Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn


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The archives in the Heritage Collections of the Royal College of Surgeons fall into three broad categories according to their provenance:

  • RCSI
  • Other medical institutes
  • Prominent individuals



The archives created by RCSI in the running of the College and its school since 1784 include the minutes of meetings and correspondence of the College, of Council and of various committees. The records of the school include registers of students, examinations, fees and graduates.

  • College Muniments
  • Library Muniments


Other Medical Institutions

A number of different medical institutions, societies and registries are represented in the archive. Most notable are

  • The registry of surgeons appointed by Act of Parliament to examine into the qualifications of candidates for County Hospitals or Infirmaries, 1766
  • Surgical Society of Ireland (1833-83): council minutes
  • St Marks Ophthalmic Hospital (founded 1841): governors minute book 1876-1879
  • Ledwich School of Surgery & Medicine, minute book, 1859-1871
  • Charitable Infirmary, Jervis Street: minute books, medical board reports 1835-1964


Prominent Individuals

The archive houses a large number of prominent individual?s collections. This material is in a variety of formats including casebooks, diaries, lecture notes, manuscripts of publications, letters, printed papers, photographs, clinical illustrations etc. Among these collections are the papers of

  • Arthur Jacob (1754-1827)
  • Abraham Colles (1773-1843)
  • William Wallace (1791-1837)
  • Charles A. Cameron (1830-1921)
  • John Freeman Knott (1853-1921)
  • Thomas Heazle Parke (1857-1893)
  • Emily Winifred Dickson (1866-1944)
  • J.D.H. Widdess (1906-1982)
  • James A. Deeny (1906-1994)


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