What is held in the RACP archives?
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians holds unique deposited archive collections as well as corporate (institutional) records.Together these archives provide resources that illustrate the development of medicine and the medical profession in Australasia.
The deposited archive and manuscript collections have been acquired by the College through donation or deposit. Since its foundation Fellows and other individuals have donated archives and manuscripts to the RACP for safekeeping.These collections include the personal papers and correspondance of Fellows and physicians.
Some of the more significant collections are:
- Sir Edward Ford archive (history of medicine ms. notes, letters, research, papers)
- Dr William Cotter Harvey archive (his work with tuberculosis and anti-smoking lobby)
- Association of Physicians of Australia (this body was precursor to the RACP).
In addition there are smaller collections of:
- photographs – Fellows, College events, historical medical sites
- diaries, letters, casebooks, medical pamphlets
- research papers of medical historians.
- lecture notes, medical education and teaching material.
- ephemera relating to public health and the medical profession
- hospital records
- medical and public health organisations.
Many of the unique deposited archive and manuscript collections have been catalogued in our online library catalogue. During 2020-21 many of these documents will be digitilised and made available through full text searching capabilities via our catalogue.
The RACP corporate archives document the activities of the College from its beginnings in 1938. These institutional archives consist of the official records created and used by the College as part of its everyday work - although no longer in active use they are historically or legally significant as a record of the ongoing work of the College and the initiatives undertaken throughout our history to support and develop the medical profession.