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Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 SA/LIS
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine
Date(s): 1886-1986
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 35 boxes, 1 outsize box, 5 volumes, 3 folders, and 7 reels of microfilm.
Name of creator(s): Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1891 the British Institute for Preventive Medicine (BIPM) was incorporated. In 1893 the BIPM amalgamated with the College of State Medicine. In 1898 Lord Lister became Chairman of the Governing Body of the BIPM. In 1899 the BIPM became the Jenner Institute of Preventive Medicine. In 1903 the Institute became the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine (LIPM). From 1904-1911 Lord Lister was President of LIPM. In 1905 LIPM became a school of the University of London. In 1912 Lord Lister died. In 1919 the National Collection of Type Cultures was established at LIPM. In 1944 the Medical Research Council Blood Research Unit was established at LIPM. In the 1970s the LIPM laboratories for conducting research, and producing vaccine and sera, were closed. In 1981 the LIPM became a grantmaking body. A Scientific Advisory Committee was set up to consider applications to provide support for research in biomedical sciences. In 1982 the Council disbanded and the Memorandum and Articles of Association were amended.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine (LIPM), 1886-1986, comprising minutes, 1886-1982; annual reports, 1895-1986; records relating to the origins and establishment of LIPM, 1889-1898; records of LIPMs links and amalgamations with other bodies, 1886-1898; records relating to vivisection, 1889-1899; Lord Lister's correspondence, 1893-1912; J L Pattison's correspondence, 1898-1903 and 1914; records relating to LIPMs organisation and administration, 1896-1949; production and distribution records for serum and vaccine lymph, 1894-1950; records relating to research projects, 1891-c1940s; records relating to LIPMs relations with outside bodies and individuals, 1889-1975; records relating to properties of LIPM; historical material; biographical material; miscellaneous papers; pamphlets relating to LIPM and associated bodies; pamphlets relating to other institutions; photographs; photocopies of letters from Lord Lister to Dr G Dean; and an index of correspondents.

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, the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine.

Finding aids:

The catalogue is available online except the index of correspondents which is only available in hard copy in the Wellcome Library.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Testing and production records were found in the stable block of Queensbury Lodge and transferred in 1994. They had damage from damp and insects, and required clearning and some repair. Many records were destroyed when LIPMs Chelsea site was bombed during the war. The papers of Sir Charles J Martin, Director of LIPM (1903-1930), were transferred to the Australian Academy of Sciences, Canberra.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Papers received from the LIPM in 1985. Photocopied letters of Lord Lister were acquired in 1987. Testing and production records were transferred from Queensbury Lodge in 1994. Additional material has been donated by former members of staff, including Professor Leslie Collier, Dr Leon Vallet and Dr Jean Dolby.

Allied Materials

Related material:

A number of framed engravings and photographs were transferred to the Wellcome Institute in 1985 and are in the care of the Iconographic Department.

Some of the books and a set of Collected Papers from the LIPM library were transferred to the Royal College of Pathologists in 1980. For accounts of the research undertaken at the LIPM, see War on Disease Chick, Hume and Macfarlane.

Publication note:

'Illustrations from the WIHM Library' by L Hall and N Morgan, Medical History, 1986, 30, p212-215

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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