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Davy, John (1790-1868), Army surgeon: travel journals

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.7696-7701
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Davy, John (1790-1868), Army surgeon: travel journals
Date(s): 1816-1847
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 6 volumes
Name of creator(s): Davy | John | 1790-1868 | physiologist, anatomist, physician and natural historian
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Administrative/Biographical history:

John Davy (1790-1868) was a physiologist and anatomist, and the younger brother of the chemist Sir Humphrey Davy. He spent his career as a military surgeon and became Inspector of Hospitals.


Scope and content/abstract:

Travel journals of John Davy, 1816-1847. The 3 later volumes in this collection of journals deal with a period as a medical inspector in the West Indies, while the earlier ones cover a voyage to Ceylon and a period based in the Mediterranean. In all these places Davy records the local economy, geology, wildlife and attitudes, occasionally illustrating the journals with his own drawings.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

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:

Described in Richard Aspin and Christopher Hilton's typescript supplement to S.A.J Moorat's Catalogue of Western Manuscripts.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Previously the property of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased at Phillips, Bath, February 1999.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: Letters by Davy are held as MS.8505 and letters by his brother, the chemist Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829), are held as MS.8504.

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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