Kellett Papers

Scope and Content

Predominantly working materials (notes, drafts of lectures, photographed illustrations, etc.) for Dr. Kellett's researches in the history of 16th and 17th century medicine, particularly developments in anatomical teaching and illustration.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Ernest Montchal Kellett, FRCP (1903-1978) was both a practitioner and a historian of medicine. As a practitioner his early career was in paediatrics, but he later moved into general medicine, becoming senior physician at the Newcastle upon Tyne General Hospital, and lecturing in clinical medicine and the history of medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His interest in the history of medicine developed early, as did his love of book collecting, and the one informed the other throughout his life. The Renaissance was the period which most deeply engaged his interest as a historian, and he published numerous articles on his researches into aspects of the history of anatomical illustration.


Grouped by subject, following Dr. Kellett's own arrangement.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

The papers came to the library with the Kellett Collection of printed books, presented by Dr. Kellett and his executors.

Other Finding Aids

Rough list.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

Kellett slides and negatives (photographic material); Kellett collection of printed books


Rainey, Elizabeth, The practical art of medicine [exhibition catalogue, with biographical introduction and bibliography of Dr. Kellett's publications], (Durham, 1989)