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Cholera Research Laboratory, Dacca

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/209
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Cholera Research Laboratory, Dacca
Date(s): 1945-1983
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Cholera Research Laboratory | Dacca
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Cholera Advisory Committee, headed by Dr Joseph Smadel, Associate Director of the NIH, was established to aid in developing a cholera research project in nations of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) as a result of the epidemic of cholera in Thailand in 1958. Initially the plan was to set up a research programme in Bangkok for a year, then arrangements would be made to establish a permanent SEATO research laboratory in Dacca, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). The laboratory in Bangkok was funded by both the Thai and US governments, and in the event continued until 1970 when it was replaced by a US Army Medical Research Laboratory. This was completely separate from the Pakistan-SEATO Cholera Research Laboratory (PSCRL). The PSCRL remained functioning throughout the war for indepedence in Bangladesh, although most of the US staff were evacuated. The CRL (Pakistan-SEATO was dropped) existed with no status and funding was affected. Negotions with the Governement of Bangladesh could only begin after the US had recognised the Government's independence. In 1978 the CRL became the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Research.

For fuller details of the background and the history of the project, see section E.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Cholera Research Laboratory, Dacca, 1945-1983, including annual reports; minutes; correspondence; memoranda, reports, proposals and plans; articles; papers relating to successor organisation, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Research, established 1978.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A. Annual Reports
B. Meetings
C. Correspondence
D. Memoranda
E. Reports, Proposals and Plans
F. Cholera Toxin Research
G. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Research, Bangladesh
H. Published Material
J. Miscellaneous

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:

These papers were transferred to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in July 1996 from the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford, to which they had been given by John Peel of the National Institutes of Health, USA, in 1982.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Other related collections are: PP/ROG (Sir Leonard Rogers); PP/VAN (William Edward van Heyningen) - Van Heyningen was associated with this Laboratory.

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:
Feb 2009

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