Papers of Constance Helen Brock, medical historian, d2000, relating to her research on William Hunter, anatomist and obstetrician

Scope and Content

Transcripts of correspondence to and from William Hunter; transcriptions of archive material held by the Society of Antiquaries, Scotland; copies of reviews of works and papers by William Hunter; copy of William Hunter's Will; correspondence regarding Hunter source material held in various repositories; genealogy of William Hunter; bibliography of William Hunter.

Administrative / Biographical History

These papers were gathered during Constance Helen Brock's work towards the publication of her book, Calendar of the correspondence of Dr William Hunter, published in 1986. Helen Brock was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and qualified as a physician but devoted over 30 years of her life to the study of William Hunter. She died in 2000 . The subject of her research was William Hunter (1718-1783), a Scottish-born anatomist and obstetrician who worked in London and was Physician Extraordinary to Queen Charlotte. Hunter's library, manuscript collection, art collection and artefacts were bequeathed to the University of Glasgow in his will.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift : C H Brock : December 1990 : ACCN 4792

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at searching by the call number MS Hunter H493

Alternative Form Available

Much of the material is transcription by Helen Brock of material held in other repositories. See the for miscellaneous deposits of Hunter material held in other archives.

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

Held by Helen Brock


None expected

Related Material

GB 247 MS Hunter: Papers and manuscripts from the library of William Hunter

GB 247 MS Hunter B: Chinese and other oriental books, manuscripts, and papers of Theophilus Bayer

GB 247 MS Hunter D: Papers and drawings of James Douglas


C H Brock, Calendar of the correspondence of Dr William Hunter, 1740-1783 (Cambridge, 1986)

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