The Papers of Alexander Graham Bryce

Scope and Content

The papers relate exclusively to Bryce's service for the Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons. The material is principally correspondence but includes minutes, agendas and circulars and a sequence of printed membership booklets, 1934-1958.

There are papers relating to the foundation of the Society in 1933, including the replies to the original invitations to join the Society (sent out by Bryce), to relations between the Society and the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, and to overseas visits of the Society to Switzerland in 1934 and to Berlin and Bruges in 1937.

Later material reflects the adjustments necessitated by the Second World War and the establishment of the National Health Service.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bryce was born in Southport and educated at Manchester University Medical School from which he graduated in 1912. Apart from wartime service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, 1915-1919, he spent most of his professional career in the Manchester area, holding appointments at the Manchester Memorial Jewish Hospital and the Manchester Royal Infirmary where he was appointed to the honorary staff in 1934.

Bryce was a founder member of the Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. He was the Society's first Secretary and Treasurer until November 1946, when he was elected Vice-President, a position he held for three years; he served as President of the Society, 1949-1951. Bryce was also President of the Thoracic Society and of the Manchester Surgical Society. He retired in 1955.

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Archivist's Note

Description based on that created by NCUACS, University of Bath.

Custodial History

These papers were received for cataloguing in 1985 by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre from the Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland via the Royal College of Surgeons. Deposited in the Royal College of Surgeons Library in 1985.

Related Material

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