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McWilliam, James Ormiston (1808-1862)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.6829-6832
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: McWilliam, James Ormiston (1808-1862)
Date(s): 1839-1862
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 223 items (4 files)
Name of creator(s): McWilliam | James Ormiston | 1808-1862 | naval surgeon
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Administrative/Biographical history:

James Ormiston McWilliam was medical officer to the Niger expedition, 1841, and medical superintendent to the Custom House, 1847-1862.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letters and papers of James Ormiston McWilliam, 1839-1862. The letters to McWilliam show the interest generated by his investigations into contagious diseases such as yellow fever, and his subsequent official reports. Other contemporary naval issues form a major part of the subject-matter, especially the working conditions and status of assistant surgeons, on whose behalf McWilliam campaigned.

Access & Use

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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 the Library's typescript supplements to its published manuscript catalogues.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Miss McWilliam, 1967.

Allied Materials

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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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