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This guide highlights primary source material from the Archives and Manuscripts Collection, relating to the local history of Wales. It includes information about local families, individuals and organisations.

Recipe book, Welsh
Recipes in Welsh, possibly complied by Sir Thomas Williams (?1550-?1620), mentioning various individuals from the Denbigh area, c.1600.
Reference: MS.417

William Coyney, surgeon and apothecary, Holywell
Account books, 1746-73.
Reference: MS.1898

Eleanor Owen (alive around 1779-1796), Montgomery
Recipe book, also including accounts for Richard and Edward Owen, apparently schoolboys, 1779-96.
Reference: MS.3729

Henry Penry (alive around 1779), lunatic, Carmarthenshire
Legal petition by two of Penry's sisters, concerning the management of his property, 1779.
Reference: MS.7754/3

Hester Lynch Piozzi (previously Thrale) (1741-1821), writer and hostess, friend of Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), resident at Bachycraig, Flintshire
Letter to Dr Thackeray of Chester, subjects including a case of dropsy in one of her "poor folks", c.1798.
Reference: MS.7451/1

Edward Vernon Mainwaring, surgeon of Llandrinio, Montgomeryshire
Commonplace book compiled by Mainwaring and by James Bridgwater (alive around 1820), surgeon, Oswestry, 1820-c.1835.
Reference: MS.7740

Robert Jones (1807-1843), surgeon and apothecary to the Denbighshire Infirmary
Correspondence and papers, including case-notes and diary entries, relating to his work as House Surgeon and Apothecary of the Denbighshire Infirmary and General Dispensary, 1826-8, and to his studies in Dublin at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Meath Hospital, 1836-7, 1826-40.
Reference: MSS. 6061-2

William Gelder (alive around 1832-37), chemist and druggist, Yorkshire
Notebook including tour through the Isle of Man, Dublin, Anglesey (including a sketch of Beaumaris church), and Lancashire (visiting Liverpool and various places in the Manchester area), 1834-7.
Reference: MS.5872

Joseph Lister (1827-1912), surgeon, 1st Baron Lister
Journal of a tour in Wales, 1847 (with later surgical notes, 1847-c.1864).
Reference: MS.6983

Jane Margaret Lloyd, of Rhagatt (Rhagad), Denbighshire
'Homeopathic Prescriptions, 1852', includes some allopathic and veterinary receipts, 1852-[1901].
Reference: MS.8459

Thomas Brigstocke Humphreys (alive around 1859), chemist, Portmadoc
Recipe and account book, later used to accommodate newspaper cuttings (including several relating to members of the Humphreys and Brigstocke families, among them H Humphreys of Aberystwyth, also a chemist, and various Humphreys in Llanelli) and ephemera, 1859-1907 and no date. 
Reference: MSS.7702-3

James George Wood (1843-1928), Chepstow
Meteorological observations, 1863-6.
Reference: MS.5092

Lyons family of Tredegar, Monmouthshire
Vaccination certificates for Miriam Lyons, 1867 and Jane Lyons, 1870 (under the Compulsory Vaccination Acts of 1853 and 1867).
Reference: MS.8604

John Richardson Armstrong (1872-1931)
Deed of agreement on joining the medical practice of Frederick Luxmoore Heaton, St Asaph, Flintshire, 1894.
Reference: MS.5259

British Medical Association
Material on Public Medical Services in all areas of the UK, also on specific local friendly/medical aid societies, medical institutions, etc 1900s-60s.
Reference: SA/BMA

Queen’s Nursing Institute
Records of relations with affiliated local branches, 1890s-1970s; some deposited material from local district nursing associations.
Reference: SA/QNI

Biochemical Society
File on Wales and West Regional Section, 1992-5; also material relating to research at Cardiff City Mental Hospital (Whitchurch Hospital), 1906-26, and material on history of the hospital, 1906-50.
Reference: SA/BIO/B.21, R

Edward Loggie Middleton (alive around 1914), Tuberculosis Physician for Denbighshire and Flintshire
Letter concerning his search for consulting rooms in Colwyn Bay, 1914.
Reference: MS.7337/10

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Photographs at 3rd Western General Hospital, Neath, c.1918.
Reference: SA/CSP/Q.1

Society of Medical Officers of Health
Records of Welsh Branch and Welsh Region, 1919-76, and West of England [and South Wales] Branch and South West Region, 1965-83.
Reference: SA/SMO/N.13-14

Wellcome Historical Medical Museum
Correspondence with National Museum of Wales and other institutions, 1920s-80s. Files relating to A D Lacaille’s involvement with investigation of the prehistoric archaeology of Caldey Island, 1949-59.
Reference: WA/HMM

Sir Edward (1884-1955) and Lady (May) Mellanby (1882-1978)
Correspondence with Welsh National Museum about ‘Llancaiach child’ (Bronze Age body), 1923-33.
Reference: PP/MEL/B.2

Marie Stopes (1880-1958)
Files relating to birth control clinics set up under the auspices of her Society for Constructive Birth Control at Abertillery, 1924-6, and Cardiff, 1937-47, plus some financial material from Swansea, 1944.
Reference: PP/MCS/C

David Fraser Fraser-Harris (1867-1937), Wellcome Historical Medical Museum
Extensive research notes and drafts relating to a never-published history of medicine in Wales, 1927-36.
Reference: MSS.8236-55 and 8968-89

Family Planning Association (formerly National Birth Control Association)
Records of its dealings with its own regional federations, area organisation, local branches and clinics, correspondence with local authorities, 1930-74. Records of its regional administration, 1965-1991; includes records of Colwyn Bay branch, 1948-67.
Reference: SA/FPA

Herbert Davies Chalke (1897-1979)
Medical Officer of Health in North Wales, 1930s, also in charge of tuberculosis investigation of, 1933 in South Wales. Papers on various public health issues.
Reference: GC/200

National Birthday Trust Fund
Material relating to experimental scheme to distribute additional foodstuffs to pregnant women in ‘Special Areas’ in South Wales, 1936-9 and separate scheme to distribute yeast to expectant mothers in Cardiff, 1937-9, Lady Rhys-Williams’ initial Samaritan Fund scheme in the Rhondda Valley, including distribution of baby clothes and blankets, 1934-49.
Reference: SA/NBT/T

Health Visitors’ Association: Aberkenfig Infant Welfare Centre
Registers 1938-50; photographs of Glamorgan County Council refresher courses for Health Visitors, 1956, 1961.
Reference: SA/HVA/F.3/1-2, G.5

Eugenics Society
Mrs Tamplin’s reports on South Wales lecture tour, 1939.
Reference: SA/EUG/G.14

Derek Richter (1907-1995)
Copies of his scrapbooks on the Neuropsychiatric Research Centre, Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff, and earlier history of hospital, and autobiography, 1940s-90s.
Reference: GC/175

Eugenics Society
Marie Stopes’ correspondence with Swansea Clinic for Constructive Birth Control, 1946-53.
Reference: SA/EUG/K.7-8

Donald Hunter (1898-1977)
Reports on visits to factories in Wales, 1947-70, in connection with occupational health.
Reference: PP/HUN/D

Multiple Sclerosis Society
Files on North Wales Association, 1975, Association of South Wales Branches, 1974-5, and on specific local branches, 1950s-70s.
Reference: SA/MSS/C

Cancer Research Campaign
File on the winding up of the Cheshire and North Wales Council, 1958.
Reference: SA/CRC/F.1/7

Medical Women’s Federation
Correspondence with local Associations, 1960s-80s.
Reference: SA/MWF

Travelling Surgical Society
Visits to Cardiff, 1968, and Newport, 1991.
Reference: SA/TSS

John Cary Gilson (1912-1989)
Correspondence, reports etc, relating to Pneumoconiosis Unit, Penarth, c.1970s.
Reference: GC/237

Dr Wilfred V Howells (1903-1987), general practitioner, Swansea
Autobiography, 1983.
Reference: MS.7886

Medical Pilgrims
Records of ‘Pilgrimage’ to North Wales, 1986.
Reference: SA/PIL

BACUP (British Association of Cancer United Patients and their Family and Friends)
Press cuttings relating to the Cardiff free helpline, 1989, and photos.
Reference: SA/BAC/M.6/8, N.4

British Health Care Arts Centre
Astra Arts Award to St David's and Canolfan Gwenog, Dyfed, 1991-3.
Reference: SA/BHC/G.3

Oral History of General Practice, 1935-52
Tapes and transcripts of interviews with Donald Gawith, North Wales; Samuel Isaacs, Merthyr Tydfill; Shaw Walter, Ebbw Vale, 1992-4.
Reference: GP/29

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