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Elliott, Professor Thomas Renton, (1877-1961)


Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/42

Held at: Wellcome Library

Title: Elliott, Professor Thomas Renton, (1877-1961)

Date(s): 1886-1937

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 box , 1 folder and 1 roll

Name of creator(s): Elliott | Thomas Renton | 1877-1961 | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Educated Durham School and Trinity College Cambridge; George Henry Lewes Scholar in Physiology, 1904; Student then House Officer of UCH, 1906-1914; Graduated MD, 1908; MRCP Appointed to Staff of UCH, 1910; FRS, 1913; FRCP, 1915; War - joined Officers Training Corps and went to France as assistant to Sir John Bradford. Became consultant to BEF with rank of colonel. Research on morbid anatomy of gunshot wounds of thorax, 1914-1918; Twice mentioned in dispatches; returned to UCH as Consulting Physician and helped build up medical school, 1919; Member of Medical Research Council, 1939-1943; Member of Inter-departmental (Goodenough) Committee on Medical Schools, 1942; First Unit Director in University of London and first Professor of Medicine attached to the medical school at University College, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of London; Medical advisor to Beit memorial and Wellcome Trustees; Physiological papers mainly on the Journal of Physiology and Brain, medical papers on gunshot wounds of the chest; died, 1961.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Thomas Renton Elliott on clinical record keeping in the First World War, 1916-1918; regarding History of the Great War: Medical Services; clinical research on massive lung collapse and gas poisoning; administration of clinical medicine in University College Hospital, 1929-1932; Therapeutic Trials Committee (MRC), 1930s; letters, 1886-1937; silhouettes of Elliot and others in France.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged as follows:
Items 1-7, 11 and 19 relate to the First World War.
Item 8 relates to massive collapse of the lung.
Items 9 and 14 relate to University College Hospital London, at which Elliott worked in the Medical School.
Item 10 comprises material relating to clinical research.
Item 12 relates to disseminated sclerosis.
Item 13 relates to the Therapeutic Trials Committee.
Item 15 comprises correspondence received by Elliott.
Item 16 comprises miscellaneous personalia.
Item 17 comprises certificates.
Item 18 relates to work on Biological Flaps.

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

The catalogue is available on microfiche via the National Inventory of Documentary Sources (NIDS).

Detailed catalogue



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Professor Elliott was a Wellcome Trustee (1936-1955) and at some time during this period it is possible that he gave various miscellaneous papers to the Library of the Wellcome Institiute for the History of Medicine. Small groups of material have been located in the Institute, and as they have appeared have been placed together in the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre.
Acc 115 consisted originally of four box files which had been acquired by Dr. E. Ashworth Underwood as Director of the Institute.
Acc 124 were located in the bookstack.
Acc 144 were located amongst uncatalogued autograph letter material: they had a library accession number 314070 and were accessioned in 1967 but there is no note of provenance.


Related material:

At other repositories: Some material relating to Elliott's work at University College Medical School can be found there in the 'Medical Unit: General Files'.


Archivist's note: Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2009.

Clinical medicine | Medical sciences
History of medicine | History
Lung | Anatomy | Biology
Sclerosis | Pathologic processes | Pathological conditions, signs and symptoms
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Elliott | Thomas Renton | 1877-1961 | physician

Corporate names
University College Hospital
University College Hospital | Medical School

France | Western Europe | Europe