Archive collections of the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society available to view online

A project to catalogue the Society's rich and unique collection of papers has recently been completed. The Society, working in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen's Special Libraries and Archives department, received a grant from the Wellcome Trust to catalogue the records of the Society and make them searchable online via the University's CALM collection management system.

The papers of Sir James McGrigor (1771-1858), who was instrumental in founding the Society and eventually became Director-General of the Army Medical Department, can now be accessed for the first time online. The Society's archive collection also includes a complete series of minute books dating from 1789, accounts, case books, lecture notes and a series of thesauri containing the discourses of members from the early years of the Society.

As a result of this project, the Society's contribution to the provision of medical training, the championing of radical public health measures and the establishment of hospitals and their services within the community will be brought to the attention of those interested in the history of medicine with the intention of stimulating further research into this important and varied collection of papers.

The catalogue to the archives of the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society can be accessed via the following link. The catalogue to the archive collections of the University of Aberdeen can be accessed here.