Papers of: O'Farrell, Thomas (1843-1917)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection chiefly comprises scrapbooks compiled by O'Farrell on military and medical subjects. Specific topics that can be extracted include: cases at Jhansi and Hazaribagh military hospitals (MS.3704); medical officers and regiments serving in India (MS.3705); the Volunteer Medical Association (MS.6795); the Sudan campaign, 1898 (MS.6796-6797); and Malta (MS.6799). In addition there are two printed items relating to O'Farrell (MS.6800).

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas O'Farrell was born in 1843. He served as a surgeon in the Army, chiefly in India (taking part in the Afghan War of 1878-1880), and was promoted Surgeon-General, Royal Army Medical Corps, in 1899. He died in 1917.


Each block of manuscripts is held in very rough chronological order of composition. MSS.3704-3708 include material from the early part of O'Farrell's career, in the 1870s, and from the early 20th century; MSS.6795-6800 are focussed more upon the 1890s. Printed material about O'Farrell is grouped in the last manuscript, MS.6800.

Conditions Governing Access

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 Dr. P.T. O'Farrell, 1968 (accession number 310910)

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 subsequent typescript supplementary finding aids by Richard Aspin, Christopher Hilton, Keith Moore and Richard Palmer. Detailed catalogue available at

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

holograph notes and printed cuttings, bound into volumes; two printed items grouped as MS.6800.

Archivist's Note

description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by S.A.J. Moorat and subsequent typescript supplementary finding aids by Richard Aspin, Christopher Hilton, Keith Moore 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.