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JEFFCOATE, Sir Thomas Norman Arthur (1907-1992)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S28
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: JEFFCOATE, Sir Thomas Norman Arthur (1907-1992)
Date(s): 1932-1991
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 7 boxes
Name of creator(s): Jeffcoate | Sir | Thomas Norman Arthur | 1907-1992 | Knight | gynaecologist and President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Norman Arthur Jeffcoate (1907-1992) specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology after qualifying with First Class Honours from Liverpool University in 1929. from 1930 until his retirement in 1972 he served on the teaching staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. By 1933 he had been appointed Honorary Consultant at the Women's Hospital, Liverpool Maternity Hospital and the David Lewis Northern Hospital. In 1945 he became the University's first full-time Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He was President of the RCOG from 1969-1972 and was knighted in 1970.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal papers and memorabilia of Sir Norman Jeffcoate, 1932-1991, including table plan for the College's second annual dinner, 1932; announcement of the first Blair-Bell Memorial Lecture, given by Jeffcoate, 1938; order of service of memorial service held for William Blair-Bell in Liverpool Cathedral, 1936; Association of Liverpool Medical School Newsletter 12 (1991) containing an appreciation of William Blair-Bell by Jeffcoate; "The use of oestrogenic hormones for initiating and maintaining uterine contractions", typescript essay submitted for the Katherine Bishop Harman Prize , Dec 1937; volumes of papers and notes presented to medical societies, with chronological lists of publications at front of each volume , 1931-1969; volumes of book reviews and articles by or relating to Jeffcoate, with some related correspondence and press cuttings, 1943-1979; volumes of British Medical Journal Letters, Notes and Answers, annotated , 1943-1963; volume of correspondence and papers relating to Jeffcoate's Principles of Gynaecology, published 1957 by Butterworth & Co, 1957-1975; correspondence and papers relating to Jeffcoate's appointment as Sims-Black Professor for 1958, and subsequent visits to Canada and the Caribbean, 1956-1958; file of confidential correspondence concerning the future of the RCOG, 1960-1976; volumes of correspondence, invitations and programmes relating to functions and lectures, with related press cuttings and photographs, 1953-1975; personal correspondence, 1973-1986; volume of press cuttings, with handwritten notes and index [note: most of the cuttings referred to in the index and notes are not extant], 1966-1986.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Volumes of papers have been arranged chronologically. Personal correspondence has been arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Conditions governing access:

Printed and published papers are open. Remainder open 30 years after last date on file, other than material marked confidential which is closed for 75 years.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: published papers are in the copyright of the publisher. Copyright in the remaining material is vested in the Jeffcoate family.

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.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

S28/1-5 were presented by Sir Norman in Sep-Oct 1991, together with a photograph of the British Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, held in Dublin in 1971 (see PH8/22). A further deposit of Sir Norman Jeffcoate's personal papers was made by his son, Professor S L Jeffcoate, in April 1997. The papers are at S28/6-15.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The RCOG Archives holds Jeffcoate's papers as president (Ref: A4/14/1-57); his unpublished typescript autobiography (Ref: S40); loose photographs and albums which were deposited by Professor S L Jeffcoate with the papers at S26/6-15 (Ref: PH20); other photographs of Jeffcoate (Refs: PH1P/14/1, PH3/20/29-35, PH7/9-10, PH7/18/11-13 and PH8/2b).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

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

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