LEPRA (The Leprosy Relief Association) - holds extensive records of its work as both BELRA (The British Empire Leprosy Relief Association), and LEPRA.
Organisational material includes BELRA's Memorandum and Articles of Association incorporated 26 February 1937, and BELRA Combined Register 1937-1953.
There are Executive Committee minutes from the following dates: 1 March 1937 - 17 November 1950; 9 January 1951 - 5 June 1958; July 1958 - June 1970; 16 July 1970 - 5 December 1974; 4 February 1975 - 13 December 1978; 8 February 1979 - 24 November 1982; 8 February 1983 - 3 December 1986; 3 February 1987 - 21 November 1989.
Annual General Meeting minutes are in this archive, dating from 10 June 1971 to 26 June 1991, and Medical Advisory Board Minutes from March 1924 to June 1967. BELRA/LEPRA Annual reports dating from 1924 to the present day, and BELRA/LEPRA Magazines from 1938 to the present are also held here.
BELRA/LEPRA UK Staff Files (Fundraising and Head Office) includes documents on a number of personnel across the country, including the papers of Sir Alan Burns (Chairman of the Executive Committee) (Papers 1956-1964); Air Vice Marshal W J Crisham (General Secretary) (Papers 1962-1967); Lord Halifax (President); Lt. Gen. Sir Bennett Hance (Medical & Executive Committees); Sir Arthur MacNalty (Papers 1957-1963).
BELRA/LEPRA Overseas Workers files include documents on Frank Davey, Gordon Ellard, Roland Huskinson, Colin McDougall and Michael Smith, among many others. A history of all BELRA's overseas workers is currently being compiled. This collection holds both files and the archives (photographs and papers) of two overseas workers, Tony Drake and Iori Rogers.
The following Overseas Visit Reports are held:
G F Harris
Dr Colin McDougall
Dr Brian Wheatley
The archive also holds the following publications: Leprosy in India, Vols I - XXVII (1929-1955); Indian Council Reports (1925 - 1929); Leprosy - Summary of Recent Work, Vols 13-72 (1928-1950); Lepra, Vols I - III; Leprosy Review, 1938 - present. Souvenir booklets on the BELRA Exhibition 1948 and 'Who Walk Alone' Exhibition 1948 are here.
There is a substantial photographic archive from India, Africa and Sungei Buloh, Malaysia, as well as archive slides (pre-1980) from Cameroon, India, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanganyika, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
There is audio-visual material, including:
A publication by Sir Leonard Rogers, dating from 1945 is in this archive: The Foundation of the British Empire Leprosy Relief Association (BELRA) and its first 21 years of work; and another by Dr J Ross Innes, from 1959: An Approach to the History of Leprosy, a reprint from "Ciba Symposium" Vol 7, No 3, August 1959.
Extensive files on BELRA/LEPRA work are also held at the Wellcome Institute for the History and Understanding of Medicine, London, UK.
Entry made 9 January 2003
|Name||Mrs Irene Allen|
|Address||LEPRA, Fairfax House, Causton Road, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PU, United Kingdom.|
|Telephone||+44 (0)1206 562286|
|Fax||+44 (0)1206 762151|