Papers of Charles Macafee

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A set of diaries and scrapbooks documenting Professor Macafee's visits to the United States of America, as part of a Gynaecological Visiting Society delegation, and to southern Africa as a Sims Black Travelling Professor. They contain detailed professional accounts and astute social observations.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Horner Greer Macafee was born in Omagh, Northern Ireland. In 1921 he graduated in medicine from the Queen's University of Belfast with first-class honours. He was appointed to the chair of midwifery and gynaecology at Queen's in 1945 and held this position until his retirement in 1963. He was an accomplished obstetrician, gynaecological surgeon and teacher. He was a founding Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, serving as Vice-President from 1961-64. In 1961 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen. His guiding philosophy was summed up in his words: "While medicine is undoubtedly a science, it is a science in which the scientist is dealing with people and not things.' He died on 16 August 1978 at his home in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland.

Arrangement

Volumes numbered as received

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. mailto: archives@rcog.org.uk

Acquisition Information

Received from C A Jeremy Macafee FRCOG, C H G Macafee's son, in 2005

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Volumes are in good condition but tape affixing illustrative items is deteriorating

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by volunteer archivist Kathryn Meldrum July 2011

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is vested in the estate of Charles Horner Greer Macafee

Reproductions are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.