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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
FAIRBANK, Sir (Harold Arthur) Thomas (1876-1961)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Fairbank, Sir, Harold Arthur Thomas, 1876-1961, Knight, Consulting Orthopaedic Surgeon

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 28 March 1876; educated, Epsom College, Surrey, and Charing Cross Hospital, London; Civil Surgeon, South African War; Lady Jones Lecturer, Liverpool University, 1929; Robert Jones Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons, 1938; founded new department of Orthopaedic Surgery, King's College Hospital, 1939; Simpson-Smith Lecturer, Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, 1952; late Consultant Adviser on Orthopaedics to Ministry of Health for Emergency Medical Service; Honorary Consultant (Orthopaedic) to the Army at Home; Consulting Surgeon, Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London; Consulting Orthopaedic Surgeon, King's College Hospital; Emeritus Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, King's College Hospital Medical School; Emeritus Surgeon, Lord Mayor Treloar's Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton; knighted, 1946; died 26 February 1961. Publications: An atlas of general affections of the skeleton (E & S Livingstone, Edinburgh & London, 1951).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College Hospital

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1914-1961, including correspondence, mainly between Fairbank and Hubert Lyon-Campbell Wood, Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon, King's College Hospital, on various cases such as oxycephaly, cystic changes in the femora, dislocation of the elbow, Fairbank's birthday dinner, 1956, 1935-1961; scrapbook containing signatures of guests at dinners held in honour of Fairbank, 1936-1956; list of Fairbank's publications, 1957; articles by Fairbank reprinted from medical journals, including 'Dysplasia epiphysealis multiplex', 'Fibrocystic disease of the bone', 'Haemangioma of bone', 1914-1956; programme of a meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine, Section on Orthopaedics, with abstract of a paper by Fairbank on the internal derangement of the knee in children and adolescents, 1936; newspaper cuttings of Fairbank's obituaries and memorial service programmes, 1961; a brief typescript biography describing Fairbank's time at King's College Hospital, by Lyon-Campbell Wood, 1961.

System of arrangement

1 file

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 Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Handlist available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Further information on Fairbank's work at King's College Hospital may be found in King's College Hospital Committee of Management minutes (ref: KH/C/M/M).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996, CD-ROM (A & C Black); British Library OPAC 97. Compiled by Annabel Dodds.

Rules or conventions

National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second edition, 2000.

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Date(s) of descriptions

May 2000

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  • Biographies
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Medical records
  • Medical sciences
  • Newspaper press
  • Orthopaedics
  • Press
  • Press cuttings
  • Prose
  • Surgery
  • Therapy

Personal names

  • Fairbank, Sir, Harold Arthur Thomas, 1876-1961, Knight, Surgeon
  • Wood, Hubert Lyon-Campbell, 1903-1982, Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon

Corporate names

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

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