Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Happy 10th Birthday to LSHTM Archives

Image credit: Colorful Balloons by Petr Kratochvil [License: Public Domain]

The LSHTM Archives Service is 10 years old this month. The Archives Service was formally established in July 2002 with the appointment of the first professional archivist to catalogue the papers of Sir Ronald Ross (malariologist). The Archives Service has grown significantly since 2002 and now manages over 70 archive collections, runs the School’s image database, PhotoLibrary and provides support and guidance on records, data and information management.

The archives of the School date from the mid-nineteenth century and consist of correspondence and personal papers of scientific, medical and public health professionals involved in the search for preventative measures and cures to diseases including malaria, filariasis, cholera and leprosy. These include the papers of Sir Patrick Manson (tropical medicine specialist), Major General Sir Leonard Rogers (tropical public health physician), the School’s former Department of Nutrition and Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health. There are also administrative papers of the School, an extensive photographic collection, and scientific and medical artefacts. These resources relate to the work of the School in the United Kingdom and internationally. A large number of the School's archive collections are now accessible via the archive on-line catalogue.

The archives are available to view by appointment in the research room of the School’s Keppel Street building. Further information on how to make an appointment to view material is available on the access pages of our website.

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