Sir Henry Thompson papers, 1851-1913 and undated 0.5 Linear Feet — approximately 90 letters
Collection of letters to and from Sir Henry Thompson (1820-1904), a white English surgeon who was a founder of the Cremation Society of England. Most letters in this collection are largely polite and perfunctory notes between Thompson and peers; some correspondents include his wife, the pianist Kate Loder; King George of England; and King Leopold II. The collection documents Thompson's social status and activities between the 1850s and early 1900s. It contains few details about his medical practice or personal life, but indicates many high-profile and celebrity acquaintances and contains some autographs (for example, Henry James). Letters are numbered and an itemized inventory is included with the materials. There is also a detailed correspondents' list, transcriptions of some of the more information-heavy letters, and an appraisal of the letters, conducted for the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation in 2003.
The original Trent Manuscripts Collection is foldered separately within the collection, and consists of the following items: ANS, a dinner invitation, and ALS, advocating the adoption of the practice of cremation. Items are accompanied by a bibliographic note describing Thompson's dinner parties.