Catalogue of the personal papers of Edith Bülbring

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Personal papers of Edith Bülbring, pharmacologist


Correspondence and papers of Edith Bülbring (1903-1990), pharmacologist and physiologist.

Extent: 2 boxes
Language(s) of Material: English, Dutch, French and German

Full Range of Shelfmarks:

MS. 11906/1-2


Edith Bülbring was born 27 Dec 1903 in Bonn, Germany, the youngest child of Karl Daniel Bülbring and a Dutch Jewish mother, Hortense Leonore Kann. She had an older brother who was killed in action in the First World War, and two older sisters, Maud and Lucie. Her father died in 1917 when she was a teenager. She studied medicine at the universities of Bonn, Munich and Freiburg, qualifying in 1929. She practised as a physician before undertaking research at the Infectious Disease Unit at the Virchow Krankenhaus in Berlin. She was dismissed from this position in 1933 due to her Jewish ancestry. She took a holiday in England the same year, and through a former colleague was offered a research post at the Pharmaceutical Society, London, under J.H. Burn. When Burn was appointed to a Professorship at Oxford University, she moved as part of his team, and was appointed Departmental Demonstrator in 1937. She was naturalized in 1948. She became a Professorial Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall in 1960 and a Professor in 1967. Her most influential work was on the physiology of smooth muscle.

She lived with her sister, Maud, in Oxford, and after Maud's death, with her sister Lucie. She did not marry. She died 5 Jul 1990 in Oxford. Further details can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The papers comprise qualifications and references, professional correspondence, personal correspondence, financial records and photographs, 1923-1994. They also include personal papers of her older sister, Maud Bülbring, 1903-1952, and letters of Marthe Vogt, 1943-1944, a colleague and fellow refugee from Nazi Germany.


Given to the library by Mrs Anne Casson, 2016.

Related Material

Papers of Edith Bülbring and the Vogt family were given to the library by the Pharmacology Department in 2010 - see online catalogue. The archive of the Society for Protection of Science and Learning, held at the library, contains correspondence with Edith Bülbring and Marthe Vogt. Further papers of Edith Bülbring are held at the Wellcome Library.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. 11906/1


20th century
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees -- Netherlands

Descriptive List

Professional qualifications and correspondence
Date: 1923-1950
Shelfmark: MS. 11906/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Folder 1 comprises professional qualifications, 1923-1935:

Folder 2 comprises professional correspondence, 1937-1950:

Folder 3 comprises personal correspondence, 1940-1945:

Financial papers and photographs; papers of Maud Bülbring and papers of Marthe Vogt
Date: 1903-1994
Shelfmark: MS. 11906/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Folder 1 comprises financial papers, 1934-1994:

Folder 2 comprises photographs, 1941-1958:

Folder 3 comprises papers of Maud Bülbring, 1903-1952:

Folder 4 comprises papers of Marthe Vogt, 1943-1944:

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