We are delighted to have received a transcription of Gowers’ shorthand diaries which has been diligently transcribed by Ann Scott.
This includes two diaries kept while he was a medical apprentice and a great deal of detail about daily life in Coggeshall, Essex, in the 1860s. The most interesting of the entries were incorporated into the following book: William Richard Gowers 1845-1915, Exploring the Victorian Brain Ann Scott, Mervyn Eadie, and Andrew Lees. OUP, 2012.
We have digitised the following Gowers’ materials:
Gowers case notes from the 19th Century which are held in our Archives.
Selected case notes and illustrations are available online.
Selected case notes
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Correspondence and children’s journals and stories
An extensive collection of correspondence, children’s journals and stories addressed to, or written by, Sir William Gowers, mainly from the late 19th century, which were on loan from the Gowers family.
Correspondents include Kipling, Lister, Jenner, and Hughlings Jackson, writing on a variety of topics, along with numerous letters of congratulations on Gowers’s knighthood. Inventory of correspondence
The Children’s journals are available online.
This work was performed for the Queen Square Archives by Bespoke Archive Digitisation.
Other digitised files are available upon request or to view in the Library, while we while we obtain appropriate permissions to make them available online.
Queen Square Archives operates an immediate takedown policy. Please contact us to request removal of materials.