CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3270
TitleRobert Douglas Lockhart, Professor of Anatomy: papers
Date20th century
Extent17 boxes, 3 files, 4 volumes, 9 boxes of glass slides and transparencies, 1 roll
Creator NameRobert Douglas Lockhart (1894 - 1987), Professor of Anatomy, University of Aberdeen
Administrative HistoryRobert Douglas Lockhart succeeded Alexander Low (1868 - 1950) as Regius Professor of Anatomy at the University of Aberdeen from 1938 - 1965.

An outstanding teacher of Anatomy, he was also author and co-author of the standard and much reprinted teaching texts, 'Living Anatomy: a photographic atlas of muscles in action and surface contours' (London: Faber, 1948) and 'Anatomy of the Human Body' (London: Faber, 1959). He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, 1959-62, and long-standing member and president of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society (president, 1951).

With his appointment as Professor of Anatomy, he inherited the honorary position of curator of the University's Anthropological Museum (now, Marischal Museum), a role which he gained great satisfaction from and grew to cherish, travelling widely and adding many items to the collections there. His successor in the Chair relinquished the museum position and at the University's request, Lockhart continued to act as curator well into his retirement, 1959 - 1979. In 1979 the University employed its first full-time, professional museum curator: Lockhart was asked to continue as Museum Consultant, but his working relationship with the new curator was difficult and he formally tendered his resignation in 1980.

Outside of work, he had a consuming passion for horticulture and literature, both interests being engaged by his parents whilst very young. His father came from gardening stock in Dumfriesshire and when he moved to Aberdeen, opened a nursery in Cragiebuckler, on the outskirts of the city. Lockhart shared his fathers love of roses, but his chief interest was rhododendrons, of which he became an authority and successful breeder, naming a new variety, Elizabeth Lockhart, in honour of his mother. His interest in literature arose from childhood challenges set by his father to learn passages of classic prose and poetry. He was particularly fond of Robert Burns and from his early twenties became a favorite at Burns clubs and societies across Britain. An entertaining orator, he was also much sought after as an after-dinner speaker, and in his talks cleverly combined his passion for horticulture and literature with contemporary anatomical themes.

In his will he left bequests to the University of Aberdeen, the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society and a number of other local charities and organisations.
Custodial HistoryA great volume of papers had accumulated in Lockhart's house prior to his death. These were sorted and extensively weeded by his executors before their transfer to Historic Collections in several deposits between 1987 and 2004.
SourceMaterial accessioned under MS 3270 was deposited in the University in 1987, 1988, 2001, 2002. Subsequent deposits received from August 2003 have been accessioned under ACC 014 and ACC 021, ACC 054, ACC 064, ACC 090.
DescriptionPersonal papers, 1906 - 1980s; professional papers, 1930s - 1960s; correspondence, 1916 - 1988; appreciations and obituaries,1951 - 1991; papers of and relating to friends and colleagues, 1934 - 1983; alumni relations, 1930 - 1978; photographs and slides, 1894 - 1987.
AppraisalDuplicates and ephemera have been weeded from the collection as far as possible, but duplicates of material annotated by Lockhart's executor after his death have been retained.
ArrangementSee 'description' field, above
Access StatusRestricted
Access ConditionsRestricted access applies to certain items in this collection: further details are available at the appropriate series and item levels of this catalogue.
Physical DescriptionNo physical characteristics affecting unit of description
Related MaterialOral history interview with Robert Lockhart, recorded on 11and 18 March 1985 (MS 3620/ 1/ 18 - 19).

Papers relating to 'Anatomy of the Human Body' (London: Faber, 1959), including framed photograph and letter from Alberto Morrocco (1917 - 1998) (MS 3647).

Gilbert F. Hamilton papers (MS 3750).

Alexander Low papers ( MS 2629).

University of Aberdeen: Department of Anatomy papers (MSU 1332).

University of Aberdeen Anatomical and Anthropological Society papers (MSU 1438)

Related material is also held in other repositories: it is understood that papers from Lockhart's estate have been deposited with Birmingham University; the Rhododendron Society; BUFC, Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry; Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen; and the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society.
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