CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3270/6/1
Alt Ref No2, 5, 6, 9,
TitleElizabeth Crosby (d 1983), neuroanatomist
Date1965 - 1983
Extent1 file, 2 slides
Administrative HistoryDr Elizabeth Crosby, one of America's pioneer female scientists in neuroanatomy, worked with Lockhart during her sabbatical year from Ann Arbour University in the University of Aberdeen's Anatomy Department, October 1939 - June 1940. They became great friends and maintained a regular correspondence throughout their lives, punctuated by infrequent meetings at international medical conferences and seminars.

At her invitation, Lockhart attended the annual meeting of the American Anatomical Association at the University of Kansas, 1967, and presented a paper on Dr Frederick Lanchester's work on 'Directional Fixivity and the Transitory Visual Impression or Fleeting Image' to the Anatomy Symposium at the University of Alabama Medical Center (subsequently published in the 'Alabama Journal of Medical Sciences'.) Dr Lanchester's research for this paper was undertaken at the University of Birmingham Medical School, whilst Lockhart was Professor of Anatomy there. The two men collaborated on this and other research.

Towards the end of her distinguished academic career, Professor Crosby held the concurrent positions of Professor Emeritus of Anatomy at the University of Alabama Medical Center and Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Consultant in Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. In her nineties, she was presented with the National Medal of Science by President Carter at the White House, USA, on 14 January 1979.
DescriptionLetter from Bradley M. Pathy, Ann Arbor Medical School, University of Michigan,1 August 1939, regarding film shown at a recent meeting of the British Medical Association and anticipating that Lockhart will enjoy working with Dr Elizabeth Crosby during her sabbatical year in Aberdeen.

Letter from J.K. Weston, Department of Anatomy, Temple University, Philadelphia, 7 August 1939, expressing his pleasure that Dr Crosby's sabbatical is turning out well and regretting that he has no post-graduate students in anatomy who would be interested in studying abroad at present.

Letter from Professor Tryphenea Humphrey, M.D., University of Alabama Medical Center, thanking Lockhart for hospitality extended to Professor Crosby and herself during their recent visit to Aberdeen, 9 October 1965. Mentions Dr. G.A.C. Mitchell and Professor Abbie (Sydney, Australia) [both of these names recur elsewhere in Lockhart's papers].

Black and white photograph of Professor Crosby and Professor Humphrey, n.d. [?1965 or ?1967]

Two colour slides of Professor Crosby and Professor Humphrey standing in a front garden, April 1967.

Correspondence between Lockhart, Dr Elizabeth Crosby, University of Alabama, Dr T. Humphrey, University of Alabama and others, re. academic visit to the University of Alabama and attendance at the annual meeting of the American Anatomical Association at the University of Kansas, including invitation to speak at the Cajal Club Meeting, '... which is the large, special neuroanatomy group session on the day immediately preceding the opening of the Association', June 1966 - August 1967.

Typed copy of Dr Frederick Lanchester's paper, 'Directional Fixivity and the Transitory Visual Impression or Fleeting Image', with introduction and biographical notes prepared by Lockhart. With covering letter, discussing publication details, correspondence with Dr Lanchester, thanking Dr Crosby for her hospitality and describing his last University lecture, 17 August 1967.

Programme of 'The Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award', University of Alabama Medical Center, 15 April 1974, at which Professor Crosby was presented with the award and gave a speech entitled 'Our Curious Cortex.' A biographical sketch is also included in the programme, outlining her academic achievements.

New Year letter from Lockhart to Professor Crosby, 31 January 1977.

Letter addressed to 'The Fastest Draw in the New World and The Old', from Lockhart congratulating Professor Crosby on her 90th birthday, 11 September 1978 (one manuscript and one typescript copy).

Press-cutting of Professor Crosby receiving the 1979 National Medal of Science from President Carter, at the Whitehouse, Washington, 14 January 1979, published in 'Corpus Christi Caller', 15 January 1980. Annotated in Lockhart's hand (elderly): 'Britain, October 1939 and June 1940. Prof Crosby in her sabbatical year from Ann Arbour taught in the Aberdeen University Anatomy Department: both histology and neurology.' Also, photocopy of same, sent to Lockhart by former Anatomy Department secretary, Margaret Oliver K. ?Runshel [nee Margaret Hadaway] and telegram from Richard C. Schneider, MD informing him of same, n.d.

Obituary in the Ann Arbour News, 29 July 1983, enclosed with photograph of ?Professor Crosby in white medical coat, signed ?Thomas Geddes, n.d.
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Physical DescriptionPaper; black and white photograph; colour slides.
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