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Bowlby, Sir Anthony Alfred (1855-1929)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/181
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Bowlby, Sir Anthony Alfred (1855-1929)
Date(s): 1800-1995
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 8 boxes
Name of creator(s): Bowlby | Sir | Anthony Alfred | 1855-1929 | 1st Baronet | surgeon
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1855; educated at Durham School and at St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1879; served in South Africa as Senior Surgeon, Portland Hospital, Bloemfontein, 1899-1900; Maj, 1908-1914 and Lt Col, 1 London General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps, 1914-1919; civilian member of Army Medical Advisory Board, [1913]-1918; served in Army Medical Service, 1914-1919; British Red Cross Society representative on the Technical Reserve Advisory Committee on Voluntary Aid, 1914-1920; member of honorary consulting staff of Royal Army Medical College, Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, 1914-1920; served on British Red Cross Society Executive Committee, 1917-1920; honorary Maj Gen, Royal Army Medical Corps, 1920; died in 1929.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Sir Anthony Bowlby including personal and biographical material; records of his work with the Portland Hospital during the Boer War, 1899-1902; and correspondence about rebuilding of St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1900-1905.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A. Personal, biographical and general correspondence 1880-1995
B. St Bartholomew's Hospital 1880-1921
C. Boer War 1899-1901
D. Publications 1908-1920

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. File A.6 is only available for consultation on microfilm.

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:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in 1995 by Sir Anthony's daughter-in-law, Ursula Bowlby. Some additional material was found among family papers of John Bowlby received from his daughter Mary Gatling in 2001.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library:
Further papers of, or concerning, Sir Anthony Bowlby [AAB] are held in the Royal Army Medical Corps Muniments collection:
RAMC 365: Papers as consulting surgeon to the British Armies in France during the First World War, 1914-1918
RAMC 1165/2/2: Interview with AAB by the Commission on [Army] Medical Establishments in France [during the First World War], Sep 1917
RAMC 2008/7/1: Ms letters, diary and narrative of work as senior surgeon in command of the Portland Hospital during the Boer War, 1900-1901
RAMC 2008/7/2-3: Diary as consulting surgeon to British forces in France during the First World War, 1914-19
RAMC 2008/7/4-5: Various reports, correspondence, etc from the First World War
RAMC 2008/7/6: AAB's certificates of mention in despatches
PP/BOW/Q: Lady Bowlby's papers, including her journals and her letters to AAB
Papers of AAB's son, [Edward] John [Mostyn] Bowlby (1907-1990), child psychologist, PP/BOW, include taped interviews with members of the family and other biographical material which refers to Sir Anthony, also journals, correspondence etc of his wife Maria Bridget Bowlby, nee Mostyn.

At other repositories: A two page report by AAB concerning the introduction of steel helmets in the First World War, dated 1916, is amongst the Private Papers in the archives of King's College London.

Publication note:

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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