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Buzzard, Thomas (1831-1919)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.7862-7864
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Buzzard, Thomas (1831-1919)
Date(s): 1855 and undated
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes and 1 file.
Name of creator(s): Buzzard | Thomas | 1831-1919 | neurologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Buzzard was educated at King's College Hospital and joined the British Army staff in the Crimea immediately after qualifying M.D. in 1855. On his return he made his career as a neurologist. In 1873 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; a brief biography, accordingly, is to be found in William Munk's The roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London ("Munk's Roll").


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection comprises copy letters to his parents and associated material, describing Buzzard's journey to the Crimean War and life there. MS.7862 comprises a volume of transcribed letters from Buzzard to his parents. MS.7863, also transcribed letters, duplicates this material but the text differs (initially only slightly, more substantially later) with personal notes removed; some illustrations, and blank spaces apparently left for illustrations, are inserted. The volume apparently comprises a revision of MS.7862 with a mind to wider circulation and publication, probably preparing it to form the basis of sections of Buzzard's With the Turkish Army in the Crimea and Asia Minor: a personal narrative. MS.7864 comprises notes on the letters (and on the 1st Duke of Wellington) by an unknown writer.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

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 typescript finding aids supplementing the Library's published catalogues.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Deposited at the Wellcome Unit, Oxford, by Mrs. H.W. Acworth, date unknown, via Lt.-Col. H.C.M. Watson, F.R.C.Path.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to Wellcome Library from the Wellcome Unit, Oxford, in 1996 (acc.895).

Allied Materials

Related material:

Letters by Buzzard are to be found in MS. 6241, papers of Joseph Frank Payne F.R.C.P. (1840-1910).

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Publication note:

Late in life Thomas Buzzard published With the Turkish Army in the Crimea and Asia Minor: a personal narrative (London : John Murray, 1915). MS.7863 probably comprises a reworking of his letters from the Crimean War so that they might form the basis of sections of this publication.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description compiled by Christopher Hilton.

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. Biographical information on Thomas Buzzard is drawn from his entry in William Munk's The roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London ("Munk's Roll") and his obituary in the Lancet (1919 i 82).

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2001

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