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Medical Pilgrims

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 SA/PIL
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Medical Pilgrims
Date(s): 1928-1995
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 4 boxes
Name of creator(s): Medical Pilgrims
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Medical Pilgrims were founded by Sir Arthur Hurst in 1928. There was a chosen membership of 20 and annual pilgramages were made to foreign and British cities.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Medical Pilgrims, 1928-1995, comprising archives of the Medical Pilgrims, 1928-1995; notebooks, 1928-1978 and 1980; Scribes' reports, 1928, 1957 and 1959-1995; correspondence relating to a visit to China, 1970s; minutes, 1982-1995; publication The Medical Pilgrims 1928-1955 ; items from individual Pilgrims; scrapbook, possibly from John Hay; file relating to Sir Melville Arnott, 1967-1976; files relating to the history of the Medical Pilgrims by Dr Clifford Hawkins; biographical material relating to Sir Arthur Hurst; and slides.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content. The records are divided into two main groups, the archives of the Pilgrims themselves and material accumulated by particular Pilgrims.

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 given to the Wellcome Library by Professor Stephen Tomlinson, Honorary Secretary of the Pilgrims, in 1998.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records relating to the Medical Pilgrims can be found in the papers of Donald Hunter (PP/HUN).

Papers of the Travelling Surgical Society, an analogous organisation, are held as SA/TSS.

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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