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Cambridge University Library


The papers of Joseph Stanley Mitchell (1909-87), the eminent radiotherapist and from 1957 to 1975 Regius Professor of Physic in the University of Cambridge, were received by the Library in September 1987, July and November 1988, from Professor Mitchell's estate.

This large collection covers almost all aspects of Mitchell's career. Correspondence, biographical items, his work in the Department of Therapeutics/Radiotherapeutic Centre, lecture and broadcast notes, academic and medical societies, research funding, faculty papers, medical school files, notebooks and bibliographical references, research at the Colloid Science Laboratory, and into the biochemistry of ionising radiations, are all well represented. So too is Mitchell's principal research activity: his continuing efforts to find a cure for cancer.

A small number of items are restricted at the discretion of the Keeper of Manuscripts and Archives. Otherwise, material from the Mitchell papers may be consulted by holders of full Reader's Tickets in the Manuscripts Reading Room. An overview of the collection is available on the ArchiveSearch database which also has links to a full catalogue on the National Archives Discovery website. A three-volume typescript catalogue prepared by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Papers of Contemporary Scientists (University of Bath) is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

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