Papers of Valentin Moskalenko (1898-1986), medical surgeon in the Ukraine, Germany and Lincolnshire, 1904-1977

Scope and Content

The papers are largely concerned with Moskalenko's professional career, including translations of work from his Russian period used in support of his medical registration in England. Autobiographical material was also gathered to provide evidence about his professional training and experience. The principal categories in the collection are as follows:

  • Printed works written by or contributed to by Moskalenko, mainly Russian, 1928-1977 (VM 1);
  • Typescript autobiography, curriculum vitae and lists of scientific works by Moskalenko, in English, undated, after 1952 (VM 2);
  • Typescript manuscripts of unpublished works by Moskalenko with associated correspondence, Russian and English, 1947-1976 (VM 3);
  • Typescript and manuscript notes on surgery and anatomy by Moskalenko, mainly Russian, undated (VM 4);
  • Printed books on surgery, anatomy and language annotated by Moskalenko, mainly English, 1904-1951 (VM 5);
  • Personal correspondence and documentation, mainly in Russian and German, 1932-1967 (VM 6);
  • Translated summaries in English of articles and thesis by Moskalenko relating to surgery, theatre procedure and medical conditions, and a typescript copy of his thesis in Russian, 1921-1951 (VM 7);
  • Anatomical diagrams and photographs, undated (VM 8).

Administrative / Biographical History

Valentin Moskalenko was born in Cholm, the Ukraine on 23 February 1898. After studying in a Russian grammar school, he took a Doctor of Medicine degree at the Imperial Military Medical Academy in Petrograd in 1921. His career began at the Department of Operative Surgery and Surgical Anatomy at Petrograd's Institute of the Military Medical Academy where he worked as an unsalaried house surgeon. In 1931, Moskalenko was appointed professor and director of the surgical department of general surgery at the teaching hospital at Dnepropetrovsk, the Ukraine. Until 1939, he also simultaneously held the posts of professor of operative surgery and surgical anatomy at the medical postgraduate's school in the town. In 1939, Moskalenko was appointed professor and director of surgery at the First Medical Institute in Kharkov, the Ukraine.

Professors of the teaching hospitals were exempt from war service but, following the occupation of the Ukraine by the German army, Moskalenko was displaced to the Sudetenland where he worked as an assistant surgeon in a prisoner of war camp at Troppau. In 1945, he began general practice in Stolberg, Germany and then in Gttingen. In 1948, Moskalenko was registered with the British Medical Association in England and was appointed senior house surgeon at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, Middlesex. A year later, he became resident surgical and medical officer at the War Memorial Hospital, Enfield before moving to Scarthoe Road Infirmary in Grimsby, Lincolnshire in 1952. By 1967, he was employed at the Louth County Hospital, Lincolnshire where he probably remained until his retirement. Moskalenko died in 1986.


The collection has been divided by document type into seven sections. Within these series, items have been arranged chronologically where possible.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Pending full cataloguing, access to the collection is limited and is possible only for registered readers by advance notice and agreement.

LANGUAGE: English, Russian and German

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishing to publish.

Custodial History

The collection was given to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in December 1986.

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