Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA on 29th August 1809 and died 7th October 1894. He was an American physician, professor, lecturer, and author. Regarded by his peers as one of the best writers of the 19th century, he was an author of valuable medical work as well as famous essays, journals and novels. such as the “Breakfast-Table” series. He was also one of the founding editors of the journal Atlantic Monthly.
The Society’s extensive document collection contains a handwritten book of notes by Oliver Wendell Holmes, in which he lists every book he read from 1881 – 1935 which includes law and medical books as well as famous novels such as ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë.