Papers of William Hunter

Scope and Content

Catalogues, correspondence, drawings, notes, reports and other documents. These relate to his own research in anatomy and medicine and including a series of drawings by Jan van Rymsdyk for Hunter's major work, . Hunter's papers also contain valuable materials relating to the formation of his library and his other collections

Includes notes on medical subjects by John Clephane (1702-1758)


The material was arranged by C H Brock who published her work in

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Transferred : Hunterian Museum : 1968 : ACCN 2502

Addition deposits of individual pieces of correspondence : ACCNs 1245, 1510, 1731, 1777, 1789, 1790, 1803, 1827, 1896, 1951

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at searching by the call number MS Hunter H

C H Brock, Dr William Hunter's papers and drawings in the Hunterian Collection of Glasgow University Librray: a handlist (Cambridge: Wellcome Uniit for the History of Medicine, 1990)

Collection guide available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)) and London (NRA)

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 8 March 2002

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Under the terms of William Hunter's will, his library and other collections remained in London for several years after his death - for the use of his nephew, Matthew Baillie (1761-1823) - and finally came to the University in 1807 . After Matthew Baillie's death in 1823  other papers were sent to Glasgow by his widow. Some papers known to have existed are now lost. The collection was initially housed in the Hunterian Museum and fully incorporated in Glasgow University Library after 1968 .


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