Collection MS 230 - Alexander Bell, F.R.C.S., surgeon in Dundee

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MS 230


Alexander Bell, F.R.C.S., surgeon in Dundee


  • 1803-1834 (Creation)

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0.02 linear metres

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Archival history

Correspondence found in "secret drawer" of piece of furniture ("Bonheur du jour") by staff at H.C. Baxter & Sons, London, Specialists in 18th Century Furniture, (later sold to Norman Adams Ltd.), 1803-1834. Not all items are written by Bell. Main subjects are business, family, military (Bell was involved with local volunteers), and medical matters (often very detailed for example, note repeated use of opium). [Photocopies - many items poorly copied; it is not known if the complete cache has been copied].

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Scope and content

Photocopies of correspondence of Alexander Bell, F.R.C.S. (1776-1852), surgeon in Dundee, concerning business, family, military and medical matters, 1803-1834.


Not expected

System of arrangement

Usually chronological within series.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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The material is on paper.

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Descriptive list available at Dundee University Archives. Subject source lists and databases are also available.

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MS 15/229

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MS 230

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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