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Sewell, Charles Brodie (1817-1900)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.4498-4515
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Sewell, Charles Brodie (1817-1900)
Date(s): 1868-1892
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 18 volumes
Name of creator(s): Sewell | Charles Brodie | 1817-1900 | physician
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Charles Brodie Sewell was born in 1817. He studied at Glasgow University in 1833/34 before beginning his medical studies as an apprentice in 1834. He entered University College Medical School in 1837 and in 1840 obtained his M.B., L.S.A. and M.R.C.S. He practised in London and in 1888/89 was President of the Metropolitan Counties Branch of the British Medical Association. In his mid-seventies he retired to Canterbury and died there in 1900.


Scope and content/abstract:

Journals of holiday tours in the years 1868-1892. In general the destination was Switzerland, the journey there and back from England taking in, at various times, parts of Belgium, Germany, Austria-Hungary (specifically Bohemia and the Tyrol), Italy and France. Exceptions are MS.4507, documenting a tour taking Sewell to South-West France; MS.4508, taking him to the United States and Canada; MS.4512, taking him to Norway; MS.4513, taking him to Northern England, Scotland and Ireland; and MS.4515, taking him to Southern England and the Isle of Wight. The journals are illustrated with inset material such as advertisments, photographs and folding maps.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The material is held in chronological order of composition.

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: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973). Detailed catalogue available at

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased 1930. The source is not known as the accession number given in Moorat's catalogue (72727) is erroneous.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by S.A.J. Moorat. Biographical information from Sewell's obituary in the British Medical Journal 1900 (I) p.359.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with 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:
December 2000.

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