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Joseph Needham papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Needham

Scope and Contents

Comprised of biographical materials, material related to Needham's time at Cambridge, documentation of his work with the Sino-British Science Cooperation Office (SBSCO), materials relatd to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), documentation of research, publications, lectures and broadcasts, visits and conferences, records of involvement with societies and oganisations, documentation of work in politics and interest in religion and society, and a large quantity of Needham's correspondence.


  • Creation: 1871-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Some items are restricted at the discretion of the Keeper of Manuscripts.


c. 3400 item(s) (c. 3400 items)

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Other Finding Aids

This is an abbreviated description of the collection. For full description please see the A2A online catalogue at There is also a hard copy catalogue available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were received in September 1992 from Cambridge University Library.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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