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Hartridge, Professor Hamilton (1886-1976)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/99
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Hartridge, Professor Hamilton (1886-1976)
Date(s): 1909-1976
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Hartridge | Hamilton | 1886-1976 | physiologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Professor Hartridge was a physiologist who made important contributions to knowledge of the mechanisms of hearing and sight as well as inventing apparatus, especially optical apparatus. He worked in the Physiology Department at Cambridge until 1927, then as Professor of Physiology at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School 1927-1947 and as Director of an MRC Unit at the Institute of Opthalmology 1947-1951. For further details see Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society vol 23, 1977, pp 193-211.


Scope and content/abstract:

Lecture notes, miscellaneous correspondence and "memoirs" (short stories, often with an autobiographical element) covering his career, 1909-1976. The collection comprises 7 series: 1: file on career, 1920s-1976; 2: 'memoirs' - short stories, composed at various times during Hartridge's life which he intended to publish on his retirement, 1909-1976. His daughter selected those stories which had an autobiographical element in them; 3: Notes, 1947-1953; 4: Corrrespondence, 1928-1951; 5: Lectures, 1920s-1950s; 6: Publications, 1949-1950; 7: Photograph and painting, 1920s-1970s.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As set out above in Scope and Content.

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:

Wellcome Library online catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

A small number of Professor Hartridge's papers were given to the Wellcome Library in July 1988 by his daughter, Mrs G C Corden. There was very little in the way of correspondence or notes and the archivist selected examples of lecture notes only. A number of books were given to the Wellcome Institute library, and a small watercolour by Professor Hartridge was included with the records as a further example of his interest in colours and his skill as an amateur painter. W A H Rushton FRS, author of Hartidge's FRS memoir, states that Hartridge's widow lent him 'some boxes of very miscellaneous papers'. These do not appear to have been amongst the papers found at Professor Hartridge's home in 1988.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled 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:
September 2008

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