Archives and Library
Staff at the Centre have developed a number of initiatives with archivists and librarians.
Two researchers (Harriet Wheelock and John Mullen) have compiled a searchable content database of Irish Journal of Medical Science 1832-1950. The database has been made available on UCD’s IVRLA website.
Dr Cox has completed a project with Evelyn Flanagan, Special Collections Librarian, UCD, on a Wellcome Trust project to make the library of the Royal College of Science for Ireland available for research. This Victorian library contains rare scientific monographs such as Zoologia medicinalis Hibernica by John K’Eogh printed in Dublin in 1739. There are also complete runs of periodicals, including the Journal of the Linnean Society, 1857-1907, which are not to be found in any other Irish library.
The project 'Depicting Diseases: Richmond Hospital Pathological Drawings' received funding from Wellcome Trust, UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies Seed Funding and UCD Seed Funding: Early Stage Innovation to undertake the physical and digital preservation of this collection in accordance with archival standards, guaranteeing they are future proofed for generations of users. The collection will be made available as a resource to a range of disciplines within medical humanities (historians, art historians, medical students and lecturers) especially scholars interested in the impact that new knowledge and teaching practices had on attempts to combat infectious and chronic diseases such as syphilis, anthrax and cancer. The collection relates to current research projects of scholars at the Centre for the History of Medicine especially Dr Susannah Riordan (syphilis and VD) and to the Wellcome Trust’s challenge themes ‘combating infectious disease’ and ‘investigating chronic disease’.
Dr Cox collaborates with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and its archivist Harriet Wheelock. The College’s heritage centre houses many valuable medical collections. A complete catalogue of the RCPI’s manuscript collection is now available for the first time. See the College’s website for more information.
Dr Cox has also worked with Dr Niamh Brennan, Archivist, Donegal County Council, on a Wellcome Trust funded conservation survey of medical and health archives held by Donegal County Archives. The collections include hospital and poor law records, some of which are in a very delicate condition.
Kirsten Mulrennan, a PhD student associated with the Centre, is working on her dissertation 'Giving a Voice to the Silent: Issues in Archiving Medcial Records in Ireland and the UK: Access, Ethics, and Representation'.
Fintan O'Toole in The Irish Times has highlighted the Centre's important work in an article on the current state of archives in Ireland...read the article here.....
Launch of Irish Society for Archives Journal
The Irish Society for Archives in association with the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland launched an edition of the ISA Journal (Winter 2008 - vol 15) on December 2 in Dublin City Archives.
This edition, edited by Elizabeth McEvoy and Susan Hood, is sub-titled 'Resources in medical history in Ireland'. The idea to dedicate a volume to this topic arose out of the successful Resources in Medical History Workshop hosted by the Centre in September 2007. The workshop brought together archivists and librarians from north and south to discuss a range of issues relating to policy, access and data protection as well as raising the awareness of the richness and variety that exists in medical history research resources in Ireland. Go to ISA site for details on how to get a copy.
Resources in Medical History Workshop, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, 21st September 2007