Reference code(s): GB 0120 WA/BSR
Held at: Wellcome Library
Title: Wellcome Bureau of Scientific Research
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 55 boxes
Name of creator(s): Wellcome Bureau of Scientific Research
In 1913 the Wellcome Bureau of Scientific Research (WBSR) was established and Andrew Balfour appointed as Director-in-Chief.
Balfour was also President of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, and from 1914-1918 the WBSR co-operated with the Army Medical Department.
In 1920 the WBSR moved to Endsleigh Gardens, Euston Road and in 1923 Charles Morley Wenyon was appointed Director after Balfour left to become Director of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In 1944 Wenyon retired and Charles Halliley Kellaway was appointed as Director. WBSR and Wellcome Chemical Research Laboritories (WCRL) combine to form the Wellcome Laboratories of Tropical Medicine (WLTM).
Scope and content/abstract:
Papers of the Wellcome Bureau of Scientific Research (WBSR), 1913-1939, comprising reports, administrative records, correspondence and publications. Including papers relating to the Wellcome Chemical Research Laboratories (WCRL), Wellcome Physiological Research Laboratories (WPRL), Wellcome Museum of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Wellcome Entomological Field Laboratories (WEFL), and Burrough's Wellcome and Co. Also containing papers of Andrew Balfour and papers of Charles Morley Wenyon.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
The collection is divided into sections as follows:
WA/BSR/RP MONTHLY REPORTS
WA/BSR/RP/Bal Balfour Reports 1913-1922
WA/BSR/RP/Wen Wenyon Reports 1924-1935
WA/BSR/BA BALFOUR'S PAPERS
WA/BSR/BA/Cor General correspondence files 1913-1922
WA/BSR/Cor/A. Early series 1913-1919
WA/BSR/Cor/B. Later series 1919-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Sci Scientific work and tours 1913-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Sci/A. Administration 1914-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Sci/B. South American Expedition 1914
WA/BSR/BA/Sci/C. Tropical medicine research 1913-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Sci/D. 'Plant investigations' 1918-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Sci/E. Mauritius Tour 1920-1921
WA/BSR/BA/Sci/F. Balfour publications 1914-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Isa Institutions, societies and associations 1914-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Pub Publications 1914-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Pub/A. General 1914-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Pub/B. 'Medical History of the War' 1917-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Pub/C. 'Practice of Medicine in the Tropics' 1918-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Pub/D. 'War Against Tropical Diseases' 1919-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Pub/E. Other 1915-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Adm Administration 1913-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Adm/A. General c 1913-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Adm/B. Financial 1914-192
WA/BSR/BA/Adm/C. Property 1914-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Adm/D. Library 1914-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Sta Staff files 1914-1925
WA/BSR/BA/Sta/A. General 1914-1925
WA/BSR/BA/Sta/B. Alphabetical sequence 1914-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Crl Wellcome Chemical Research Laboratories 1914-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Crl/A. Monthly reports 1914-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Prl Wellcome Physiological Research Laboratories 1914-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Prl/A. Monthly reports 1914-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Trl Wellcome Tropical Research Laboratories 1904-1911
WA/BSR/BA/Mtm Wellcome Museum of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 1913-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Efl Wellcome Entomological Field Laboratories 1919-1923
WA/BSR/BA/Efl/A. Monthly reports 1920-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Efl/B. Correspondence 1919-1922
WA/BSR/BA/Efl/C. Other 1920-1923
WA/BSR/LA LATER MATERIAL
WA/BSR/LA/Sci Scientific and Technical Committee 1925-1933
WA/BSR/LA/Bwc Burrough's Wellcome and Co correspondence 1925-1931
WA/BSR/LA/Sta Staff recruitment 1923-1939
WA/BSR/LA/End Endsleigh Gardens: Re-opening ceremony 1926
WA/BSR/LA/Wen CM Wenyon's papers c.1926-1932
WA/BSR/LA/Odd? Odd files looking for a home?
WA/BSR/PB/Vol Volumes 1917-1927
WA/BSR/PB/Rep Staff reprints 1928-1938
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.
Immediate source of acquisition:
Acquired from the Wellcome Bureau of Scientific Research.
A small amount of correspondence between Balfour and Henry Solomon Wellcome (HSW) relating to the establishment of the WBSR, and a discussion of how to secure its future after HSW's death, may be found in WA/HSW/CO/Ind/A.1.
Photographs relating to Balfour's South American Expedition and to the Mobile Bacteriological Laboratory are listed at WA/PHO/Bsr.
The Library also holds some papers of Boris Jobling (WTI/JOB) and Cecil Arthur Hoare (WTI/CAH).
Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.
Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with 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: June 2008