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Medical Research Club

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 SA/MRC
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Medical Research Club
Date(s): 1891-1974
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Medical Research Club
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Medical Research Club was founded in 1891, for social and medical reasons, by London-based pathologists including Sir Almroth Wright and Sir John Bland Sutton. Its main object was the discussion of original work in general and pathological science, and it had a strong interest in microbiology, immunology, virology and molecular biology. Members are elected after the presentation of a paper and approval by the rest of the Club. Membership stood at 110 in 1993. Past members have included Sir Henry Dale, Sir Ernst Chain, Sir Charles Sherrington, Sir Howard Florey, Sir Alexander Fleming, Sir Henry Head and Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Medical Research Club, 1891-1974, comprising minute books, 1891-1974; proposal books, 1891-1924; attendance books, 1891-1984; and centenary history, 1992.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

These 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:

These records were housed at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1970-1994.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records given by the Medical Research Club in 1994.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further material relating to the Club can be found in the papers of Sir Graham Selby Wilson (PP/GSW). They include agendas, 1964-1987; membership booklets, 1937-1986; correspondence, 1953-1978; notes for and the published version of Wilson's The Medical Research Club. The First Sixty Years 1891-1951 and a manuscript draft of a history of the Club, 1951-1976. Sir Ernst Chain's papers (PP/EBC) include correspondence with the Club. Other related collections include The Physiological Society (SA/PHY), and papers of the following Club members: Sir Henry Head (PP/HEA), Sir Charles Lovatt Evans (PP/CLE), and E L Kennaway (PP/ELK).

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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