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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA K/PP152
LISTER, Baron Joseph (1827-1912)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Lister, Joseph, 1827-1912, 1st Baron Lister, surgeon

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1827; educated University of London, MB, 1852; Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS), 1852; moved to Edinburgh 1853; Chair of Clinical Surgery at University of Glasgow, 1860-1869 where he developed antiseptic surgery by using carbolic acid as the antiseptic agent and heat sterilization of instruments; also developed absorbable ligatures and the drainage tube; Fellow of Royal Society, 1860; Chair of Clinical Surgery, University of Edinburgh, 1869-1877; Chair of Clinical Surgery, King's College, London, 1877-1892; Surgeon in Ordinary to Queen Victoria, 1878; Honorary Doctorate, University of Cambridge and Honorary Doctorate, University of Oxford, 1880; Boudet Prize, 1881; Baronetcy of Lyme Regis, 1883; retired 1893, Foreign Secretary, Royal Society, 1893; President of the Royal Society, 1894-1900; President, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1896; Order of Merit, 1902, died 1912.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from the Weston Education Centre, Denmark Hill in two accessions in July 2004 and July 2005 alongside photographs from King's College Hospital Medical School and photographs of Lister and his colleagues from the Hayman bequest [see KH/PP8/1].

Content & structure

Scope and content

Photographs, portraits and other images relating to Joseph Lister including the operating theatre where he worked; surgical equipment used by Lister; copies of portraits of Lister, one autographed by Lister; photograph of Lister with his House Surgeons and Dressers 1861-1893; photograph of Lister at complementary dinner to Dr William Playfair; card with signatures of the Principal and senior staff of King's College and King's College Hospital presented to Lister on his 80th birthday; photographs of Lister memorials including plaques, centenary celebrations and his representation in television and film; review of biography of Lister, Times Literary Supplement; captions and photographs used for an exhibition on Lister.

System of arrangement

Arranged in three sections as follows: photographs of, and relating to, Lister; memorials, exhibitions, tributes and portrayals of Lister in film and television and portraits of Lister and artefacts. Throughout the three sections images are in three sizes: small, large and oversize.

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.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue available on-line and in hard copy in the reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Photographs of Lister and his colleagues in King's College Hospital, Portugal Street, 1890-1891 taken by Professor William Speed Hayman [see KH/PP8/1-2]; Lister: a House Surgeon's Memories by Sir StClair Thompson published by the King's College Hospital Gazette, 1938 [see KH/NL/PUB2/4]; bound cases notes of Joseph Lister, 1877-1886 [see KH/CN3/4-6]; King's College Hospital Gazette 1923 Apr, including an article on Joseph Lister. [see KH/PUB1/5/5] and Summer issue,1967, including article on Lister centenary celebrations [see KH/PUB1/5/129]; King's Gazette and King's View , 1977 including articles on Lister [see KH/PUB1/5/155 and KH/PUB1/7/3]; papers of William Watson Cheyne [see KH/PP3]; Book review from the Public Opinion of Joseph Lister 1827-1912 by Richard B Fisher [see KH/PC3/42]; Hospital World Special supplement regarding the centenary of Joseph Lister and Antiseptic Surgery, 1967 May [see KH/PC5/42] and article regarding Joseph Lister's experimental work at King's College Hospital, [1967] [see KH/PC5/43]; Case notes, abstracts, and loose records of doctors and departments of King's College Hospital or related to it, 1828-1958, with notes by Lord Lister [see KH/CN3/1-19]; photograph of a plaque in memory of Joseph Lister in the King's College Chapel, 1992 Jun 26 [see KH/PH1/3/6]; Copy of a photograph of Joseph Lister with nurses and another doctor, [1890-1900] [see KH/PH4/3]; colour print of painted portrait of Lister [see G/ILL2/2]; black and white printed portrait of Lister [see G/ILL3/41]; papers concerning a BBC television programme 'They made history' about Lister, broadcast on 1 Sep 1960 [see KH/F]; envelope with an address to 'Dr Smith, 53 High Road, Beeston, Notts' written in Joseph Lister's own hand, 1898 Dec 28 [see KH/ART7]; published lecture Lister comes to King's, Centenary Lecture by F.F. Cartwright, 1977 [see KH/LEC9]; two letters from Lister, dated 1890 and 1898 [see KHU/C1/M10]; papers of Professor St Clair Thompson, [see KH/PP17]; Papers of John Rudd Leeson comprising letters and testimonials from Lister, 1877-1878, 1884. [see TH/PP37]; portrait of Lister [see TH/PH5/16 (oversized)].

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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

Dec 2006


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  • Equipment
  • Health
  • Hygiene
  • Medical equipment
  • Medical sciences
  • Medical technology
  • Scientific equipment
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Lister, Joseph, 1827-1912, 1st Baron Lister, Surgeon
  • Lister, Joseph, 1827-1912, 1st Baron Lister, Surgeon
  • Playfair, William Smoult, 1836-1903, Professor of Obstetric Medicine and the Diseases of Women and Children
  • Thomson, St Clair, 1859-1943, Surgeon

Corporate names

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

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