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Professional Correspondence

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Vogt, Dr Marthe Louise (1903-2003)
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


This major series of correspondence covers Marthe Vogt's pharmacological work in Britain from the mid-1930s up to 1988 when she left Britain to live in California with her sister Marguerite. Correspondents are international and include her co-workers, colleagues, other scientists working in the same field, pharmaceuticals manufacturers, scientific research departments of pharmaceutical companies, medical colleges and scientific departments of universities, neurological institutions, chemical and science equipment suppliers, government departments and institutions, scientific societies and journals and book publishers.

The material provides a detailed insight into the progress and development of Vogt's research work and her obvious dedication to it; lecturing, teaching and examining activities; work-related visits abroad including conferences and symposia; relationship with her employers and colleagues and the organisations funding her research; scientific contacts in Britain and abroad; writings for journals and books; views on animal research and experimentation; some personal matters such as her naturalisation, the reputation of her parents in scientific circles and how she found life in England and Scotland in the 1930s and 1940s.

Some of Vogt's personal and political views are also evident, e.g. membership of anti-nuclear organisations, subscription to prisoners of conscience campaigns, her views on women in medicine, and donations to animal welfare charities (mainly in the 1980s). Few aspects of her personal life - family and home - are represented, although there are some references to the death of her father and her mother's illness and move to Britain.

As is obvious from this series, Marthe Vogt was fluent in German, English and French. These and a number of other languages are represented.



Physical description

20 boxes


Originally the correspondence was stored in separate sets covering: 1) 1936-1955 2) 1950-1957 3) 1956-1960 4) 1950-1987 5) 1960s-1980s. These have been amalgamated into a single series, in alphabetical order, mainly by name of correspondent, with the name/s of institution/s or organisation/s they were attached - if applicable. Names of non-British institutions have been translated into English. A forward slash separates the different institutions a correspondent was working for at the time of writing.

Finding aids

Manuscripts and Archives online catalogue


  • English
  • German
  • French

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