AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

LEWIS, Sir Aubrey Julian (1900-1975)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA IOP/PP3
Held at: King's College London College Archives
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full title: LEWIS, Sir Aubrey Julian (1900-1975)
Date(s): 1905-2009
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 17 boxes
Name of creator(s): Lewis | Sir | Aubrey Julian | 1900-1975 | Knight | Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Institute of Psychiatry
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, 1900; educated at the Christian Brothers' College, Adelaide and Adelaide University medical school, graduated MB BCh, 1923; resident medical officer, subsequently medical registrar and surgical registrar, Adelaide Hospital, 1923-1926; undertook anthropological studies of Indigenous Australian peoples, 1926; awarded Rockefeller Fellowship in Psychiatry and trained in Boston, Baltimore, London, Heidelberg and Berlin, 1926-1928; Member of Royal College of Physicians, 1928; research fellow, Maudsley Hospital, London, 1928; psychiatrist, Maudsley Hospital, 1929; qualified as Doctor of Medicine, 1931; consultant, Maudsley Hospital, 1932; married Hilda North Stoessiger, 1934; Clinical Director, Maudsley Hospital, 1936; elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, 1938; Clinical Director, Mill Hill Emergency Hospital, 1939-1945; served on the Expert Committee on the Work of Psychiatrists and Psychologists in the Services, 1942; honorary secretary to the neurosis subcommittee of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association, 1942; served on the Advisory Committee on Army Psychiatry; appointed Professor of Psychiatry at the University of London, 1946; honorary director of the occupational psychiatry research unit (later the social psychiatry unit), Medical Research Council, 1948; became first psychiatrist to be member of Medical Research Council, 1952; knighted 1959; member of the American Philosophical Society, 1961; retired from the Maudsley Hospital and appointed Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, 1966; elected Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1972; died, 1975.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Aubrey Lewis, 1905-2009, relating to his university education and early medical training, 1920-1929, including essays, editorials, notes on anthropological study of Indigenous Australian people, and details of Rockefeller fellowship. Material relating to the Maudsley Hospital, including research on treatments for hysteria, correspondence, videotaped interviews with Aubrey Lewis and Carlos Paton Blacker. Papers relating to Aubrey Lewis's Rockefeller-funded tour of Europe, 1937 (tour of European medical facilities and medical researchers in neurology, psychiatry, genetics, and other related fields, funded by the Rockefeller foundation and undertaken by Aubrey Lewis) including Rockefeller foundation file card, manuscript notes, correspondence, manuscript notes, draft copies of report. Material, 1938-1944, relating to the provision of psychiatric health care in World War Two, including papers relating to the Committee of Psychiatrists (a voluntary committee of London based psychiatrists formed in 1938, in order to discuss the best approach for providing psychiatric health care to military personnel and civilians in the event of war, and to provide advice to the Ministry of Health on this subject), correspondence, reports and memoranda, DVD copy of film, Neuropsychology. Draft articles, lectures, reviews, and associated research materials, 1934-1976. Published articles, lectures and reviews by Aubrey Lewis, 1926-1972. Personal correspondence, 1931-1975. Papers relating to publications and broadcasts by Aubrey Lewis, 1936-1968, including correspondence, memoranda of agreement, press cuttings, and reviews. Papers relating to committees and advisory bodies, 1943-1969 including memorandum for consultation by the Inter-Departmental Committee on Medical Schools, materials relating to population growth, demography, and the Royal Society Population Study Group, papers relating to the University Grants Committee. Tributes, honours and obituaries, 1959-1976, including published tributes, obituaries, letters of condolence. Photographs, mostly of Lewis and his wife, including copies covering his childhood and early life, visits to the USA and Australia and Institute social functions, spanning [1905]-1976.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:


System of arrangement:

Broadly chronological

Conditions governing access:

Almost all open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form. A number of files (ref IOP/PP3/2/1/1-32, IOP/PP3/2/2/1-78, IOP/PP3/2/7, IOP/PP3/2/8), contain sensitive material and are currently closed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services and to the family of Sir Aubrey Lewis via the Archives Service.

Finding aids:

Detailed Catalogue available online and in hard copy in the College Archives reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were placed in King's College London Archives by the family in 2007.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London Archives hold the papers of Sir Aubrey Julian Lewis's wife, Hilda North Lewis.

The Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum hold archives relating to Aubrey Lewis's career at the Maudsley Hospital.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Entry compiled by Lianne Smith and Kate O'Brien. Sources: the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, The Career and Contributions of Sir Aubrey Lewis by Michael Shepherd and European Psychiatry on the Eve of War: Aubrey Lewis, the Maudsley Hospital and the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1930s by Katherine Angel, Edgar Jones and Michael Neve.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with 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:
Sep 2009

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Personal Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"

Related Corporate Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"