Best (Charles Herbert) Papers

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Best (Charles Herbert) Papers

Physical location:
Ms. Coll. 241

Dates of creation:

Physical Extent:
162 boxes and items (20 metres)

Biographical Sketch:
Charles Herbert Best (1899-1978), co-discoverer of insulin. For more biographical information see: Biography of Charles Herbert Best

Scope and Content:
The collection consists of correspondence, research notes and articles, offprints of his published research and that of his colleagues, including Banting and Macleod. The collection also includes other writings and lectures, biographical material, photographs, films, slides, records, tapes, dicta records and belts, and cassettes. The Research series includes 2 boxes of material (boxes 51-52, Correspondence and Notes) by Dr. Macleod.


The collection is arranged in 7 series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Research
  3. Banting and Best Department of Medical Research
  4. Biographical Material
  5. Offprints and Printed Materials Except on Insulin
  6. Photographs, Films, Slides, Records, Tapes, Cassettes
  7. Windeyer Accession (dicta records and belts, and biographical)

Source of title:
Title based on contents of collection

Restrictions on access:
For permission to publish contact Dr. Henry Best

Related groups of

For additional material about Charles Best see also Feasby Papers, Manuscript Collection 235

Source of acquisition:
The papers of Dr. Charles Herbert Best (1899-1978) were transferred in 1982 from his office in the Best Institute to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

1982, 1990

Finding aids:
Detailed finding aid available at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library reference desk

The collection arrived at the library in random order and was sorted into the above series by the Library.


Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Digitized Items: