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Papers of Alan W. Greenwood

Identifier: Coll-1057

Scope and Contents


  1. academic certificates of Alan Greenwood and Janet Alison Vera Crockett;
  2. papers relating to the Institute of Animal Genetics, including a notebook detailing various poultry experiments, a report from the Institute (1943-1944) and various historical memoranda;
  3. papers relating to the Poultry Research Centre;
  4. reprints of journal articles and research papers;
  5. various lectures given by Alan Greenwood;
  6. photographs, including those of staff at the Poultry Research Centre.


  • Creation: 19th century-1984


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.


1.4 linear metres (6 'A' boxes; 1 item in 'D' box; 3 outsize items)


The material was loosely grouped together as part of the Navigational Aids for the History of Science, Technology and the Environment (NAHSTE) project between 2000-2002.

Physical Location

CLX-A-643-CLX-A-647 and photograph store

Custodial History

The material was loosely arranged and partially rehoused as part of the Navigational Aids for the History of Science, Technology and the Environment (NAHSTE) project between 2000-2002. A collection level description was created in 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was gifted to Edinburgh University Archives in 1999 by Alan Greenwood's widow, Josephine Greenwood. Some of the material bears her initials.


As far as is known, the material has not been appraised.


Further accruals unlikely.

Existence and Location of Originals

This material is original.

Existence and Location of Copies

No known copies.

Related Materials

Related material held in Edinburgh University Library Special Collections:

EUA IN1/ACU/A1: the records of the Insitute of Animal Genetics;

EUA IN1/ACU/S1/1: Science Studies Unit: recorded interview with Alan Greenwood (2 CDs);

Coll-1362/3: Poultry Research Centre annual Reports and staff papers;

SC Acc 2016 002: box of Alan Greenwood's microscope slides, chiefly of marsupial embryos, with related index cards;

Coll-1700: the papers of Alan William Greenwood.


No known publications.


  1. Birse, Ronald M., Science at the University of Edinburgh 1583-1993, (Edinburgh, 1994);
  2. Crew, F.A.E., 'The Genealogy of the Poultry Research Centre', British Poultry Science, 121, 289-295 (1971);
  3. Falconer, Douglas, 'Quantitative Genetics in Edinburgh: 1947-1980' in Perspectives: Anecdotal, Historical and Critical Commentaries on Genetics, ed.s James F. Crow and William F. Dove (Genetics Society of America, 1983), pp.137-142;
  4. Greenwood, Alan, autobiographical notes at: Coll-1057/5/3/5 and Coll-1057/3/6 (1968);
  5. Robertson, Forbes W., 'Genetics' in Two Hundred Years of the Biological Sciences in Scotland: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 84B, (Edinburgh, 1983), pp. 211-229;
  6. Siller, W.G., 'Obituary Notices: Alan William Greenwood, CBE, BSc, MSc, PhD (Edin), DSc (Melb)' in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, pp.35-37 (1981).

Processing Information

Catalogued by Clare Button June-July 2013

Papers of Alan William Greenwood, genetical physiologist and director of ARC Poultry Research Centre
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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