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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL: Medical Society/Listerian Society
Created 1833-1967
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College Hospital
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
41 files


Name of creator(s)

King's College Hospital Medical Society/Listerian Society

Administrative / Biographical history

The Medical and Scientific Society of King's College London was established in 1833. The object of the Society was: 'The cultivation of Medicine and the auxiliary sciences, by the propagation of a spirit of observation and original research, and of a feeling of friendship and co-operation amongst those engaged in the pursuit of these sciences'. In 1845 the Society changed its name to the Medical Society of King's College London. In 1908 the Society became the King's College Hospital Medical Society, and in 1912, the year in which Lord Joseph Lister, Professor of Clinical Surgery at King's College Hospital, died, the name was changed to the Listerian Society of King's College Hospital. The Listerian Society is no longer active.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College Hospital Library.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Minutes, 1833-1845, including reports on essay and discussion meetings, of the Medical and Scientific Society, King's College London (KCL); minutes, reports on essay, discussion meetings, and some texts of delivered papers, 1845-1914, of the Medical Society of KCL and King's College Hospital (KCH); minutes, 1862-1896, of Annual General Meetings of the Medical Society, KCL; minutes and records of meetings of the Listerian Society, KCH, 1914, 1918-1959, mainly minutes of committee and Annual General Meetings, reports on papers read, record of discussions and cases shown, lists of members and visitors present at meetings, pasted in meeting programmes, and participants in medico-legal mock trials (from 1923); Council Minutes, 1845-1888, Medical Society, KCL; ledger, 1862-1909, containing annual accounts and annual subscription lists; names of office bearers and new members for each session, 1845-1888; register/signature book, recording those present at meetings, 1882-1914; printed meetings programmes of the Listerian Society, 1949-1967; article 'The Listerian Society of King's College Hospital' by Herbert Willoughby Lyle, Dean Emeritus and Emeritus Lecturer on Ophthalmology of King's College Hospital Medical School, reprinted from the Medical Press and Circular vol cxcv no 5122, [1937]; article 'The Listerian Oration, the seeds of time, the impact of microbiology on human affairs since Lister's day' by Sir (Frank) Macfarlane Burnet, Professor of Experimental Medicine, Melbourne University, Australia, from the Medical Journal of Australia , vol 1 no 2, 1952; two texts of lectures, [1913-1920]; text of presidential address, [1958]; responses to invitations to lecture and mock trials, and printed cases outlines for two mock trials, 1930-1932; description of the President's insignia of office, 1957; list of presidents, 1946-1958, [1958].

System of arrangement

Arranged in chronological order as above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative and committee papers are closed for 30 years from the last date on file.

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

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: H Willoughby Lyle King's and some King's men (Oxford University Press, London, 1935). 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

Mar 2000

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  • Associations
  • Educational levels
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Learned societies
  • Lectures (teaching method)
  • Microbiology
  • Organizations
  • Teaching methods
  • Universities

Personal names

  • Burnet, Sir, Frank Macfarlane, 1899-1985, Knight, Professor of Experimental Medicine
  • Lyle, Herbert Willoughby, 1870-1956, Ophthalmic Surgeon

Corporate names

  • King's College Hospital, Medical Society/Listerian Society

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