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B MS c99

Marshall Phrenological Collection, 1870s-1958: A Finding Aid.

Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: B MS c99
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: British Phrenological Society.
Creator: Marshall, J.W.
Title: Marshall Phrenological Collection, 1870s-1958.
Date(s): 1870s-1958.
Quantity: 4 cubic feet (1 record carton, 1 half legal document box, 1 oversize folder, and 36 rolled charts)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Marshall Phrenological Collection, 1870s-1958, contains a small amount of records of the British Phrenological Society assembled by James Marshall, a former president of the society. The collection also includes additional writings, notes, correspondence, and charts about phrenology.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Marshall Phrenological Collection was purchased by the Boston Medical Library in the Francis A Countway Library of Medicine from James W. Marshall through B. F. Stevens and Brown Ltd. Library and Fine Arts Agents in 1970.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Eunice Godsavishili, May, 2003.
Processing Note: The collection was organized into four series. Duplicates and unrelated materials were removed.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access requires advance notice. Consult the Public Services Librarian for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Boston Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Public Services Librarian. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Public Services Librarian are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright. Reference Services and Access Information.

Preferred Citation:

Marshall Phrenological Collection, 1876-1958. Boston Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

Separated Materials

Additional records of the British Phrenological Society are held at:

History

The Marshall Phrenological Collection was brought together by James W. Marshall, a former president of the British Phrenological Society (BPS). The BPS was founded in 1886 by American phrenologist Lorenzo N. Fowler. During its approximately 80-year existence, the BPS focused on education, treating the "insane," and reforming criminals. The BPS published its own journal, The Phrenologist, and members wrote and lectured frequently on phrenology and its role in society. The BPS's officers and members met regularly to direct the business of the organization and to learn about current issues in phrenology. Among its presidents were James Webb, Joseph Millott Severn, James W. Marshall, and its last president, Miss Frances Hedderley, under whom the BPS disbanded in 1967.

Series and Subseries Arrangement

Arrangement

The records are divided into four series. Three oversized folders are housed in box 2; one oversized folder is separately housed, as are the rolled charts in the Center for the History of Medicine.

Scope and Content Note

The Marshall Phrenological Collection, 1870s-1958, contains a small amount of the administrative records from the British Phrenological Society from the late 19th century to 1958, and articles and essays about phrenology and related subjects by James Webb, a former president of the BPS, as assembled by James W. Marshall, a former president of the BPS who sold the collection to the Boston Medical Library in 1970 through B.F. Stevens and Brown Ltd. Library and Fine Arts Agents. Also contains various writings and news clippings about phrenology, as well as charts from phrenological head readings and measurements of individuals.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Phrenology.
Phrenologists.
British Phrenological Society.
Marshall, J.W.
Webb, James.

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