The medical archive collections of the John Rylands University Library

Elizabeth Gow, Stella Butler (Editor), John Pickstone (Editor)

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    The University of Manchester Library has custody of a nationally significant collection of medical archives. These are a rich and varied resource for the history of medicine, but also have potential for wider social, economic, cultural and intellectual histories of the Greater Manchester region. Within the collection are over twenty medical archives, including the private papers of doctors, archives of medical societies, and a large collection of Manchester-related medical documents, known as the Manchester Medical Collection (MMC). These archives contain information on the great majority of medical practitioners, hospitals, medical schools and medical societies active in the Manchester area in the past two hundred years. The collections were not well described and therefore difficult to use. A grant from the Wellcome Trust’s Research Resources in Medical History programme funded the creation of detailed finding aids. These are now available on-line via the UML Special Collections web-site. This paper briefly describes the collections and identifies their research potential for a range of users, including historians of medicine, local historians and genealogists.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester
    EditorsStella Butler, John Pickstone
    Place of PublicationManchester
    PublisherThe John Rylands Library
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventMedicine in Manchester - The University of Manchester
    Duration: 1 Jan 20041 Jan 2004


    ConferenceMedicine in Manchester
    CityThe University of Manchester


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