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HOLLAND, Sir Eardley Lancelot (1879-1967): copper plates showing birth defects

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S7
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: HOLLAND, Sir Eardley Lancelot (1879-1967): copper plates showing birth defects
Date(s): undated
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Holland | Sir | Eardley Lancelot | 1879-1967 | President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

Eardley Lancelot Holland (1879-1967), kt, MD, Hon LLD, FRCP(Lond), FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Ed), Hon MMSA, was educated at Murchison Castle and King's College Hospital, where he became obstetric registrar and tutor in 1907. In 1916 he took up an appointment at the London Hospital, where he embarked on a programme of research into the causes of stillbirth at the request of the Ministry of Health. He served as an adviser in obstetrics to the Ministry of Health between 1937-1940 and on the outbreak of war in 1939 was responsible for organising the evacuation of pregnant women from London to the country. He played an important role in organising material for a report by the College to the Ministry on a national maternity service (see A5/4/3). He married twice and had three daughters.

Eardley Holland was a founder member of the Gynaecological Visiting Society and a Foundation Fellow of the RCOG. From 1929-1939 he held the position of Honorary Treasurer and he was for a time editor of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Empire. In 1946 he became President of the College.


Scope and content/abstract:

Copper plates showing various defects in new born babies, undated.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: vested in the estate of Sir Eardley Holland. Copyright expires in 2038.

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:

These copper plates were formerly held in the College Museum, in a parcel marked `left by Sir Eardley Holland'.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

RCOG Archives holds financial records covering Eardley Holland's time as Honorary Treasurer (1929-1939) (Ref: F); his presidential papers (Ref: A4/5); correspondence concerning the Eardley Holland Gold Medal, 1960-1965, (Refs: A7/2/1 and GS3/13); letter from Blair-Bell to Eardley Holland dated 1920 (Ref: S1/47); a memorandum by Eardley Holland on the desirability of a clinical examination in obstetrics and gynaecology, dated 1927 (Ref: S13/1); photographs of Eardley Holland (Refs: PH1P/5, PH7/5 and PH7/16/5).

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Publication note:

Some of the plates were used to illustrate Holland's "Birth Injury in Relation to Labour", in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 33 (1937), pp 1-18

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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