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British Society for the Study of Orthodontics

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 SA/BSO
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: British Society for the Study of Orthodontics
Date(s): 1907-1985
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 9 boxes, 1 large box
Name of creator(s): British Society for the Study of Orthodontics
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The British Society for the Study of Orthodontics (BSSO) was founded in 1907, and was the only orthodontics association until the emergence of others in the 1960s. In the 1970s there were attempts to co-ordinate activities with other orthodontics societies by collaborating over conferences and journals. In July 1994 the BSSO merged with the British Association of Orthodontics to form the British Orthodontic Society. The Society holds regular meetings for the presentation of papers by members discussing academic aspects of orthodontics, which were published in Transactions, 1908-1971, and thereafter in the British Journal of Orthodontics. For further details of the Society's history see the articles by Leighton and Howard (7/1 and 7/2).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the British Society for the Study of Orthodontics comprising minutes of Council and of ordinary and general meetings, 1907-1985; country meetings programmes, 1961-1975; Transactions, 1908-1911, 1948-1971; a few committee reports, 1920s, 1940s; and two histories of the Society reprinted from the British Dental Journal, published 1968 and 1981.

Access & Use

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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:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The first accession of these papers, consisting of Council and meeting minutes, was deposited at the Wellcome Library by the British Society for the Study of Orthodontics in the 1960s, and entered the collections of the Library's Contemporary Medical Archives Centre (later part of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts) in 1980. In 1992 further minutes and copies of Transactions were deposited y the Society from its offices, and the third accession came in 1995 when material was transferred, as a gift from the Society, from the Archives and Museum of the Royal London Hospital. Some routine Treasurer's and Secretary's correspondence, 1938-1953, was weeded from this accession on arrival at the Wellcome Library. Further issues of the Transactions, 1948-1954 and 1957-1960, were given by Professor B C Leighton in September 1997.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: A History of the British Orthodontic Societies 1907-1994 (London, 2002) was presented by Stuart Taylor in October 2002 and added to the Wellcome Library printed collections.

Still held by the Society: The Society's offices still hold a set of the Newsletter, and annual lists of the members from 1971, when their names were no longer included in Transactions.

At other repositories: In 1992 the Society deposited five clinical films with the National Film, Television and Video Archive. Also in 1992 the Society deposited its artefacts and patient photograph collection with the Museum and Archives of the Royal London Hospital, which continues to hold some associated archival material. This includes the Curator's correspondence and reports 1960-1987, a full set of Transactions, bye-laws 1907-1980, membership rolls 1907-1973, attendance register 1935-1950, and papers of Harold Chapman (founder member, and President 1925) 1921-1957.

Publication note:

Description Notes

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

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2008

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