About the records

Title Records of John Williamson Legge
Date Range 1931 - 1995
Reference MS 13609
Creator John Williamson Legge (1917 - 1996)
Extent 2 metres (152 items)
Repository State Library of Victoria
Abstract This is a guide to the records of John Williamson Legge, a biochemist known for his work on mustard gas trials in Australia during World War II. The records include correspondence, personal files and sound recordings.

Administrative Information

  • The collection is comprised of records from 4 accessions. The codes used to uniquely identify each accession range from LEGG95/0001 to LEGG95/0004.
  • The records have been allocated to 5 series. The codes used to uniquely identify each series range from LEGS0001 to LEGS0005.
  • Through the processing of the records, 1 provenance entity was identified. The code used to uniquely identify this provenance entity, i.e. records creator or custodian, is LEGP001.
  • The inventory covers 152 items, and may include records of continuing value, records sentenced for destruction and records that have been destroyed. The codes used to uniquely identify each inventory item range from LEGG00001 to LEGG00151. The total collection occupies 196 linear cm of shelf space (or its equivalent).
  • The documentation of the records at inventory level started on 1 June 1996. The latest additions were made on 23 July 2008. The latest modifications were made on 15 October 2008. This collection profile was updated on 20 April 2009.

Scope and Content

This is the main collection of John Williamson Legge. Strengths of the collection include personal and research related correspondence, drafts of some of his scientific writing, and documentation of research into mustard gas conducted in Australia during World War Two, including his own work therein. Also featured are sound recordings of his radio series entitled "CR Science".

Surveying and Mapping the Records

The records of John Williamson Legge were donated to the Australian Science Archive Project (ASAP, later Austehc, later the eScholarship Research Centre) by his son, Mr. David Legge, in 1995. An initial listing of the records was completed in 1996.

Further information about this guide and the records it describes, including transfer arrangements, custodianship and other contextual information, is held in the office files and the Heritage Documentation Management System (HDMS) database at the eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne.

Arrangement and Description of the Records

John Williamson Legge's records were transferred from the University of Melbourne, eScholarship Research Centre (eSRC) to the State Library of Victoria in 2007. In 2008, eSRC staff undertook a survey of the collection, including the arrangement and description of the records. Provenance, Series and Item descriptions were edited and expanded where required, and (in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria) the full collection was re-housed to ensure its preservation. In addition, a small number of papers believed to be part of the original donation from Mr. David Legge in 1995 were located in the eSRC files and added to the collection.

The John Williamson Legge Guide to Records has been produced as a result of this work.

Dates of Records

The date range of the collection has been used as a default for inventory items found to have no explicit or inscribed opening and closing dates. In such cases, the dates read '1931?-1995?, No dates'.

How These Records Can Be Used

Researchers wishing to consult these records will need to contact the State Library of Victoria regarding the access conditions that may apply to specific series or inventory items.

Where material from the John Williamson Legge Collection is copied or quoted the source of the material must be acknowledged.

Preferred Citation

Records from the John Williamson Legge Collection should be cited as [Inventory item number and title], [Series number], John Williamson Legge Collection, MS 13609, State Library of Victoria, Australia.

For citation of the published guide, an acceptable form would be: Michael Jones, Ann McCarthy and Rachel Tropea, John Williamson Legge Guide to Records, The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, 2008 [URL and date accessed].

Publication History

This is the first edition of the John Williamson Legge Guide to Records.


The John Williamson Legge Guide to Records has been published by the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre (previously the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre). You may download, temporarily store in cache and display the material on this web site in unaltered form only. You may also print and copy the material on this site in unaltered form as permitted by the Copyright Act 1968 only (retaining this copyright notice). This guide is the result of serious scholarly research and must be formally acknowledged as such when the guide itself or the records it catalogues are cited.

The John Williamson Legge Collection is held by the State Library of Victoria. The State Library of Victoria manages any rights (including moral rights) in all material contained in the John Williamson Legge Records.

All information in the guide to this collection and in the material of the collection itself, served from Australia, is administered under Australian Intellectual Property Laws.

Guide Image

The photograph of John Williamson Legge seen on the top left hand side of the Guide is from the online Australian War Memorial Collection in Canberra. Citation: Photo of John Williamson Legge (1917-1996) [detail], 1944, by S. H. Adams, courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, P05253.009, http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/P05294.009 (date accessed: 25 July 2008).

Published by the The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on AustehcWeb, August 2008
Listed by Michael Jones, Rachel Tropea, Ann McCarthy
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Updated 20 April 2009

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