Monday, 7 March 2011

Checking historical data of the University of London Archive

For verification of dates of passing postgraduate exams such as conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), I had to e-mail the LSHTM and request assistance since I cannot go to London for many reasons (teaching mostly). 

Now, some of the documents are available online and it is worth sifting through the archived data of the University of London to find if there were those whose names were missed in the December 2010 search.

An advantage for searching is to know how the names of the early Malay doctors were spelled, and the approximate year they were at the LSHTM.

Even though data is accessible online by the public under the Freedom of Information Act, some data sets have an 85-year data protection which means I cannot check these particular data sets online. Some data are only accessible if the student or person involved has died.

I e-mailed the LSHTM for assistance and mentioned the urgency. LSHTM was helpful and had responded positively for a search I requested for all the early Malay doctors who could have done postgraduate studies at the LSHTM between 1950 and 1957. A response to assist was received immediately by e-mail just prior to Christmas 2010. By New Year 2011, I had the list of the early Malay doctors who had done their postgraduate studies at the LSHTM.

The Summary Guide for searching the University of London archives is here: