Thursday, July 4, 2013
We will soon be moving our blog fully in-house to the new Library and University Collections blog server. St the moment we're busy migrating content. The new blog can be found at http://libraryblogs.is.ed.ac.uk/edinburghuniversityarchives/
Posted by Grant Buttars at 9:26 AM
Monday, June 24, 2013
On 13 April 1893, eight women graduated MA, the first women students having been admitted the previous year following a lengthy battle to allow women admittance to the University. The eight women had already completed most of their exams externally and were awarded their degree within a year of admittance. The same year they graduated, a further 72 matriculated to study, with an additional 78 attending as non-matriculated students.
In July 1943, three of the eight joined Principal Sir Thomas Holland on the platform for the graduation ceremony in the McEwan Hall: Flora Stewart, nee Philip, Maude Elizabeth Newbigin and Amelia Hutchison Stirling. We blog this to mark 120 years since their graduation.
|Sir Thomas Holland with (l-r) Mis Newbibin, Miss Stirling and Mrs. Stewart|
Posted by Edinburgh University Archives at 10:59 AM
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Born in 1826, the son of a prosperous merchant, Littlejohn was also credited by Conan Doyle as having been an influence. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1847 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1854. The same year saw him take up the position with Edinburgh Town Council as Police Surgeon. In 1862 he was appointed Edinburgh's first Medical Officer of Health. The work he undertook had a significant impact on reducing the frequency of outbreaks of smallpox and typhus.
He was President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1875-6), of the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Edinburgh (1883-5), and of the Institute of Public Health (1893). Awarded an honorary degree by the University of Edinburgh in 1893, he was knighted two years later.
Littlejohn was appointed to the Chair of Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh in 1897. In the context of that post, a series of his notebooks were kept by his successors within the departmental records of the Forensic Medicine department. However when these arrived in the University Archives volume "Wounds II" was noted as being absent. Thanks to the vigilance of a member of academic staff, this missing volume has now been found and transferred to us.
|Page of notes pasted into volume 'Wounds II'.|
We are thrilled to be able to reunite this volume with the others. the series now runs to 6 volumes in total:
- Infanticide I
- Infanticide II
- Poisons III
- Poisons IV
- Wounds I
- Wounds II
The 'new' volume is of a similar format to the others with notes, news cuttings and loose enclosures.