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WRIGLEY, Dr Arthur Joseph (1904-1984): Wrigley's forceps

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S9
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: WRIGLEY, Dr Arthur Joseph (1904-1984): Wrigley's forceps
Date(s): 1963-1965
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 folder
Name of creator(s): Wrigley | Arthur Joseph | 1904-1984 | Doctor of Medicine


Administrative/Biographical history:

Arthur Joseph (Joe) Wrigley CBE, MD, FRCS, FRCOG (1904-1984) was educated at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School and practised at St Thomas's, beginning his career as registrar to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and later becoming obstetric physician. He also offered his services to Mount Vernon Hospital, the Grosvenor Hospital, the Lambeth Hospital, and to the London boroughs of Lambeth and Stoke Newington. He was a Fellow of the College and inventor of the short forceps - "the Wrigley's". He died in 1984.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Arthur Joseph Wrigley to David May describing his invention of the Wrigley's forceps, Apr 11 1976, with a covering letter from Mr May dated 27 Feb 1994.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Wrigley letter open. Accompanying letter open in 2015.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright in Wrigley's letter vested in the estate of Arthur Joseph Wrigley; copyright expires in 2047. Copyright in May's letter is vested in David May; copyright expires in 2065.

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:

Wrigley's letter describing the invention of the forceps was donated to the College by its recipient, Mr David May, in 1994, and passed to the College Archives by the President later that year

Allied Materials

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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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