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Lee, Robert (1793-1877), FRS, obstetric physician, and Lee, Robert James (1841-1924), physician

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.3213-3218, 5469
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Lee, Robert (1793-1877), FRS, obstetric physician, and Lee, Robert James (1841-1924), physician
Date(s): 1817-1922
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 223 items
Name of creator(s): Lee | Robert James | 1841-1924 | physician
Lee | Robert | 1793-1877 | obstetric physician
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Lee, Robert (1793-1877), FRS, obstetric physician, father of Lee, Robert James (1841-1924), physician Robert Lee was a distinguished obstetric physician and gynaecologist. He graduated MD at Edinburgh in 1814, and from 1824 to 1826 was physician to Prince Michael Semyonbitch Vorontzov, Governor-General for the Crimea, and travelled extensively in Russia. He then settled in London, and was elected FRS in 1830, and FRCP in 1841. He seems to have been rather unfairly treated by the Royal Society as regards the publication of some of his papers and was justifiably aggrieved by their treatment. (See the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for further biographical details). Robert James Lee obtained his MD at Cambridge in 1869 and was elected FRCP, London 1874, resigning in 1902. Like his father he was a gynaecologist and obstetrician. He also held positions, as physician at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormand Stree; St Georges Hospital; and was personal physian to Lord Harrington, Sir Thomas Tillyer Whipham and Willaim Lowther.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal papers and correspondence of Robert Lee (1793-1877), while in the service of Lady Caroline Lamb, and in Russia in the service of Prince Michael Vorontzov. Papers include his 6 diaries (also transciptions of these); personal letters to his son Robert James Lee; letters to Robert Lee (1793-1877) from various correspondents; and Lee's obituary notices. The papers refer to many personal details as well as his professional life. The papers of Robert James Lee primarily comprise his own diaries - which refer to his work and travels - also papers relating to his father.

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The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

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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.

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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:
Feb 2009

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