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King's College Hospital Medical Society/Listerian Society

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA KH/MS
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College Hospital Medical Society/Listerian Society
Date(s): Created 1833-1967
Level of description: Sub-fonds of King's College Hospital
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Extent: 41 files
Name of creator(s): King's College Hospital Medical Society/Listerian Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Medical and Scientific Society of King's College London was established in 1833. The object of the Society was: `The cultivation of Medicine and the auxiliary sciences, by the propagation of a spirit of observation and original research, and of a feeling of friendship and co-operation amongst those engaged in the pursuit of these sciences'. In 1845 the Society changed its name to the Medical Society of King's College London. In 1908 the Society became the King's College Hospital Medical Society, and in 1912, the year in which Lord Joseph Lister, Professor of Clinical Surgery at King's College Hospital, died, the name was changed to the Listerian Society of King's College Hospital. The Listerian Society is no longer active.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes, 1833-1845, including reports on essay and discussion meetings, of the Medical and Scientific Society, King's College London (KCL); minutes, reports on essay, discussion meetings, and some texts of delivered papers, 1845-1914, of the Medical Society of KCL and King's College Hospital (KCH); minutes, 1862-1896, of Annual General Meetings of the Medical Society, KCL; minutes and records of meetings of the Listerian Society, KCH, 1914, 1918-1959, mainly minutes of committee and Annual General Meetings, reports on papers read, record of discussions and cases shown, lists of members and visitors present at meetings, pasted in meeting programmes, and participants in medico-legal mock trials (from 1923); Council Minutes, 1845-1888, Medical Society, KCL; ledger, 1862-1909, containing annual accounts and annual subscription lists; names of office bearers and new members for each session, 1845-1888; register/signature book, recording those present at meetings, 1882-1914; printed meetings programmes of the Listerian Society, 1949-1967; article 'The Listerian Society of King's College Hospital' by Herbert Willoughby Lyle, Dean Emeritus and Emeritus Lecturer on Ophthalmology of King's College Hospital Medical School, reprinted from the Medical Press and Circular vol cxcv no 5122, [1937]; article 'The Listerian Oration, the seeds of time, the impact of microbiology on human affairs since Lister's day' by Sir (Frank) Macfarlane Burnet, Professor of Experimental Medicine, Melbourne University, Australia, from the Medical Journal of Australia, vol 1 no 2, 1952; two texts of lectures, [1913-1920]; text of presidential address, [1958]; responses to invitations to lecture and mock trials, and printed cases outlines for two mock trials, 1930-1932; description of the President's insignia of office, 1957; list of presidents, 1946-1958, [1958].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in chronological order as above.

Conditions governing access:

Administrative and committee papers are closed for 30 years from the last date on file.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Finding aids:

Handlist available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

King's College Hospital Library.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: H Willoughby Lyle King's and some King's men (Oxford University Press, London, 1935). Compiled by Annabel Dodds.

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:
Mar 2000

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