Joan Walker Papers

Scope and Content

The 53 folders (some containing several files) and 2 boxes consist of the following:

  • i) Published articles, including drafts and correspondence, c.1936-c.1984 (8 folders)
  • ii) unpublished lectures 1938-1973 (2 boxes)
  • iii) "Ibstock surveys" 1957, 1962 and 1966. Surveys (the first conducted in the UK) of numbers of diabetics in Ibstock, Leicestershire, together with their family, medical and social histories. Includes correspondence and related papers, 1956-1983 (2 folders)
  • iv) British Diabetic Surveys. Reports, papers and correspondence concerning diabetic surveys in various places in Britain, 1956-1978 (1 folder)
  • v) Photographs of the Leicester Diabetic Service, mostly originals of picures used in an article in the Nursing Mirror, 1954, together with photographs of the Burley on the Hill Convalescent Home, Dr Walker and Dr John Hearnshaw (her successor) in 1984, and a glass bowl presented to Dr Walker in 1982 (1 folder)
  • vi) Lettered folders, containing correspondence, offprints, case notes, etc., on various topics: a) insulin (3 folders), b) management of diabetes (1 folder), c) diabetes in pregnancy (2 folders), e) diabetic neuropathy (1 folder), f) renal aspects of diabetes (1 folder), g) sociological implications of diabetes (1 folder), h) feet and diabetes (1 folder), i) premenstrual syndrome in diabetes, j) endocrinology (1 folder), k) nutrition (3 folders), o) oral hypoglycaemic drugs (1 folder), p) case histories (2 folders), q) blood sugar and other chemical estimations (1 folder), r) coma (1 folder), s) stress (1 folder), t) tuberculosis and diabetes (1 folder), u) epidemiology references (1 folder), v) neurological papers (1 folders), x) history of medicine in England (1 folder), y) genetics of diabetes (1 folder)
  • vii) Unlettered folders, contents as the lettered series, on futher topics: international research, visits and correspondence (9 folders), papers relating to the Diabetes Detection Sub-Committee of the British Diabetic Association (1 folder), European Diabetes Epidemiology Study Group meetings 1958-1975 (1 folder), Second International Congress of the International Diabetes Federation, Cambridge, 1955 (1 folder), care and aftercare of the diabetic in Leicestershire (1 folder), Leicestershire Branch of the British Diabetic Association, Annual Reports (1 folder), papers and correspondence relating to an article by Dr Walker on C. J. Bond (1856-1939), a Leicester surgeon, together with offprints of the published article in Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, v.77, pp.316-324, 1984
  • viii) Folder labelled "Joan Walker Collection" including obituaries of Dr Walker and correspondence concerning her life and work.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professional papers of Dr Joan B. Walker (1902-1995), physician. At the time of her retirement in 1967, Dr Walker was Physician in Charge of the Diabetic Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary. She was responsible for establishing the first Diabetic Service in Leicestershire.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Donated to the Library by Dr Walker in 1994 through the good offices of Mrs Jean Shaw (then Librarian in Charge of the Clinical Sciences Library). The Library also received Dr Walker's books, now added to the Library stock.

Archivist's Note

Description prepared by Margaret Maclean on 19 March 2013.

Separated Material

Dr Walker also donated her book collection of over 200 volumes to the Library in 1994. The majority of these books are housed in the External Store and are available for loan to staff and students of the University of Leicester.

Conditions Governing Use

Some of the material in the archive may remain in copyright. Photocopies of material can be supplied for private research purposes only. However, it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study. A copy of such written approval from the copyright holder must be received by Special Collections before reproductions can be made. It is also the researcher's responsibility to obtain the relevant copyright holder's permission to publish or cite papers from the archive. A copy of such written approval from the copyright holder must be received by Special Collections prior to publication. Special Collections will not be responsible for any failure on the part of authors and publishers to seek such permission to publish. Readers are required to sign a form accepting these conditions.


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