Friday, 15 April 2011

Completion of the Nutrition Collection cataloguing project

We are pleased to announce the completion of our two year project to catalogue and preserve the papers of the School's Nutrition Collection.

The project to make this unique resource accessible was made possible through a generous grant from the Wellcome Trust's Research Resources in Medical History funding initiative. The collection is an extensive and varied resource consisting of over 4000 items relating to scientific investigations in the field of nutrition created and collected by LSHTM staff between the 1920s and 1930s. Records include reports, diaries, notebooks, research data, photographs, correspondence and nutrition educational and promotional materials. The collection is particularly rich in records relating to nutrition surveys in Africa, Asia and South America and work on malnutrition, protein requirements, Second World War diets, health promotion, obesity and the diets and health of specific groups, including children, teenagers, prisoners of war and the elderly.

Nutrition is one of the most important public health agenda items of the 21st century and the completion of this project has opened up this previously inaccessible resource to the medical research community and researchers in associated areas, including epidemiology, anthropology, geography and social, colonial and military history.

The collection can be searched on our online catalogue at:

Researchers are welcome to visit the archive by appointment. Details of how to contact us and access our collections can also be found on our website at the above address.

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