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Turner, Professor George Grey

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/GGT
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Turner, Professor George Grey
Date(s): 1935-1951
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 16 boxes, 3 folders, 1 roll
Name of creator(s): Turner | George Grey | 1877-1951 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1877; Graduated MB. BS. University of Durham, 1898; Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne; Postgraduate study at Vienna; MS, 1901; FRCS, 1903; Elected to staff of Royal Infirmary, 1906; Service with R.A.M.C. at home and overseas - for a time as consulting surgeon in Mesopotamia; 1914-1918; Council of Royal College of Surgeons, 1926-1950; Professor of Surgery in University of Durham, 1927; President of the Association of Surgeons of GB and Ireland Hunterian Professor, 1928; Orator, Medical Society of London, 1929; President Medical Society of London, 1934; Professor of Surgery in new British Postgraduate Medical School, 1935; Vice President, Royal College of Surgeons, 1937-1939; President, Medical Society of London, 1943-1944; died, 1951.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of George Grey Turner including correspondence; biographical material; photographs; lecture notes; cuttings; reprints, 1935-1951.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In view of the chequered career suffered by the papers and the fact that all the accessions had in fact sprung from the same source and formed one 'collection', it was decided that there was nothing to be gained by listing the accessions separately. There was no difference between the various groups of correspondence and these have therefore been merged into one chronological sequence except for a few special groups of correspondence. Since there was no inherent order in any of the material and what remains is arbitrary, the material has been arranged under general headings, normally chronologically within each group. Subsequent accessions have been incorporated into relevant sections. A few items have been added to the collection after Grey Turner's death in 1951; obituary and other reminiscences, correspondence of colleagues and items relating to the RPMS centenary celebrations in 1977. Anyone working on the collection should bear in mind that Mr Robson's typed copies of Grey Turner's papers contain a great deal of evidence that is not available elsewhere. He copied from letters, diaries, notebooks and other documents and arranged the material roughly in chronological order. The Wellcome Library have checked that both sets of these volumes (the other at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School) are in the same chronological order and bound one set of top copies for the Library.

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. Please note that PP/GGT/B.27/3, B.29/33 and B.36/4 (letters to Grey-Turner) are missing.

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:

The catalogue to this collection has not yet been fully converted to electronic form: for detail, and to order material, see hard-copy list available in the Wellcome Library. Copies of the catalogue are available on request.

Collection level description available on-line on the Wellcome Library website

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This collection of papers represents a very small portion of what once comprised Grey Turner's papers. The provenance of the collection is an extremely chequered one and sadly what remains in the Wellcome Library is only the 'rump' of the collection. See the Wellcome Library catalogue for full details.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2009

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