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Papers and correspondence of Daniel John Cunningham

Identifier: Coll-11

Scope and Contents

There is a substantial sequence of notebooks and working papers containing detailed notes of experiments and dissections together with drawings and drafts for lectures, and a separate sequence of manuscripts for lectures and addresses. There are many autograph letters from eminent anatomists and medical men, including ten letters from Joseph Lister. An item of particular interest is an album of 96 photographs from Cunningham's service on the South African War Royal Commission. The subjects include army camps and infirmaries, railroads and the native population. Many of the documents bear annotations by Cunningham's son, John.
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  • c 1876-1910


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Cunningham was born at Crieff, Perth, and educated at the Morrison's Academy, Crieff, and Edinburgh University graduating M.B. in 1874. He was Demonstrator in Anatomy at Edinburgh, 1876-1882, and Professor of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, 1882, at Dublin University, 1883-1903, and at Edinburgh University, 1903-1909. He carried out original research in human and comparative anatomy as well as in the wider field of anthropology including giantism and right-handedness and left-brainedness. He undertook a number of important public duties including service in 1900 with the Royal Commission on the Care of the Sick and the Wounded during the South African War. He was elected FRS in 1891.


7 boxes


By section as follows: Biographical, Notebooks and working papers, Lectures, speeches and addresses, Advisory boards and committees, Correspondence, Publications. Index of correspondents.

Physical Location


Custodial History

Received for cataloguing in 1975 by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre from Cunningham's grandchildren.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession E.76/30

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme Eddie, converted to this version 14 Sep 2012
Papers of Daniel John Cunningham

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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