of lectures by Abernethy by Peter Mere Latham (MS0211); William Cooke's notes of lectures by Abernethy and others (MS0212); Notes of Abernethy's lectures by Jacob Vale Asbury (MS0213); Autograph Letter from John Abernethy to Mr Mortimer (MS0214); Autograph Letter from John Abernethy to Mr Reece (MS0215); Autograph Letters from John Abernethy to the Royal College of Surgeons (MS0216); Admittance card for Anthony Holbrow to the lectures of John Abernethy; W Downes notes of John Abernethy's lectures on surgery (MS0053).


Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.

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

Lectures (teaching method) | Teaching methods
Medical records | Documents | Information sources
Medical sciences
Primary documents

Personal names
Abernethy | John | 1764-1831 | surgeon
Brookes | Joshua | 1761-1833 | anatomist
Clarke | John | bap 1760-1815 | physician and obstetrician
Cooper | Sir | Astley Paston | 1768-1841 | 1st Baronet | surgeon
Prosser | William | c1776-1845 | surgeon

Corporate names