Fulton-Wheatland Family Correspondence
Call Number: Ms Coll 38
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of frequent handwritten letters from Lucia and/or John Fulton in Oxford (or while traveling) to Lucia's parents at Topsfield, Massachusetts. Most of letters were written by Lucia to her mother, Mary Robinson Wheatland (Mrs. Richard Wheatland), but some were addressed to her father or to both parents. Some letters were written by John Fulton to the Wheatlands. The first group of letters date from just before the Fultons' marriage in 1923 to the Fultons' return to the United States in the summer of 1925. A second group of letters dates from the Fultons' second stay in Oxford in 1928-1929. Letters discuss social life in Oxford, management of the household and household purchases, family news, and travels. Some letters relate to John Fulton's work with Sherrington and his interests in book collecting and history of medicine. There are also several letters in the collection from Lucia Fulton to her brother David P. Wheatland in Bangor, Maine, and from Lady Grace Revere Osler to Mrs. Wheatland. The few snapshot photographs enclosed in letters in this collection are of houses or travel scenery.
- Majority of material found within 1923 - 1925
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Yale owns copyright for John F. Fulton correspondence but not for Lucia Fulton or others represented in this collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Elizabeth Davey from the estate of Lycurgus M. Davey, M.D., 2009.
Organized in two series: 1. Lucia and John Fulton letters to the Wheatland family. 2. Other correspondence and miscellany.
1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Lucia Pickering Wheatland married John Fulton, who was in Oxford on a Rhodes fellowship, in 1923. The collection contains correspondence from Lucia and John Fulton in Oxford to Lucia's parents, Richard and Mary Wheatland, in Massachusetts. John Fulton was named professor of physiology at Yale in 1929.
Biographical / Historical
Lucia Wheatland was born on June 26, 1899, in Salem, Massachusetts, the daughter of Richard and Mary Robinson Wheatland. She grew up at her parents' country home in Topsfield, near Salem, and attended Milton Academy. Through her brother Stephen Wheatland who attended Harvard College, she met John F. Fulton. Fulton, who graduated from Harvard College in 1921, received a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. Lucia Wheatland married John Fulton in Oxford on September 29, 1923. As a Rhodes Fellow, John Fulton spent two years at Magdalen College, Oxford, and then a further two years at Oxford as a Christopher Welch Scholar and demonstrator in physiology. He worked under the neurophysiologist, Charles Sherrington. The Fultons lived around the corner from Lady Grace Revere Osler, widow of Sir William Osler, who lived at 13 Norham Gardens. Lady Osler offered her hospitality, mentored Lucia Fulton in household management and entertaining, and made Osler's book collection freely available to John Fulton. Fulton received a B.A. from Oxford in 1923, and an M.A. and D. Phil. in 1925. In the summer of 1925, the Fultons returned to Boston where John Fulton received his M.D. at Harvard Medical School in 1927. In 1927-1928 Fulton worked under Harvey Cushing as an associate neurological fellow at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. The Fultons returned to Oxford in 1928, where John Fulton was a fellow at Magdalen College. Fulton was appointed professor of physiology at Yale in 1929.
Lycurgus Davey, a neurosurgeon and member of the Yale Medical faculty, was a graduate of Yale College (1939) and Yale School of Medicine (1943). These letters were probably lent by Lucia Fulton to Dr. Davey who wrote historical articles on Fulton.
Most of the correspondence was found in envelopes from which one could determine the year and what other letters or clippings were enclosed.
- Book collectors
- Magdalen College (University of Oxford)
- Medical historians
- Medicine -- History
- Osler, Grace Revere Gross, Lady
- Oxford (England) -- Social life and customs -- 20th Century
- Sherrington, Charles Scott, Sir, 1857-1952
- University of Oxford -- Rhodes scholarships
- Wheatland family
- Wheatland, David P.
- Wheatland, Mary Robinson
- Wheatland, Richard
- Guide to Fulton-Wheatland Family Correspondence
- Finding aid by Toby A. Appel
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.