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Keen, William Williams (1837-1932)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/53
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Keen, William Williams (1837-1932)
Date(s): 1885-1927
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 box and ten posters
Name of creator(s): Keen | William Williams | 1837-1932 | surgeon
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

US brain surgeon, born 1837 in Philadelphia; educated at Brown University, graduated 1859, and Jefferson Medical College, 1862; served in American Civil War as a surgeon; additional education in Paris and Berlin; founded Philadelphia School of Medicine; developed new techniques of brain surgery; died 1932. Publications include: Keen's System of Surgery (1905-1913), Animal Experimentation and Medical Progress (1914).


Scope and content/abstract:

William Keen collection, including correspondence, biographical material, notes, unpublished writings and photographs, including material on his opposition to the anti-vivisection movement, and the effects of lightning, c 1885-1929.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 box sub-divided into ten items or sub-series: biographical material (c 1927); 84th birthday celebration (1921); correspondence (1917-1926); anti-vivisection material (1885-1927); lightning (1925-1926); medical notes, 1918; unpublished writings (1906-1927); published writings (1893-1929); miscellaneous publications (1920-1924); photographs (1920).

Conditions governing access:

Open. 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:

Online catalogue available on Wellcome Library website.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This accession of papers was transferred to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in November 1983. It had apparently been given to the Wellcome Museum, possibly by Keen's daughter Miss Florence Keen.

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry copied from Wellcome Library online catalogue by Barbara Ball.

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:
August 2008

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