The corporate archive of the College covers its history from the foundation in 1654 by Dr John Stearne to the present day. The collection includes papers relating to:
Over time individuals and organisations have donated their papers to RCPI for safekeeping, these include;
Small collection of records of the Adelaide Hospital, Dublin, including financial records of the Medical Board and casebooks created by physicians and surgeons in the hospital.
Collection of early-mid twentieth century anatomical teaching chart, probably used in the Adelaide School of Nursing.
Papers of the Apothecaries' Hall of Dublin and the Guild of Apothecaries of St. Luke. Collection contains minute books and papers relating to the examinations held by the Hall for apothecaries and medical practitioners, as well as a small collection of financial and administrative papers. The collection also contains papers of the Apothecaries Benevolent Fund for Ireland.
Papers of the Dublin Branch of the British Medical Association from its foundation in 1877. The collection includes administrative, financial and membership papers, also material relating to the 1933 visit of the British Medical Association to Dublin and the 1952 Doctors’ hobbies exhibition.
Papers of Leonard Colebrook (1883-1967) and Sir Almroth Wright (1861-1947), including Wright's writing on women, correspondence, and papers relating to the biographies of both men.
Typescript accounts of three series of lectures delivered by Conolly Norman to students at the Richmond Asylum on mental disorders and the treatment of the mentally ill.
The papers of Cork Street Fever Hospital and Cherry Orchard Hospital covering the period 1801 to 2005. The collection includes administrative papers, some patient records, architectural plans, the papers of some of the hospitals' medical superintendents and ephemera relating to the history of the hospitals.
A small collection of the papers of the Cow-Pock Institution, established to provide vaccination services in Ireland. The papers cover the period 1804 to 1885
Papers of the Dublin Biological Club founded in 1872. The collection includes minute books, attendance books, members roll and a collection of glass lantern slides of early club members.
Minute and attendance books of the Dublin Clinical Club from its foundation in 1894 to the 1970s. Also a small collection of papers relating to the membership of the club from the 1960s.
Papers of the Dublin Clinical Hospitals Standing Committee collected by their long serving secretary Richard Atkinson Hayes. Papers cover the period 1877 to 1932 and focus on the training of medical students in Dublin hospitals.
Small collection of papers created by the Dublin Sanitary Association, covering the period 1883-1912. The collection includes minute books, a letter book and newspaper cuttings.
Papers of Edmond Joseph Theophilus (Theo) McWeeney, relating to his medical education and career as a Tuberculosis specialist at the Irish Department of Health and the World Health Organisation. Papers also include autobiographical and other articles and lectures written by McWeeney.
Papers of Edward Hill (1741-1830) including letters, invitation cards, notebooks and documents relating to the School of Physic Act (1800), also three sketches of Hill.
Papers and correspondence of Eoin O’Brien relating to his research and publications on Sir Dominic Corrigan.
Collection of documents, slides and other items relating to Ephraim MacDowel Cosgrave (1853-1925), mainly relating to his medical education and time as Professor of Biology in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Papers of Dr John Fleetwood (1917-2007) covering his career as a GP, palliative care physician and gerontologist. Also his research and published papers on the history of medicine, as well as other papers relating to his literary and radio works.
The personal diaries of Kathleen Lynn, doctor and activist, 1916-1955
A series of oral history interviews carried out from the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland’s Living Medical History Project. Full transcripts of the interviews can be viewed via our archive catalogue
Series of slides created by Thomas Holmes Mason of Dame Street Dublin, relating to Sanctuary of Our Lady at Lourdes and its healing powers. The majority of the slides show individuals before and/or after their cure at Lourdes.
Papers relating to the Macnamara family of Corofin, Country Clare, who provided four generations of dispensary doctors and general practitioners to their local community.
Papers of Francis Joseph O'Meara (1900-1967), mainly covering his time in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War. There are also a small number of personal and family papers, and some family photographs.
A collection of nineteenth century medical illustrations and photographs mainly showing cases of skin diseases, but also including some other conditions and surgical illustrations.
Memoirs, or minutes, of the Medico-Philosophical Society from its foundation in 1754 to 1784. Also the minute book and members’ album dating from the re-formation of the Society in 1854.
Small collection of papers created by the Dublin Branch of the National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis, 1899 -1909
Papers of Dr Neil John Blayney (1874-1919) mainly relating to his medical career as County Surgeon at the Queen’s County Infirmary, and as Medical Officer of Troops during the First World War.
Collection of letters written to Richard Butcher over a twenty year period. The earlier letters (1837-1851) relate to the advancement of Butcher career and include letters testimonial and letters of congratulation on appointments. The majority of the letters (1854-1857) relate to Butcher's publication on various aspects of surgery, but mainly on excision of the knee joint.
Papers of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, mainly the minute books of the general council and the various academy sections. The collection also includes printed reports and papers, as well as papers relating to academy membership and some memorabilia.
Papers relating to the Royal National Hospital for Consumption for Ireland (1896-1963) at Newcastle, County Wicklow. Collection contains the administrative and financial papers of the hospital, a complete set of patient registers, newspaper cuttings relating to the history of the hospital and tuberculosis, and some architectural plans and papers.
Ephemeral items, collected by Drs Matthew and Angela Russell, mainly relating to public health in Dublin from the 1890s to the 1950s.
Prescription and cash books kept by Samuel John Hudson (1887-1943), pharmacist of Bloomfield, Belfast
The administrative papers of Saint Ultan’s Hospital, Dublin, 1919-1984. With a small collection of photographs, ephemera and objects.
Papers of Sir Andrew John Horne (1856-1924) mainly relating to his time as President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (1908-1910), his membership of The Phagocytes and his receipt of a knighthood in 1913.
The professional papers of Sir Dominic Corrigan, including case books, diaries and correspondence. With a small collection of personal papers and papers relating to the Corrigan family, 1795-[1940s].
The administrative and financial papers, patient records, architectural plans and photographic collections of Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital, 1800-1986
Collection of glass lantern slides belonging to Sir William John Thompson (1861-1929), relating to his interest in population statistics and disease mortality rates.
Case books and other documents of Surgeon-General Charles Sibthorpe (1847-1906) from his time in the Indian Medical Service.
Cartoons, by Thomas Fitzpatrick, relating to public health concerns in Dublin and/or Sir Charles Cameron.
Papers of Dr Kirkpatrick (1869-1954) covering his medical career and research into the history of medicine. As well as personal papers, correspondence and a small collection of papers relating to his father Dr John Rutherford Kirkpatrick (c.1832-1889). With Dr Kirkpatirck’s personal collection of manuscripts relating to the history of medicine in Ireland.
Papers of the Westmoreland Lock Hospital from its foundation in 1792 to the early twentieth century. Collection contains administrative, financial and patient records, as well as some records of the chaplaincy.
Harriet is Keeper of Collection and manages the RCPI Heritage Centre. Contact Harriet with any questions about the Heritage Centre, its collection and to make an appointment to visit.