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Extent 3 boxes
Title Bertrand Edward Dawson, Viscount Dawson of Penn (1864-1945)
Date 1886-1945
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Name Dawson, Bertrand Edward, Viscount Dawson of Penn (1864-1945)
Description This small group of papers (part of a larger group of lots of Dawson's papers sold at auction in September 2012) represents a number of Dawson's interests, as well as reflecting some of his professional activities. They were described in the catalogue as: papers and letters on contraception, sexual relationships, population, etc.: typed and manuscript; and papers and letters on physical fitness, physical training, Scouting, etc, but in fact included some items relating to other aspects of Dawson's activities. A certain amount of rearrangement has taken place. The additional material acquired in October 2013 consists of a little correspondence (family and professional), a small amount of material shedding light on Dawson's position as a Royal Physician, a file on his visit to Germany with Lloyd George and others in 1936, during which they met Hitler, and a number of notebooks containing drafts, notes and jottings on a wide range of matters with which Dawson was concerned
Arrangement A. Professional societies and honours
B. Campaigns
C. Correspondence
D. Royal Physician
E. Foreign Affairs
F. Notebooks
Historical Background Entry in Munk's Roll for Lord Dawson. He had a long and distinguished career, becoming President of the Royal College of Physicans, 1931-1938, and serving as Royal Physician for four monarchs, from Edward VII to George VI. He was in many facets of his activity a moderniser and progressive, in particular in his enthusiasm for developments such as birth control. He is however probably now best remembered for his euthanasia of the dying George V in order to ensure that the announcement of death would appear in the morning edition of The Times.
Acquisition Details Purchased from Lawrence's Auctioneers Ltd, September 2012; additonal material purchased from Mayfly Ephemera and Books, October 2013
Accession Number 1939
Accession Number 2024
Digitised No
Access Status Open
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Subject Contraception
Subject Marriage
Subject Sex
Subject Exercise


Subject Milk
Subject Eggs


Subject Societies, Medical
Subject Societies
Subject Awards and Prizes
Subject Religion
Subject World War II
Subject National Health Programs
Subject Tuberculosis
Subject Euthanasia
MaterialType Archives - Non-digital
System No. 30507b29-654d-478b-bb16-c8ccfd9c66c1