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Aldrich-Blake, Louisa Brandreth (1865-1925)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS 0883-0921, 5792-5797
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Aldrich-Blake, Louisa Brandreth (1865-1925)
Date(s): 1886-1925
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 42 notebooks, 1 file, 2 diplomas
Name of creator(s): Blake | Dame | Louisa Brandreth | Aldrich- | 1865-1925 | surgeon
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Entered the London Medical School for Women 1887, MB 1892, BS and gold medal for surgery 1893, MD 1894, MS (first woman to attain) 1895. Practised as a surgeon in London, and from 1910-1925 was surgeon to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital. She was also surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital. 1914-1925 Dean, London Medical School for Women. Served with Women's Unit under the Anglo-French Red Cross in France during the First World War. Created Dame of the British Empire, 1925.


Scope and content/abstract:

One notebook on practical chemical analysis while at St Hilda's School Cheltenham, notebooks of lectures and courses while a student at London School of Medicine for Women, notes of cases seen while medical student, some later notebooks on matters of medical and surgical interest, and accounting lectures, diploma from the ComitÚ Britannique de la Croix Rouge Franšaise for service to France during the First World War, resolution from the Medical Women's Federation congratulating her on being made a Dame of the British Empire.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Two blocks of manuscripts; within each, material is held in chronological order.

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:

Item descriptions in S. A. J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library, II, MSS. Written after 1650 A.D. A-M (London: Wellcome Institute of the History of Medicine, 1973), pp. 20-21 and Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, 1999), p.149.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Rosamond Wigram to the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, 1926.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description compiled by Lesley Hall, based upon entries in Moorat and Palmer.

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:
July 2001

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