Leeds University Library


Manuscript collections

Manuscripts in the Medicine collection include catalogues of medical libraries, lectures for medical students, case histories and clinical notes of physicians and surgeons, papers of a series of lecturers at the Leeds School of Medicine, anatomical tables, and notes taken by medical students of the 19th and 20th centuries. In particular, the collections include a series of transcribed lectures given by William Cullen, Thomas Young, James Gregory, Joseph Black and Charles Bell at the University of Edinburgh in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Hey Family

Special Collections holds the papers of the Hey family, who were instrumental in developing medical provision and teaching in Leeds and who played an active role in teaching medicine in the city throughout the 19th century.

Health Sciences Historical Collection

Highlights of the printed Health Sciences Historical Collection include De Mulierum organis generationi inservientibus by Regnier de Graaf (Leyden, 1672), which established the role of the ovary in the female; the Opera Omnia of Thomas Willis (Amsterdam, 1682); and Osteographia, or the Anatomy of the Bones by William Cheselden (London, 1733), a series of some of the most accurate and beautiful anatomical drawings ever published.

Kathleen Raven

The archive collection spans the entire career of Kathleen Raven, who was Matron at the Leeds General Infirmary, 1949; Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at the Ministry of Health, 1957; Chief Nursing Officer, 1958.

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