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Beit Memorial Fellowships for Medical Research Trust

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 SA/BMF
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Beit Memorial Fellowships for Medical Research Trust
Date(s): 1910-1994
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 56 boxes
Name of creator(s): Beit Memorial Fellowships for Medical Research Trust
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Founded 1909 to promote the advancement of medical science through the award of research fellowships by Otto Beit (later Sir Otto) in memory of his brother Alfred, who had died in 1906, from whom Otto, as residual legatee, inherited a large fortune. The purpose of the Fellowships was to promote the advancement of medical science at a time when research scholarships were few. The first Fellowships were awarded in 1910. Initially the Fellowships were for a period of three years, with the only condition on application being that the candidate was of European descent by both parents, although the Deed of Foundation was altered in 1945 to open up the field to applicants with a degree from any university in the British Empire. In 1922 it was decided that Fellows could extend their period of study to four years in exceptional circumstances. At the same time a Senior Fellowship was established, also for a period of three years, for those who had held both a Junior and a Fourth Year Fellowship, allowing research to be carried out for total of seven years. The Fellowships are governed by a Board of Trustees and an Advisory Boar, the Trustees being men involved in public affairs, and the Advisory Board made up of eminent medics and scientists. The Principal of the University of London is always ex-officio a member of the Board of Trustees.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Beit Memorial Fellowships for Medical Research Trust, 1910-1994. The bulk of the archive is made up of the files of Beit fellows. The first Fellowships were awarded in 1910 and the lists in Section B.1 cover all the Fellows, 1910-1994. The Fellows' files in A.2 date from 1912-1990. Other records include minutes of the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board (Fuller sets of minutes remain in the hands of the Trustees), correspondence, handbooks, some financial records and Directors' Reports and a newscuttings album. There is also a printed history of the Fellowships in section G.2.. A great deal of the correspondence on individual subjects survives from TR Elliott's time as Honorary Secretary.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

With the exception of the Fellowship files, the record keeping policy of the Trust has not been consistent, consequently no series of records has survived intact from the establishment of the Fellowships in 1910. There are some gaps among the Fellowship files, especially for the earlier years. The series of Withdrawn and Unsuccessful Candidates in section A.3 and A.4 has been randomly sampled to give a representative example of the extant files.

Papers are arranged as follows:
A. Fellowship Records: A.1 Register, 1910-1938; A.2 Successful Applicants, 1912-1990; A.3 Withdrawn Candidates, 1936-1970; A.4 Unsuccessful Applicants, 1938-1967.
B. Handbooks: B.1 Handbooks, 1922-1994; B.2 Information for Applicants, 1938.
C. Director's Papers: C.1 Director's Reports, 1932-1939; C.2 Annual Financial Statements, 1910-1953.
D. Board of Trustees: D.1 Agendas, 1959-1962; D.2 Minutes, 1959-1963; D.3 Correspondence, 1928-1953.
E. Advisory board: E.1 Agendas, 1953-1963; E.2 Minutes, 1952-1963; E.3 Correspondence, 1939-1944.
F. Secretary's correspondence: F.1 Individual Subjects, 1919-1980; F.2 General Correspondence, 1913-1992.
G. Newscuttings album and Commemorative Book: G.1 Newscuttings album, 1904-1974; G.2 Commemorative Book, 1960.

Conditions governing access:

The papers in sections A.1 and B-G are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking. Please note that in compliance with the 1998 Data Protection Act, the majority of the application files in sections A.2-4 are closed for 84 years from the date of the file.

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:

Hard-copy catalogue available in Wellcome Library.

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

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the Beit Memorial Fellowship for Medical Research were given to the CMAC by the Trustees in two accessions (nos.215 and 558). The first was in 1985, with the second in 1995. Previously, they had been in the care of the Administrative Secretary.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library:
The Wellcome Library holds the personal papers of several former Beit Fellows:
Abercrombie, Professor Michael (A.2/210) PP/MLA*;
Black, Sir Douglas (A.2/211) GC/45;
Bywaters, Professor Eric George Lapthorne (A.2/202) PP/BYW*;
Daly, Professor Ivan de Burgh (A.2/55) PP/DBD;
Elliott, Professor Thomas Renton (A.2/11) GC/42;
Fell, Dame Honor Bridget (A.2/92) PP/HBF;
Himsworth, Sir Harold Percival (A.2/143) PP/HPH*;
Lewis, Sir Thomas (A.2/1) GC/110;
McMichael, Sir John (A.2/132) PP/JMM*;
Mann, Thaddeus Robert Rudolph (A.2/186) GC/64;
Mellanby, Sir Edward (A.2/9) PP/MEL;
Myers, George Norman (A.2/136) GC/155;
Parkes,Sir Alan Sterling (A.2/94) PP/ASP;
Richter, Derek (A.2/188) GC/175;
Robson, Professor John Michael (A.2/150) GC/43;
Vaughan, Dame Janet Maria (A.2//142) GC/186;
Verney, Ernest Basil (A.2/79) PP/EBV;
West, Robert John Ranyard (A.2/147) PP/RRW.
* = Uncatalogued collection. Owing to the constraints posed by Data Protection legislation, the Library is unable to allow access to uncatalogued material.
See also collections relating to the Physiological Society (SA/PHY), and to Strangeways Research Laboratory (SA/SRL).

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 2009

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