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Hunterian Society of London

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.5520-5624, 7887-7888 & 8421-8423
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Hunterian Society of London
Date(s): 1676-1989
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 128 volumes, 1 file and 1 framed item
Name of creator(s): Hunterian Society of London
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Hunterian Society was founded in 1819 as a general medical society for physicians, surgeons and general practitioners, serving the City and eastern districts of London. Many of its prominent members were based at the London Hospital, or at Guy's or St Thomas's Hospital.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records and collection of manuscripts of the Hunterian Society, 1676-1989. The manuscript collection includes extensive letters and papers relating to the Hunter and Baillie families.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is divided into the following broad sections:
MSS.5520-5587 & 8421-8422: administrative records of the Society.
MSS.5588-5606: notes on lectures given by John and William Hunter and others, collected by the Society.
MSS.5607-5612: letters and papers collected by the Society.
MSS.5613-5624: correspondence and papers of the Hunter and Baillie families, presented to the Society by the descendants of Matthew Baillie.
MSS.7887-7888 & 8423: supplementary material relating to William Hunter (1718-1783), John Hunter (1728-1793) and their associates.

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:

Most of this material is described in: Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999) and in greater detail in Richard Palmer and Jean Taylor, The Hunterian Society. A Catalogue of its records and collection relating to John Hunter and the Hunterian tradition (Hunterian Society, 1990). This published volume does not cover MSS.7887-7888 and 8421-8423, which were acquired by the Society after it was published and are described only in the Wellcome Library's online finding aids and their printouts.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records and manuscripts were deposited by the Society between 1971 and 1995.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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