Our archive contains thousands of unique documents and images relating to medicine and health in Ireland.

Archive Catalogue

Our online catalogue contains details of all our catalogued archive materials

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What's in the archive?

RCPI's Archive

The corporate archive of the College covers its history from the foundation in 1654 by John Stearne to the present day. The collection includes papers relating to:

  • the administrative and financial management of the College
  • our Licentiates, Members and Fellows
  • our role in medical education and oversight of the apothecaries’ trade
  • our view of legislation relating to public health, healthcare provision and training
  • our home at 6 Kildare Street
  • the administration of Sir Patrick Dun’s estates in County Waterford

Deposited Collections

Over time individuals and organisations have donated their papers to RCPI for safekeeping, these include;

  • diaries, letters, notebooks and casebooks of medical practitioners and students
  • records of hospitals, medical and public health organisations and social clubs
  • research papers of medical historians
  • illustrations of diseases and anatomy
  • images of doctors and hospital staff
  • medical education and teaching material
  • ephemera relating to public health and the medical profession
  • oral history interviews
  • records of the experiences of patients


The strength of our collections rests on the many generous donations made to us in the past. We are always seeking to develop our collections.

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