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Medical Journalists' Association

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 SA/MJA
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Medical Journalists' Association
Date(s): 1966-1992
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 boxes
Name of creator(s): Medical Journalists' Association
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Medical Journalists' Association (MJA) was launched by a group of medical journalists in 1967 "to improve the quality and practice of medical journalism and to improve relationships and understanding between medical journalists and the medical profession". Members participate in regular briefing meetings and the annual award scheme, and the MJA will act to defend points of principle, such as the availability of information from government press offices. Membership is open to journalists working in all branches of the media.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Medical Journalists' Association (MJA), 1966-1992, comprising records of the executive committee; records of annual general meetings; directory of members, affiliates and freelances; copies of the MJA newsletter; correspondence relating to the annual awards; correspondence relating to pharmaceutical advertising control proposals; correspondence relating to foreign travel; and records of the MJA weekend symposium on the relationship between journalists and doctors.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Certain restrictions apply. The majority of the papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking. The executive committee minutes 1978-1982 are closed until 2020 at the request of the Association.

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:

Records given by the MJA in 1994.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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