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Ware, James (1756-1815)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.5365-5369 & 5428
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Ware, James (1756-1815)
Date(s): 1760s-1780s
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 volumes and 1 document
Name of creator(s): Ware | James | 1756-1815 | ophthalmic surgeon
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Administrative/Biographical history:

James Ware was an eminent surgeon and oculist, born about 1756, Portsmouth. After having been demonstrator of anatomy at Cambridge, he formed a partnership in the metropolis with Mr Wathen, which continued until 1791; after which he practised on his own account and attained a first-rate reputation. Among his works are Observations on Ophthlamy, Remarks on Fistula Lachrymalis, Chirurgical Observations. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society. He died 1815.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of James Ware including notes for lectures on the eye and its disorders, notes on anatomy and mathematics, and a partnership indenture, 1760s-1780s.

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: 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:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Dr Martin Ware, 1985-1987 (accessions 346709, 347590, 347697), with the exception of MS.5428 which was presented by Douglas G. Lister in 1986 (acc.347664).

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: Two letters by Ware are held as MS.8006/8.

At other repositories: Further papers of James Ware are deposited in the Surrey Record Office, Guildford Muniment Room (ref. 1487).

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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