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Doran, Alban Henry Griffith (1849-1927)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0155
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Doran, Alban Henry Griffith (1849-1927)
Date(s): 1877-1927
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 boxes
Name of creator(s): Doran | Alban Henry Griffith | 1849-1917 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alban Henry Griffith Doran was born in Pembroke Square, Kensington, in 1849. He was educated in Barnes, and entered St Bartholomew's Hospital at 18, where he won many prizes. He served as House Surgeon to Luther Holden, as House Physician, and as Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy. He became Assistant in the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1878, under Sir William Flower, who he helped with his work as a craniometrist. He became interested in the middle ear in mammals, exploring the mammalian skulls in the Museum and finding a great number of auditory ossicula, which he mounted on glass. The ossicula auditus were exhibited at a meeting of the Royal Society, and a little later a monograph on the subject was published, with engravings by C Berjeau, in the Transactions of the Linnean Society. Doran became Pathological Assistant at the College of Surgeons, and contributed to the compilation of a catalogue of the pathological specimens in the Museum. He became an Assistant Surgeon to the Samaritan Free Hospital for Women in 1877, and worked there for over 30 years. He retired in 1909 returned as a volunteer officer to the Hunterian Museum, where he contributed to re-organising the obstetrical and gynaecological collections. He compiled a descriptive catalogue of the obstetrical and other instruments in the Museum, including the appliances and instruments used by Lord Lister. He died in 1927.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Alban Henry Griffith Doran, 1877-1927, comprising letters to Royal College of Surgeons of England staff, 1882-1927; work at the Samaritan Free Hospital [1877-1897], 1909-c 1924; memoirs, 1923-1924; work for publications including drafts, proofs and original drawings, late 19th to early 20th century; and donations to the Library, early 20th century.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited at various times. See individual descriptions for more details.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publications and tracts containing Alban Doran's manuscript notes and annotations: Morphology of Ossicula 1877 5.2 (RBR); Clinical and Pathological Observations 1884. HVE/DOR (BRRG); TRACTS 1069 (2); TRACTS B324 (1) Table of 50 cases of primary cancer of fallopian tube; TRACTS B234 (7) Notes on carcinoma of the fallopian tubes; TRACTS 1893 (13); TRACTS 1900 (4) Primary Cancer of Fallopian Tube; TRACTS 1826 (1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 12, 16); TRACTS 1827 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 14); TRACTS 1828 (2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 15, 17); TRACTS 1829 (1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14); and TRACTS 1830 (5, 8, 12, 13, 15, 17, 20, 26).

Material created whilst Alban Doran was working at the Museum:

Typescript catalogues: Obstetrical Forceps 1. 1913. 23.2 or 23.201; Gynaecological Instruments 1914. 23.21; Surgical Instruments 1917. 23.263 (HMO); Surgical Instruments. 7 vols. 1917-1923. 23.13-23.19 (ODO); Lister's Surgical Instruments 1. 1915. 23.231 (ODO); Lister's Surgical Instruments 2 and 3. 1916. 23.251 (ODO); and Lister's Surgical Instruments 1 PRINTED. 1925. 23.242 (ODO) or 23.243 (ODO).

Manuscripts: Notebook containing list of Obstetrical Forceps - Mss Doran (possibly linked to a typewritten catalogue); and Autograph Letters (6) to FW Cock from Doran 1917. Add Mss 175.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of England, Volume 1, Page 341.

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:
Sep 2008

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