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Hickman, Henry Hill M.R.C.S. (1800-1830), pioneer of anaesthesia

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.7625 and 8506-8507
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Hickman, Henry Hill M.R.C.S. (1800-1830), pioneer of anaesthesia
Date(s): 1824-1976
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file and 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Hickman | Henry Hill | 1800-1830 | surgeon
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Henry Hill Hickman, 1824-1976, comprising original material, facsimiles and research notes, mostly formerly held in the Western Manuscripts Department's Autograph Letters Sequence.

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:

Immediate source of acquisition:

MS.7625: nos. 4-7 transferred to Library holdings from the 1947 Wellcome Historical Medical Museum anaesthesia exhibition, original provenance not recorded. nos. 9-10, and presumably nos. 1 and 3 also, purchased from Charavay, Paris, May 1932. nos. 12-13 presented by Dr. W.G.H. Leslie of Australia, a descendant of Hickman, July 1967 and nos. 14-16 probably presented by Dr. W.D.A. [Dennis] Smith of Leeds University in 1976 (apparently neither batch of material was accessioned formally). The originals of MSS.8506-8507 belong to Dr Leslie amd were lent to Dr Smith who supplied the Institute with copies (with Dr. Leslie's permission) in 1977; no formal accession details were recorded.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: The Wellcome Archives (WA) document the "rediscovery" of Hickman's work and the exhibition on him held at the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum in 1930 (WA/HMM/EX/B). MS.6105, a notebook kept by John Lechmere, a half-pay naval officer living at Hereford, records a visit to Hickman in 1822. See MSS.7984-7986, 8124, 8149-8151, 8312-8315, 8348, 8442-8443, 8530, 8534 and 8573-8574 for more material relating to the medical historian and librarian Charles John Samuel Thompson (1862-1943) who was heavily involved in the rediscovery of Hickman's work. The papers of the anaesthetist Sir Robert Macintosh (PP/RRM) include material on the history of anaesthesia and contain a file on Hickman (PP/RRM/E.5/4).

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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