This deposit includes departmental records of Aberdeen University Department of Anatomy, together with a small collection of papers of, or relating to, members of staff, and records of Aberdeen University Anatomical and Anthropological Society.
Departmental records include students' registers, 1892 - 1939 (2 vols.); and Anthropological Laboratory Registers of Observations, 1896 - 1937 (8 vols.), continued in loose cards from c 1939 - c 1971 (with gaps) (1 large box). The anthropological observations relate principally to Aberdeen University medical students; though many of those in the earliest register are of persons serving in the police force.
Personal papers of, and relating to, departmental staff include photographs of exhibition and dissection of the Tay whale (including photographs of Sir John Struthers, and his assistants, Robert Slessor, Robert Gibb, and James Moir measuring the whale) (1 folder); a printed copy of Professor Robert W. Reid's biography of Sir William MacGregor (1846 - 1919), Governor of Queensland, Australia, published as Sir William MacGregor (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1919), with related papers of Professor Reid (including correspondence from Sir William MacGregor's widow, Mary MacGregor, Berwickshire; his daughter, Helen Faden-MacGregor, Switzerland; William Watt, Strathdon Manse; Sir Ronald Ross, editor of Science Progress; and others; photographs; notes and other misc. papers) (1 folder); miscellaneous papers of and re. Professor Alexander Low, including reprints of articles, notes and original photographs of various skeletal and beaker finds (1 box file); and a small collection of Professor Robert Lockhart's anthropometrical observation cards, principally relating to persons attending Aberdeen hospitals, c 1930s - c 1960s (1 file).
The records of Aberdeen University Anatomical and Anthropological Society (est. 1912), include minutes, 1912 - 1963 (6 vols.), photographs of founders, and miscellaneous papers.
There is, additionally, a volume containing pressed plant specimens of Artic Flora, collected by Dr Walker, surgeon and naturalist on board the yacht, Fox, during the expedition of Sir Francis McClintock, R.N., in search of Sir John Franklin 1857 - 58 - 59. At the end of this voyage, the plants collected by Dr Walker were apparently placed in the hands of Joseph Dalton Hooker, with related notes on prevailing environmental conditions. A printed report of his findings, An account of the plants collected by Dr. Walker in Greenland and Artic [sic] America during the expedition of Sir Francis M'Clintock was subsequently prepared by Hooker, and published in Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society. Botany, 5 (1861). It seems likely - though presently, unconfirmed - that this volume of specimens once formed part of the collection placed in Hooker's care. It was owned at one time by Alexander Thomson of Banchory-Devenick (1792-1868), a graduate of Marischal College (MA 1816, LLD 1855), and benefactor of the University. No further details regarding provenance of the volume, or regarding Dr Walker, have been established at this time.