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BARNES, Robert (1817-1907)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S61
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: BARNES, Robert (1817-1907)
Date(s): [1838]-1891
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 63 volumes and 1 file
Name of creator(s): Barnes | Robert | 1817-1907 | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert Barnes was born, 1817; apprentice to Dr Richard Griffin, Norwich, 1832; studied at University College London, and St George's Hospital; member of the Royal College of Surgeons; year in Paris; taught at the Hunterian School of Medicine and in the discipline of forensic medicine at the Dermott's School on Windmill Street; obstetrician at the Western General Dispensary; Doctor of Medicine, 1848; Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, 1848; obstetrical assistant, 1859; obstetrician in chief, (Royal) London Hospital, 1863; obstetrician in chief, St Thomas' Hospital, 1865; obstetrician in chief, St George's Hospital, 1875; consulting obstetrician, St George's Hospital, 1885; actively involved at The Seamen's Hospital, the East London Hospital for Children and the Royal Maternity Charity; one of the founding members of the Obstetrical Society of London, 1858; President of the Obstetrical Society of London, 1865-1866; founded the British Gynaecological Society, 1884, of which he was Honorary Chairman until his death; died, 1907.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Robert Barnes, c 1838-1891, including a series of 46 notebooks, c 1838-1891, two of which contain more extended sections of case material.Typically these volumes include notes and cuttings on books and articles by other authors. Also included are a few items of correspondence, illustrations and case material. Two of these notebooks are of a combined noted and cases format i.e diary entries on visits to own or colleagues' patients rather than as supporting second-hand information or for reference. Case books, c 1846-1863, comprising General Practice (Including male patients) and Obstetric (Obstetrical and Gynaecological patients). Reports as Medical Officer of Health, Shoreditch, 1857-1859 and birth, mortality and temperature Charts of sufferers of scarlatina, 1875-1884.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as outlined in the Scope and Content. Notebooks are arranged thematically.

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue available in the RCOG archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Unknown. These records may have come to the College from the Central Council for District Nursing in London in 1955, along with the records of The Royal Maternity Charity.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Casebook of Barnes in the The Royal Maternity Charity collection (Ref: S60).

The papers of his son, Robert Sydenham Fancourt Barnes, are at (Ref: S69) and the Royal College of Physicians.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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:
Jul 2008

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