Collection of material relating to the centenary of the birth of Joseph Lister, 1927-1912, surgeon

Scope and Content

A collection of materials from 1927 relating to the centenary of the birth of the surgeon Joseph Lister, including:

  • Off prints of articles
  • newspaper cuttings
  • published photographs of Lister and the Lister Ward at Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • tickets and invitations to Lister memorial events held in London and Glasgow

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1927  a series of events were held to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Joseph Lister, 1st baron Lister, 1827-1912. When the Regius Professorship of Surgery at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, fell vacant in 1859  Lister was selected from 7 candidates. In August 1861, he was appointed surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and put in charge of its new surgical building. Due to the high level of death from sepsis (known as'hospital disease') in his amputation patients, Lister began to experiment using carbolic acid during surgical procedures. This lessened the death rate from amputation dramatically and marked the development of aseptic surgery.

Events held to mark the centenary included receptions by the British Medical Association and the Royal Society of Medicine and Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a service of commemoration held at Glasgow Cathedral.


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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift : Alfred Maylard : Peebles : 1933, 1937 : ACCNs 2521 and 2522

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at by searching for call reference MS Gen 1696

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, February 2003

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper 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 Alfred Maylard


None expected

Related Material

The papers of Joseph Lister are held in a number of different repositories. These papers can be located by searching for'Joseph Lister' on the National Register of Archives (NRA) at