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Catalogue of the correspondence and papers of SIR RUDOLPH ALBERT PETERS, FRS; (1889 - 1982)

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Reference CSAC 85.3.82
Covering dates 1913 - 1982
Held by Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Extent 11 boxes
Source of acquisition Through the good offices of Lady Chain the majority of the collection was passed to the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre for cataloguing by Sir Rudolph himself after his final retirement from scientific work in July 1980 at the age of 91.
A small number of letters and papers, chiefly relating to the Oxford University Department of Biochemistry, were added to the main collection by Lady Peters after Sir Rudolph's death in January 1982.
Item CSAC 85.3.82/B.24 is included in the collection by kind permission of Dr. L.A. Stocken.
Creators Peters, Sir, Rudolph Albert, 1889-1982, Knight, biochemist
Related information Committee papers relating to Peters's service on the M.R.C. Accessory Food Factors Committee have been returned to the Council.
Some offprints and printed items of historical interest have been accepted for the library of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford.
An aerial photograph, taken in December 1917, of a section of the Western Front between Albert and Peronne, was passed to the Department of Photographs of the Imperial War Museum, London.
Two notebooks and a tape-recording of early and wartime reminiscences remain in family hands.
Note Compiled by: Jeannine Alton
Julia Latham-Jackson
The work of the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre, and the production of this catalogue, are made possible by the support of the following societies and institutions:
The Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
The Biochemical Society
The British Pharmacological Society
The Charles Babbage Foundation for the History of Information Processing
The Institute of Physics
The Institution of Electrical Engineers
The Nuffield Foundation
The Physiological Society
The Royal Society of London
We are grateful to:
Dr. L.A. Stocken and Mr. B. Taylor of the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University, for advice and information and for making available item CSAC 85.3.82/B.24.
Professor R.H.S. Thompson for comments on the draft catalogue and for making available item CSAC 85.3.82/A.42.

Administrative history:
Rudolph Albert Peters was born in Hampshire in 1889, the son of Dr. A.E. Peters who practised in Petersfield. He was educated at Wellington College and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and became a research Fellow of Caius in 1911.
In 1913 he went to St. Bartholomew's Hospital to complete his medical training, and after graduating in 1915 he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. His service in the field gained him the Military Cross and bar (see CSAC 85.3.82/A.3) but in 1917 he was recalled to start work on chemical defence under J. (later Sir Joseph) Barcroft at Porton Down.
After the First World War, Peters returned to Cambridge where he was elected into a Fellowship at his old college and joined the Department of Biochemistry as Senior Demonstrator. In 1923 he was appointed to the recently founded Whitley Chair of Biochemistry at Oxford University, where he built up a flourishing department and began investigations into the structure and mode of action of Vitamin B1. One of the results of this work was the firm establishment of the concept of 'biochemical lesion' in relation to deficiency disease.
During the Second World War, Peters returned once again to problems of defence against chemical weapons. He directed a small research team in his Department at Oxford working mainly on mustard gas and the arsenicals and his main success was the discovery of British Anti-Lewisite (BAL). After the war he continued to work on toxicological problems with particular reference to the biochemical mechanism involved in poisoning by fluoroacetate. In 1954 he retired from the Chair at Oxford and moved to the Agricultural Research Council Animal Physiology Unit at Babraham where he remained for 5 years before joining the Cambridge University Biochemistry Department as Senior Visiting Fellow in 1959. Here he continued his research on F compounds and other related problems until his final retirements in July 1980. He was knighted in 1952.

CSAC 85.3.82/A.1 -A.21, CSAC 85.3.82/A.42 Miscellaneous items of biographical interest
CSAC 85.3.82/A.22-A.41 Membership of committees, societies, organisations
CSAC 85.3.82/C.1 -C.45 Work on vitamin B, 1925-39
CSAC 85.3.82/C.46-C.77 Wartime and Post-War work on nutrition
CSAC 85.3.82/D.1 -D.19 Research reports, drafts, lectures, c.1939-50
CSAC 85.3.82/D.20-D.27 Correspondence on BAL and related research, 1940-67
CSAC 85.3.82/D.28, D.29 Reports and papers on mustard gas
CSAC 85.3.82/E.1 - E.41 Laboratory records, drafts, data, 1952-74
CSAC 85.3.82/E.42-E.84 Correspondence, 1948-77
CSAC 85.3.82/F.1 -F.32 Lectures, drafts, publications, 1945-70
CSAC 85.3.82/F.33-F.51 Undated material
CSAC 85.3.82/F.52-F.55 Shorter unindexed correspondence re lectures and publications
The collection documents some aspects of Peters's life quite fully while in other respects there are large gaps. There is, for example, nothing about his early life and indeed very little 'biographical' material at all, and almost nothing in the way of conferences and lecture tours, etc., although it is clear from odd references in the correspondence that he did travel, particularly after the Second World War. On the other hand, Section B has some interesting material relating to the building and funding of the new Department of Biochemistry at Oxford in the 1920s, while Sections C and E contain extensive laboratory notes and correspondence documenting his scientific research before and after the Second World War. There are also quite substantial sequences of correspondence and papers on the formation of the International Union of Biochemistry (see CSAC 85.3.82/A.24 - A.37) and on Peter's service on various Sub-Committees of the Medical Research Council Accessory Food Factors Committee (see C.46ff.).
The correspondence in Section G is less substantial, since most of the scientific letters remain with the relevant notes and data in Sections C - E, but there are nevertheless a few interesting exchanges.


Related information: See also CSAC 85.3.82/F.6.

The collection contains little in the way of biographical material. In particular there are only a few surviving papers to document the many honours and awards received by Peters in the course of his long scientific career.
The material is presented in two sequences: CSAC 85.3.82/A.1-A.21 consists of miscellaneous items of biographical interest, presented in chronological order from 1913-1980. CSAC 85.3.82/A.22-A.41 is a second, roughly chronological, sequence documenting Peters's membership of various committees, societies and organisations, including extensive correspondence on the foundation of the International Union of Biochemistry in which Peters played an active part.
Correspondence and papers relating to the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University, where Peters was Whitley Professor of Biochemistry, 1923-54, is to be found in Section B.
Attention is drawn to item CSAC 85.3.82/A.42 which was added to the collection by Professor R.H.S. Thompson when the catalogue was already in typescript. It consists of a rough transcript of an interview of Peters conducted by Thompson on behalf of the Biochemical Society and the Open University in March 1981 containing reminiscences of his career and scientific work.


[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.1

Obituaries and tributes.
Photocopies of obituaries published in the Times, Lancet and British Medical Journal.
2 pp. typescript written for the Royal Society of Chemistry by L.A. Stocken.
Also included here is 3 pp. ms. summary of his career prepared by Peters for the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre in July 1980.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.2  2-6 September 1913

Programme of 'IX Congrès International des Physiologistes', Groningen
A note attached to the programme reads 'My First Congress in Physiology... I was wrongly listed as Teters. R.A.P.'

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.3  April 1917

Photocopy of press-cutting and ms. note re award of a bar to the Military Cross to Capt. Rudolph A. Peters for services during battles on the Ancre
The original is held by Lady Peters.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.4  10 June 1947

Letter announcing the award of the Medal of Freedom with Silver Palm 'for meritorious service in the field of scientific research and development'

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.5

Letter and press-cutting announcing the award of the Royal Medal, November 1949, with one letter of congratulation from the Cosmopolitan Club, Madras.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.6

Letters announcing the award of the Cameron Prize of Edinburgh University, February 1950, and correspondence re the Cameron Lecture delivered by Peters in November.
Letters of congratulation on the award of the Cameron Prize. In alphabetical order.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.7  May-June 1950

Correspondence re election as a Foreign Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.8  July 1950

Letter re election as a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.9

Correspondence re award of Honorary Doctorate by the University of Liège, May 1950, and arrangements for the conferment of the degree on 30 September.
See also CSAC 85.3.82/A.10.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.10

Ms. and typescript drafts in English and French for speech delivered by Peters as representative of recipients of honorary degrees at Liège.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.11

Letters from I. de Burgh Daly and others, 1952-53, re Peters's proposed move to Cambridge after retirement from the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford, in 1954.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.12

Letters from H.A. Freeth, April-May 1954, re his portrait drawing of Peters for the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford. A later letter from Freeth is also included here.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.13  1959

4 pp. ms. review of the highlights of his scientific work, written by Peters at the request of J. Yudkin
Correspondence with Yudkin and some background material are also included in the folder.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.14  November 1960

Draft letter of thanks from Peters to the Registrar, Australian National University, accepting award of honorary doctorate

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.15

2 letters from the Editor of The Armorial, 1968, requesting information on Peters's Coat of Arms and enclosing a description of the blazon.
(Peters was knighted in 1952.)

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.16  1968

Correspondence re arrangements for visit to U.S.A.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.17

Letters from the Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge and the Biochemical Society, 1969, re arrangements for celebrating Peters's eightieth birthday.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.18  1972

Letters of congratulation on the award of the British Nutrition Foundation Prize

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.19  21 April 1979

Correspondence re lunch in honour of Peters held at Trinity College, Oxford
Includes a list of guests and regrets from those unable to attend.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.20

Letter from the Science Museum, London, 8 August 1980, re presentation by Peters of 2 resistances boxes.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.21

Miscellaneous photographs, some identified on verso.


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.22  nd, c1945-46

Membership lists for the Medical Research Council Accessory Food Factors Committee and its various Sub-Committees
Peters is listed as Chairman of the main committee, the Vitamin B Sub-Committee, Vitamin C Sub-Committee, Vitamin Claims Sub-Committee, and Sub-Committee for Post-War Opportunities for Research in Occupied Europe, and member of the Sub-Committee on Tables of Food Composition.
See Section C for correspondence and papers re the Vitamin B and Vitamin C Sub-Committees.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.23  September-October 1950

Letters of thanks at the conclusion of Peters's period of service on the Medical Research Council

Correspondence and papers, 1951-54, re the formation of the International Union of Biochemistry.  CSAC 85.3.82/A.24-A.37  [n.d.]

The material documents the progress of negotiations with I.C.S.U., I.U.P.A.C. and others in which Peters played an active part.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.24  December 1951-June 1952

Mainly copies of letters sent to Peters for information.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.25  June-July 1952

Mainly replies to a circular letter from Peters, 28 June 1952, to members of the Biochemical Society Committee re delegates to the International Committee for Biochemistry and the Section of Biological Chemistry of I.U.P.A.C.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.26  July 1952

Correspondence and papers
Mainly re arrangements for a meeting of the International Committee for Biochemistry with the Section of Biological Chemistry of I.U.P.A.C., Paris, 23 July 1952.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.27  21 August 1952

Draft minutes of meetings of the International Committee on 23 and 26 July, and minutes of a meeting of the Section of Biological Chemistry of I.U.P.A.C. on 23 July, sent to Peters by J.N. Davidson with accompanying correspondence

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.28

Correspondence with J.N. Davidson, L. Young and others, August-September 1952. Includes arrangements for a meeting of the International Committee with the Executive Board of I.C.S.U. (see CSAC 85.3.82/A.29 below).

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.29

'Notes on representations made to the Executive Board of the International Council of Scientific Unions (I.C.S.U.) by delegates from the International Committee of Biochemistry in Amsterdam on 30th September, 1952'.
4 pp. duplicated typescript by J.N. Davidson.
Correspondence commenting on the Amsterdam meeting is also included here.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.30  October 1952

Correspondence and papers
Includes a letter from L.J. Harris re the International Union of Nutrition Sciences.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.31

Correspondence with M. Florkin and J.N. Davidson, November-December 1952, with a letter from Peters to A.V. Hill, 4 December.
Correspondence with Florkin includes an account of an informal meeting between Peters, A.V. Hill, R. Frazer and G.L. Brown to discuss proposals for an International Union of Biochemistry.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.32  18 December 1952

Chairman's Agenda for meeting of the Biochemical Society Committee

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.33  December 1952-February 1953


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.34  March-May 1953


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.35  June 1953-January 1954

Re arrangements for the establishment of the International Union of Biochemistry, and the British National Committee for Biochemistry.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.36  February-July 1954

Correspondence and papers
Includes draft answers to a questionnaire by M. Florkin re the activities of the International Union of Biochemistry.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.37

Miscellaneous circulars and printed matter.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.38

Brief correspondence, 1959, re membership of the Advisory Committee (on fisheries research) to the Development Commission.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.39  1968

Natural Environment Research Council. Fisheries Biochemical Research Committee.
Correspondence re expenses for attendance at a meeting of the Committee

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.40

2 pp. ms. draft written by Peters in 1972 to describe his part in the origins of the International Biological Programme.
Folder also includes correspondence from E.B. Worthington (Scientific Director, I.B.P.) enclosing 8 pp. typescript note by C.H. Waddington on 'The Origin of I.B.P.'

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.41  1926-80

Brief correspondence, etc. arising from membership of other committees, societies and organisations
Not indexed.


[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/A.42

'Sir Rudolph Peters interviewed for the Biochemical Society on 6th March 1981'
19 pp. typescript of interview containing reminiscences of Peter's career and scientific work at Cambridge and Oxford and during both World Wars. The interview was conducted by R.H.S. Thompson on behalf of the Biochemical Society and the Open University and this roughly edited transcript was kindly made available by him in June 1982 for incorporation into Peter's manuscript collection.


Administrative history:
Peters was elected to the Whitley Chair of Biochemistry in 1923 in succession to B. Moore. At that time the Biochemistry Department was accommodated in 3 rooms in the Department of Physiology, but Peters was asked to submit estimates for a new building with extended staff and facilities. This was duly completed in 1927 with the aid of a generous grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The following papers include Peter's first draft estimate and miscellaneous other correspondence re the new Biochemistry building and the further expansion of the Department in the 1930s, including various applications for grants towards the costs of staff and equipment.
Also included here is a set of notebooks (CSAC 85.3.82/B.13-B.15) belonging to R.W. Wakelin who was Peters's technician during most of his time at Oxford.
The final item in this Section (CSAC 85.3.82/B.24) is a speech delivered by Peters in 1966 containing historical reminiscences of the Oxford Department of Biochemistry.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.1

Ms. and typescript drafts of estimated cost of proposed new Department of Biochemistry, sent to Sir Archibald Garrod in February 1923

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.2

Letter from Sir Charles Sherrington, 12 February 1923, commenting on the estimates submitted to Garrod, with a letter from Peters to Sherrington, 19 March 1923, enclosing a further revised estimate and an outline of the proposed development of the Department of Biochemistry.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.3

3 letters from Garrod, March-September 1923, mainly re progress of negotiations with R.M. Pearce for a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.4

Ms. and typescript notes on the financial position of the Department of Biochemistry (one dated 7 October 1923), and brief correspondence with staff.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.5  July and October 1924

3 letters from the Architect of the Biochemistry Department (H. Redfern)

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.6  24 November 1924

Application from Peters to the Oxford University Chest for a grant of £75 to purchase a Super-Centrifuge

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.7  nd, c1924-25

3 pp. typescript report on research in the Department of Biochemistry

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.8

Undated ms. of letter addressed to 'All who have been engaged in the building of the new Rockefeller Laboratory', with a later annotation by Peters 'Letter which I had to write when a strike was threatened'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.9  1925-58

Letters from the Rockefeller Foundation. Includes requests for an article by Peters describing his new Department and arrangements for a visit to Oxford by R.M. Pearce.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.10  21 October 1927

Table plan for Vice-Chancellor's Dinner on the occasion of the Opening of the School of Biochemistry, Oxford

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.11

Pages from a printed pamphlet describing the Biochemistry Department, with ms. and typescript corrections and additions, perhaps prepared for the Rockefeller Foundation (see CSAC 85.3.82/B.9).

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.12  1926-30

Correspondence with the Medical Research Council re arrangements for various research grants

Notebooks of R.W. Wakelin, 1931-51.  CSAC 85.3.82/B.13-B.15  [n.d.]

Related information: For Peter's own notebooks for this period see CSAC 85.3.82/C.2, CSAC 85.3.82/C.3.

Wakelin was Peter's technician at Oxford and published several collaborative papers with him, 1938-56. The notebooks include some entries in Peter's hand.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.13  c Spring 1931-4 October 1940

(in poor condition)


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.14  8 October 1940-25 May 1945


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.15  6 June 1945-September 1951


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.16  nd

2 pp. ms. on 'Proposed constitution of new Biochemical departments (Nuffield)'

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.17  1935-36

Brief correspondence, re proposed extension to the Department of Biochemistry.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.18  1937

Correspondence, Includes letters of application for a grant to S. Ochoa, and miscellaneous re funding, staff, equipment, etc.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.19  1937-39

Correspondence with the Rockefeller Foundation, re various grants for research on brain metabolism at the Department of Biochemistry.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.20  1938-39

Brief correspondence with A.D. Lindsay, re staff salary arrangements.
Folder also includes 3 pp. undated ms. notes re the Department of Biochemistry.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.21

Miscellaneous correspondence and notices re wartime administrative arrangements. Includes letter, 15 May 1940, in reply to suggestion by Peters that the roof of the Biochemistry Laboratory should be used for the mounting of an Anti-Aircraft gun.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.22

Brief correspondence, 1945 re establishment of Research Fellowship for the study of problems of brain metabolism in relation to nervous and mental disease.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.23  nd

'Application for Grant for teaching post in Biochemistry of Microorganisms and Fermentations'.
2 pp. typescript

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/B.24

'Some historical remarks on the occasion of a dinner in Oxford in February 1966'.
Photocopy of 11 pp. typescript with 5 pp. addenda containing detailed reminiscences of the expansion of the Oxford Department of Biochemistry and the early work on vitamin B.
This item is included in the collection by kind permission of Dr. L.A. Stocken. The original is in the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford.


The material is presented as follows:
CSAC 85.3.82/C.1 - C.45 Work on vitamin B, 1925-39
CSAC 85.3.82/C.46- C.77 Wartime and Post-War work on nutrition
Peters became interested in vitamin B in the early 1920s and much of his early work in the Department of Biochemistry at Oxford was concerned with large-scale attempts to prepare vitamin B (thiamine) from yeast, and with studies of its nature and mode of action. This led him to the demonstration of a 'biochemical lesion' in the pyruvate oxidase system of pigeons suffering from vitamin B1 deficiency.
Although by no means all the records of Peters's work during this period have survived, there are two notebooks (CSAC 85.3.82/C.2, CSAC 85.3.82/C.3) containing detailed accounts of experiments by Peters 1926 - 33 and further documentation is to be found in the notebooks of R.W. Wakelin in Section B.
During and after the Second World War, Peters served as Chairman of various Sub-Committees of the Medical Research Council Accessory Food Factors Committee, including the vitamin B and C Sub-Committees. The material in CSAC 85.3.82/C.46 - C.77 consists mainly of correspondence and papers connected with this work (see also CSAC 85.3.82/A.22, CSAC 85.3.82/C.21 - C.23).
Later (i.e. post-1953) correspondence on vitamin B is in Section G.

WORK ON VITAMIN B  CSAC 85.3.82/C.1-C.45  1925-39

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.1

'Animal Quinoidine'
21 pp. typescript draft with ms. corrections of paper published in Biochem. J., 19, 404 (1925)

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.2

Blue hard-cover notebook containing records of experiments c.April-November 1926, with an index by Peters at the back of the book.
1 p. loose ms. notes is tucked inside the rear cover.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.3

Blue hard-cover notebook, labelled on spine 'Notes 1. R.A.P.'
The pages, which are numbered 1-174, were originally loose-leaf notes on experiments which Peters evidently had bound at some later date. The notebook opens with some unpaginated notes on 'Problems' (March 1928) and 'Revision of Problems' (August 1930) containing lists of experiments to be undertaken under headings such as 'B1 isolation', 'Birds' tests', 'Fermentation tests', 'Other sources of vitamin B'. Records of experiments run March 1927-October 1932 and October-December 1933 and include evidence of Peters's early interest in Bence-Jones protein (p.40). The book ends with some brief notes for 1934.
Some of the entries open with brief diary notes, often partly in shorthand, combining personal observations such as '1 May. Very sunny day tho' rather cold' (p.132) '12 April... Camb. won boat race by 4 lengths' (p.129) with accounts of scientific work planned or in progress, attendance at meetings and conferences, visits to other laboratories, letters and publications read, etc.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.4

Undated ms. note describing work by Kinnersley and Peters on the anti-neuritic properties of Vitamin B.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.5

'Avian Polyneuritis, a Study of the Relation between Vitamin B1 and the Metabolism of the Brain in the Pigeon. A thesis by A.P.Meiklejohn, Magdalen College, July 1933'. 25 pp. typescript.
Offprint of a paper by Peters, Meiklejohn and others, 1932, is also included in the folder.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.6

2 pp. typescript reviewing work on Vitamin B arising from a paper by Jansen and Donath in 1926. The typescript is headed 'Prof. Robinson', n.d. c.1934.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.7  1936

Notebook containing records of patient treated with vitamin B tablets

Correspondence with hospital staff, general practitioners, and consultants re treatment of Pink Disease with vitamin B  CSAC 85.3.82/C.8-C.15  1934-39

Arrangement: The correspondence is arranged in alphabetical order.

This correspondence was set aside by Peters from the rest of the vitamin B correspondence so it has been retained as a separate sequence. It is mainly concerned with arrangements for clinical trials with some case histories and comments on results. Many of the letters bear Peters's annotation 'PD' in the top right-hand corner.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.8

Aubrey I., 1939
Bell, A. D., 1937-38
Braithwaite, J. V. C., 1935

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.9

Cruchet, R., 1935, 1939
Garrett, E. B., 1938

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.10  1934-36

Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.11

Hutchison, R., 1935
Leys, D., 1938
Moncrieff, A., 1935-36
O'Reilly, J. N., 1935

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.12  1937-39

Parsons, L. G.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.13  1935-37

Radcliffe Informary, Oxford

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.14

Radford, M. C., 1939
Royal Waterloo Hospital, London, 1936
St. Thomas's Hospital, London, 1935

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.15

Spence, J. C., 1935
Wright, J., n.d.
Folder also includes 1 p. ms. notes and printed matter re Pink Disease.

General correspondence on Vitamin B  CSAC 85.3.82/C.16-C.45  1926-39

Arrangement: In alphabetical order.
Many of the letters bear Peter's annotation 'B' in the top right-hand corner.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.16

Aykroyd, W. R., 1935
Enclosing report on League of Nations Second International Conference on Vitamin Standardisation.
Bacharach, A. L., 1934-35
Includes exchange re quality of rats supplied by Glaxo Laboratories.
Banga, I., 1939
Peters's carbon only, re arrangements for publication of collaborative papers.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.17  1927, 1935-36

Barger, G.
Re details of experimental methods and results.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.18

Barnett, H. M., 1936
Re formaldehyde-azo test for vitamin B.
Bemax Vitamins Limited, 1936
Peters's carbon only.
Bernal, J. D., 1933
Re analysis of vitamin B1 crystals.
Bertrand, 1936
Peters's ms. draft and carbon only.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.19

Boyland, E., 1933
Includes comments on draft paper by Boyland.
British Drug Houses Limited, 1925, 1930
Re supply of yeast extract.
Buchman, E. R., 1938
Re vitamin B1 analogs.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.20

Cairns, H. W. B., 1938
Carmichael, E. A., 1935-36
Mainly re clinical trials with vitamin B.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.21  1926-37

Chick, H.
Includes material re nomenclature of vitamin B constituents.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.22  1931-37

Chick, H.
The correspondence consists mainly of incoming letters to which Peters probably replied in manuscript. It includes exchanges of information and samples, comments on experimental results and material relating to meetings of the Medical Research Council Accessory Food Factors Committee of which Harriette Chick was Secretary.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.23

Coward, K. H., 1933
Re meeting of Accessory Food Factors Committee.
Cramer, W., 1930
Davies, W., 1935
Enclosing 4 pp. typescript on 'Flavine from Yeast. Large Scale operation with Frankonite'.
Denny-Brown, D., 1937
Arrangements for clinical trial of vitamin B.
Dey, A., 1935-36

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.24

Dhéré, C., 1936
Drummond, J. C., 1934
Dudley, H. W., 1934
Durand, J. I., 1939

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.25

Fairley, N. H., 1938
Re tropical sprue.
Gavrilescu, N., 1931-32, 1937
Re experimental results and preparation of papers for publication.
Gibson, A. C., 1929
Enclosing data on pigeon's hearts.
Graham, G., 1937
Re clinical trial of vitamin B.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.26

Granit, R., 1938
Re lactoflavine.
György, P., 1933, 1934
Halliday, M., 1933
Harden, A., 1930
Hardy, W. B., 1930

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.27

Harris, L. J., 1934, 1937
Hartfall, S. J., 1934
Heard, R. D., 1933
Peters's ms. draft only.
Herbert, F. K., 1936
Heyroth, F. F., 1935

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.28

Hobson, F. G., 1938
Arrangement for clinical trial of vitamin B.
Hobson, R. P., n.d.
Re samples and methods for vitamin B experiments.
Hoffman-La Roche & Company, 1936
Re supply of lactoflavine.
Hogan, A. G., 1936
Re vitamin B4.
Holiday, E., 1936

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.29  1936-37

Hurst, A. F.
Re various clinical trials with vitamin B.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.30

Innes, F. R., 1939
Jansen, P. C. C., 1930
Comparison of experimental results. Includes a letter from J.L. Drummond re possible visit to Jansen in Amsterdam.
Johnson, R. E., 1936

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.31

Kjerrman, B., 1936
Re vitamin B. concentrate.
Knight, 1935
Peters's carbon only.
Kogl, F., 1935-36
Kon, S. K., 1937
Peters's carbon only, re International Unit for vitamin B1.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.32

Kuhn, R., 1935
Re thiochrome.
Lohmann, K., 1937
Comparison of experimental methods and results.
McMullan, G., 1936-37
Re clinical trial of vitamin B.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.33

Macrae, T. F., 1938
(Secretary, Vitamin B1 Sub-Committee of the Accessory Food Factors Committee)
Includes copy of memorandum on 'Proposed Adoption of Pure Synthetic Vitamin B1 (Aneurin) Hydrochloride as International Vitamin B1 Standard'.
Martin, C. J., 1926
Comparison of experimental methods and results.
Mellanby, E., 1935

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.34

Merck, E., 1938
Middlesex Hospital, London, 1936
Re vitamin B2.
Moncrieff, A., 1938
Re clinical trial of vitamin B.
Moore, C. U., 1933
Moore, D. F., 1939
Re use of B vitamins in the treatment of pellagra.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.35

Napp, H. R., 1936
Needham, J., 1936
Norris, L. C., 1931
O'Brien, J. R. P., 1933
Reports on work in progress during Peters's absence from the Department of Biochemistry.
Ogston, A. G., 1935, n.d.
Re work on thiochrome.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.36

Passmore, R., 1936
Peters, A. E., 1935, 1939
(Peters's father)
Re clinical trials of vitamin B. Includes personal correspondence, family news, etc.
Platt, B. S., 1936, 1938
Prener, S., 1935
Re chemical test for vitamin B.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.37

Reader, V., n.d.
Rosedale, J. L., 1935-36
Re methods for extraction of pure B1 concentrate.
Rydin, H., 1934-36
Includes arrangements to work in Peters's laboratory.
St. Johnstone, H., 1936

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.38

Schopfer, W. H., 1935
Seidell, 1933
Peters's ms. drafts only.
Selfridge, G., 1936
Smith, M. I., 1933

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.39

Sure, B., 1935
Surrey County Council, 1936
Re clinical trial of vitamin B1.
Thomas, G., 1937
Todd, A. R., 1936
Re experiments with synthetic vitamin B preparations.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.40  1935-38

Ungley, C. C.
Re clinical trials of vitamin B1 and estimation of blood pyruvates in cases of polyneuritis.
Includes typescript of paper presented to the Association of Physicians (1936) on 'Polyneuritis in a case of Pernicious Anaemia: treatment with vitamin B1 parenterally'.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.41

Van Veen, H., n.d.
Verzár, F., 1933, 1937
Requests for samples for experiments, comments on methods and results.
Von Euler, H., 1934
Request for sample for experiments.
Vorhaus, M. G., 1937

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.42

Wagner-Jauregg, T., 1933
Re experimental methods and results, exchange of samples.
Warburg, O., 1937
Westenbrink, H. G. K., 1937
Account of work undertaken following a visit by Peters to Amsterdam.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.43  1930-38

Williams, R. R.
Comments on experimental results and publications.
Correspondence 1930 is re nomenclature of vitamin B.
Correspondence 1934 is mainly re vitamin B3.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.44

Witts, L. J., 1937
Arrangement for clinical trial of vitamin B.
Wood, I., n.d.
Arrangement for clinical trials of vitamin B.
Yuille, D. F., 1936
Request for information re commercial vitamin B preparations.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.45

Illegible signatures. Miscellaneous ms. and typescript notes are also included in the folder.


Much of this work was done under the auspices of the Medical Research Council Accessory Food Factors Committee and its various sub-committees.
The following papers consist of correspondence, committee papers and reports on nutrition

Correspondence  CSAC 85.3.82/C.46-C.50  1940-42

Arrangement: In alphabetical order.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.46

Chick, H., 1941, n.d.
Re arrangements for experiments to determine the vitamin B content of National Flour.
Dixon, M., 1940
Drummond, J. C., 1940
Re organisation of wartime nutrition research.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.47  1940-42

Harris, L. J.
Includes correspondence re methods of determining vitamin B content in flour and bread.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.48

Kon, S.K., 1940
Re organisation of wartime nutrition research.
Macrae, T. F., 1941
(Secretary, Accessory Food Factors Committee, Vitamin B Sub-Committee)
Re arrangements for tests to determine the nutritional effects of yeast.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.49

Magee, H. E., 1941
Re arrangements for tests to determine the nutritional effects of yeast.
Moore, D. F., 1940
Moran, T., 1940
Peters's carbon only.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.50

Vigor, H. D., 1941-42
(Chairman, Flour (Vitaminisation) Advisory Committee)
Zilva, S. S., 1941
Re effect of cooking methods on vitamin C loss in potatoes.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.51

'Interim Report on Heythrop College Nutritional Trial'
2 pp. typescript by F.L. King, R.A. Peters and H.M. Sinclair, n.d., c.1942.
2 letters referring to this report, August and September 1951, are also included in the folder.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.52

'The Vitamin B1 Content of National Flour and Bread - the Results of Comparative Tests by Various Methods'.
Report of the Vitamin B1 Sub-Committee, published in Biochem. J., 37, 3 (1943). Offprint.
Miscellaneous notes and data associated with the preparation of the report are also included in the folder.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.53

'Memorandum on the British National Standard for Vitamin B1'
Duplicated typescript, September 1943.
Correspondence arising from the Memorandum with the Secretary, British Pharmacopoeia Commission, 1944-45, is also included in the folder.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.54

Agenda, minutes, etc. for meetings of the Vitamin B Sub-Committee on 14 December 1943 and 10 January 1944.
A letter from the Secretary (T.F. Macrae), 26 February 1944, is also included here.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.55

Correspondence with S.K. Kon (Acting Secretary in the absence of T.S. Macrae), March-May 1944. Includes arrangements for a meeting of the Vitamin B Sub-Committee, 16 May 1944.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.56  1 June 1944

Correspondence with S.K. Kon re arrangements for a meeting of the Vitamin B Sub-Committee with other participants in collaborative assays of riboflavin in samples of food-stuffs
Minutes and reports arising from the meeting are also included in the folder.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.57

'Human Nutrition in War-Time'
1 p. typescript outline of memorandum 'to outline contribution of science of nutrition to success of war-time food policy', with annotation 'copy handed to Prof. Peters, 22 Mar. '44'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.58  1944-45

'Case History Relating to Suggested Vitamin B Deficiency. (Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot)'
Folder containing correspondence re 2 case histories

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.59  1944-45

Correspondence with S.S. Zilva
Mainly re vitamin C requirements.
An undated note from E. Holiday re aneurin is also included here.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.60

Correspondence with T.F. Macrae, June 1944-March 1945.
Includes draft minutes of a meeting of the Vitamin B Sub-Committee, 18 January 1945.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.61  26 April 1945

1 p. typescript by Peters on 'Proposed Nutritional Trial'

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.62

Correspondence with S.K. Kon, April 1945, re supply of casein for vitamin B tests.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.63  July 1945-May 1946

Minutes, correspondence and other related papers for meetings of the Vitamin B Sub-Committee

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.64  nd

Ms. and typescript drafts outlining the wartime activities of the Vitamin B Sub-Committee

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.65

'Estimation of B Vitamins in Dried Yeast, Dried Beef, Skimmed Milk Powder and 85% Extraction Flour'
30 pp. duplicated typescript containing a summary of results of collaborative experiments organised by the Vitamin B Sub-Committee. The title page is headed 'Draft No. 1', n.d.
A letter from S.K. Kon, 12 September 1951, is also included in the folder.

Correspondence and drafts exchanged with members of the Vitamin C Sub-Committee and others, 1948-53, re preparation of report on 'Vitamin C Requirements of Human Adults'.  CSAC 85.3.82/C.66-C.76  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.66  1948

'Vitamin C Requirements of Human Adults. An Experimental Study of Vitamin C Deprivation in Man. Preliminary Report'
20 pp. duplicated typescript with several ms. annotations and corrections

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.67  January-May 1948

Includes minutes of meetings on 12 February and 11 March.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.68  June-September 1948

Includes draft lay-out for the final report with schedule of chapter headings, authors, etc.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.69  March-November 1949


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.70  July-December 1950


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.71  January-November 1951


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.72  January-February 1952


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.73  April-May 1952


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.74  June 1952

Correspondence and papers
Includes minutes of meeting on 10 June, and reports, etc. re the Vitamin C intake of children under 5.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.75  July-December 1952

Correspondence and papers
Includes 2 typescript drafts, 8 pp. and 2 pp. headed 'Introduction. Previous Trials' and 'Vitamin C Trial'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.76  January-May 1953


[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/C.77

Ms. letter from H. Chick, 15 May 1956, re the future of the Accessory Food Factors Committee.


Administrative history:
With the outbreak of the Second World War, Peters was invited by the Ministry of Supply to engage in research on the medical aspects of defence against chemical weapons. He therefore organised a small group of workers whose investigations led to considerable information about the action of mustard gas and to the discovery of British Anti-Lewisite (BAL). The initial members of this team were H.M. Sinclair and R.H.S. Thompson (working on arsenicals) and E. Holiday, A.G. Ogston, J.St.L. Philpot, L.A. Stocken and R.W. Wakelin (on mustard gas). Wakelin's notebooks for this period are to be found in Section B.
In the later years of the war, work was also done on burns, but most of the surviving material from this period relates to BAL.

The material is presented as follows:
CSAC 85.3.82/D.1 -D.19 Research reports, drafts, lectures, c.1939-50
CSAC 85.3.82/D.20-D.27 Correspondence on BAL and related research, 1940-67
CSAC 85.3.82/D.28, D.29 Reports and papers on mustard gas.


[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.1

'Arsenic compounds and - SH groups'
4 pp. typescript with ms. note by Peters 'Copy of document prepared for Sir R[obert] Robinson early in the war'. The typescript is dated 6 October 1939 and contains a review of previous work on arsenic compounds with a brief discussion of future research plans.
An earlier draft of the typescript with related ms. notes is also included in the folder.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.2

pp.24-36 of a lecture or paper on BAL. Typescript with ms. corrections, n.d.
Folder also contains a few unnumbered pages which were found with the above.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.3

2 research reports on BAL by members of the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford, as follows:
'The Antidotal Activity of BAL against Therapeutic Compounds of Antimony, Gold and Mercury', by V.P. Whittaker. 7 pp. duplicated typescript, September 1945.
'The use of BAL in the treatment of mercury poisoning', by L.A. Stocken. 4 pp. duplicated typescript, October 1945.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.4

'Sulfhydryl compounds as antidotes to the toxicity of mercury compounds'.
Ms. draft written for publication in The Lancet, 1946.
Brief correspondence from the Assistant Editor is also included in the folder.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.5  nd c1947

'The Treatment of Arsenical Dermatitis with Dimercaptopropanol (BAL). A report to the Medical Research Council', by A.B. Carlton, R.A. Peters and R.H.S. Thompson.
37 pp. duplicated typescript

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.6

'B.A.L. Prof. R.A. Peters, Dr. L.A. Stocken and Dr. R.H.S. Thompson (delivered by Professor Peters)'
8 pp. typescript + figures. The title page of the lecture bears the date 'Mar. 19' but no indication of the year.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.7

'The development of British anti Lewisite and its scientific interest for biochemistry'
16 pp. typescript with ms. corrections and additions, n.d., but with a note on the title page 'Italy and Norway in March'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.8  nd

'Lecture II. The Arsenical lesion and its antidote'
24 pp. typescript

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.9  nd

'La lesione biochimica nell' intossicazione arsenicale e la B.A.L.'
15 pp. typescript for lecture in Italian

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.10

Miscellaneous ms. notes and data on BAL, mostly undated.

Copies of research reports from other laboratories sent to Peters for information  CSAC 85.3.82/D.11-D.18  1946-50 and nd

Related information: See also CSAC 85.3.82/D.21, CSAC 85.3.82/D.23

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.11  nd c1941

'The Toxicity of DTH', by E.C. Webb and Ruth van Heyningen.
8 pp. typescript, with a ms. note 'Unofficial copy, minus figs.'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.12  nd c1944

'Bal-Intrav: a new non-toxic thiol for intravenous injection in arsenical poisoning', by J.F. Danielli, Mary Danielli, P.D. Mitchell, L.N. Owen and G. Shaw.
12 pp. duplicated typescript

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.13  January 1946

'Prevention of Mapharside Poisoning by Balintrav in Mice', by M. Weatherall.
15 pp. duplicated typescript

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.14  1946

'Iodine Titration and Toxicity of Balintrav Solutions', by M. Weatherall.
5 pp. duplicated typescript

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.15  3 May 1946

'The comparative Efficacy of BAL, Na2S2O3 and NaI against Thallium Acetate Poisoning in Rabbits', by B.P. McNamara and F.H. Hopkins.
5 pp. printed report

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.16  24 June 1946

'A new Method for the Determination of 1.2 Dithiols', by W.N. Aldridge.
20 pp. duplicated typescript + 2 pp. figures

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.17  January 1950

'BAL in Antimony Intoxications', by D.A.W. Rittey.
8 pp. duplicated typescript

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.18

'Communiqué du Ministère du Travail et de la Prévoyance Sociale aux Membres du Corps Médical Belge concernant L'Intoxication Professionnelle par L'Hydrogène Arsénié'.
19 pp. duplicated typescript with ms. note '1950'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.19  1946-51

Miscellaneous offprints and press-cuttings re various aspects of BAL


[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.20

Albert, A., 1955
Includes note from N.V. Sidgwick.
Arvy, L., 1952

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.21  1951

Bacq, Z. M.
Re Mel B (a product of the interaction of Melarsen Oxide and BAL).
Also included here is a typescript by Bacq and others on 'Action du B.A.L. sur les accidents ophthalmiques de la thérapeutique à la tryparsamide', headed 'To be read at the Royal Belgian Academy of Medicine, September 1948'.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.22

Berner, E., 1950
Cahn, R. S., 1952
Re nomenclature.
Cameron, G. R., 1945-46
Findlay, H. T., 1948

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.23  1949

Friedheim, E. A. H.
Includes copies of reports by Friedheim and others on compounds introduced by Friedheim including Mel B (see also CSAC 85.3.82/D.21, CSAC 85.3.82/D.27).

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.24

Gibson, C. S., n.d.
Part of letter only.
Green, J. H., 1950, 1951
Re reference to BAL in the Official Medical History of the War.
Harrison, K. n.d.
Re use of BAL against Mapharside poisoning.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.25

Keilin, D., 1940
(Peters's carbon only)
Mellanby, E., 1948
Miller, H., 1967
Re use of BAL in treatment of muscular sclerosis.
Moureau, P., 1950, 1952

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.26

Stocken, L. A., 1955, 1961
Tahourdin, P. A., 1953
Re wider therapeutic use of BAL.
Thompson, R. H. S., 1953
Uffelman, F. B., 1946
Re publication of work on BAL.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.27

Waugh, G. D., 1961-62, 1964
Re treatment of copper tainted oysters with BAL.
(Signature illegible), 1951
Re Mel B.


[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.28

'Skin Proteinase and Mustard Gas', by A. Beloff, R.A. Peters and R.W. Wakelin.
Duplicated typescript report, July 1945.
2 pp. typescript by A. Beloff, 27 February 1945, entitled 'Report on the Protease Activity of Sheep Skin' is also included in the folder.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/D.29  nd c1946

'The Chemical Reactions of Mustard Gas in aqueous solution'.
12 pp. typescript by A.G. Ogston


Administrative history:
The work on F compounds (in particular the biochemical mechanism involved in fluoroacetate poisoning) began after the Second World War as an extension of Peters's continued interest in toxicological problems. It was continued in Cambridge after his move to the Agricultural Research Council Animal Physiology Unit at Babraham in 1954, and remained his chief research interest until the end of his working life. During the 1960s he also collaborated with J.M. Walshe in a study of the mechanisms of copper toxicity for the brain enzymes.

The material is presented as follows:
CSAC 85.3.82/E.1 -E.41 Laboratory records, drafts, data, 1952-74
CSAC 85.3.82/E.42-E.84 Correspondence, 1948-77
Peters's experimental work for this period is well documented with an extensive series of laboratory notes and records. There are also some substantial sequences of correspondence as, for example, CSAC 85.3.82/E.42-E.46 (R. Allcroft), CSAC 85.3.82/E.51-E.56 (P. Buffa), CSAC 85.3.82/E.72, CSAC 85.3.82/E.73 (L.R. Murray).


[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.1

Bundle of loose-leaf records of experiments, mainly 1952-54. This represents Peters's last work at the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford, before his retirement in 1954.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.2

Dark green loose-leaf binder containing laboratory notes. The index at the front of the binder lists 5 series of experiments, but only no.3 'Guinea pig Kidney Experiments' and no.4 'In Vivo Experiments on Rats' now remain in the binder (but see CSAC 85.3.82/E.3 below).
Entries date from 1955-62.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.3

Bundle of laboratory notes, some of which were originally contained in the binder at CSAC 85.3.82/E.2 above. The notes are divided and labelled as follows:
'5. Pigeon Brain Experiments' (1955-57, 1959, 1961)
'1. Sheep Heart Experiments' (1955)
'2. Rat and Guinea Pig Heart Experiments' (1955)
'Pyruvate Experiments' (1958)
'Miscellaneous Animal Experiments / Miscellaneous Experiments and Methods' (1955-58)

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.4  1955-59, 1962

Bundle of laboratory notes from a loose-leaf binder

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.5  1956-58

Bundle of laboratory notes from a loose-leaf binder

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.6

Envelope containing loose laboratory notes labelled 'Rat results (antidote) to end of 1959'. Records of experiments date from February 1957.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.7  1957

Bundle of laboratory notes from a loose-leaf binder

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.8  16 September 1957-30 May 1958

Small notebook labelled 'Citric Acid Determinations' containing experimental data

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.9  18 September 1958-16 November 1959

Similar notebook labelled 'Citric Dets.', containing experimental data

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.10  16 October 1957-12 September 1958

Similar notebook labelled 'Citrates' containing experimental data

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.11  15 September 1958-13 February 1959

Similar notebook labelled 'Aconitase Experiments I' containing experimental data

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.12  16 February 1959-28 May 1959

'Aconitase Experiments II'

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.13  15 June 1959-24 November 1959

'Aconitase III'

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.14  1959-66

Envelope containing bundles of laboratory notes in Peters's hand

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.15  dated 11 October 1962

'Report for 1961/62'
1 p. typescript account of research, lectures, publications, etc.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.16  1962-64

Bundle of laboratory notes
Includes a long series of experiments with Acacia georginae (Gidyea).

Laboratory notes and drafts re work on Acacia georginae.  CSAC 85.3.82/E.17-E.19  c.1964-66

These were originally contained in a single envelope, but they have now been split up into 3 units for ease of reference. The original envelope bearing Peters's annotations is now at CSAC 85.3.82/E.19.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.17  4 December 1964

Records of chromatography, with some related ms. notes and drafts and a letter from D.J. Silvester re supply of 18F

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.18  1965-66

Bundles of laboratory notes, by M. Shorthouse, some with annotations by Peters.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.19

'Experimental attempts to delineate the path for the synthesis of the C-F bond in Acacia georginae'
7 pp. ms. draft, n.d. This has been left in Peters's original envelope, accompanied by a few more fragmentary drafts.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.20  January-November 1965

Bundle of laboratory notes, contained in an envelope labelled 'Pyruvate kinate etc. experiments'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.21  c1965-68

Miscellaneous loose laboratory notes, including some in Peters's hand; contained in an envelope labelled 'Important sheets. Older work'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.22  1966

Miscellaneous notes by Peters and others, some dated

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.23  1966 and nd

Laboratory notes, contained in an envelope labelled 'Microsomal membranes'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.24  1967

Small bundle of laboratory notes, labelled 'Ghosts with Dr. [J.M.] Walshe'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.25  December 1967-March 1968

Bundle of laboratory notes, re experiments with brain microsomes.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.26  1968 and nd

2 small bundles of laboratory notes, contained in an envelope labelled 'Peterborough grass'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.27  1968

Miscellaneous data, mainly

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.28  1968-69

Bundles of laboratory notes, mainly in Peters's hand, contained in an envelope labelled 'DK Analysis'.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.29

'Aconitate hydratase; some new observations with especial relation to its use as a test system for fluorocitrate, together with studies on the electrophoretic separation of components of the crude enzyme', by R.A. Peters and M. Shorthouse.
Photocopy of typescript draft for paper published in Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 220 (1970).

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.30

Background material for CSAC 85.3.82/E.29 above.
Includes drafts for correspondence with publishers re corrections, ms. notes, data, lists of references, etc.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.31  1970-71

Envelope labelled 'New experimental details' containing laboratory notes, (some in Peters's hand) and 1 p. ms. draft headed 'The reactions of some thiols with CF compounds and their significance'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.32  1970-71, 1975

Envelope labelled 'Rats, expts. for [vivisection] returns' containing laboratory notes in Peters's hand

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.33  1970, 1971

Envelope labelled 'Important oddments connected with F cit. Analysis. F cit in tea' containing laboratory notes

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.34

Envelope labelled 'F cit in bone. Heroin results' containing laboratory notes, 1972, and 1 p. ms. draft headed 'Fluorocitrate and bone'.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.35

Small notebook labelled '26/1/71 Weighing Book'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.36  1972-73

Envelope labelled 'Some later results' containing laboratory notes and graphs

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.37  June-July 1973

Envelope labelled '-SH results' containing laboratory notes

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.38  June-July 1973

Envelope containing further laboratory notes

Miscellaneous loose ms. notes, drafts and data  CSAC 85.3.82/E.39-E.41  1950-74 and nd

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.39  1950-69


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.40  1971-74


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.41  nd


CORRESPONDENCE  CSAC 85.3.82/E.42-E.84  1948-77

Arrangement: In alphabetical order.

Allcorft, R.  CSAC 85.3.82/E.42-E.46  1963-68

Related information: See also CSAC 85.3.82/E.50, E.62

Correspondence, notes, drafts and laboratory records re investigation of a case of fluoroacetamide poisoning at a farm in Smarden, Kent.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.42  September-October 1963

Bundle of ms. notes on laboratory tests conducted by Peters, some headed 'Mrs Allcroft'.
1 p. typescript with ms. note by Peters 'Results from Mrs Allcorft ?1963'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.43  nd [1963]

Ms. and typescript drafts for 'Report upon material supplied by Mrs R. Allcroft O.B.E.'

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.44  December 1963-September 1964

Correspondence, including copy of report on investigation into the poisoning incorporation Peters's results, and 2 letters from E.W. Bentley.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.45  1965-67

Correspondence, Includes 1 p. typescript note by Allcroft on 'Effect of fluoroacetamide on testicular germinal epithelium'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.46  June-September 1968

Correspondence, Includes drafts for 2 papers on fluoroacetamide poisoning for publication in the Veterinary Record.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.47

Armstrong, W. D., 1967
Re use of F18 in experiments.
Backholer, J. R., 1977
Bacq, Z. M., 1948-52
Several letters re various aspects of work on F compounds and other related research.
Balázs, R., 1963

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.48

Bartley, W., 1968
Beaconsfield, P., n.d.
Re work on drug addiction.
Bell, T. N., 1967

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.49

Binns, H. R., 1957
Re genus Dichapetalum.
Birks, F. T., 1953
Boyland, E., 1967-68
Includes copy of typescript re toxicity of a pesticide produced by the Nippon Soda Co. Ltd., October 1968.
Brady, R. O., 1955, 1957

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.50

Related information: See also CSAC 85.3.82/E.42-E.46, CSAC 85.3.82/E.62.

Bremer, J., 1966
Brentnall, E. W., 1964
Re methods for detection of fluoroacetamide poisoning.
Brown, R., 1955, 1965

Buffa, P.  CSAC 85.3.82/E.51-E.56  1949-69

Administrative history:
Buffa worked for a time in the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford, and continued to maintain close contact with Peters after his return to Italy in July 1950. They published several collaborative papers on fluoroacetate poisoning from 1949 onwards.

The correspondence is extensive, much of it containing detailed descriptions of experiments and interpretation of results. Incoming letters predominate, as Peters's replies would often have been in manuscript, but there are a few letters from Peters in the sequence.
The material has been divided into several folders for ease of reference.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.51  1949-50

Buffa's letters only, apart from 1 ms. draft by Peters, July 1950, almost all written from the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford, during Peters's absence on holiday or lecture tours, and describing work in progress. Letter of 18 March 1949 encloses draft for note to Nature by Buffa and Peters; letter of 28 July 1950 follows Buffa's return to Italy.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.52  1951-53


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.53  1960-62


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.54  1964-65


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.55  1966-67

Includes arrangements for Peters to lecture in Modena, March 1967.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.56  1968-69


[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.57

Burgstahler, A. W., 1966
Re American Society for Fluoride Research (later the International Society for Fluoride Research) including invitation to Peters to join the Board of Directors.
Also includes 1 p. typescript describing Peters's work with M. Shorthouse and others on fluoride metabolism in Acacia georginae with a list of publications to August 1966.
Carmichael, E. A., 1951
Re Dichapetalum, toxicarium.
Cheesman, E. E., 1955
Chenoweth, M. B., 1952-53, 1967

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.58

Coman, B. J., 1977
Corkey, B. E., 1969
(Peters's carbon only)
Coventry, J. E. C., 1960
Re Dichapetalum cymosum.
Crawford, M., 1960
Re Dichapetalum cymosum.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.59

Dagley, S., 1955
Davies, D. D., 1954
De Oliveria, M. M., 1967-68
Re supply of seeds of Palicourea marcgravii.
Dyer, R. A., 1959, 1961
Re supply of Dichapetalum cymosum.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.60

Emeleus, H. J., 1967
(Peters's carbon only)
Ennor, A. H., 1953
Fell, H. B., 1958
Enclosing 3 pp. typescript 'Résumé of Experiments on the Toxic Effects of Methyl Fluoroacetate, 1943-44'.
Folkes, B., 1953

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.61

Fowden, L., 1965
Friedmann, H. C., 1950
Games, W., 1968
(Peters's carbon only)
Garattini, S., 1968
(Peters's carbon only)
Re collaborative research.
Getz, G. L., 1953

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.62

Related information: See also CSAC 85.3.82/E.42-E.46, CSAC 85.3.82/E.50.

Goldman, P., 1965, 1969
Good, F. D. T., 1964
Includes drafts of article on 'Pesticides and the Smarden Affair'.
Grant, P. T., 1960
Greenway, P. J., 1957
Re distribution of the genus Dichopetalum in East Africa.

Hall, R. J.  CSAC 85.3.82/E.63, E.64  1964, 1967-73

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.63

Correspondence, 1964-73, mainly re methods of fluoride analysis. Includes detailed comments by Peters on a draft paper by Hall, now at CSAC 85.3.82/E.64.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.64

2 typescript drafts and final version of paper by Hall on determination of fluorine compounds in biological materials.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.65

Haves, C. S., 1950
Hebb, C., 1970
Re use of toxic stabilisers in plastics manufacture.
Hele, P., 1954
Hoare, D. S., 1962

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.66

Kent, P. W., 1955, 1962, 1974
Koenig, H., 1965, 1968-69
Kun, E., 1963, 1965, 1978
Kuzemko, J. A., 1969
Lewis, G., 1968-69

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.67  1948-50

Liebecq, C.
Mainly comments on experimental results and publications.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.68

Related information: See also CSAC 85.3.82/E.78 (Saunders)

Little, M. F., 1968
Long, 1966
Macara, T. J. R., 1966
Re Palicourea marcgravii.
McFarlane, A. S., 1948-49
Re supply of samples for experiments.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.69  1965-66

McIlwain, H.
Re experiments to examine the action of copper on brain tissue. Includes typescript draft by Peters on 'A Study of the Toxic Action of Copper on Brain Tissue in vivo and in vitro'.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.70

Maizels, M., 1951
Meyer, H., 1967
(Peters's carbon only)
Miles, A., 1967
(Peters's carbon only)
Miller, G. W., 1972, 1977
Mills, C. F., 1969
Re Symposium on Trace Element Metabolism in Animals, Aberdeen, July 1969.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.71

Mitchell, P., 1960, 1962-63
Includes arrangements for Peters to open British Biophysical Society Meeting, Edinburgh, April 1962.
Morrison, J. F., 1959, 1968
Muir, A., 1952

Murray, L. R.  CSAC 85.3.82/E.72, E.73  1962, 1965-67

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.72

Correspondence 1962 re arrangements for Murray to spend a year at the Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge. Includes domestic arrangements and discussion of scientific work to be undertaken (on Gidyea - Acacia georginae).

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.73

Correspondence, 1965-67, including accounts of experimental work in progress and comments on results.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.74

National Pure Water Association, 1967
Re fluoridation of public water supplies.
Netter, K. J., 1967
Nimmo, I. A., 1974
Re effects of fluoroacetate and fluorocitrate on fish.
Noguchi, T., 1969

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.75

Ochoa, S., 1953
(Peters's carbon only)
Re fluoroacetyl CoA.
Oelrichs, P. B., 1972
Re Acacia georginae seeds.
Also included are 3 reports on research conducted by Oelrichs in Cambridge, 1966-67, 1968 and n.d., and brief correspondence with D. Williams and others re research and publication arrangements, 1967.
Parr, W. H., 1968
Re Gastrolobium grandiflorum.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.76

Pasternak, C. A., 1962
Enclosing 3 pp. typescript by J. Dearnaley on 'Effect of Fluoracetate on 91Y Uptake in Rabbits'.
Pattison, F. L. M., 1959-60, 1966
Correspondence 1959 includes drafts for foreword by Peters to book by Pattison on F compounds.
Correspondence 1966 is re joint contribution by Peters and Pattison to a book on the pharmacology of fluorides, and includes a letter from Springer-Verlag.
Porter, K. R., 1962
(Peters's carbon only)
Ratcliffe, F. N., 1955
(Peters's carbon only)
Rimington, C., 1951

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.77

Rivett, D. E. A., 1952, 1953
Ruffo, 1968
Salisbury, E. J., 1949, 1951
Re Dichapetalum cymosum and D. toxicaria.
Sapiro, M. L., 1964, 1968
Re Dichapetalum stuhlmanni.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.78

Related information: See also CSAC 85.3.82/E.68 (McFarlane)

Saunders, B. C., 1949-53
Re preparation of carbon-labelled sodium fluoroacetate.
Shorthouse, M., 1955-69
Various letters written from the Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge, during Peters's absence abroad, containing reports on experimental work in progress.
Siesjö, B. K., 1964
Simonsen, J. L., 1952-53
Simpson, A. C., 1964, n.d.
Re fluoroacetamide poisoning.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.79

Smith, F. G., 1969
Re evidence for honey bee deaths from fluoroacetate.
Smith, M. J. H., 1962
Stoner, H. B., 1956
Suttie, J. W., 1969
(Peters's carbon only)
Taves, D. R., 1968

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.80

Thomas, L. C., 1953, 1968-69
Correspondence 1953 includes draft for letter to Nature, by Peters, Thomas and others.
Correspondence 1968-69 is re collaborative work on Acacia georginae.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.81

Treble, D. H., 1968
Van Heyningen, R., 1952
Verney, E. B., 1952
Wakelin, R. W., 1950, 1954
1954 letter is re Peters's move to Cambridge.
Ward, P. F. V., 1968
Includes 4 pp. typescript draft on metabolism of fluoroacetate by plants.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.82

Weinstein, L. H., 1971
Copy of letter to M.-H. Yu re Acacia georginae.
Wellcome Trust, 1968
Whittem, J. H., 1961, 1966
Re Acacia georginae.
Williams, L. T. D., 1950-53

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.83

Williamson, J. R., 1968
Woolley, D. W., 1953
Worthy, T. S., 1951
Young, F. G., 1967
Copy of letter to E. Bursell.
Unidentified correspondents., 1967, n.d.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/E.84  1951-75

Shorter, unindexed correspondence: exchange of specimens and cultures, brief requests for information, exchange of reprints, etc.


Related information: See also Section D for material on British Anti-Lewisite

The material is presented in 2 sequences. CSAC 85.3.82/F.1 - F.32 contains drafts, etc. which are dated, or to which a date can be assigned with reasonable certainty; CSAC 85.3.82/F.33 - F.55 consists of undated material, followed by a few folders of shorter correspondence with publishers, invitations to lecture, requests for reprints, etc.


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.1  28 April 1945

Opening remarks at joint meeting of Nutrition and Biochemical Societies
2 typescript drafts, one with extensive ms. corrections.
Brief correspondence with S.K. Kon is also included in the folder.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.2

Bundle of ms. notes, labelled by Peters 'Various lecture notes, mainly aimed at understanding cell surfaces'.
Some pages bear dates between 1947 and 1952, the rest are undated.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.3

'Some recent work upon the biochemistry of fluoroacetate poisoning'
Lecture delivered in Norway, 3 April 1950. Correspondence only.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.4  19 May 1950

'Fluoroacetate poisoning and 'jamming' of the tricarboxylic acid cycle; mode of action of an 'active' fluorocompound synthesised via this cycle', by P. Buffa, W.D. Lotspeich, R.A. Peters and R.W. Wakelin.
Typescript summary of paper presented at a meeting of the Biochemical Society

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.5

'Bristol. June 1950. Modern biochemical approaches to pharmacology'.
5 pp. ms., brief correspondence.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.6  nd, probably early 1950s

Draft for autobiographical article.
25 pp. typescript with ms. corrections

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.7  nd, c1952

Ms. notes for lecture on Fluoroacetate delivered in Boston

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.8  March 1953

'Fluoroacetate poisoning: comparison of synthetic fluorocitric acid with the enzymically synthesized fluorotricarboxylic acid', by R.A. Peters, R.W. Wakelin, D.E.A. Rivett and L.C. Thomas.
5 pp. typescript

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.9

Ms. notes for 2 lectures on fluoro-compounds headed as follows:
'3rd lecture. 11 May 53'
'U.S. May '53. Lecture 4'

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.10  9 December 1955

'Hormones and the cytoskeleton'
2 typescript drafts with ms. corrections. The second of these is dated

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.11

'Biochemical lesions, keto acids and the citric acid cycle'
10 pp. typescript of lecture, possibly delivered at a meeting of the Association of Clinical Biochemists, n.d., 1956. A letter from the Editor of the Association's Newsletter is included in the folder.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.12  23 February 1957

Ms. and typescript drafts for introductory remarks at Biochemical Society Symposium on 'The Structure and Function of Sub-Cellular Components'
Correspondence with the organiser of the Symposium (E. M. Crook) is also included in the folder.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.13  July-September 1957

Notes and drafts for report to the Agricultural Research Council on visits to various laboratories and institutions in U.S.A. and Canada

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.14  nd, c1957

'Vitamin B Group of Disorders'
15 pp. typescript for lecture

'Some reminiscences upon Sir Charles Sherrington'  CSAC 85.3.82/F.15-F.17  [n.d.]

Article published in The Caian, Michaelmas Term 1957

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.15  1957

2 typescript drafts, one with corrections by Peters, the other annotated by the editors of The Caian.
Folder also contains 2 letters from Sir James Chadwick, 1952, asking Peters to write an obituary of Sherrington for The Caian and brief correspondence re permission to quote, etc.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.16

Letters from family and colleagues, 1955-57, in reply to requests for reminiscences of Sherrington.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.17

Various printed obituaries and tributes to Sherrington, including a volume of 'Memories' by C.E.R. Sherrington (son) printed for private circulation.
A photograph of Sherrington is also included here.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.18

Ms. drafts for speech at dinner celebrating the centenary of Sir Charles Sherrington, 23 November 1957.
Folder also includes a letter from R.E. Threlfall, 30 October 1957, containing anecdotes about Sherrington, and the menu and seating plan for the dinner.

Memoir of J.B. Leathes, published in Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 4  CSAC 85.3.82/F.19-F.21  1958

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.19

Two typescript drafts of the Memoir, one with ms. corrections.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.20

Correspondence, 1956-58
Includes request from the Royal Society for Peters to write the Memoir in collaboration with G.A. Clark and replies from family and colleagues to requests for information and reminiscences.
A letter from Sir Robert Platt about Leathes's ancestry, June 1964, is also included here.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.21

Miscellaneous background material: ms. and typescript notes and drafts; copies of printed obituaries of Leathes by others.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.22

2 pp. typescript beginning 'The object of this communication is to draw attention to one point, viz. that it is possible to get a soluble preparation of aconitase which behaves very sensitively to inhibition by fluorocitric acid'.
The first page is annotated 'Biochem. Soc. Oxford, Mar. 1959'.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.23

1 p. typescript résumé of 'Talk to Enzyme Unit - 14th November 1959'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.24  14 May 1961

Script of talk on thiamine broadcast on Australian radio

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.25  nd c1962

'Speech as President of Clinical Chemistry Congress in Edinburgh'
10 pp. typescript

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.26  1962

Correspondence re arrangements for Peters to give a lecture at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.27  c1966

Speech at the opening of Fisheries Biochemistry Laboratory, Aberdeen
12 pp. ms.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.28  nd c1966

'Structure and Function in cells'
Ms. and typescript drafts

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.29  18 August 1966

Correspondence arising from a letter to the Times by Peters

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.30

'The metabolism of fluoroethanol by A.georginae in the presence of fluoroacetate'
2 pp. ms. draft with later annotation by Peters '1967. A fragment not written up'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.31  nd c1968

'An organically combined fluorine compound in bone', by R.A. Peters, M. Shorthouse and P.F.V. Ward.
Ms. and typescript drafts, possibly for letter to Nature

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.32

Bundle of ms. notes taken at a conference, including outline of address by Peters and notes on papers delivered by others. One of the pages is headed 'Chicago '70'.

UNDATED MATERIAL  CSAC 85.3.82/F.33-F.51  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.33  nd

'Vitamin B1 and scientific endeavour'
2 drafts for review of book by [R.R.?] Williams

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.34  nd

2 pp. ms. notes headed 'Fluoroacetates. Lecture 3'

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.35  nd

2 pp. ms. notes for brief lecture on 'Metals and living systems'

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.36  nd

5 pp. typescript draft with ms. corrections for foreword to a volume of essays on the chemistry and biochemistry of the nervous system

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.37  nd

Ms. and typescript drafts for paper given at International Symposium on 'Enzimi in Medicina'
Folder also includes an Italian translation of the paper under the title 'Significance for Medicine of Biochemical Lesions in Pyruvate Oxydase System including Tricarbossilic Acid cycle'.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.38

'Further study of the toxic principle in the seeds of Dichapetalum toxicarium'
1 p. ms., perhaps draft for letter to Nature. There is a pencil note at the head of the page '? not sent'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.39  nd

'Modern views on the Nature of Toxicity'
4 pp. typescript with 1 p. ms. notes for lecture on carbon-fluorine compounds

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.40  nd

Ms. and typescript drafts for lecture headed 'Vancouver, June'

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.41  nd

4 pp. typescript for talk on Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins
Contains reminiscences of the Cambridge physiological laboratory before the First World War.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.42  nd

Bundle of ms. notes headed 'Edinburgh, Points to make'.
Contains outline for a lecture on cell structure, apparently at a symposium or conference, as there are also some notes on papers given by others

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.43

Typescript drafts for lecture on fluorocitric acid and fluoroacetate, n.d. One draft is headed 'First Babraham'.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.44  nd

'Lethal Synthesis'
4 pp. typescript for talk (incomplete)

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.45  nd

Ms. and typescript of contribution to an unidentified discussion on cell structure

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.46  nd

'The biochemical mechanism of fluoroacetate poisoning'
1 p. ms.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.47  nd

'Attempt to solve toxicity of arsenicals and M[ustard] G[as] (antidotes) and to unravel [?] B1 deficiency'
1 p. ms.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.48

5 pp. ms. draft for undated lecture on biochemistry.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.49

Ms. and typescript draft of undated memorandum re plans for an experiment. The ms. was originally cast in the form of a letter to P. Buffa.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.50

Miscellaneous fragmentary drafts for lectures and publications.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.51

Notebook containing undated ms. draft of letter to the press re the importance of fundamental research. The remaining contents of the notebook are bibliographical references and brief notes.


[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.52  1935-73

Correspondence with publishers, editors, etc. re publication arrangements, permission to quote or reproduce

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.53  1928-69

Requests to write books, articles, serve on editorial boards of journals, etc.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.54  1943-62

Invitations to lecture/thanks for lectures delivered, Includes miscellaneous printed matter.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/F.55  1925-35, 1968

Miscellaneous requests for reprints
Mainly re the Harben Lectures, 1929, on 'Coordinative Biochemistry of the Cell and Tissues'.


The following sequence consists of material that does not fit conveniently into Sections C - F. Many of the letters fall more readily into the category of personal correspondence, but these are interspersed with some more scientific exchanges.
Most of the sequences are rather short, but there are a few correspondents who are fairly well represented, including Sir Robert Robinson (CSAC 85.3.82/G.24) and Sir Charles Sherrington (CSAC 85.3.82/G.26).
The correspondence is presented in alphabetical order with terminal dates and a brief indication of content where appropriate.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.1

Adam, N. K., 1945
Correspondence arising from Adam's book on the physics and chemistry of surfaces.
Adrian, E. D., 1950
Reply to letter of congratulation on Presidency of the Royal Society.
Alexander, S. A., 1944

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.2  1917-23

Anderson, H. K.
Mainly personal correspondence.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.3

Barnes, J. M., 1962
Batt, R., 1966
Boycott, A. E., 1926
Proposal to invite C. Harington to Oxford. Includes letters from C.S. Sherrington and G. Barger.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.4

Burn, J. H., n.d.
Canosa, C. A., 1968
Cavanagh, J. B., 1967
Re method for producing acute thiamine deficiency in pigeons.
Chadwick, J., 1956

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.5  1956-58, 1969

Chain, E. B.
Mainly re his work at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.6

Channon, H. J., 1939
(Peters's carbon only)
Re coordination of wartime scientific research.
Chibnall, A. C., 1959
Clarke, H. E., 1962
Cohen, J. A., 1961

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.7

Cooper, J. R., 1968
Cori, C. F., 1950
Dale, H. H., 1953, 1961
1961 correspondence contains recollections of early days of Biochemistry at Cambridge.
Folder also includes a signed photographs of Dale.
Danielli, J. F., 1950, 1962
Re surface structures.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.8

Dodds, E. C., 1954
Dohrn, R., 1950
Offer of research facilities at the Stazione Zoologica, Naples.
Douglas, C. G., 1954
Dowdle, E. B., 1960

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.9

Dreyfus, P. M., 1968
Drummond, J. C., 1929, 1935, 1942
Wartime correspondence is re feeding of undergraduates.
Drury, A. N., n.d., 1950
The undated letter is re arrangements for collaboration in research on Vitamin B.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.10

Evans, H. M., 1928, 1933
Ewert, A., 1965-66
Fabre, M., 1953
Farber, E., 1966
Re biochemical lesions.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.11

Farrer, A. M., 1955
Fastier, F. N., 1950
Enclosing 5 pp. typescript on 'Effects of Guanidine, Synthalin and other Amidine Derivatives on Carbohydrate Metabolism'.
Fletcher, W., 1930
Florey, H. W., 1957

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.12

Gardner, A. D., 1950
Gardner, J. G., 1928
Includes correspondence from the Board of Trade.
Garrod, D. A. E., 1957
Re photographs of Sir Archibald Garrod.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.13

Gask, G. E., 1915
Gavrilescu, N., 1961
Gelatine and Glue Research Association, 1938
Re electron microscopy of gelatin gels.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.14

Gordon, A., 1947, 1949
Mainly personal correspondence.
Gordon, G., 1941
Green, D. E., 1949
Re organisation of enzyme processes.
Gubler, C. J., 1966

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.15

Hastings, A. B., 1954, 1968, 1970
Hechter, O., 1966, 1970
Re cytoskeleton theory.
Hill, A. V., 1955, 1959
Includes a 3 pp. letter re proposed review of research on physiology and biochemistry of muscle.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.16

Hopkins, F. G., 1935
Imperial Chemical (Pharmaceuticals) Ltd., 1952
Re filming of scientific research.
Irish, D. D., 1957

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.17

Knoop, F., 1939
Krebs, H. A., 1956
Re early history of the Biochemistry Department at Oxford.
Lathe, G. H., 1950

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.18

Leach, E. H., 1949
Lipmann, F., 1966
Lotspeich, W. D., 1952
Lu, G., 1940
Re vitamin E deficiency.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.19

McCay, C. M., 1935
McIlwain, H., 1967
Re proposed Neurochemical Group of the Biochemical Society.
McLaren, A. D., 1970
(Peters's carbon only)
Re surfaces.
MacLeod, R. M., 1972
Re preservation of scientific papers.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.20

Marini Bettolo, G. B., 1967
Marrack, J. R., 1930
Re immunity reactions.
Moran, T., 1946, 1950
Mott, N. F., 1959

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.21

Needham, J., 1939
Re coordination of wartime biochemical research.
Neuberg, C., 1949, 1950
Nichol, C. A., 1968
Nicolaysen, R., 1980

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.22

O'Brien, J. R. P., 1966
Ockrent, C., 1932
Ogston, A. G., n.d. c.1954
Re Peters's departure from Oxford.
Also included is a small drawing with ms. note by Peters, 'Ogston's idea July 19 1950'.
Oliver, G., 1933
Ord, M. G., 1966

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.23

Page, I. H., 1957
Parke, D. V., 1967, 1968
Includes correspondence re proposed degree course in toxicology at the University of Surrey.
Passmore, R., 1941
Phelps, H. J., 1928
Ramsden, W., 1930
Risinger, G. E., 1966
(Peters's carbon only)

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.24  1935-69

Robinson, R.
Personal and scientific correspondence on a wide range of topics. 1940 correspondence includes a description of research in progress in the Oxford Department of Biochemistry.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.25

Roche, J., 1968
Ruddle, D. A., 1923
Re lecithin and cancer.
Schulman, J. H., 1945
Seifriz, W., n.d.
Re surface structure.

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.26

Sherrington, C. S. 1928-46
Incoming correspondence only, except for 1 letter, 1928, as Peters's replies were probably mainly ms. Topics include:
Arrangements for Peters's election to the Athenaeum (1937-40)
Reminiscences of E. Whitley and early days of biochemistry at Oxford (1945-46)
Reflections on the changing position of veterinary science in England (in a letter to I. de Burgh Daly, 1947).

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.27

Sinclair, H. M., 1951
Smith, D., n.d.
Stocken, L. A., 1964
Svedberg, T., 1937
Thomas, D., 1950

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.28

Thompson, R. H. S., 1937
Thornton, J. L., 1964, 1966
Re biography of Sir Archibald Garrod. A letter from the Editor of Genetics is also included here.
Truman, D., 1963
Von Euler, H., 192-, 1950

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.29

Walker, E., 1941
Westenbrink, H. G. K., 1957-58
Re method for removing cocarboxylase from yeast.
Wheare, K. C., 1965
Re policy in regard to the Chair in Micro-biology at Oxford.
Whelan, W. J., 1968
Whitley, E., 1937

[no title or date]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.30

Williams, R. R., 1940
Re wartime domestic arrangements.
Williams, R. S., 1928-30
Mainly re research on the physiology of milk secretion.
Woods, D. D., 1955
Young, E. G., 1928
Young, J. Z., 1953

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.31  1925-68

Shorter scientific correspondence: brief exchanges of information re equipment, jobs, examining of theses, references, etc., not indexed.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.32  1925-68

Correspondence re visitors to Peters's laboratory: research and grant arrangements, thanks for hospitality, letters of introduction, etc., not indexed.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.33  1925-80

Shorter personal correspondence, not indexed.

[no title]  CSAC 85.3.82/G.34  1927-55 and nd

Illegible and first name signatures, Includes some ms. drafts of letters from Peters.

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