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Diaries compiled by Lionel and Ethel Whitby, 1943 - 1956

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/WHI/2/3

Scope and Contents

Mainly during foreign or academic tours. Although Lady Whitby accompanied Sir Lionel on some trips after the end of the Second World War, some of these diaries were written for each other, when separated by foreign travel and work, with the intention that they could read them when reunited. The diaries cover the latter part of the Second World War, when Dr Whitby was Commanding Officer of the Army Blood Transfusion Service, and his time as Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge and Master of Downing College (1947-56).


  • 1943 - 1956

Conditions Governing Access

Some records series are subject to confidentiality restrictions with the following closure periods: 30 years from date of creation for general administration files, legal records and financial files; 50 years from date of creation for governmental records, including papers of the College Governing Body and College Council, and constituent committees; 100 years from date of creation for personal and personnel records, including tutorial files, staff and fellows files and appointment records, personal finance and pension records. In addition sensitive correspondence and papers concerning College affairs such as disputes and disciplinary matters are closed for 100 years. Restrictions apply on some personal and private papers.

Conditions Governing Use

Transferred to Downing College on donation.


12 volume(s)

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Information about reciprocal diaries from donor.

Finding aid date

2019-09-13 12:59:07+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
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