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Lind-af-Hageby Libel Case

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/89
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Lind-af-Hageby Libel Case
Date(s): 1913
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Lind-af-Hageby | Emilia Augusta Louise | 1878-1963
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The case was a cause celebre for the antivivisection movement. Miss Emilia Augusta Louise Lind-af-Hageby (1878-1963) was a Swedish woman who settled in England, and was founder of the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society. In 1911 she was responsible for opening a shop in Piccadilly displaying the reality of vivisection. In May 1912 two articles by Dr C W Saleeby appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette accusing her anti-vivisection campaign of being based on lies and falsification. Miss Lind-af-Hageby then brought a suit for libel against Dr Saleeby, with his co-defendents W Waldorf Astor, proprietor of the Pall Mall Gazette, J L Garvin, the editor, and D C Forrester, the printer. She conducted her own case, and the action lasted from 1st-23rd April 1913. A summary account of the case and its significance can be found in E Westacott: A Century of Vivisection and Anti-Vivisection (The C W Daniel Co, Ltd, Ashingdon, Rochford, Essex, England, 1949), pp 502-505. Miss Lind-af-Hageby lost the case but obtained valuable publicity for the anti-vivisection cause.


Scope and content/abstract:

Incomplete set of notes of proceedings in anti-vivisection cause célèbre, the Lind-af-Hageby Libel Case, 1913. 19 items. Notes for the first two days of the case are missing.

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System of arrangement:

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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:

Wellcome Library online catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This set of proceedings in the case of Lind-af-Hageby v Astor and others, unfortunately incomplete, was received from Dr Edwin Clarke. It appears that they were formerly in the Duchess of Hamilton's collection and purchased by Dr Clarke from a dealer.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled from Wellcome Library online catalogue by Barbara Ball.

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:
September 2008

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