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KEENE, Mary Frances Lucas (1885-1974)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1530 D12
Held at: Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre
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Full title: KEENE, Mary Frances Lucas (1885-1974)
Date(s): 1911-1977
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 0.5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Keene | Mary Frances Lucas | 1885-1977 | Professor of Anatomy


Administrative/Biographical history:

Mary Frances Lucas was born in 1885, the daughter of G J Lucas. She was educated at Eversley, Folkestone and the London (Royal Free Hospital) School of Medicine for Women, graduating MB, BS 1911 and DSc 1938. She was appointed Lecturer in Embryology and Senior Demonstrator in Anatomy at the School in 1914; and became Reader and Head of Department in 1919. She was Professor of Anatomy from 1924-1951; Vice-Dean 1926-1929; Acting Dean 1939-1943; and President from 1957 until her death. She was appointed Emeritus Professor of the University of London, 1951; President of the Medical Women's Federation, 1946-1948 and President of the Anatomical Society, 1949-1951. She married Richard Keene, in 1916 and adopted the surname Lucas Keene in 1917. She died in 1977.
Publications: Practical Anatomy, (1932) Anatomy for Dental Students, (1934);


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers and photographs of Mary Frances Lucas Keene, 1911-1994, comprising:
Personal papers, including diplomas and certificates awarded to Lucas Keene, 1904-1973; personal correspondence including letters from the RFHSM and the University of London, mainly concerning her retirement, and appointment as Emeritus Professor, 1950-1975; letters from Lucas keen to Prof John W S Harris and his wife, Sonia, 1971-1978; notes for speeches, mainly given at London (RFH) School of Mediicine for Women ceremonies, 1933-1954; papers on anatomy teaching and research, including notes, diagrams and photographs, 1921-1951; notebooks containing case notes on dissections of human embryos and foetuses, 1921-1951; Emphemera including Royal Free Hospital Pharmacopoeia and Journal of tje Medical Women;s Federation, July 1951, containing an appreciation of her work; photographs of Lucas Keene, her family and fiends, 1924-1974; group photographs of Anatomical Society meeting, Edinburgh, 1947 and Staff and Students of RFHSM, 1950; album of photographs of the medical school, staff and students, presented to Lucas Keene on her retirement as Professor of Anatomy, 1951

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Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the Archivist, Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre, 'The Hoo', 17 Lyndhurst Gardens, London NW3 5NU, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by Mrs Ann Stekoven

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Archives Centre also holdds the records of Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, which contain numerous references to the work of Mary Lucas Keene. The Centre also has a portrait of Lucas Keene.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), 2nd edition, 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2002

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