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Hunter, Donald (1898-1977)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/HUN
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Hunter, Donald (1898-1977)
Date(s): 1910-1977
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 48 boxes, 2 o/s folders, 1 o/s box
Name of creator(s): Hunter | Donald | 1898-1977 | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Donald Hunter was Director of the MRC Department for Research in Industrial Medicine, at the London Hospital, and author of Diseases of Occupations. Born, 1898; Student at the London Hospital, 1915; Surgeon-probationer RNVR HMS Faulknor, 1918; MB BS London, MRCS LRCP, 1920; MD London, 1922; Member of RCP, 1923; Research fellowship, Harvard, 1926; Assistant Physician, London Hospital, 1927; FRCP, 1929; Goulstonian Lecture, RCP, 1930; Curator of London Hospital Medical School Museum, 1933-1963; Croonian Lecture, RCP, 1942; Director of the MRC Department for Research in Industrial Medicine at the London Hospital, 1943; First editor of British Journal of Industrial Medicine, 1944; Hon DIH Society of Apothecaries, 1960; Retirement from London Hospital, 1963; Middlesex Hospital, lecturing on occupational diseases, 1963-1967; Guy's Hospital, lecturing on occupational diseases, 1967-1971; died, 1977.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Donald Hunter, 1910-1977. There are two large, parallel series of case files and reference files (section C) relating to a wide range of conditions, most but not all connected with occupational hazards and many being dermatological or osteopathic, as well as factory visit notes, correspondence, both personal and professional, publications, writings, and audio-visual material.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Divided into sections as follows:
A Personal And Biographical:1 Personal correspondence 1910-1969; 2 Engagement diaries and address books 1912-1977; 3 Student notebooks 1912-1923; 4 Accounts and visitors' books 1920-1973; 5 Certificates.
B General Correspondence 1929-1974
C Case Notes And Reference Files: 1 Case notes 1905-1968; 2 Reference files 1926-1952.
D Factory Visits And Travel 1923-1974: 1 Factory visit notebooks and notes 1947-1970; 2 Foreign travel notes and correspondence 1923-1962; 3 Medical Pilgrims notes and correspondence 1934-1974.
E Publications And Speeches: 1 Notes for articles, speeches 1950-1970; 2 Correspondence re publications 1935-1973; 3 Publications 1927-1963.
F Audio-visual Material: 1-7 Photographs; 8 Lecture slides; 9 Film; 10 Medical illustrations.

Conditions governing access:

The majority of the papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, by prior appointment with Archives and Manuscripts staff and after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking. Please note that various files are closed until different dates because they contain sensitive personal data.

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 to this collection has not yet been fully converted to electronic form: for detail, and to order material, see hard-copy list available in the Wellcome Library. Copies of the catalogue are available on request.

Collection level description available on-line on the Wellcome Library website

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These papers were given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in November 1987 by Donald Hunter's daughter, Dr Elizabeth McLean, and son, Dr Peter Hunter. Previously they had been stored at the London Hospital Medical College. Some papers remain with Dr Peter Hunter, pending final deposit in the Wellcome Library. Copies of some similar historical notes by Hunter are held by the Royal London Hospital archives, which also holds his student records and those of his wife (MC/S/1/17), and the Medical College pathology museum displays some of his specimens relating to lead and arsenic poisoning.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Miscellaneous publications transferred to WIHM printed collections in May 1996. The archives of Medical Pilgrims are also held, SA/PIL.

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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