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Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866) and Hodgkin and Howard Families

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 AMS/MF/3
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866) and Hodgkin and Howard Families
Date(s): 19th century - 20th century
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 26 reels (numbered 1-21 including 12A, 23 and 25-27: reels 22 and 24 missing)
Name of creator(s): Hodgkin | Thomas | 1798-1866 | physician and philanthropist
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Hodgkin was born in London in 1798, the son of John Hodgkin (1766-1845), a private tutor. The family were strong Quakers and originated in Warwickshire. He trained in medicine at Edinburgh University, taking his MD in 1823. After travels in Europe he became Curator of the Medical Museum and Inspector of the Dead at Guy's Hospital, London. His pathological work led him to the first description of what is now known as Hodgkin's Disease in his honour. He left Guy's Hospital following his failure, in 1837, to be appointed Assistant Physician and after a short period at St Thomas's Hospital devoted himself to private practice and to his other interests. He had a keen interest in the world beyond Europe and in particular in the societies there that were threatened with cultural extinction by the spread of European commercial, political or cultural dominion; his works in this area included playing a moving role in the foundation and functioning of the Aborigines Protection Society. In 1850 he married Sarah Frances Scaife, a widow, from Nottingham. The couple had no children of their own but there were two sons from her first marriage. He died in 1866 at Jaffa while on a journey with his friend Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) to negotiate for better treatment for Jewish residents in Palestine.


Scope and content/abstract:

Microfilm of the letters and papers by or relating to Thomas Hodgkin MD (1798-1865) and his extended family, including his brother John Hodgkin junior (1800-1875) and the latter's father-in-law Luke Howard (1772-1864).

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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:

Printouts or copy microfilm can be supplied for private research, only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: The papers of the Hodgkin and Howard families (PP/HO) contain much material on the individuals documented here, over and above the items reproduced in this collection.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2009.

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