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North of England Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society Archive

Date range: 1889–1964.

The North of England Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society was founded in 1890 on the initiative of William Japp Sinclair (1846-1912), professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Owens College, Manchester, its main objective being 'the promotion of Obstetrical and Gynaecological Medicine and Surgery'.

Meetings were held monthly, except in the summer, and included demonstrations of clinical specimens, discussions of case-studies, lectures and debates. As well as their educational value, the meetings had a convivial purpose, and would conclude with a dinner.

Meetings were held in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield by rotation, with local secretaries appointed in each of these cities and in Hull.

The Society had a number of distinguished presidents, most notable of whom was William Blair-Bell (1871–1936).

The archive comprises the main records of the Society’s governing bodies, i.e. minutes of Council and of the ordinary meetings, from the Society’s foundation to the 1930s.

There are also Society rule books, a small number of financial records and occasional publications of the Society, including a brief history of the Society by Arthur Gemmell.

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


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