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Symonds, Sir Charles Putnam (1890-1978)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/CPS
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Symonds, Sir Charles Putnam (1890-1978)
Date(s): 1917-1978
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Symonds | Sir | Charles Putnam | 1890-1978 | neurologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1890; educated at Rugby School; New College, Oxford; second-class degree in physiology and entered Guy's Hospital with a scholarship, 1912; dispatch rider, First World War, 1914; wounded, Sep 1914; returned to Guy's Hospital to complete his clinical studies, 1914; commissioned in the Royal Army Medical Corps and posted as medical officer to the Royal Flying Corps squadron at Farnborough, 1915; MRCP, 1916; returned to France to serve with 101 field ambulance and as medical officer of the 1st Middlesex regiment, 1916; resident medical officer at the National Hospital, Queen Square, London, 1919; assistant physician for nervous diseases at Guy's Hospital, 1920; Radcliffe travelling fellowship, USA, 1920; National Hospital, Queen Square, 1926; consultant in neurology to the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, 1926; civilian consultant in neurology to the RAF, 1934; consultant in neurology, Central Medical Establishment at Halton, 1939; returned to his hospital and private practice after the Second World War; Sims travelling professor, 1953; retired from hospital practice, 1955; retired from practice, 1963; died, 1978.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Charles Putnam Symonds comprising correspondence, notes, reviews and photographs spanning the period 1954-1978; also reprints spanning 1917-1962.

This is not a large collection, with nothing except offprints representing Sir Charles's career before the mid 1950s and only five files of rather miscellaneous interest covering the years 1954-1977. Apparently at the request of Sir Charles all his case notes were destroyed at his death. The collection of offprints is not complete; however, it seems probable that at least some of the missing items were among the papers printed in Studies in Neurology (London 1970).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The papers have been kept in the files as they were received, with the substitution of archival quality covers for the originals. The titles on the original files are given in the list in inverted commas. Some anomalies of order within the files have been rectified. Duplicate items have been weeded.

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.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These papers were given to the Wellcome Library in 1979 by Sir Charles Symonds's son Mr Ronald Symonds.

Allied Materials

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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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