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Lister, Joseph Jackson (1786-1869)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.6178-6181
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Lister, Joseph Jackson (1786-1869)
Date(s): 1836-1869
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 4 volumes
Name of creator(s): Lister | Joseph Jackson | 1786-1869 | microscopist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Joseph Jackson Lister was a wine merchant and amateur British opticist and physicist and the father of Joseph Lister. He carried out the research in the design of lenses that transformed the microscope.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal account books and ledger of Joseph Jackson Lister, 1836-1869, including a record of expenses of J J Lister on behalf of his son Joseph Lister, afterwards 1st Baron Lister.

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: Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, 1999).

Archival Information

Archival history:

From the library of Lord Lister, sold after the latter's death by Henry Sotheran and Co.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Seven account books and ledgers of J J Lister were purchased by Thomas H Court from whom MSS. 6178-6181 were purchased in 1919 (Museum reg. nos. 16579-16582). The other three volumes, 1810-49, were lent to the Wellcome Museum for the 1927 Lister Centenary Exhibition, but were returned to T H Court in 1945. Cf. Richard K Aspin, "Seeking Lister in the Wellcome Collectons'', Medical History 1997, 41: 86-93.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: MSS.3298-3303, 6182-6200 and 6961-6989 constitute a Lister family collection, centring on J.J. Lister's son Sir Joseph Lister but also including Joseph Jackson Lister material. A diary by Agnes Lister, wife of Sir Joseph, is held as MS.3297. A few members of the Lister family are represented in the correspondence of the Hodgkin and Howard families, held as PP/HO.

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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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