Title: Leeds School of Medicine Archive
Classmark: LUA MED
Original reference: LUA/DEP/001
Creator(s): University of Leeds. School of Medicine
Main language: English
Size and medium: 277 boxes, 97 volumes, 13 rolls, 3 outsized items; manuscript papers; typescript papers; volumes; photographs; medals; pamphlets
Records of the Leeds School of Medicine, dating from its opening in 1831.
Contains: records relating to the establishment of the School and its governance, including deeds, correspondence, and memoranda and articles of association; minutes of the Leeds School of Medicine Council, and later minutes of the Boards of the Yorkshire College Medical Department and University of Leeds Faculty of Medicine, as well as various committees; papers of various Deans of the Leeds School of Medicine, including Thomas Scattergood, A. de Burgh Birch, Albert S.F. Grünbaum, Derek R. Wood and Brian R. Jewell; records of the Secretary's Office and Development Office; financial records, including Treasurer's accounts, course fee receipt books, prize and endowment fund accounts, bank account pass books and cheque stubs, and financial records for the Leeds General Infirmary Nurse Teaching Department; papers and correspondence of some individual staff members and students; records relating to students including registers and lists of students, examination results and prize lists, and lecture timetables; records relating to various events and exhibitions at the School, including various dinners and anniversary celebrations such as the Leeds School of Medicine Centenary in 1931; prospectuses [1831-1990]; various publications and booklets, either produced by or relating to the School; catalogues of the Pathological Museum; objects, including medals, printing blocks and dies, a coat of arms, name plaques and bench tops.
Also contains records for related societies, including the Hey Society, the University of Leeds Medical Society, and the Medical Charitable Society for the West Riding of the County of York.
In addition, this collection contains the records of the various departments within the Leeds School of Medicine, including the Departments of: Anaesthesia, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cancer Research, Chemical Pathology and Immunology, Forensic Medicine, Medical Physics, Microbiology, Nuffield Institute for Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics & Child Health, Pathology & Bacteriology, Pharmacology, NHS Postgraduate Medical & Dental Education, Psychiatry, Public Health Medicine, Rheumatology, Surgery, and the Dental School and Hospital.
The Leeds School of Medicine was an independent private institution founded in 1831, providing courses to qualify students for the diplomas of external examining bodies. It opened at a premises within the Leeds Public Dispensary on 25th October 1831. It became the Medical Department of the Yorkshire College in 1884 and part of the University of Leeds Faculty of Medicine in 1904. Courses were distinct from clinical instruction which was conducted independently in the Leeds General Infirmary and continued to be provided in this way until 1910, when clinical teaching was placed under the control of the University. The Faculty of Medicine continues to train medical students to the present day.
For further reading, see:
S.T. Anning and W.K.J. Walls, 'A History of the Leeds School of Medicine: One and a Half Centuries 1831-1981' (Leeds University Press: 1982)
S.T. Anning, 'The History of Medicine in Leeds' (Leeds: W.S. Maney & Son, 1980);
W.K.J. Walls, 'The Leeds Medical School in Thoresby Place', University of Leeds Review, Vol. 20, 1977, pp.192-212.
The records of the Leeds School of Medicine have been arranged generally by function, to try and represent the various activities and creating bodies within the School. Some sections have also been created for particular series of records, such as prospectuses and objects.
The core records of the Leeds School of Medicine have been catalogued in 14 sub-collections, as follows:
LUA MED/1: Governance and Legal
LUA MED/2: Board, Council and Committees
LUA MED/3: Dean's Office
LUA MED/4: Secretary's Office
LUA MED/5: Development Office
LUA MED/6: Finance
LUA MED/7: Audio-Visual Service
LUA MED/8: Staff
LUA MED/9: Students
LUA MED/10: Events and Exhibitions
LUA MED/11: Prospectuses
LUA MED/12: Publications
LUA MED/13: Pathological Museum
LUA MED/14: Objects
This is followed by 3 collections of related societies:
LUA MED/15: University of Leeds Medical Society
LUA MED/16: Hey Society
LUA MED/17: Medical Charitable Society for the West Riding of the County of York
The records of the Departments within the School of Medicine follow, and are arranged in alphabetical order under the references: LUA MED/18-37.
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