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Evans, Philip Rainsford (1910-1990), and Barbara (nee Hay-Cooper) (1909-1995)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/PRE
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Evans, Philip Rainsford (1910-1990), and Barbara (nee Hay-Cooper) (1909-1995)
Date(s): 1923-1989
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 24 boxes
Name of creator(s): Evans | Philip Rainsford | 1910-1990 | paediatrician
Evans | Barbara | 1909-1995 | nee Hay-Cooper | medical journalist and writer
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Philip Rainsford Evans was born, 1910; Educated Sidcup School, Somerset and Leighton Park School; graduated BSc, Manchester University, 1930; MB, ChB, 1933; married Barbara Hay-Cooper, 1935; children's registrar, King's College Hospital, 1935-1937, Rockefeller Travelling Research Fellow, 1937-1938; Asst Paediatrician, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, 1938-1939; Asst Physician to Children's Dept., King's College Hospital, 1939; Served with RAMC in North Africa and Italy, mentioned in despatches, Advisor in Medicine, Central Mediterranean Forces received rank of honorary Lt-Col, 1942-1946; MSc MD, 1941; FRCP, 1945; Physician, The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, 1946-1975; Director, Dept. of Paediatrics, Guy's Hospital, 1946-1971; Editor, Archives of Disease in Childhood,1947-1954; Honorary Secretary, British Paediatric Association, 1954-1959; Honorary consultant on paediatrics to the Army, 1962-1966; Leader of the medical team sent out to the Children's Hospital, Saigon, 1966-1969; President of the section of paediatrics, Royal Society of Medicine, 1968-1969, CBE, 1968; Director, Tay-Sachs Foundation, 1971-1974; Physician-Paediatrician to the Queen, 1972-1976 , died, 1990.

Barbara Evans was born, 1909; Qualified in medicine at the Royal Free Hospital, 1934; married Philip Rainsford Evans, 1935; did important pathological research in connection with Sir Archibald McIndoe's plastic surgery team at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, 1939-1945; Became a freelance journalist on medical matters, including being Medical Correspondent of the Sunday Times , 1950s; Went to Saigon with Philip Rainsford Evans, 1966; Published Caduceus in Saigon on the work of the paediatric team in Vietnam, 1968; Became Associate Editor of World Medicine, 1973; Consultant Editor of World Medicine, 1978-1980; Published Life Change, a popular manual on the menopause, 1979; Published Freedom to Choose: the Life and Work of Dr Helena Wright, Pioneer of Contraception, 1984; died, 1995.


Scope and content/abstract:

These papers reflect the careers of the paediatrician, Philip Rainsford Evans, and of his wife Barbara, mainly in her capacity as medical journalist and author, 1923-1989. They include some family and personal material; diaries, correspondence and reports on setting up a Paediatrics Department at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda, 1950s-1970s; material on the activities of the British Paediatric Team in Saigon, 1966-1973, including photographs; P R Evans's correspondence as Medical Adviser to Independent Television Companies Association, 1964-1989; material more generally on P R Evans' professional activities; general medical journalism and related material of Barbara Evans; files relating to her book Life Change on the menopause; her involvement with the Research Council for Complementary Medicine; and the research materials for and correspondence relating to her biography of Helena Wright, Freedom to Choose.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A. Family and Personal: PRE and BE
B. PRE: Professional Miscellaneous
C. PRE: Uganda
E. Vietnam (PRE and BE)
F. BE: Medical journalism, etc, general
G. BE: Menopause and osteoporosis
H. BE: Research Council for Complementary Medicine
J. BE: Helena Wright
(This arrangement supersedes the former list, compiled in 1984, which included only material which now forms part of sections C, D and E, and a little miscellaneous material, now in Section B).

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, except for certain files closed for reasons of Data Protection

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 was given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre by Philip Rainsford Evans in October 1983. Additional material was received in June 1995 from Caroline Evans, his daughter, following the deaths of her father and mother.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: Papers of Helena Rosa Wright, PP/HRW.

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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