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O'Neill, John (1837-1895)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.3715-3716
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: O'Neill, John (1837-1895)
Date(s): 1883-1894
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): O'Neill | John | 1837-1895
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Not given.


Scope and content/abstract:

Commonplace book, 1883-1894, containing etymological entries, including many of medical, scientific and anthropological interest. Compiler's holograph MSS. A remarkable compilation, based on very wide reading; the entries are in alphabetical order. Pasted inside the upper cover of the first volume is a stamped envelope, post-marked 'Edinburgh. Nov. 7. 1891', addressed to 'John O'Neill Esq. Trafalgar House. Selling, nr Faversham', and he is presumably the compiler of this collection. A John O'Neill 'Of the War Office' is entered in the B.M. Catalogue, and in the London Library Catalogue as the author of Night of the Gods; cosmic and cosmogonic mythology and symbolism 1893-1897. On the verso of the first leaf of Vol. I, the compiler states: 'I began to copy my rough notes into this book in January 1883'. The latest date found in the text is December 1894, on the verso of the fifth leaf from the end of Vol. II.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As set out above in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open. 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.

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).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased 1929.

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Barbara Ball from the Wellcome Library online catalogue.

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:
November 2008

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