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Heald-Hall Family Papers

Date range: 1866-1987.

The original donation of Heald family papers, made by Mrs Joan Leonore Genevieve Landymore née Hall in 1958, consists of 400 letters, five letter-books and six volumes of diaries.

The bulk relates to Walter Heald (1841-1925), a merchant who went to South America in 1866, to his wife Emily Isabel, née Krabbé (1852-1926), whom he met there, and to the firm of Krabbé, Higgins & Co. of Buenos Aires, general merchants.

Most of the correspondence consists of business letters from this country and from South America written and received by Walter Heald, who seems to have acted as a representative for the company.

There are also four diaries written by Walter Heald during his voyage to and residence in Buenos Aires, 1866-1870, and a two-volume diary kept by his future wife in Quinta, 1869-1871.

Several members of the related Hall family were iron and steel merchants and manufacturers in Manchester, and prominent Unitarians, and the archive contains diaries and correspondence of John Hall (1801-43), his son John (1834-96), and grandson John (1870-1830), who was director of steel production at the Ministry of Munitions during the First World War.

Additional material acquired in 1996 and 1997 chiefly comprises the papers of Charles Brehmer Heald (1882-1974), formerly consultant physician in physical medicine at the Royal Free Hospital. C.B. Heald had the distinction of serving as a medical officer in all three branches of the armed forces during the First World War. After the war he took a keen interest in electrotherapeutics and played a leading role in the development of physical medicine.

His papers include a typescript copy of his unpublished autobiography relating his colourful wartime experiences, scrapbooks, printed matter, correspondence and personal papers. These will be of interest to students of the history of medicine and particularly of the military medical services.

There are also further family papers relating to the Heald, Hall and Krabbé families.

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The John Rylands Library

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