Papers of: Buzzard, Thomas (1831-1919)

Scope and Content

The collection comprises copy letters to his parents and associated material, describing Buzzard's journey to the Crimean War and life there. MS.7862 comprises a volume of transcribed letters from Buzzard to his parents. MS.7863, also transcribed letters, duplicates this material but the text differs (initially only slightly, more substantially later) with personal notes removed; some illustrations, and blank spaces apparently left for illustrations, are inserted. The volume apparently comprises a revision of MS.7862 with a mind to wider circulation and publication, probably preparing it to form the basis of sections of Buzzard's With the Turkish Army in the Crimea and Asia Minor: a personal narrative . MS.7864 comprises notes on the letters (and on the 1st Duke of Wellington) by an unknown writer.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Buzzard was educated at King's College Hospital and joined the British Army staff in the Crimea immediately after qualifying M.D. in 1855. On his return he made his career as a neurologist. In 1873 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; a brief biography, accordingly, is to be found in William Munk's The roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London ("Munk's Roll").

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

Transferred to Wellcome Library from the Wellcome Unit, Oxford, in 1996 (acc.895).

Other Finding Aids

Described in typescript finding aids supplementing the Library's published catalogues.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Christopher Hilton.

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.

Custodial History

Deposited at the Wellcome Unit, Oxford, by Mrs. H.W. Acworth, date unknown, via Lt.-Col. H.C.M. Watson, F.R.C.Path.

Related Material

Letters by Buzzard are to be found in MS. 6241, papers of Joseph Frank Payne F.R.C.P. (1840-1910).


Late in life Thomas Buzzard published With the Turkish Army in the Crimea and Asia Minor: a personal narrative (London : John Murray, 1915). MS.7863 probably comprises a reworking of his letters from the Crimean War so that they might form the basis of sections of this publication.