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Finding Aid to the Robert Fletcher Papers, 1830-1912

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD Staff; Jim Labosier
Processing Completed 1960s; 2004
Encoded by Jim Labosier


Summary Information
Title: Robert Fletcher Papers
Creator: Fletcher, Robert, 1823-1912
Dates: 1830-1912
Extent: 1.68 linear feet (4 boxes + oversize)
Abstract:
Principal Assistant Librarian of the Librarian of the Library, 1876-1912.

Call number: MS C 49
Language: Collection materials primarily in English
Location: Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

Copyright and Re-use Information

Donor's copyrights were transferred to the public domain. Archival collections often contain mixed copyrights; while NLM is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. It is the user's responsibility to research and understand any applicable copyright and re-publication rights not allowed by fair use. NLM does not grant permissions to publish.

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Preferred Citation:

Fletcher, Robert. Robert Fletcher Papers. 1830-1912. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 49.

Provenance:

Transfer.


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National Library of Medicine

Finding Aid to the Robert Fletcher Papers, 1830-1912

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD Staff; Jim Labosier
Processing Completed 1960s; 2004
Encoded by Jim Labosier

Descriptive Summary

Fletcher, Robert, 1823-1912Robert Fletcher Papers Dates: 1830-19121.68 linear feet (4 boxes + oversize)MS C 49 Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine Collection materials primarily in EnglishAbstract:Principal Assistant Librarian of the Librarian of the Library, 1876-1912.Provenance:

Transfer.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

Copyright and Re-use Information

Donor's copyrights were transferred to the public domain. Archival collections often contain mixed copyrights; while NLM is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. It is the user's responsibility to research and understand any applicable copyright and re-publication rights not allowed by fair use. NLM does not grant permissions to publish.

Privacy Information

Archives and manuscript collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in any collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which the National Library of Medicine assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation:

Fletcher, Robert. Robert Fletcher Papers. 1830-1912. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 49.

Biographical Note

Principal Assistant Librarian of the Librarian of the Library, 1876-1912. Dr. Robert Fletcher joined the Library of the Surgeon General's office in 1876 where he assisted Dr. John Shaw Billings in compiling the Library's Index-Catalogue, the first volume of which appeared in 1880. From 1879-1899 he served as co-editor and later (1903-1911) as editor-in-chief of the Index Medicus. Despite thirty-five years of work on these bibliographies, Dr. Fletcher also found time for many contributions to the literature of anthropology and the history of medicine and was a recipient of many degrees and honors.


Contains correspondence, testimonial volume of letters and photos, documents, diplomas and certificates, drafts of published works, lectures, clippings, genealogical data, and miscellaneous printed matter. The testimonial volume (1906) contains an index. Correspondents include James Bryce, Raymond Crawford, S.D. Gallaudet, R. Garofalo, Adolphus W. Greely, Henry M. Hurd, S.P. Langley, Edward S. Morse, William M. Ord, Sir William Osler, George A. Otis, Charles Rice, Joseph T. Rothrock, George H. Thomas, and Robert S. Woodward. Signatures on documents include names of Rutherford B. Hayes, Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, and Edwin Stanton.

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    MeSH Subjects

    • Librarians
    • Libraries, Medical
    Corporate Names

    • Library of the Surgeon-General's Office (U.S.)

    Series Descriptions

    1 Series 1: Biographical Information, 1841-191211 Biographical sketch12-3 Ashley Green, 1842-184314 Military appointment, 186115 Miscellaneous invitations, 1896-19054 Souvenir, complimentary banquet to Dr. Robert Fletcher, January 11, 190616 "United States branch of the Chester-Liverpool-Bristol Fletcher family" by Robert Howe Fletcher, Jr., 194117 Clippings, 1894-1912Map drawer 14 Certificates and diplomas, 1841-19101 Series 2: Correspondence, 1868-191218 B-C, 1893-191219 G, 1891-1892110 Hurd, Henry M, 1904-1909111 K-O, 1876-1906112 Osler, 1881-1910113 Rice, Charles, 1881-1888114 R-W, 1868-19121 Series 3: Articles and Lectures, 1830-1897115 "Myths of the robin redbreast" - Robert Fletcher116-18 "Poets' birds" - Robert Fletcher119-20 "The vigor and expressiveness of older English" - Robert Fletcher, 1891121 Lecture at post-graduate class, Army Medical School - Robert Fletcher, 1897122 "The poetical cabinet for youth", 1830123 "A tale of a tiger" - J. S. Cotton, 1842124 "A practical system of classification for medical libraries, large or small" - Albert T. Huntington, 1903125 "Pigs' meat. Professor Porson's catechism for the swinish multitude"2 Series 4: Notes, 1888-190121-4 "Myths of the robin redbreast"25-8 "Oaths"29-10 "Saints in medicine"211 "The tempest"212 Commonplace book31-14 "Bird lore," "Poetry relating to children," "Myths of the robin...", 1888; n.d.213-14 Miscellaneous, 1890; n.d.315-20 Miscellaneous, 1890-1901

    Collection Scope and Content Note

    Contains correspondence, testimonial volume of letters and photos, documents, diplomas and certificates, drafts of published works, lectures, clippings, genealogical data, and miscellaneous printed matter. The testimonial volume (1906) contains an index. Correspondents include James Bryce, Raymond Crawford, S.D. Gallaudet, R. Garofalo, Adolphus W. Greely, Henry M. Hurd, S.P. Langley, Edward S. Morse, William M. Ord, Sir William Osler, George A. Otis, Charles Rice, Joseph T. Rothrock, George H. Thomas, and Robert S. Woodward. Signatures on documents include names of Rutherford B. Hayes, Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, and Edwin Stanton.

    Contents List
    Box | Folder Title
    1
    Series 1: Biographical Information, 1841-1912 [series]:
    1 1
    Biographical sketch
    1 2-3
    Ashley Green, 1842-1843
    1 4
    Military appointment, 1861
    1 5
    Miscellaneous invitations, 1896-1905
    4
    Souvenir, complimentary banquet to Dr. Robert Fletcher, January 11, 1906
    1 6
    "United States branch of the Chester-Liverpool-Bristol Fletcher family" by Robert Howe Fletcher, Jr., 1941
    1 7
    Clippings, 1894-1912
    Map drawer 14
    Certificates and diplomas, 1841-1910
    1
    Series 2: Correspondence, 1868-1912 [series]:
    1 8
    B-C, 1893-1912
    1 9
    G, 1891-1892
    1 10
    Hurd, Henry M, 1904-1909
    1 11
    K-O, 1876-1906
    1 12
    Osler, 1881-1910
    1 13
    Rice, Charles, 1881-1888
    1 14
    R-W, 1868-1912
    1
    Series 3: Articles and Lectures, 1830-1897 [series]:
    1 15
    "Myths of the robin redbreast" - Robert Fletcher
    1 16-18
    "Poets' birds" - Robert Fletcher
    1 19-20
    "The vigor and expressiveness of older English" - Robert Fletcher, 1891
    1 21
    Lecture at post-graduate class, Army Medical School - Robert Fletcher, 1897
    1 22
    "The poetical cabinet for youth", 1830
    1 23
    "A tale of a tiger" - J. S. Cotton, 1842
    1 24
    "A practical system of classification for medical libraries, large or small" - Albert T. Huntington, 1903
    1 25
    "Pigs' meat. Professor Porson's catechism for the swinish multitude"
    2
    Series 4: Notes, 1888-1901 [series]:
    2 1-4
    "Myths of the robin redbreast"
    2 5-8
    "Oaths"
    2 9-10
    "Saints in medicine"
    2 11
    "The tempest"
    2 12
    Commonplace book
    3 1-14
    "Bird lore," "Poetry relating to children," "Myths of the robin...", 1888; n.d.
    2 13-14
    Miscellaneous, 1890; n.d.
    3 15-20
    Miscellaneous, 1890-1901