Our archives

The RACP holds unique deposited archive collections as well as corporate (institutional) records.

These archives provide valuable resources that illustrate the development of medicine and the medical profession in Australasia.

Deposited archives

Our deposited archives and manuscript collection consist of donations or deposits from Fellows and other individuals.



Featured archives

Dr Cotter Harvey's archive

Dr Cotter Harvey's archive includes his time as a POW in Changi and his important work with tuberculosis and the anti smoking lobby

Association of Physicians

Records of the Association of Physicians of Australasia, the precursor organisation 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.

Our library catalogue includes digitilised copies of many deposited archive items. We continue to add digitlised documents and images, ensuring they are accessible to a wide audience.

Corporate archive

The RACP corporate archive documents the activities of the College from its establishment 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 its history to support and develop the medical profession.

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Sydney, NSW, 2000

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