Papers of: Acland, Theodore Dyke (1851-1931)

Scope and Content

The collection comprises medical notes and associated personal material. MSS.835-853 comprise notes by Acland on scientific and medical subjects, spanning the period from his schooldays to the First World War. MSS.3652-3653 are Acland's notes of clinical lectures given in 1876-1877 at St. Thomas's Hospital by Charles Murchison (1830-1879). MSS.5798-5800 comprise loose papers: letters, wall-charts and diplomas.

Administrative / Biographical History

Theodore Dyke Acland was educated at Winchester College and Christchurch College Oxford, obtaining his MD at Oxford in 1883. He was elected FRCP in 1889. In 1893 he was appointed physician to St. Thomas's Hospital, London. During the First World War he served as consulting physician to the London district. Further biographical information can be found in G.H. Brown, Lives of the fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London, 1826-1925 (London, Royal College of Physicians of London, 1955), volume 4 of the cumulative series of Fellows' lives known as "Munk's roll".


The three blocks of manuscripts comprise different types of material, as follows: MSS.835-853 comprise notes by Acland on scientific and medical subjects and are arranged in chronological order; MSS.3652-3653 are Acland's notes of clinical lectures by Charles Murchison; and MSS.5798-5800 comprise loose papers, within which the arrangement being letters in MS.5798, wallcharts in MS.5799 and diplomas in MS.5800.

Access Information

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Presented by I W G Acland, 1931 (acc. 89161); some items purchased as part of Acland's library, sold at Hodgson's, London, 23 Oct. 1931, lots 949-950 (acc. 83561-83562).

Other Finding Aids

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973) and Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999).

Archivist's Note

description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aids by S.A.J. Moorat and Richard Palmer.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.


Wallcharts in MS.5799 are related to Acland's publication On the hours of sleep in public schools (London: J & A Churchill for the Medical Officers of Schools Association, 1905).