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Derek Guttery Papers

Date range: 1860–1999.

Derek Guttery (1930–99) was both a professional radiologist and an authority on the history of early radiology.1

His career began as a medical radiologist, but in 1957 he moved into industrial radiology, specializing in the non-destructive testing of materials by X-ray.

In retirement he became heavily involved as a volunteer in the British Institute of Radiology’s library and archives.

He had a passionate interest in the history of X-rays, setting up an office and darkroom from where he conducted his meticulous research into many aspects of the field, and assembling a library of images on the subject.

The papers of Derek Guttery comprise material relating to the history of the X-ray and radiology, particularly in the United Kingdom, including:

  • a substantial collection of trade literature from manufacturers of X-ray equipment
  • subject files compiled by Guttery in the course of his research into many aspects of the history of X-rays, including files on X-ray pioneers, early equipment, the ‘Radiation Martyrs’, Wilhelm Röntgen and the discovery of X-rays
  • a library of images relating to many aspects of X-ray history
  • papers relating to Guttery’s own career in non-destructive testing
  • material relating to the British Institute of Radiology

1Obituary of Derek Guttery in Insight, vol. 41, no. 7 (July 1999), p. 472.

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