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Reference MSS.4245-4247, 6119-6127, 7494 & 8184
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Level Collection
Extent 287 items
Title Rolleston family
Date 1805-1947
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Name Rolleston, George, 1829-1881.
Rolleston, Humphrey Davy, Sir, 1862-1944.
Rolleston, J.D. (John Davy), 1873-1946.
Description Personal and professional correspondence, photographs and papers of George Rolleston and his son Sir Humphry Rolleston. There are also miscellaneous Rolleston family papers, as well as 2 papers given by John Davy Rolleston George Rolleston's main areas of research were in comparative anatomy, zoology, archaeology, anthropology - his correspondence was often with contempories who were prominent in the same or related fields (botanists, biologists, natural historians). Humphry Rolleston was a keen photographer, and his albums contain a total of 323 photographs. These include portraits of relatives and friends, as well as contemporaries who were subsequently prominent in medicine and surgery. There are also general photographs taken during his career in medicine which are of interest for medical historians. His correspondence and papers cover both professional and personal matters.
Historical Background

Individuals documented here include:

George Rolleston (1829-1881), Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Oxford University, and his wife Grace.

His eldest son Sir Humphrey Davy Rolleston KCB (1862-1944), who was President of the Röntgen Society 1922-23.a younger son was John Davy Rolleston (1873-1946). F.R.S.

His younger son John Davy Rolleston (1873-1946) Physician, who obtained his M.D. at Oxford in 1904. He was appointed Medical Superintendent of the Metropolitan Asylums Board in 1926 and was elected F.R.C.P. in 1931.

Acquisition Details

MS.4245 purchased 1951 (acc.95836).

MSS.4246-4547 and 8184 presented by Mrs J.D. Rolleston, July 1950 (acc.95712).

MSS.6119-6127 presented by Mrs C. Byam Shaw, 1983 (acc.341434-341435).

MS.7494 acquired from various sources: Purchased from: Sotheby's, London, July 1931; Glendining, London, August 1932, August 1934 and January 1935; probably a Mr. Wilson, May 1976; Bloomsbury Book Auctions, London, October 1992; F.E. Whitehart, June 1993. No.13 presented by H.J. Fuller, April 1929. Provenance details of no.7 not recorded; nos.10-11 transferred from Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, c.1939, source unknown; no details of provenance known for no.14; nos.15 and 16 transferred from Wellcome Institute Library, Modern Medicine collection (found inside a copy of the International Manual of Causes of Death), May 1996 (accs. 67540, 67695, 67833, 67974, 325619, 349050, 349199, 49838).

Accession Number Various - see Acquisition note.
Access Status Open
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Language English
Language French
Language German
Subject Jurisprudence
Subject Pathology
Subject Photography
Subject Physicians
Subject Hospitals
Subject Physiology

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MaterialType Archives - Non-digital
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