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BUSCHBECK and SCHMIDT: aquarells

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S5
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: BUSCHBECK and SCHMIDT: aquarells
Date(s): 1930s-1940s
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 outsize bundles, 6 card index containers, 2 folders
Name of creator(s): Hoheisel | H
Buschbeck | Herbert | Doctor
Schmidt | Gunther | Gynaecologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

The aquarells were originally held in the department of Carl Joseph Gauss, Dr Buschbeck's father in law, in the University of Wurzburg. They later came into the possession of Dr Herbert Buschbeck, Gauss' son in law, and presented by Dr Buschbeck to the College in 1985.

Dr Gunther Schmidt, a gynaecologist based in Hanover and a former pupil of Dr Gauss, presented a list of descriptions, or legend, of the aquarells in 1987.


Scope and content/abstract:

The series originally comprised a collection of four albums containing c. 480 watercolours or aquarells by H Hoheisel of various gynaecological conditions, with patients' names, date and details of the condition, plus the legend presented by Dr Schmidt, 1930s-1940s. Some copies of published articles, in German, are also provided with the legend. There are also some mounted aquarells with details of medical condition only.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

At some stage following their deposit the watercolours were removed from the albums and placed in card index boxes. They were placed in number order, apparently to correspond with the legend presented by Dr Schmidt. It should be noted, however, that there are several numbers on each aquarell and it may be difficult to correlate the legend with the watercolour. A small quantity of aquarells has not been filed; these have been placed in an envelope. There are also two outsize bundles containing mounted aquarells, and numbered 13-17 and 20-27 respectively, which were presumably created for display purposes (see S5/1-2).

Conditions governing access:

Clinical images relating to identifiable individuals are closed for 100 years from the last date on the file. Please contact the College Archivist & Records Manager for more information

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: copyright in aquarells is with H Hoheisel. Copyright in the related papers is vested in the College.

Finding aids:

A copy of the legend is filed with the aquarells and will be found at S5/10. A general index to the files listed in the catalogue of the Archives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is maintained in the College Archives; refer to the College Archivist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

See Administrative/Biographical history.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RCOG Archives holds the College Archivist's and Deputy College Secretary's papers relating to the deposit of this collection (Refs: A10/5 and A13/7); two photographs of Dr Gauss, presented at the same time as the legend by Dr Schmidt (Ref: PH21/5).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Biographical details of the individuals who have presented material to the College and/or comprise the subject of the records, have been compiled using information in administrative files and, where relevant, consulting Sir John Peel's book The Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1929-1969, Whitefriars Press Ltd, 1975. Compiled by Clare Cowling, Archivist, RCOG.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions:
September 2000

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