Daley, Sir (William) Allen (1887-1969)

  • Daley, Allen, Sir.
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The papers in this collection date mainly from the period after Daley's retirement in 1952 until his death in 1969. They comprise correspondence, committee papers, reports, lecture notes and photographs relating to many aspects of public health and community medicine, including other professions in the public health field and health education. Of particular note is the almost complete set of his lecture notes, articles and speeches spanning his career and retirement (see C.3), many of which include other information relating to public health gathered by Daley for the purposes of writing the speech or article. Also, after his retirement he reviewed nearly 600 book and journal articles (see C.7).



Physical description

56 boxes



The collection is divided into sections as follows:

A. Personal and biographical

B. Correspondence

C. Writings


E. Australia and Canada

F. Reference files

G. The Croonian lectures

H. Committees and special projects

J. World Health Organization

K. Hospital boards

L. Conferences

M. 'National Health Service miscellaneous papers'

N. Ephemera

P. Photographs

Acquisition note

The papers of Sir (William) Allen Daley were given to the library at Wellcome Collection in 1986 by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. There is no documentation to establish how the School came to have them.

Biographical note

William Allen Daley (AWD) held public health offices from the beginning of his career and was the Chief Medical Officer of Health for London County Council from 1939 until his retirement in February 1952, after which he was an Associate Member of the Baltimore Public Health Dept for 4 months.

After returning to Britain, AWD continued to serve on a variety of committees, relating to community health and ancillary professions, as well as other health and medical matters. He was involved in several special studies or projects, either as part of the particular committee or because he was invited to by the organisation. Very often a report was produced as a result of the work or study undertaken by AWD; in most cases, these reports can be found among these papers.

An outline chronology follows:

Feb 1887 Born, Bootle, Lancashire

1898-1903 Merchant Taylors' School, Liverpool

1903-1906 BA, Royal University of Ireland

1906 BSc, University of London

1909 MB,ChB (1st Class), University of Liverpool

1910 MB,BS, University of London

1911 Diploma in Public Health, University of Cambridge

1911-1920 MOH, Bootle

1912 MD in State Medicine, University of London

1913 Marries Mary (Marie) Toomey

1914 Birth of Doreen Daley

1917 Birth of Raymond Daley

1920-1925 MOH, Blackburn

1925-1929 MOH, Hull

1929-1939 Principal Medical Officer, LCC

1939 Elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

1939-1952 Chief Medical Officer of Health, LCC

1944 Knighthood

1946 Honorary Member of Liverpool Medical Institution

Feb-Jul 1952 Associate Member of Baltimore City Health Dept

Jan-Apr 1953 Nuffield Foundation Visiting Lecturer, Australia

Jul 1953 Croonian Lectures, RCP

1958 LLD (Honorary), University of Liverpool

1959-1964 President, CCHE

1962 Death of Marie Daley

Feb 1969 Death of AWD

Related material

At Wellcome Collection:

Other related collections of interest are the Health Visitors' Association, SA/HVA; the Queen's Nursing Institute, SA/QNI; the Society of Medical Officers of Health, SA/SMO; the Family Planning Association, SA/FPA; the British Medical Association, SA/BMA; the Association of County Medical Officers of Health and the County Medical Officers Group of the Society of Medical Officers of Health, SA/CMO; Association of Area Medical Officers of Health, SA/AMO; James Randal Hutchinson and William Henry Bradley, PP/JRH and Dr Herbert Davies Chalke, GC/200.

Appraisal note

Some areas of the collection had been kept in order, and required little sorting: for example, his correspondence has been catalogued in virtually the way Daley kept it. Other areas required sorting to establish an order that would make the collection more accessible for readers. In most cases, sets of papers which came to AWD as a part of a committee are incomplete. AWD used papers sent to him as scrap paper and to make his own notes, as the reverse of many items are papers which he had been sent at one time. All the minutes are copies. Most sections of correspondence contain a copy of AWD's out-letters. The papers have been weeded of duplicate items and ephemeral material not worthy of historical preservation.


Abbreviations used in the catalogue:

AWD [William] Allen Daley

BBC British Broadcasting Corporation

BMA British Medical Association

BMJ British Medical Journal

CCHE Central Council for Health Education

CHSC Central Health Services Council

FPA Family Planning Association

IHF International Hospital Federation

GNC General Nursing Council

LCC London County Council

MOH Medical Officer of Health

NAMCW National Association for Maternal and Child Welfare

NAPT National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis

NHS National Health Service

PH Public Health

QIDN Queen's Institute of District Nursing

RCP Royal College of Physicians

RSI Royal Sanitary Institute

SMOH Society of Medical Officers of Health

WHO World Health Organization

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Accession number

  • 661