Papers relating to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers reflecting Professor Phillips' association with the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (later the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists), including discussions about the founding of the College, research material on the history of obstetrics, committee minutes and reports, Annual Dinner menus, presscuttings, greeting cards, and correspondence concerning the opening of the College building in Regent's Park.

This collection includes correspondence between Professor Phillips and Professor Blair-Bell, co-founder of the RCOG and First President, and between Phillips and Dr John Pringle, a personal friend and colleague, together with papers collated by Professor William Fletcher-Shaw, co-founder of the RCOG covering the history of the College and of obstetrics.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Phillips was a foundation Fellow of the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and was a member of Council from 1929 to 1940, serving on many college committees, including the Library Committee, the External Relations Committee, and the Fellowship Selection Committee. He was vice-president of the College from 1937 to 1940, and left a significant part of his fine collection of historic obstetric books to the College Library.


This material was originally received into the Archive in envelopes, as collated by Professor Phillips. The original order within envelopes has been retained and a system of arrangement imposed on the files to facilitate access.

Access Information

Open to researchers by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. mailto:

Other Finding Aids

File level descriptions are available from the College Archivist. mailto:

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Some items are fragile and require careful handling.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is vested in the estate of Professor Miles Phillips via the College Archivist.

Reproductions available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

This is a composite series, retaining where possible original order and groupings of papers.

Related Material

Related collections held in the College Archive include:

Papers relating to the foundation of the College [Archive Reference: RCOG/A1]

Papers of William Fletcher Shaw [Archive Reference: S34]

Photographs of RCOG Annual Dinners [Archive Reference: RCOG/PH2]

Correspondence and papers relating to the first annual dinner of the college, October 1931, and the opening ceremony, December 1932 [Archive Reference: RCOG/A1/23]