Catalogue of the papers of Lloyd Arthur Stocken, 1940-55

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Matthew Neely

2005

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Papers of Lloyd Arthur Stocken, 1940-55

Abstract:
Research correspondence and papers of Lloyd Arthur Stocken (1912-2008), biochemist, concerning the development and testing of British Anti-Lewisite (BAL).

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7203-4


Extent: 2 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Lloyd Arthur Stocken (1912-2008), was a member of the Department of Biochemistry at Oxford which was asked in 1938 by the Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment at Porton Down (part of the Ministry of Supply's Chemical Defence Research Department from 1939) to study lewisite and mustard gas. Stocken, in conjuction with Robert Thompson, concentrated on lewisite, which had been developed, but not used, during World War I. Their research resulted in the production of British Anti-Lewisite (BAL) as a means of treating exposure to lewisite. From 1944, further research was conducted on behalf of a special BAL committee set up by the Medical Research Council to establish whether BAL could be used as a treatment in other cases of arsenical posioning. The Medical Research Council took over full superivsion for research from the Chemical Research Defence Department in 1946 (see MS. Eng. c. 7203, fols. 1-9).

Scope and Content

The papers comprise research correspondence and papers concerning the development and testing of British Anti-Lewisite (BAL), and a memoir, 'A Chemist's Tale from the Second World War'.

Acquisition

Given by L.A. Stocken, Feb. 2005.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7203, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Stocken | Lloyd Arthur | b.1912 | biochemist
Thompson | Robert Henry | 1912-1998 | biochemist

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Medical Research Council
Ministry of Supply | Chemical Defence Research Department | Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment, Porton Down
Oxford University | Department of Biochemistry

Subjects (LCSH)

Biological warfare -- Research -- Great Britain
World War, 1939-1945 -- Biological warfare

Descriptive List


Research correspondence and papers concerning the development and testing of British Anti-Lewisite (BAL), 1940-3, with a memoir by Stocken and Margery Ord
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7203

Extent: 140 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-9) unpublished memoir by Stocken and Margery Ord 'BAL: A Chemist's Tale from the Second World War', [2004?]
  • (fols. 10-12) annotated list of papers showing published material, [2004?]
  • (fols. 13-140) research correspondence and papers concerning the development and testing of BAL, 1940-3

Research correspondence and papers mainly concerning the wider medical uses of BAL, 1944-55
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7204

Extent: 323 leaves
Restrictions on Access: MS. Eng. c. 7204, fols. 180-203 = Res.

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-266) research correspondence and papers concerning the wider medical uses of BAL, 1944-55
  • (fols. 267-323) research papers, n.d.

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