This small collection of correspondence and related materials,
1821-1975, assembled by Alfred Rives Shands, Jr., documents
his research on William E. Horner.
The collection is divided into four series. Series 1 contains
Shands' correspondence, 1948-1975, concerning the loan and ultimate
disposition of a collection of Horner papers and relics at the
University of Pennsylvania and Shands' attempt to publish Horner's
1821 European diary. Series 2 contains two printed items concerning
Shands' typed transcript of Horner's 1821 diary is preserved in
Series 3. The diary contains Horner's observations on life
and conditions in England, the Netherlands, and France; Particular
emphasis is placed on the anatomical collections and hospitals
which Horner visited. The diary also contains Horner's views
on the teaching of anatomy.
Typed transcripts and one original letter of William E. Horner
are preserved in Series 4. There are two letters, 1821 and
1840, from Horner to his father. The 1821 letter describes
4th of July celebrations by Americans in Paris and Horner's
meeting with General Lafayette. The 1840 letter, which exists
in its original form is a lengthy discussion of Horner's religious
life and reasons for conversion to Roman Catholicism. There
are also copies of letters from Charles Vizzardelli, secretary
to Pope Gregory XVI, 1840, and the Pope himself, 1844, thanking
Horner for gifts of books.