Papers of: McConnell, Robert Ernest (1877-c1929)

Scope and Content

The collection has two main themes: tropical medical work in West Africa, and swamp fever in horses (the latter relating to work carried out in Winnipeg, Canada).

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert McConnell was born in Montreal in 1877 and graduated M.D. and C.M. at McGill University. He was a member, with Lt.Col. George James Giles (1858-1916) of the Indian Medical Service, of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine's 14th expedition, to the Gold Coast to organise sanitary and anti-malaria measures. He became Medical Officer of Uganda in 1910. In 1928 he appears in the Medical Register as working for an oil company in Colombia; in the 1929 Register he is no longer present, presumably dead.


The material is held in chronological order of composition, so far as that can be established.

Access Information

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Presented by the daughter of John Lancelot Todd, Mrs. Bridget Todd Fialkowski, in 1967 (acc.314522).

Other Finding Aids

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973). Detailed catalogue available at

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

manuscript, bound and loose papers.

Archivist's Note

description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by S.A.J. Moorat.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Custodial History

This collection formed part of the collection of papers of John Lancelot Todd (1876-1949).

Related Material

The Wellcome Library holds MSS.2248-2268, 4790-4807 and 5690-5691, the papers of Joseph Everett Dutton (1877-1905) and John Lancelot Todd (1876-1949), dealing with related subjects; McConnell's papers were among those collected by Todd.