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Ackland and Littlewood families

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.5410-5419 and 7205-7216
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Ackland and Littlewood families
Date(s): 1809-1970
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 9 volumes, 14 files and 1 large folder
Name of creator(s): Ackland | William | fl 1791-1867 | general practitioner
Ackland | William Henry | fl 1825-1898 | general practitioner
Ackland | Charles Kingsley | 1859-1940 | general practitioner
Littlewood | Martin Wentworth | 1888-1972 | general practitioner
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Administrative/Biographical history:

William Ackland (c 1791-1867), William Henry Ackland (c 1825-1898), Charles Kingsley Ackland (1859-1940) and the latter's nephew Martin Wentworth Littlewood (1888-1972) were four generations of general practitioners who had a practice in Bideford, Devon.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Ackland and Littlewood families, 1809-1970. The items in this collection can broadly be categorised as follows: day-books and a diary recording visits to patients and medicines prescribed; patient accounts ledgers; apprenticeship indentures of William Ackland; recipe books and medical notebooks; casebook, medical notes and correspondence of Charles Kingsley Ackland; memoirs, correspondence, photographs, diplomas and miscellaneous papers of the Ackland family.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

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.

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:

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) and subsequent typescript supplementary finding aids by Richard Aspin, Christopher Hilton, Keith Moore and Richard Palmer.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Dr. Mark J. Littlewood in 1986 (MSS.5410-5419) and 1996 (MSS.7205-7216) (both groups of papers acc.347617).

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: MS.5420 comprises letters by Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) to Dr. William Henry Ackland. Kingsley was the godfather of Ackland?s son, Charles Kingsley Ackland.

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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