Obstetrics collection of Dr James Willocks

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Material relating to William Smellie's "Practice of Midwifery" and Anatomical Tables, c. 1960's; material relating to Morison's work on Smellie including correspondence, 1952-1966; typescript of talk about Smellie given at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 1963; photographic prints, 1960's; printed works, 1876-1971, including articles about William Smellie by S J Cameron and Dr J Willocks; glass negatives of obstetrics cases made by Dr John Hewitt c. 1958.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Willocks qualified in medicine from the University of Glasgow MB ChB in 1951 and gained his MD in 1963. In 1958 he joined Professor Ian Donald's team at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow where Donald was undertaking his pioneering work in ultrasound scanning. Willocks' main contribution to ultrasound was in establishing foetal cephalometry for clinical purposes. In 1966 he published an article in Surgo entitled "William Smellie and the Birth of Modern Obstetrics" (Vol. XXXIII No2, 1966) and in the course of his research acquired the papers of Charles Rutherford Morison, Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, of Harrogate, who had also been undertaking research on Smellie. The glass negatives were made by Dr John Hewitt, Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, part author of the "Glasgow Manual of Obstetrics", who was visiting surgeon to the Royal Maternity and Women's Hospital and the Royal Samaritan Hospital, Glasgow.


Arranged chronologically within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to some items may be restricted. Please contact the Archivist at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the College on long term loan by Dr James Willocks on 9th October 1997, and formally accessioned on 12 June 2018. Further additions from Professor Lawrence Weaver, on behalf of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill on 8th April 2014.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Archivist. We will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Appraisal Information

Appraised in accordance with GB 250's collection policy.


Not expected.

Location of Originals

This material is original.


No known publications.

Geographical Names