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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Archives

Founded in 1505, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has an extensive archive relating to both the Incorporation and its Membership. The archived collection comprises the official records of the College and its associated bodies and committees, as well as many personal papers of some of the Fellows of the College. Records relating to the property include the original 1832 plans of Surgeons’ Hall by William Henry Playfair.

Our collection of manuscripts and letters include case-books and students’ notes of the lectures given by such eminent teachers as the Monros, William Cullen, Lord Lister, James Syme and Sir James Young Simpson. The College posseses its original Minute Books forming a continuous record from 1581 and these, along with the rest of the collection, may be consulted by special arrangement.

Today, support in reseach, enquiries and document supply to the current surgical Membership remains the major part of the Library’s remit, but these historical holdings play an important role and are a constant source of interest, information, images and pride. The Adopt-a-Book project has attracted funds that have enabled conservation work to be carried out on selected books, and donations of important texts continue to be presented to the Library, where their care and security is assured.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

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