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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 G/PP1/65
WILKS, Sir Samuel (1824-1911)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume, containing some loose items.


Name of creator(s)

Wilks, Sir, Samuel, 1824-1911, Baronet, physician

Administrative / Biographical history

Student, Guy's Hospital, 1844-1846; Physician to the Surrey Infirmary, 1853; Assistant Physician, 1856, Curator of Museum, 1856-1865, Physician and Lecturer on Medicine, 1857, Guy's Hospital; Examiner in the Practice of Medicine, University of London, 1866-1870; Examiner in Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons, 1868-1875; President of the Pathological Society, 1881-1882; President of the Neurological Society, 1887; member, Senate of the University of London, 1887-1900; member, General Medicine Council, 1887-1896; President, Royal College of Physicians, 1896-1899; Physician Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1897; Moxon Gold Medallist, 1897; died, 1911. Publications: Lectures on Pathology delivered at the London Hospital Henry Gawen Sutton Edited by M E Paul, M D, and revised by S Wilks (J & A Churchill, London, 1891).

Archival history

Acquired by Guy's Hospital Medical School Library

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Sir Samuel Wilks, comprising volume containing testimonials for Samuel Wilks, 1843-1846, 1852-1853; letters to Wilks, from Alfred S Taylor, 10 Apr 1886, and W M Hughes, 9 Apr 1886, relating to publication of a papers in the Guy's Hospital Reports ; testimonials to him for the position of Physician to Surrey Dispensary, 1852, including from staff at Guy's Hospital; certificates for Samuel Wilks' attendance as a student and at lectures at Guy's Hospital, 1846, and for winning the Pupil's Physical Society's essay prize, 1845; memorial signed by several hundred students of Guy's Hospital Medical School, expressing their extreme regret at the resignation of Dr Wilks.

System of arrangement

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

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

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Family correspondence and letters to Sir Thomas Barlow, 1887-1910, held by the Royal College of Physicians of London; letters to Sir Thomas Barlow, 1890-1910, held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (reference: PP/BAR).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: 'List of Books by Guy's Men in the Wills Library, Guy's Hospital' William Wale, in Guy's Hospital Reports Vol LXVII, 1913; Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line catalogue. 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

November 2001

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  • Health services
  • Higher science education
  • Hospitals
  • Medical education
  • Medical institutions
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Physicians
  • Social welfare
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Wilks, Sir, Samuel, 1824-1911, Baronet, Physician

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital Pupil's Physical Society
  • Guy's Hospital, London
  • King's College London College Archives
  • Surrey Dispensary


  • Southwark, London, England

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