Wellcome Museum of Medical Science Trypanosomiasis Collection

  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The following is an interim description which may change when detailed cataloguing takes place in future:

The archive comprises the following:

  • Correspondence regarding the work of Dr A. J. Duggan and Dr M. P. Hutchinson at the Wellcome Museum to research the history of trypanosomiasis
  • Published papers and report on trypanosomiases, collated as working papers for Duggan and Hutchinson's history of trypanosomiasis
  • Papers of and about Dr Cuthbert Christy (1863-1932) and his trypanosomiasis research. Many of Christy's papers are copies and include his correspondence, notebooks, published papers and photographs
  • Research notes, correspondence and reports from other trypanosomiases researchers
  • Reports and papers concerning trypanosomiases in various African countries, including control measures and eradication campaigns. Countries include Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia, Ghana, East Africa, Ethiopia, the Sudan, and Zambia
  • Reports from national and international bodies including the Trypanosomiasis Advisory Panel (Successor to the Tsetse Fly and Trypanosomiasis Committee) to the Ministry of Overseas Development and the International Scientific Committee for Trypanosomiasis Research
  • Photographs and glass plate negatives of sleeping sickness expeditions in Africa and clinical cases
  • Publication/Creation


    Physical description

    Uncatalogued: 22 transfer boxes and 1 oversize item

    Acquisition note

    Transferred to CMAC in 1989 with other WTI collections. Originally deposited on long loan by Dr M P Hutchison.

    Biographical note

    Dr A. J. Duggan, Director of the Wellcome Museum of Medical Science from 1964-1984, previously worked as a Medical Officer in the Nigerian Sleeping Sickness Service, and was President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from 1981-1983. Along with his colleague Michael Hutchinson, who had worked on trypanosomiasis in many parts of Africa, Duggan continued to research and write on the subject, particularly on the historical aspects, and he built up a collection of reports, photographs and papers for the museum.

    In 1984 responsibility for the museum was transferred from the Wellcome Foundation to the newly established Wellcome Tropical Institute and it was decided that the collection built up by Duggan and Hutchinson should become part of the WTI archive.

    Copyright note

    Copyright assigned to the Wellcome Trust

    Terms of use

    This collection is currently uncatalogued and cannot be ordered online. Requests to view uncatalogued material are considered on a case by case basis. Please contact collections@wellcomecollection.org for more details.

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    Accession number

    • 0
    • WTI/27