Papers of: BACUP (British Association of Cancer United Patients and their Family and Friends) (founded 1985)

Scope and Content

The records cover the period 1976-1993, although the majority of the records date from 1985-1993. Many sections of the archive are complete - minutes of the Executive Committee, 1985-1993; annual reports, 1986-1993 and newsletters, 1986-1993. The archive also contains a great deal of information relating to other cancer organisations, both in this country and abroad.

Administrative / Biographical History

Founded by Vicky Clement-Jones, who in spite of her medical training, realised when she was diagnosed with cancer, that she had no idea of how it felt to be a patient and cope with the uncertainties that lay ahead. Through her own experiences, she became aware of the fact that most cancer sufferers were not offered by the medical community the kind of practical help and advice they needed to cope with life. She formed BACUP (now CancerBACUP), which continues today to provide an information service for people who have to live with cancer. Professional and practical advice, as well as emotional counselling, is given by nurses trained in cancer care.


By section as follows: A.Annual Reports 1986-1993; B.Executive Committee 1984-1993; C.Other committees and meetings 1985-1989; D.Vicky Clement-Jones 1979-1987; E.BACUP files 1984-1991; F.Correspondence 1984-1987; G.Cancer Information Service 1976-1988; H.Relations with other organisations 1983-1987; J.Publications and publishing 1984-1986; K.BACUP events 1987-1990; L.Newsletter 1985-1993; M.Press cuttings 1985-1993; N.Photographs 1985, 1989

Access Information

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, by prior appointment with Archives and Manuscripts staff and after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking. Please note that access to one file (marked in the detailed list) is restricted. Readers wishing for access to such material may submit a formal application form to Archives and Manuscript staff.

Acquisition Information

These records were given to the Wellcome Library by CancerBACUP in August 1994 (Acc No 534).

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued by Annie Lindsay, Wellcome Library, August 2000. Hard-copy catalogue available in Wellcome Library.

Collection level description available on-line on the Wellcome Library website

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Annie Lindsay

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.

Related Material

Material held by Archives and Manuscripts, Wellcome Library: see Sources Leaflet No. 35