Professional papers of William Blair-Bell, 1891-1929

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Professor William Blair-Bell's private practice at his clinic at 38 Rodney Street, Liverpool, predominantly comprised of correspondence with patients and medics regarding diagnosis, appointments, treatments and fees for obstetric, gynaecological and cancer cases between 1920 and 1921, together with invoices for medical equipment and supplies, reprints and professional services as Director of the Liverpool Cancer Research Committee and of the Liverpool Medical Research Organisation, case books from his early practice in Wallasey, Merseyside, references to the British Empire Cancer Conference (1920) and his lead treatment for cancer, research notebooks on cancer and ovarian cysts (1911-1912), physiology tracings showing muscle and heart reflexes (1893), and correspondence with the National Association of Local Government Officers regarding reduced fees for members, and with the Liverpool District Midwives Association relating to his participation in their lecture programme.


This subfonds was created in September 2012 during recataloguing of the papers in order to facilitate access to the collection. Original references are captured at file level, and the papers arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Unrestricted, copyright is held by the estate of Professor William Blair-Bell, and reproductions are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Full file descriptions are available from the College Archivist

Related Material

The papers need to be studied in conjunction with the papers at reference S10 which were deposited on loan in the College by the Datnow family trustees in 1988. It is highly likely that the papers in S1 were separated from the papers in S10 as a result of a theft.