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Strangeways Research Laboratory

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 SA/SRL
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Strangeways Research Laboratory
Date(s): c 1901-1988
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 29 boxes and 1 outsize volume
Name of creator(s): Strangeways Research Laboratory | Cambridge x Cambridge Research Hospital
Strangeways | Thomas Strangeways Pigg | 1866-1926 | doctor and founder of the Strangeways Research Laboratory x Pigg | Thomas Strangeways
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1866, Thomas Strangeways Pigg changed his surname to Strangeways when he married; educated at St Bartholemew's, 1890; awarded Matthews Duncan Gold Medal, 1895; demonstrator in Pathology, Cambridge, 1897; awarded honorary MA, 1900; died, 1926.

T S P Strangeways formed the Committee for the Study of Special Diseases to investigate joint disease and opened a research hospital in Cambridge, 1905; Cambridge Research Hospital opened in new premises, 1912; tissue culture research began, 1920; Honor Fell became Strangeways' research assistant, 1923; wards at the Cambridge Research Hospital closed and clinical work transferred to St Bartholomew's; Dr J A Andrews became interim Director, 1927; Dr Honor Fell appointed as Chief of the Laboratory and hospital renamed Strangeways Research Laboratory, 1928; F G Spear appointed Deputy Director; Dr Alfred Glucksmann appointed Deputy Director, 1960; Dame Honor Fell retired, 1970; Professor Michael Abercrombie appointed Director, 1970-1979; Dr J T Dingle appointed Director.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Strangeways Research Laboratory, c 1901-1988, comprising papers of T S P Strangeways; annual reports including 1929-1950; minutes and correspondence of the Trustees, 1929-1971; account books and ledgers, 1929-1970; papers relating to funding from various bodies, 1929-1975; papers relating to Medical Research Council funding, c.1962-1969; papers relating to grants, c.1963-1970 and c.1967-1980; administrative records, 1931-1971; general correspondence, 1942-1947, 1954-1956, and 1965-1970; assorted files, 1930s-1960s; miscellaneous historical material including research by George Eric Howard Foxon; minutes of the Radium Commission, 1932-1943; and papers relating to C F Robinow, E M Brieger and Michael Abercrombie.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

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:

Papers were received in 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1994. Annual reports from 1951-1970 and 1985 were received from the Strangeways Research Laboratory in 1995.

Allied Materials

Related material:

This collection included a large amount of material relating to Dame Honor Fell (1900-1986) but not directly to her role as Director of the Strangeways Research Laboratory, 1929-1970. These papers have been separated into a separate collection, PP/HBF.

Other material relating to the Strangeways Research Laboratory exists in the papers of the former Deputy Director, F G Spear, PP/FGS.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
June 2008

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