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Sir Douglas Robb papers.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-A-223

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence to and from Sir Douglas Robb; articles and speeches; some personal papers; secondary material and memorabilia. While the collection reflects Sir Douglas's wide-ranging interests in medicine, health reform, education and international relations, they represent only a part of his papers as most of the material dates from 1940 onwards.

As far as possible, the collection has been left in the order in which it was received. There are two major categories of material: The correspondence (series A) and the subject files (series B-K). From 1967, Sir Douglas Robb organised his letters alphabetically by correspondent, this order has been retained in Series A and all other general correspondence has been inter-filed into this alphabetical sequence. Correspondence found within the subject files has been arranged chronologically rather than alphabetically.

A small collection of Lady Helen Robb's correspondence is included with the papers (Series J).


  • 1940 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Biographical / Historical

Sir Douglas Robb, 1899-1974, was an eminent Auckland surgeon, medical reformer, writer and Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 1962 to 1968.


3 metres (29 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sir Douglas Robb's children, Mrs S. Coxhead, Mrs J. Buxton and Mr J. Robb in April 1980. Book with Auckland Grammar School bookplate awarded to Robb in 1916, held in General Glass Case, donated by Vice Chancellor's Office, 24 September 2010.

Related Materials

Robb's First Prize for Mathematics and Science, Upper Sixth Form, Auckland Grammar School, 1916, acknowledged in bookplate in: Preston, Thomas, 1860-1900. The theory of heat. London : Macmillan, 1904. General Glass Case.


NRAM B954.

An inventory of the papers of Sir Douglas Robb, 1940-1974.
Elizabeth MacFarlan
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand