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Physiological Society: additional deposited papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/151
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Physiological Society: additional deposited papers
Date(s): 1828-1993
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 boxes
Name of creator(s): Physiological Society
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Physiological Society was formed in March 1876 after John Burdon Sanderson invited 19 scientists interested in physiology to his house for informal discussions over how they should react to impending legislation on the use of animals in experiments. For the first four years the meetings were fairly informal and intimate affairs, with membership formally limited to forty, and business taking place over dinner in a hotel. In December 1880 the first afternoon meeting for the demonstration of experiments and presentation of results took place, a precedent which has continued, and now the demonstrations and presentations are at the core of the Society's meetings, although dinner still plays an important part.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the Physiological Society consisting mostly of memoirs and miscellaneous correspondence of members of the Society or material of general interest to physiological history, 1828-1993.

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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:

A number of small collections were deposited with the Physiological Society prior to 1990 and transferred with the Society's archive to the Contemporary Medical Archive Centre in 1990.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Held by Archives and Manuscripts, Wellcome Library: Further papers of the Physiological Society (SA/PHY), Research Defence Society (SA/RDS), Sir Edward Sharpey-Schafer (PP/ESS), and papers relating to International Physiological Congresses 1889-1939 (GC/71). Other relevant collections are listed in sources leaflet no. 9 "Physiology".

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2009.

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