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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

KERR, John Martin Munro (1868-1960): personal papers


Reference code(s): GB 1538 S12

Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Title: KERR, John Martin Munro (1868-1960): personal papers

Date(s): 1868-1947

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 boxes (1 outsize)

Name of creator(s): Kerr | John Martin Munro | 1868-1960 | Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Martin Munro Kerr (1868-1960), Regius Professor of Midwifery at the University of Glasgow from 1927-1934, was a Foundation Fellow of the College and its first Vice President from 1929-1932.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal papers of John Martin Munro Kerr, 1868-1947, including his Birth certificate, Glasgow, 1868; photocopy of certificate of marriage to Emilia Andrewina Elizabeth Johansson. British Consul's Office, Gothenburg; birth certificate of Emilia Johansson Gothenburg, 1876; election as Honorary Fellow of American Gynaecological Society, 1912; letters to Munro Kerr encouraging him to seek the chair of midwifery, University of Edinburgh, with Munro Kerr's note, 1921-1922; commission appointing Munro Kerr Regius Professor of Midwifery, University of Glasgow, 1927; letters relating to illustrations for Munro Kerr's Operative Midwifery, first edition (London, 1908), and congratulatory messages, 1907-1909; contract between Munro Kerr and his publishers E & S Livingstone relating to Maternal Mortality and Morbidity (Edinburgh, 1933), 1933; minute of agreement between Munro Kerr and three of his co-authors with E & S Livingstone, publishers for publication of J M Munro Kerr and others Combined Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, third edition (Edinburgh, 1939), 1935; certificates of degrees and Fellowship, 1890-1947; address from the Senate of the University of Glasgow on retirement as Regius Professor of Midwifery, 1934.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: vested in the estate of J M Munro Kerr. Copyright expires in 2030.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A general index to the files listed in the catalogue of the Archives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is maintained in the College Archives; refer to the College Archivist.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


No further accruals are expected.

Archival history:

This small collection of documents relating to the life of J M Munro Kerr was evidently brought together by Kerr himself. In 1988 the records were discovered in Melbourne, Australia, by Dr Alexander Gillies, the son of Dr John Stewart Gillies, a student of and later personal doctor to Munro Kerr. In July 1989 they were presented to the RCOG by the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in memory of Dr J S Gillies.

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Related material:

RCOG Archives holds a photocopy of a congratulatory letter from Munro Kerr to Blair-Bell, dated May 1921 (Ref: S14/3); an inscribed copy of a book edited by Munro Kerr and others entitled Historical Review of British Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1800-1950 (Ref: S42); photographs of Munro Kerr (Refs: PH1/3/11, PH7/5, PH7/18/1, PH7/18/15 and PH15/3); the College Archivist's file on an exhibition of material relating to Munro Kerr, held at the College between 1989-1990 (Ref: A10/8); records relating to a scientific meeting in Glasgow of the Munro Kerr Society for the Study of Reproductive Medicine in 1984 (Ref: E4/35).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Biographical details of the individuals who have presented material to the College and/or comprise the subject of the records, have been compiled using information in administrative files and, where relevant, consulting Sir John Peel's book The Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1929-1969, Whitefriars Press Ltd, 1975. Compiled by Clare Cowling, Archivist, RCOG.

Rules or conventions: National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2000

Gynaecology | Medical sciences
Midwifery | Nursing | Medical sciences
Obstetrics | Medical sciences
Physicians | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Publishing | Publishing industry
Surgeons | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Surgery | Medical sciences
Textbooks | Guides | Books | Publications | Communications media | Information sciences
Surgeons x Physicians

Personal names
Kerr | John Martin Munro | 1868-1960 | obstetric surgeon

Corporate names
American Gynaecological Society
University of Edinburgh x Edinburgh University
University of Glasgow x Glasgow University