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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 G/PP2/1-2
ASHWELL, Samuel (1798-?1852)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
6 volumes


Name of creator(s)

Ashwell, Samuel, 1798- ? 1852, physician

Administrative / Biographical history

Samuel Ashwell was Assistant to James Blundell, Lecturer in Midwifery at Guy's Hospital Medical School from 1825 to 1834 (and previously at the School of the United Hospitals). Ashwell was appointed Lecturer on Midwifery at Guy's Hospital in 1834 on Blundell's resignation, and was probably responsible for arrangements of the new Lying-in Charity to attend child birhs in the vicinity. He was also responsible for the hospital wards for diseases for women, established in 1831. He resigned the lectureship in 1849. Publications include: A Practical Treatise on Parturition ... To which are appended, two papers ... on abdominal surgery, the other on transfusion; presented by Dr. Blundell (Thomas Tegg, London, 1828); A Practical Treatise on the Diseases peculiar to Women, etc (Samuel Highley, London, 1844).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Samuel Ashwell, comprising notes on his course of lectures on 'Midwifery and the Diseases of Females', delivered at Guy's Hospital, 1839-1840, (5 volumes); and lecture notes 'Lectures on midwifery by Dr Samuel Ashwell' [1830-1950] (1 volume), taken by an unidentified student(s).

System of arrangement

The volumes are arranged chronologically.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogues are available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Mr Guy's Hospital 1726-1948 H C Cameron (Longmans, Green and Co, London, 1954); British Library Public On-line catalogue; 'List of Books by Guy's Men in the Wills Library, Guy's Hospital' William Wale, in Guy's Hospital Reports Vol LXVII. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

May 2002; revised January 2003

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  • Gynaecology
  • Higher science education
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Physicians
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Ashwell, Samuel, 1798-? 1852, Physician

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital, London
  • King's College London College Archives


  • Southwark, London, England

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