Scope and Content

Contains: biographical details of H B Parry 1976; correspondence relating to scrapie 1958-1979; registers concerning flocks 1939-1979; files concerning individual flocks 1939-1979; shepherds notebooks 1939-1977; notebook of sheep weights 1956-1957; farmers diaries 1965-1967; registers and notebooks relating to results of post mortems on sheep 1951-1969; analytical file cards of individual post mortems on sheep 1954-1977; analytical registers of indiviual post mortems on sheep 1954-1976; notebooks about scrapie in sheep 1954-1976; papers relating to retinal degeneration in dogs, rats and mice 1950-1952, 1960; reference material 1914-1982; published papers concerning sheep, dogs and horses 1949-1979; draft copies of articles and papers 1957-1979; papers relating to the Sheep Development Association 1963-1977; British Sheep Association 1962- 1969; International Brain Research Organisation 1975; microscope slides of samples of sheep brain 1960's; glass negatives, transparencies and photographs of pregnancy toxaemia, retinal degeneration, sheep organs, muscles, limbs, foetal wastage, scrapie, radiation sickness, brains 1950-1975; film and video concerning sheep suffering from scrapie 1954-1973; notebook relating to the films and photographs c1958; tape recordings and transcript of a seminar held by Animal Disease Eradication Division of the USA of Agriculture in Washington 1964

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Butler (James) Parry was born in 1912. He graduated from Cambridge in 1933 and became a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1938. He spent time at Winconsin and Sydney Universities before joining the research staff at the Nuffield Institute for Medical Research at the University of Oxford in 1953. His main interest was the disease Scrapie which he defined as 'a subacute neuromuscular disease of middle-aged sheep'. He died in 1980 before completing a monograph on Scrapie which incorporated his 25 years of research on the subject. A somewhat shorter edited version of this entitled Scrapie Disease in Sheep was published posthumously in 1983.


A1 Biographical details&list of publications

B1-17 Correspondence

C1-53 Register (flock)

54-102 Files (Flock)

103-185 Notebooks (Shepherds)

186-206 Records relating to sheep post-mortems

207-231 Records relating to Scrapie and Pregnancy Toxaemia

232-233 Records relating to Retinal Degenration in other animals

D1-73 Reference material

E1-13 Published papers relating to sheep

14-18 Published papers relating to dogs

19-20 Published papers relating to horses

21-22 Miscellaneous published material

F1-23 Draft copies of work

G1-6 Sheep Development Association/British Sheep Society Records

7 Membership list International Brain Research Organisation

8 Microscope slides of sheep brian tissue

H1-7 Negatives

8-55 Transparencies

56-79 Photographs

I1-29 Film

J1-1/1 Tape Recordings and transcripts

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Deposited in 1982 Accession number DX59


Compiled by Caroline Gould, 18 December 2002

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