University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Sir Leonard Parsons Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence including letters to and from Parsons's son Clifford, and personal manuscripts, 1951 and no date; printed material including obituaries of Sir Leonard Parsons, 1948-1950; offprints of papers by Sir Leonard Parsons relating to paedeatrics and medicine.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Leonard Gregory Parsons, 1879-1950, paediatrician; educated at King Edward VI Grammar School and Mason College Birmingham; M.B., B.S. London, 1905. In 1910 he was appointed to Birmingham Children's Hospital and was the first Professor of Child Health at University of Birmingham, 1928-1946. Parsons obtained new buildings for the Children's Hospital and established the Institute of Child Health, 1945. He insisted upon scientific investigation of children's diseases and the importance of ante-natal factors. He was knighted in 1946 and made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1948.

Reference: The Dictionary of National Biography: The Concise Dictionary, Part II ( Oxford University Press,Oxford, 1961 ).

For further reading about the University of Birmingham see: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwarz The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History ( The University of University of Birmingham Press. 2000 ).


The papers are arranged as described above.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was transferred to the Special Collections Department from the Barnes Medical Library in 2000.

Other Finding Aids

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Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students.