Following careful consideration of the current course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to close Wellcome Collection.
We have made this decision in the interests of the health and wellbeing of our staff, service partners, tenants, contractors and visitors.
Please note that requesting of closed stacks material is not possible at this time.Please read our full statement.
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Face of a man suffering from smallpox (left); vaccination against smallpox (right). Colour process print.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Find primary source material about the treatment of and therapeutic approaches towards certain medical conditions.
Primary source materials relating to medical treatments and therapies from the 18th to 21st centuries can be found in the Archives and Manuscripts Collection. Most materials are from individuals and organisations active during the 20th century. For more source material relating to specific conditions, see the Archives and Manuscripts guide to Diseases and Disorders.
Lister Institute archiveIn its old form the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine conducted research and produced vaccines and sera, but now it administers fellowships for research in the biomedical sciences. Full catalogue description of the Institute's archive.
Norman Heatley papersArchivist Amanda Engineer writes about Norman Heatley – the unsung hero of penicillin. From the Wellcome Library blog.
Sir Leonard Rogers papersFrom the journal 'Medical History', read more about the pioneer in tropical medicine Sir Leonard Rogers and particularly his work on the disease kala azar in India in the 1890s. Wellcome Library holds Rogers's personal papers.
Our archivists have compiled extensive lists of material relating to treatments and therapies. These in-depth sources guides provide access to the detailed information held in the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue. From here you may also request material from closed stores for viewing in the Library.
Immunology and virology
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.
To contact the Collections team, email email@example.com or phone +44 (0)20 7611 8899 during Library opening hours.
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