Papers of Professor Roy Dobbin

Scope and Content

Correspondence of Professor Roy Dobbin and of the RCOG relating to Dobbin's donation and sale of medical history books to the College, including details of negotiations with the Royal College of Surgeons, notes on life in Egypt, and discussion of the conferment of Honorary Fellowship on his colleague, Professor Naguib Mahfouz, and Dobbin's own status as only Life Fellow of the RCOG.

Administrative / Biographical History

Roy Samuel Dobbin FRCOG (1873-1939) graduated in medicine at Trinity College Dublin. His main interest was pathology, but he also worked in obstetrics and in 1906 was appointed to the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Cairo. After service during the First World War he returned to Cairo, where he spent the rest of his professional life. He established a library of books and manuscripts relating to midwifery while in Cairo and although the bulk of his collection ultimately went to the Royal College of Physicians, he also made several gifts from his collection to the College Library.

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Archivist's Note

Recatalogued by Penny Hutchins, Archivist, June 2013

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is vested in the estate of Professor Roy Dobbin.

Reproductions are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

Correspondence files with the RSC were presented to the College in 1972 by William le Fanu. The remaining papers (S3/3-5) were extracted at some stage from other College records and papers produced in connection with the composition of J L Thornton and P C Want, 'Roy Samuel Dobbin (1873-1939)', in Proceedings of the XXIII International Congress of the History of Medicine, Vol II, and it is likely that the series was assembled when this essay was written. The series was transferred to the College Archives from the Library in July 2001

Related Material

See RCOG Library for books from the Roy Dobbin collection.