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REYNOLDS, Dr Doris Livesey (1899-1985)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0505 PP21
Held at: Royal Holloway, University of London
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Full title: REYNOLDS, Dr Doris Livesey (1899-1985)
Date(s): 1889-1978
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 boxes or 0.05m3
Name of creator(s): Reynolds | Doris Livesey Reynolds | 1899-1985 | geologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1899; educated Palmer's School, Grays, Essex and Bedford College, University of London; gained BA, 1920, MSc, 1924, and DSc, 1927; Assistant in Geology, Queen's University, Belfast, 1921-1926; Demonstrator in Geology, Bedford College, University of London. 1927-1931; Lecturer in Petrology, Bedford College, University of London, 1931-1933; Lecturer in Petrology, Durham University, 1933-1943; married Professor Arthur Holmes, 1939; Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, 1943-1962; Leverhulme Fellowship to investigate the geology of the Slieve Gullion volcano, 1946-1948; Lyell Medallist, Geological Society, London, 1960; Honorary Research Fellow, Bedford College, University of London, 1962-[1985]; died 1985.

Publications: revision of Holmes principles of Physical Geography (English Language Book Society, London, 1978).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1889-1977, concerning the life and work of Dr Reynolds, including letters relating to her publications; correspondence about the award of the Lyell Medal from the Geological Society, 1960; family papers, including birth, death and marriage certificates; personal correspondence, 1920-1960, notably from Dr Catherine Alice Raisin, Professor Leonard Hawkes (both Heads of the Geology Department, Bedford College), and Susan Thompson; typed and handwritten essay notes, on geological subjects; a collection of geographical publications, 1921-1969; photographs, [1917-1970], notably of geological field trips, students and professors at Bedford College, holidays in Northern Ireland and Sweden, and family groups; texts of lectures by Eugène Wegmann, Directeur de L'Institut de Géologie Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 1961-1965; the Charles Lyell Medal, 1960. Correspondence and papers, 1919-1978 relating to Professor Arthur Holmes, Reynolds' husband, notably relating to his publications, his membership of various geological societies, the renaming of the Geological Society of Durham after him (the Arthur Holmes Society), his nomination as Regius Professor of Geology at Edinburgh University, and his receipt of the Makdougall-Brisbane and Vetlesen Prizes.

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Conditions governing access:

Open to all registered users of the Royal Holloway, University of London Archives.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be supplied, subject to the condition of the original. Requests to publish original material should be directed to the College Archivist.

Finding aids:

Handlist available in the Royal Holloway, University of London Archives reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The papers were transferred from the Bedford College Archives when the College merged with Royal Holloway in 1985.

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Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the AIM25 project.

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2000

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