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Daley, Sir (William) Allen (1887-1969)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/AWD
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Daley, Sir (William) Allen (1887-1969)
Date(s): 1900-1969
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 56 boxes
Name of creator(s): Daley | Sir | William Allen | 1887-1969 | Knight | public health officer
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Allen Daley held public health offices from the beginning of his career and was the Chief Medical Officer of Health for London County Council from 1939 until his retirement in February 1952, after which he was an Associate Member of the Baltimore Public Health Dept for 4 months.

After returning to Britain, Daley continued to serve on a variety of committees, relating to community health and ancillary professions, as well as other health and medical matters. He was involved in several special studies or projects, either as part of the particular committee or because he was invited to by the organisation. Very often a report was produced as a result of the work or study undertaken by Daley; in most cases, these reports can be found among these papers.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Allen Daley, mainly from the period after Daley's retirement in 1952 until his death in 1969. They comprise correspondence, committee papers, reports, lecture notes and photographs relating to many aspects of public health and community medicine, including other professions in the public health field and health education. Of particular note is the almost complete set of his lecture notes, articles and speeches spanning his career and retirement (see C.3), many of which include other information relating to public health gathered by Daley for the purposes of writing the speech or article. Also, after his retirement he reviewed nearly 600 book and journal articles (see C.7).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is divided into sections as follows:
A. Personal and biographical
B. Correspondence
C. Writings
E. Australia and Canada
F. Reference files
G. The Croonian lectures
H. Committees and special projects
J. World Health Organization
K. Hospital boards
L. Conferences
M. 'National Health Service miscellaneous papers'
N. Ephemera
P. Photographs

Some areas of the collection had been kept in order, and required little sorting: for example, his correspondence has been catalogued in virtually the way Daley kept it. Other areas required sorting to establish an order that would make the collection more accessible for readers. In most cases, sets of papers which came to Daley as a part of a committee are incomplete. Daley used papers sent to him as scrap paper and to make his own notes, as the reverse of many items are papers which he had been sent at one time. All the minutes are copies. Most sections of correspondence contain a copy of Daley's out-letters. The papers have been weeded of duplicate items and ephemeral material not worthy of historical preservation.

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 papers of Sir (William) Allen Daley were given to the Wellcome Library in 1986 by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. There is no documentation to establish how the School came to have them.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: Other related collections of interest are the Health Visitors' Association, SA/HVA; the Queen's Nursing Institute, SA/QNI; the Society of Medical Officers of Health, SA/SMO; the Family Planning Association, SA/FPA; the British Medical Association, SA/BMA; the Association of County Medical Officers of Health and the County Medical Officers Group of the Society of Medical Officers of Health, SA/CMO; Association of Area Medical Officers of Health, SA/AMO; James Randal Hutchinson and William Henry Bradley, PP/JRH and Dr Herbert Davies Chalke, GC/200.

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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