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Corbyn and Co., chemists and druggists, London

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.5435-5460 and 8101
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Corbyn and Co., chemists and druggists, London
Date(s): 1726-1910
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 26 volumes
Name of creator(s): Corbyn and Co.
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The firm of Corbyn and Co., wholesale, retail and manufacturing chemists and druggists, was founded by Thomas Corbyn (1711-1791), who used his connections as a member of the Society of Friends to build up an extensive overseas trade. After successive changes of name, the firm became known as Corbyn, Stacey and Co. It was liquidated in 1927.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Corbyn and Co., including deeds, correspondence, wages books, recipe books and accounts. Also includes the papers of the Clutton family.

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: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, 1999).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased from Richard Hatchwell, 1986. Additional items were acquired at Phillips' 11 Dec. 1986, lot 65, and from Richard Hatchwell in 1991. Accession 1179 was given to the Library in September 2003 by Christopher Stacey.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Roy Porter and Dorothy Porter, "The rise of the English drugs industry: the role of Thomas Corbyn", Medical History 1989, 33: 277-295, and Richard Palmer, "Thomas Corbyn, Quaker merchant", Medical History 1989, 33: 371-376.

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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