The Archives and Manuscripts Collection covers many aspects of the study of animals including:
- natural history
- animal husbandry
- veterinary medicine
- medical and scientific uses.
The scientific and medical material deals with the medical uses of animal products for example in serum production and pregnancy testing. It also includes animals in scientific research, particularly nutritional research and the regulation of animal experiments.
These materials span the 15th century to the 21st century, with most materials relating to individuals and organisations in the 20th century.
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Saving the lives of our dogs
Historians Professor Michael Worboys and Dr Michael Bresalier write about research on distemper at the Wellcome Laboratories in the 1920s and 1930s. From the Wellcome Library blog.
A 15th century manuscript that is illustrated with 83 watercolour drawings of animals. Full catalogue description of the manuscript.
The Physiological Society archive
The Society's archive includes a section (G) on animal welfare and research: issues, policy, and legislation, from 1941-2000. Full catalogue description of the archive.
You’ve goat to be kidding
Library Assistant Nicola Cook writes about a well travelled goat, mentioned in a letter from Dr Samuel Johnson to Sir Joseph Banks. From the Wellcome Library blog.
Archives sources guides
Our archivists have compiled extensive lists of material relating to the study of animals. These in-depth sources guides provide access to the detailed information held in the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue.
Animals: general and miscellaneous material
Medical and scientific use of animals
Veterinary medicine after 1800
Veterinary medicine before 1800
Items can be requested from the catalogue in advance for viewing in the Library.
How to order material
All of the items in the Library's Archives and Manuscripts Collection must be requested from the closed stores for viewing in the Rare Materials Room. Find out more about request and delivery services.
Contact an archivist
To contact an archivist, email email@example.com or phone +44 (0)20 7611 8899 during Library opening hours.