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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 G/PP1/72
PERRY, Edwin Cooper (1856-1938)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Perry, Sir, Edwin Cooper, 1856-1938 , physician

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 10 Sept, 1856, the son of the Rev E C Perry, Vicar of Seighford, Staffordshire. Educated at home; Mr Gascoigne's School at Spondon, Derbyshire; King's Scholar at Eton College, 1870; King's College Cambridge. Obtained BA in Classics, Cambridge, 1880, MA 1883. In 1880, having been elected a Fellow of King's he became a medical student, and in 1883 he was appointed assistant lecturer in medical sciences at King's and assistand demonstrator of anatomy in the Cambridge medical school. He entered the London Hospital, 1885, qualified MRCS Eng 1885; FRCP Lond, 1894, MRCP 1889. He subsequently held the posts of house surgeon to Sir Frederick Treves and house physician to Sir Stephen Mackenzie. In 1887 Perry was appointed an assistant physician at Guy's Hospital London, and Dean of the Medical School, 1888. He was also partly responsible for the establishment of the Dental School at Guy's, which opened in 1889. In 1892, he was appointed Superintendent of the Hospital, an office he held until 1920, and a Governor from 1920-1937. He served on the Senate of the University of London, 1900-1905, 1915-1919, and was Vice Chancellor, 1917-1919, and Principal 1920-1926. Perry was also concerned in the reorganisation of the nursing staff, and the formation of the (Royal) College of Nursing, of which he was Honorary Secretary until 1935. Also the provision of accommodation for nurses at the hospital, which resulted in the Henriette Raphael Nurses' Home, opened in 1902. Another interest was the standard of education in massage, and gave assistance in the foundation of the Society of Masseuses, 1894, incorporated in 1900. He was chairman of the Council of the Chartered Society of Massage and Medical Gymnastics, 1920-1929, and a School of Massage began at Guy's Hospital 1914. He died on 17 Dec 1938.

Archival history

Presented to Guy's Hospital Medical School by Major General James Cooper Crook, in memory of his grandfather E C Perry, May 2002.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School, 2003.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Commemorative volume containing testimonial to Sir Edwin Cooper Perry, (1856-1938), on the occasion of his retirement from the post of Superintendent to Guy's Hospital, signed by past and present students and staff, 29 Jan 1920.

System of arrangement

1 volume

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 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 Records Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Guy's Hospital Reports, Vol 89, 1939. Compiled by Alison Field.

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.

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Date(s) of descriptions

June 2004

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  • Health services
  • Hospitals
  • Medical institutions
  • Social sciences

Personal names

  • Perry, Sir, Edwin Cooper, 1856-1938, Physician

Corporate names

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

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