Catalogue description Papers of Edmond William Wace Carlier

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Reference: US47
Title: Papers of Edmond William Wace Carlier

Personal and family papers of Edmond William Wace Carlier and other members of the Carlier family


These comprise family correspondence of Antoine Guillaume Carlier (in French), 1853-1909; other correspondence of A. G. Carlier, 1858-1907; other correspondence of A. G. Carlier (in French), 1847-1905; family correspondence of Marie Carlier (A. G. Carlier's wife), 1863-1907; other correspondence of Marie Carlier, 1861-1906; family correspondence of E. W. W. Carlier, 1881-1909; other correspondence of E. W. W. Carlier, 1880-1937; manuscripts of E. W. W. Carlier including lecture and research notes; printed articles of E. W. W. Carlier; notebooks of Miss G. I. M. Carlier (daughter of E. W. W. Carlier) containing lectures notes for courses in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Botany and Zoology taken at University of Birmingham, 1915-22

Date: 1853-1937

The collection is arranged by document type and by individuals within each category.

Related material:

University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and its predecessor colleges and archives of other former staff, officials and students.

Held by: University of Birmingham: Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Language: English, French

Carlier, Edmond William Wace, 1861-1940, of Birmingham, Professor of Physiology

Physical description: 1366 items
Restrictions on use:

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material

Access conditions:

Open Access to all registered researchers

Immediate source of acquisition:

This collection was presented to the University of Birmingham in 1964 by Carlier's daughter. It was transferred from the Barnes Medical Library to the Special Collections Department in 2000.

Unpublished finding aids:

A paper catalogue to item level is available in the Special Collections Department and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Administrative / biographical background:

Edmond William Wace Carlier (1861-1940) was born in Norwich, the only son of Antoine Guillaume Carlier, Officier d'Academie and his wife, Marie. He was educated at King Edward VI School, Norwich, at the Lycee de Valenciennes, France and at Edinburgh University where he gained his M.B, C.M with honours and his M.D. (gold medal). He was also MSc (Birmingham) and F.R.S.E. and F.R.E.S. In 1886 he was appointed assistant to the Professor of Physiology at Edinburgh; in 1894 he became Lecturer on Experimental Physiology and Histology; and in 1899, Professor and examiner in Physiology. In 1899 he was appointed as Professor of Physiology at Mason University College which became University of Birmingham the following year where he stayed until his retirement in 1927. Between 1909 and 1914 he was examiner in Physiology for the first fellowship examination of the Royal College of Surgeons and was a former Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Microscopical Society. He was a keen amateur lepidopterist


He and his wife Hannah (nee Culver) had two sons and one daughter. His daughter, Gwendoline Isobel Maud was a graduate of the University of Birmingham, gaining her BSc in 1920 and MSc in 1922. One of his sons, Stuart Edmond Wace (1899-1962) was an entomologist, with particular interests in epidoptera, hemiptera and coleoptera. He was part-time lecturer in entomology in the Extra Mural Department of the University of Birmingham. The other son was Geoffroy.


Antoine Guillaume Carlier, Edmond's father, was the author of a number of works including 'Further Reflections on Society' (Great Yarmouth: W. D. Burton, 1859); 'Contes et légendes' [in verse] (Paris, 1865); The Legend of the Höne-Fos, and other tales (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co, 1874)


References: Obituary published in 'The Times', 9 September 1940; Biographical Dictionary of British Coleopterists (available electronically at http:, accessed December 2002)

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