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John Pemberton archive (20th C.)

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Prof. John Pemberton (1912-2010) was an epidemiologist working in the field of social and preventative medicine, and in the international dissemination of this research. His archive is divided into his professional and personal life. His professional papers are categorised into: education, appointments, notes, travel, interviews, published works, correspondence with the University of Bristol, nutrition, flax byssinosis, Boyd Orr Survey of Children in Britain, 1937-39, correspondence with Queen’s University Belfast, history of the Society for Social Medicine, International Epidemiological Association, All-Ireland Social Medicine meetings, William Pickles, EEC Concerted Action Committee on Epidemiology (COMAC-EPID), and miscellaneous. His personal papers are categorised into: family, personal correspondence, politics, art, literature, memorials, and miscellaneous.

Date range: 1930-2011

Strengths: The archive will interest researchers of social conditions and heath, and the early days of evidence-based health care and epidemiology. Also of note are his wife’s 1930s diaries of her experiences as a nurse taking part in the Boyd Orr Survey. Gwen Pemberton travelled widely among deprived localities in the UK, as part of a study which related the quality of diet both to family income and to the health of the children living in the household. John Pemberton felt the diaries were an important record, and made several attempts to have them published. Within John Pemberton’s personal papers is a substantial ‘bereavement diary’, written after Gwen’s death, which may be of interest to social science researchers.

Size: 2 boxes, 1 metre

Language: English

Keywords: John Pemberton (1912-2010), public health, social medicine, epidemiology, nutrition, International Epidemiology Association, preventative medicine, flax byssinosis, World Health Organisation, travel, William Pickles (1885-1969), bereavement.

Notes: The Pemberton archive was donated by John Pemberton’s son, Adam Pemberton, in May 2012. For other papers related to epidemiology, see the UK Cochrane Centre archive, the Sir Iain Chalmers archive, and the Centre for the History of Evaluative Health Care, which includes papers of the Cochrane Secretariat, Miles Irving, Walter Holland, Fiona Godlee, Muir Gray, David Bainton, Bill Miall, Adrian Grant and Peter Armitage. Papers for Archie Cochrane and Austin Bradford Hill are also held, at Archie Cochrane Library, Llandough.