Collection MS 49 - Hugh Stannus Stannus

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MS 49


Hugh Stannus Stannus


  • 1905-1957 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.30 linear metres.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Hugh Stannus Stannus, consulting physician and specialist in tropical diseases was appointed Medical Officer to the King's African rifles in British Central Africa [Malawi], in 1905 and carried out research into various tropical diseases particularly pellagra and sleeping sickness. He made an intense study of anthropology and ethnology and published a monograph on the Wa-Yao people. He was elected FRCP in 1931. In 1914 he became principal medical officer of the Nyasa-Rhodesian forces operating in Southern German East Africa [Tanganiyka (Tanzania)]. His sister married Sir Robert Robertson, the explosives expert and one-time Chief Government Chemist.

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Scope and content

Glass plate negatives 1905-c.1918 with contact prints; miscellaneous loose papers 1957.


Not expected

System of arrangement

Records are arranged within series. The collection consists mainly of glass negatives, undated and mainly unidentified but presumably taken during Stannus' stay in Africa, 1905-c.1918. A few index notes to the collection are included but as the negatives were originally unnumbered and apparently out of order in most cases, it has not been possible to relate them to the notes.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

The records are on paper and glass, and include photographs.

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Rhodes House Library holds correpondence, papers and photographs MSS.Afr.s.476-485

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Michael Gelfland Lakeside Pioneers: Socio-Medical study of Nyasaland (1875-1920), Oxford, 1964;

Notes relating to peoples of Nyasaland by Hugh Stannus Stannus, 1927, are held at the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

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MS 49

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MS 49

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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