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Haldane Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 HALDANE
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Haldane Papers
Date(s): 1935-1957
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 43 boxes
Name of creator(s): Haldane | John Burdon Sanderson | 1892-1964 | scientist
Haldane | Charlotte | d 1969 | née Franken | formerly Burghes | journalist and author | first wife of John Burdon Sanderson Haldane


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Burdon Sanderson Haldane was born on 5 November 1892. He was educated at Eton and at New College Oxford where he attained his MA. During the First World War he served in the Black Watch in France and Iraq, 1914-1919. From 1919 to 1922 he was a Fellow of New College Oxford; then moving to Cambridge University to be a Reader in Biochemistry until 1932. He was also the Fullerian Professor of Physiology at the Royal Institution from 1930 to 1932. Then he went to University College London to become Professor of Genetics (1933-1937) and later Professor of Biometry (1937-1957). After this, Haldane became Research Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute until 1961. In 1962 he was Head of the Genetics and Biometry Laboratory for the Government of Orissa. He received medals for scientific excellence during his career, and also published many scientific articles and writings. Haldane died on 1 December 1964.

Charlotte Haldane (née Franken), formerly Charlotte Burghes, married John Burdon Sanderson Haldane in 1926; they were divorced in 1945. A journalist and author, her publications included two volumes of autobiography. She died in 1969.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of John Burdon Sanderson Haldane, comprising scientific notes and papers; correspondence with publishers; scientific correspondence; general correspondence; University College London departmental files, wartime committees, and other societies; and some personal financial and domestic papers. There are also some papers of Charlotte Haldane which consist of correspondence, including letters about Women Today magazine, and bills.

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Conditions governing access:

Some parts of the collection are closed pending review.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Summary list.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the Kennedy-Galton Centre, Harperbury Hospital, in October 1974. One box of papers of Haldane and his first wife Charlotte sent by Mr A V Simcock, Librarian of the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, in March 1985.

Allied Materials

Related material:

University College London Special Collections also holds correspondence between John Burdon Sanderson Haldane and Benjamin Ifor Evans, Provost of University College London, on the resignations of Haldane and his second wife Helen (née Spurway), 1956-1957 (Ref: MS ADD 256); six letters to D M S Watson, 1958-1963, and one to J O Wisdom, 1954 (Ref: MS ADD 112); correspondence and book reviews relating to India, 1959-1963 (Ref: MS ADD 277); copies of correspondence with Arthur C Clarke, 1951, 1962-1964 (Ref: MS ADD 379); letters to Lionel Sharples Penrose, 1934-1968 (Ref: PENROSE); five letters to his sister Naomi (later Mitchison) [1907], [1915] and undated (Ref: MS MISC 4H); an undated poem and manuscript notes (Ref: MS MISC 5H).

The National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, holds correspondence, notebooks and papers of Haldane, 1907-1964 (Ref: MSS 20534-660; Ch 15521-24) and letters to his family, essays, etc, 1898-1908, including six letters to his sister, 1920-1928 (Ref: Acc 4549, 9186). The Imperial War Museum, Department of Documents, holds twelve letters to his sister whilst serving in the Black Watch, 1914-1917. Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, holds correspondence with Cyril Darlington, 1915-1968 (Ref: CSAC103/3/85) and correspondence relating to the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, 1933-1935 (Ref: Index). Oxford University, Wolfson College Library, holds correspondence with H B D Kettlewell, 1952-1966. Oxford University, Edward Grey Institute, holds correspondence with David Lack. King's College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, holds correspondence with Sir B H Liddell Hart, 1937-1939 (Ref: KCLMA Liddell Hart B H). Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, holds correspondence with Joseph Needham, 1960-1965 (Ref: MSS A.828; H.186; H.203 passim). Cambridge University, King's College Archive Centre, holds ten letters. Rice University, Woodson Research Center, Houston, Texas, USA, holds 28 items of correspondence with Sir Julian Huxley, 1920-1964 (Ref: Julian S Huxley papers).

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Dictionary of National Biography; National Register of Archives.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
1999, revised Aug 2001

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