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This guide highlights primary source material from the Archives and Manuscripts Collection, relating to the boroughs of East London. It includes information about local families, individuals and organisations.

Barking and Dagenham, Hackney (north of Old Street), Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets (east of Brick Lane and Leman Street), Waltham Forest.

Hospitals, associations and institutions

Birth Control Campaign
Records of local groups at Havering, Newham, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest, 1972-4.
Reference: SA/BCC/A

Claybury Asylum
See General section, Personal Papers: Lyon Falkener.

East End Maternity Hospital
National Birthday Trust Fund correspondence concerning donations, 1928-39.
Reference: SA/NBT/F.6/1

Family Planning Association (formerly National Birth Control Association)
Records of its dealings with its own regional federations, area organisation, local branches and clinics; and correspondence with local authorities, 1930-74. Records of its regional administration, 1965-1991. Also includes records of the following branches: Hackney and Stoke Newington, 1951-68, West Ham. 1952-68, Canning Town, 1958-66.
Reference: SA/FPA

Great Eastern Dispensary, Stratford
Account book, 1887-9.
Reference: MS.4868

London Port Welfare Advisory Council
Minutes of, 1935-41, in British Social Hygiene Council archives.
Reference: SA/BSH/B.5

Medical Pilgrims
50th Anniversary Meeting at The London and Guy’s, 1978.
Reference: SA/PIL

Mothers’ Hospital Clapton
File in Medical Women’s Federation archive.
Reference: SA/MWF/C.43

Multiple Sclerosis Society
Files on Barking, Havering, Newham, North Havering, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest, 1950s-70s.
Reference: SA/MSS/C

Old Church Hospital, Romford
Trials of nitrous oxide and oxygen obstetric analgesia, 1960-1, investigation into low spinal analgesia, 1957-9.
Reference: SA/NBT/H.2/8/4, H.5/6

People’s Cancer Movement [for Greater State Aid], Leytonstone
Papers, 1951-3.
Reference: SA/CRC/H.1/16

Plaistow Maternity Hospital
National Birthday Trust Fund correspondence concerning donations, 1928-36.
Reference: SA/NBT/F.6/1

Poplar and Stepney Sick Asylum, Bromley by Bow
Nurse training notebooks of  E J Thomas, c.1905-10.
Reference: GC/239

Poplar Hospital
List of marine pensioner inmates formerly serving with the East India Company, 1843-60.
Reference: MS.2271

Queen Mary’s Hospital for the East End
National Birthday Trust Fund correspondence concerning donations, 1934-6.
Reference: SA/NBT/F.6/1

Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich
Various materials concerning, 1865-c.1970.
Reference: RAMC

Royal London Hospital
Letter asking that leeches be put on the abdomen of a patient, 1897.
Reference: MS.7294/2

Physiotherapy students
c.1965.
Reference: SA/CSP/Q.1

Salvation Army Mothers Hospitals
National Birthday Trust Fund correspondence concerning donations, 1928-53.
Reference: SA/NBT/F.6/1 

Business records

Howard, Jewell & Co, chemists, Stratford
Founded by the Quaker chemist and meteorologist Luke Howard FRS (1772-1864). Letters sent to the firm from individuals in several parts of England, ordering chemicals. Several orders specify the means of carriage to be used, some substances travelling by canal and some by coach or wagon, 1809-43.
References: MSS.7654, 7736 and 7780/11

Local government

Compulsory Vaccination Act 1853
Certificate of vaccination of Annie Wheeler of Shacklewell, Hackney, 1862.
Reference: MS.7274/7

Poor Law Relief in the East End of London 1908-38
By G D R Butler, Local Public Assistance Officer to the London County Council, 1938.
Reference: GC/123

General practice

Oral History of General Practice, 1935-52
Tapes and transcripts of interviews with Harry Hyman, Bethnal Green, and James Fife, Romford, 1993-4.
Reference: GP/29 

Personal papers

Hugh Charles Herbert Candy
Consulting analyst to London Hospital. Notes and correspondence on poisonings, chiefly concerning a suicide in Barking and including police statement by attending GP, post mortem report and coroner's letters, 1930-1.
Reference: MS.6890

Hector Gavin
Testimonials advanced as candidate for surgeon to the workhouse, Bethnal Green, 1843.
Reference: MS.5155

William Gelder
Dispensing and visiting assistant to R Lucie Reed, surgeon, Whitechapel Road. Letters, 1832.
Reference: MS.5871

Hodgkin family
Papers generated by interlinked London Quaker families including the Howards resident in Plaistow Letters and autobiographical fragments contain many references to local matters.
See 'General' section.

Donald Hunter CBE, FRCP (1898-1977)
Material on the history of the London Hospital and Whitechapel, 1920s-60s.
Reference: PP/HUN

J R Hutchinson (c.1880-1955) and W H Bradley (1898-1975)
Of the Ministry of Health. File on vaccination in Stepney.
Reference: PP/JRH

Lister family, including Joseph Lister (1st Baron Lister)
Letters and administrative documents including material with reference to London and particularly to Upton, Essex, where the family was long resident. Full catalogue available, 1737-1967.
Reference: MSS.6961-89

Frederick Parkes Weber FRCP (1863-1962)
Casebooks (plus other notes and photographs) of patients seen at the German Hospital, Hackney, 1890s-1940s.
Reference: PP/FPW

Norris Purslow, wapping clothier
Astrological diary, c.1690-1737.
Reference: MS.4021

Hugo Rast (1891-1982)
Material relating to the German Hospital, including bomb damage during World War II, 1940s-50s. Set of postcards depicting ‘London Under Fire’, 1940s.
Reference: PP/RAS

Walter Pickett Turner MD (died 1934)
Leytonstone. Notes for lectures, including on Epping Forest and Leytonstone, c.1905.
References: MSS.4882 and 4884

Edgar Ashworth Underwood (1899-1980)
Municipal Health Officer, Shoreditch, 1930s, papers also include material on public health, mainly schools, in West Ham, 1931-9.
Reference: PP/EAU/B

Albert Wilson
Medical superintendent of Essex County Asylum, Walthamstow. Miscellaneous papers, 1874-1912 and no date.
References: MSS.5011-26 and 5356-61

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