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SHUTE, Wallace Beresford (b1911): Shute Forceps papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S48
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: SHUTE, Wallace Beresford (b1911): Shute Forceps papers
Date(s): 1959-1997
Level of description: Series of Special collections of private papers
Extent: 3 folders
Name of creator(s): Shute | Wallace Beresford | b1911 | gynaecologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Wallace Beresford Shute (b.1911), BA, MD, FRCS, FAC, FACOG, Hon FRCOG, graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Honour Science) 1933 and Doctor of Medicine 1936 from the University of Western Ontario. After six years' post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Detroit, Montreal and Chicago, he practised for a short time in Canada, before volunteering for the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1943. He was Gynaecologist to the Canadian Women's Army in England before demobilisation in 1946. He then practised in Ottawa until his retirement in 1985. Dr Shute has made several significant contributions to medical science, particularly with his invention of the Shute Parallel Obstetrical Forceps. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the RCOG in June 1994 (bibliography: see Dr Shute's biography and c.v at S48/1).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Dr Wallace Beresford Shute, 1959-1997, comprising correspondence relating to presentation of the video cassette copies of his 1991 film "The Shute Parallel Forceps: its techniques and clinical use", 1997; biography and curriculum vitae of Dr Shute and instructions for use of the Shute Parallel Obstetrical Forceps, 1997; copies of papers published by Dr Shute and others, mainly on the use of the forceps, with some related correspondence , 1959-1994.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

As given in scope and content.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright in all correspondence belongs to Dr Shute, other than the copies of published papers which are in the copyright of the publishers, and one RCOG paper which is in the copyright of the College.

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:

The collection was passed, together with replacement copies of the video cassettes also described below, to the College Archives by the Honorary Secretary in 1997.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RCOG Archives holds a photograph of Dr Shute being made an Honorary Fellow is at PH1/4/15.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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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