Our collections are made possible through the ongoing contributions of our College members over many years.
Rare book collection
The rare book collection contains over 400 items published before 1801.
Browse through our Early Medicine catalogue (PDF) to view the collection of rare books held in the Library.
The rare book collection is housed at the RACP's Sydney offices within its historic Fellows and Council Rooms.
Rare book material published before the 1800s is generally not for loan but can be viewed on the premises by appointment.
Sir Edward Ford collections
Our former curator, Sir Edward Ford made several important donations to the History of Medicine Library during his association with the College.
In 1978 he donated a unique collection of 19th and 20th century medical Australiana which now adorns our newly refurbished Reading Room.
On Ford's death in 1986 he bequethed the Library his international collection of rare and valuable medical books. This important collection is located in his eponymous room at the RACP's Sydney offices at 145 Macquarie St, Sydney.
The Library also acquired his archive of medical history research, correspondence and medical instruments.
E. Graeme Robertson collection
Historical medical instrument and artefact collection
The History of Medicine holds over 250 historical medical instruments and artefacts.
Some of the highlights include: