fonds HMS - Harrogate Medical Society's Collection of Pamphlets on British Spas

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Harrogate Medical Society's Collection of Pamphlets on British Spas


  • 1587-1800 (Creation)

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0.04 cubic metres

2 boxes

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Administrative history

Harrogate Medical Society was established in 1884. Its founders included Lewis John Hobson, Honorary Physician at York County Hospital, 1882-1884, and a physician at Royal Bath Hospital, Harrogate, from 1885 to 1932.

In 1938 the Society was instrumental in the launch of the Harrogate Spa Medical Journal, a publication intended to foster further local and regional support for the town's spa among medical practitioners.

Archival history

Prior to its deposit at the Borthwick Institute the archive had been kept at Harrogate Public Library.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute by Harrogate Medical Society in 1979.

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Scope and content

Pamphlets concerning British spas, including spas at Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Llangybi, Malvern, Newnham Regis, Stratford upon Avon, Tilbury and Tunbridge Wells, and general works on spas, 1587-1800.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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Finding aids

A typescript finding aid, to item level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 13.08.15.




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