Collection IOP/PP3 - LEWIS, Sir Aubrey Julian (1900-1975)

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LEWIS, Sir Aubrey Julian (1900-1975)


  • 1905-2009 (Creation)

Level of description



17 boxes

Scope and content

Papers of Aubrey Lewis, 1905-2009, relating to his university education and early medical training, 1920-1929, including essays, editorials, notes on anthropological study of Indigenous Australian people, and details of Rockefeller fellowship. Material relating to the Maudsley Hospital, including research on treatments for hysteria, correspondence, videotaped interviews with Aubrey Lewis and Carlos Paton Blacker. Papers relating to Aubrey Lewis's Rockefeller-funded tour of Europe, 1937 (tour of European medical facilities and medical researchers in neurology, psychiatry, genetics, and other related fields, funded by the Rockefeller foundation and undertaken by Aubrey Lewis) including Rockefeller foundation file card, manuscript notes, correspondence, manuscript notes, draft copies of report. Material, 1938-1944, relating to the provision of psychiatric health care in World War Two, including papers relating to the Committee of Psychiatrists (a voluntary committee of London based psychiatrists formed in 1938, in order to discuss the best approach for providing psychiatric health care to military personnel and civilians in the event of war, and to provide advice to the Ministry of Health on this subject), correspondence, reports and memoranda, DVD copy of film, Neuropsychology. Draft articles, lectures, reviews, and associated research materials, 1934-1976. Published articles, lectures and reviews by Aubrey Lewis, 1926-1972. Personal correspondence, 1931-1975. Papers relating to publications and broadcasts by Aubrey Lewis, 1936-1968, including correspondence, memoranda of agreement, press cuttings, and reviews. Papers relating to committees and advisory bodies, 1943-1969 including memorandum for consultation by the Inter-Departmental Committee on Medical Schools, materials relating to population growth, demography, and the Royal Society Population Study Group, papers relating to the University Grants Committee. Tributes, honours and obituaries, 1959-1976, including published tributes, obituaries, letters of condolence. Photographs, mostly of Lewis and his wife, including copies covering his childhood and early life, visits to the USA and Australia and Institute social functions, spanning [1905]-1976.

System of arrangement

Broadly chronological

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, 1900; educated at the Christian Brothers' College, Adelaide and Adelaide University medical school, graduated MB BCh, 1923; resident medical officer, subsequently medical registrar and surgical registrar, Adelaide Hospital, 1923-1926; undertook anthropological studies of Indigenous Australian peoples, 1926; awarded Rockefeller Fellowship in Psychiatry and trained in Boston, Baltimore, London, Heidelberg and Berlin, 1926-1928; Member of Royal College of Physicians, 1928; research fellow, Maudsley Hospital, London, 1928; psychiatrist, Maudsley Hospital, 1929; qualified as Doctor of Medicine, 1931; consultant, Maudsley Hospital, 1932; married Hilda North Stoessiger, 1934; Clinical Director, Maudsley Hospital, 1936; elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, 1938; Clinical Director, Mill Hill Emergency Hospital, 1939-1945; served on the Expert Committee on the Work of Psychiatrists and Psychologists in the Services, 1942; honorary secretary to the neurosis subcommittee of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association, 1942; served on the Advisory Committee on Army Psychiatry; appointed Professor of Psychiatry at the University of London, 1946; honorary director of the occupational psychiatry research unit (later the social psychiatry unit), Medical Research Council, 1948; became first psychiatrist to be member of Medical Research Council, 1952; knighted 1959; member of the American Philosophical Society, 1961; retired from the Maudsley Hospital and appointed Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, 1966; elected Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1972; died, 1975.

Custodial history

The papers were placed in King's College London Archives by the family in 2007.

Conditions governing access

Files containing personal data are closed for 80 years and sensitive personal data for 100 years from the date of the most recent document in the file.

Where open, access is subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives and to the family of Sir Aubrey Lewis via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

Detailed catalogue available online and in hard copy in the College Archives reading room.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

King's College London Archives hold the papers of Sir Aubrey Julian Lewis's wife, Hilda North Lewis.The Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum hold archives relating to Aubrey Lewis's career at the Maudsley Hospital.

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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Lianne Smith. Sources: the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, The Career and Contributions of Sir Aubrey Lewis by Michael Shepherd and European Psychiatry on the Eve of War: Aubrey Lewis, the Maudsley Hospital and the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1930s by Katherine Angel, Edgar Jones and Michael Neve.

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