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Blacklock, Professor Donald Breadalbane (1879-1955): malaria in West Africa

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/215
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Blacklock, Professor Donald Breadalbane (1879-1955): malaria in West Africa
Date(s): 1930s-1950s
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Blacklock | Donald Breadalbane | 1879-1955 | Professor of Tropical Hygiene
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Blacklock, Donald Breadalbane, MD, CMG, DPH, DTM (1879-1955) Professor of Tropical Hygiene, University of Liverpool and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and was the Director of the Sir Alfred Lewis Jones Research Laboratory, Sierra Leone, 1921-1929.

West Africa was an important staging-post for ships during 1940-1941, when the Mediterranean was under Axis control, and Donald Blacklock, Professor of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, was invited by the Colonial Office to investigate the reasons for outbreaks of malaria among personnel on board ship who had not been ashore. He began his investigations in September 1940, and after his return to Britain in October 1941 kept in touch with those continuing the work in Africa. He was asken in 1947 to produce an account of the attempts at prevention for the 'Medical History of the War'. The published history touches only briefly on his report, concentrating on protection of personnel, whereas this account deals mainly with mosquito eradication.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Donald Breadalbane Blacklock including a report on malaria in ships in West Africa, compiled in 1947 for the 'Medical History of the War'; notes for a talk on 'Malaria in Freetown Sierra Leone'; correspondence; photographs.

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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.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given to the Contemporary Medical Archives in April 1997 by Dr K R Allen of South Bank University, who had purchased them in an auction at Professor Blacklock's former home in St Ives, Cornwall, in 1976.

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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:
Feb 2009

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