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Spilsbury, Sir Bernard Henry: letter

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL229
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Spilsbury, Sir Bernard Henry: letter
Date(s): 1925
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Spilsbury | Sir | Bernard Henry | 1877-1947 | Knight | pathologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Bernard Henry Spilsbury was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire in 1877. He was educated locally and in London and Manchester before entering Magdalen College Oxford, from which he graduated in 1899. He then studied medicine in London, and after qualifying in 1905 earned his living as a forensic pathologist for the rest of his life, often working for the Home Office and as a medical lecturer. He became well known after testifying in several criminal cases, including the notorious Crippen trial (1910) and the 'brides in the bath' case (1915). He was knighted in 1923. Spilsbury's health declined considerably as he aged, particularly after 1940, and he committed suicide in his laboratory at University College London in December 1947.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Sir Bernard Henry Spilsbury of 1 Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, London to Sir William Job Collins, 20 Jun 1925. Writing as Secretary of the Medico-Legal Society to express the hope that he would attend the next meeting of the Society and take part in the discussion. Autograph, with signature.

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System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought from Myers and Co, 1957.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
Aug 2008

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