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Harvey Cushing Fonds

  • CA OSLER P417
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1925; predominantly 1920-1924

The fonds contains original and typescript letters, manuscript notes, newspaper clippings, journal extracts, reminiscences and more, assembled by Harvey Cushing chiefly between 1920 and 1924 during the course of his research for the biography of William Osler. For the biography, Cushing collected and retyped over 7500 pieces of Osler's correspondence, among which are some original letters.

The fonds is separated into three series: Manuscripts, Working Notes and Osler's Correspondence. It also contains photographs, annual reports, publications, clippings, one watercolor painting, one postcard. Osler's correspondence is further arranged in three subseries based chronologically.

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939

Letter to Sir John MacAlister

Letter to Sir John MacAlister from Harvey Cushing, Cambridge, England. Cushing asks MacAlister to clarify details of events in Osler's life. [See CUS417/16.7 for MacAlister's response.]

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939

Letter, 6 August 1920

Letter to Harvey Cushing from W. Lucy & Co., Ltd., Mechanical & Electrical Engineers and Ironfounders, Oxford, England. Enclosed is a copy of the Bodleian Library Booklet that Cushing had requested. [See CUS417/3.3]

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939

Letter, August 10, 1920

Letter to Harvey Cushing from C.T. Flower, Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, W.C.2., England. Flower informs Cushing that the records of the Almshouses at Ewelme are described in Appendices to the Eight (1881) and Ninth (1883) Reports of the Historical Manuscripts Commissions. Flower is certain that Osler knew of these records when he put his Muniment Room in order in 1906.

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939

Letter, December 21, 1923

Letter to Harvey Cushing from Margaret A. Willis, Secretary, Fellowship of Medicine and Post-Graduate Medical Association, London, England. Willis is glad that the papers she sent Cushing will be helpful to his research. She thanks him for promising to become a member of the Fellowship. She will inform Sir John MacAlister of this news when he returns from holiday.

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939

Letter, February 23, 1921

Letter to Harvey Cushing from J. Allen Shuffrey, Broadway, St. Margaret's Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. Shuffrey has received Cushing's cheque for his drawing of Ewelme. He has several more drawings of Oxford and would be happy to sell them to Cushing should he need them.

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939

Letter, January 26, 1921

Letter to Harvey Cushing from Harry Paintin, 14, Regent Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. Paintin sends Cushing, J. Allen Shuffrey's drawing of Ewelme, but he has not been able to secure Mr. Howard's photographs. He writes of the visit of the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society to Ewelme on October 18, 1909. During the visit, Osler, the Master of the Hospital, treated the party to tea on the Rectory Lawn and spoke of the "gentle Duchess" of Suffolk, Alice Chaucer. Paintin writes of a humorous incident involving George Randell Higgins and Osler.

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939

Letter, June 1, 1921

Letter to Harvey Cushing from J.A. Dodd, National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London, England. Dodd will be glad to send Cushing a copy of his paper on Ewelme. [See CUS417/11.9]

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939

Letter, November 24, 1923

Letter to Harvey Cushing from Margaret A. Willis, Secretary, Fellowship of Medicine and Post-Graduate Medical Association, London, England. Willis has been asked by Sir John MacAlister to prepare a report on Osler's association with the Fellowship of Medicine. Osler played a large part in the early life of the Fellowship. [For details of the report see CUS417/12.5-7]

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939

Letter, September 4, 1920

Letter to Harvey Cushing from Harry Paintin, 14, Regent Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. Paintin will send Cushing a copy of his article on Ewelme. [For article, see CUS417/11.2]

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939

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