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BLACKWELL, Professor Elizabeth Marianne (1889-1973)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0505 PP25
Held at: Royal Holloway, University of London
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Full title: BLACKWELL, Professor Elizabeth Marianne (1889-1973)
Date(s): 1880-1977
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 7 boxes or 0.07 cubic metres
Name of creator(s): Blackwell | Elizabeth Marianne | 1889-1973 | Professor of Botany
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1889; educated Southport High School for Girls and University of Liverpool, gaining a BSc, 1910, BSc with Honours, 1911, and an MSc, 1912; Demonstrator and Assistant Lecturer in Botany, University of Liverpool, 1911-1922; Head of Botany Department, Royal Holloway College, University of London, 1922-1949; President of the British Mycological Society, 1942-1961; retired 1949; died 1973.

Publications: Terminology in Phytophthora (Commonwealth Mycological Institute, Kew, 1949); Key to the species of Phytophthora recorded in the British Isles (Commonwealth Mycological Institute, Kew, 1954).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1887-1977, relating to Blackwell's time as Head of Botany at Royal Holloway College, University of London, notably correspondence with her parents, 1922-1945, discussing life at Royal Holloway College; letters of congratulation on her appointment as Head of Botany at Royal Holloway College, 1922; correspondence and notes, 1928-1949, relating to gifts to Royal Holloway College; personal correspondence, 1941-1970, notably with Ellen Charlotte Higgins, former Principal of Royal Holloway College, (Elsie) Marjorie Williamson, Principal of Royal Holloway College, and John Cameron; papers, 1887-1969, relating to the Royal Holloway College Botany Department, including Botany Lunches, 1949-1977, Botany School Record Books, 1887-1969, and correspondence relating to field trips, 1930-1944; Blackwell's copies of the Royal Holloway College Boat Club Rules, 1914-1918, and the Royal Holloway Rules and Regulations, 1925; notes, memoranda, correspondence, minutes and reports of the University of London Botanical Supply Unit, 1944-1952; invitations and Christmas cards, 1922-1963; autograph books, 1922-1950, including one presented to Blackwell by her old students and staff at a luncheon at the Forum Club, [London], 1950. Records, 1897-1971, relating to the history of Royal Holloway College and the Botany Department, including press cuttings, photographs, memoirs, correspondence and draft articles, notably and article by Blackwell entitled '75 years of Royal Holloway College Botany Department', copies of College songs, and obituaries of old colleagues and students. Publications, 1902-1949, mainly comprising histories of the Botanical Departments of Liverpool and Manchester Universities. Photographs, 1880-1970, including the Botany Department staff and students, 1898-1962; Botany Department field trips, 1898-1948; Royal Holloway College staff, buildings and grounds, 1908-1952; Botany laboratories and gardens, 1912-1949; social and botanical activities at Royal Holloway College, 1927-1955.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as outlined in the Scope and Content.

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 Archivist.

Finding aids:

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

Archival Information

Archival history:

The papers were donated in at least two separate sections, possibly in 1966-1967 and 1968-1969 (see the Annual Reports at RHC AL900/3,5).

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Royal Holloway, University of London Archives hold an obituary for Blackwell in the Royal Holloway College Letter (RHC AS902/116); correspondence with W R Matthews and various publishers in the papers of Ethel Maud Rowell (PP24/5); a memorial plaque for Blackwell; and article by her and Dr Benson.

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Publication note:

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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